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Published: Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 5:44 AM
By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The men’s soccer coach at UCLA resigned after his indictment last week for his alleged involvement in accepting $200,000 as part of a college admissions and testing bribery scheme, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Jorge Salcedo, who had been placed on leave since his indictment on charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, stepped down, an athletic department official confirmed to the newspaper Thursday.
Salcedo, a former All-American player at UCLA, has coached at his alma mater the past 15 years, He owns a 182-89-42 record, winning six conference titles and taking the Bruins to the NCAA tournament 14 times, ESPN reported.
Salcedo is accused of facilitating the acceptance of one female and one male student to the school under the pretense of being soccer players, even though they did not compete in the sport, the Times reported.
One of those students, Lauren Isackson, was part of the women’s soccer team in 2017 despite no previous experience, prosecutors said.
Salcedo is alleged to have received a $100,000 payment for his role in Isackson’s admission to UCLA from William Rick Singer, the founder of a college prep business that created fake profiles for students, Times reported.
Salcedo was indicted as part of a Justice Department investigation that accused Singer of using his business to solicit money from parents to help their children gain admission into elite universities such as Georgetown, Stanford, Yale, USC and UCLA, ESPN reported.