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Feds looking at former USC star, AD Pat Haden in college admissions scandal, report says

first_imgFederal investigators are looking into any alleged involvement Pat Haden, former Southern California athletics director and star quarterback, had in the national college admissions scandal, according to The Wall Street Journal.Investigators are questioning ties Haden had with William Singer, who was the alleged organizer of a cheating scheme that altered test scores that helped students get into universities. Athletic officials were accused of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars to help students get into schools like USC, Stanford, UCLA, Georgetown and Wake Forest, disguising them as recruits.  North Carolina coach Mack Brown has knee surgery done by former player The WSJ noted, citing an unidentified source, that Haden introduced Singer to former USC senior associate athletics director Donna Heinel and said Singer would be “someone Ms. Heinel should work with” because of his connections.In response to the report, USC released a statement (via USA Today) acknowledging the school is still conducting an internal investigation and it “will continue to cooperate fully with all law enforcement and regulatory investigations. Ensuring the integrity of the admissions process remains a top priority of university leadership.”According to court documents released in March, the scheme centered around a California-based non-profit called the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) founded by Singer. Vikings COO Kevin Warren becomes Big Ten’s first African American commissioner Officials said parents, including several celebrities such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, paid Singer “approximately $25 million” from 2011 to February 2019 “to bribe coaches and university administrators to designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admissions categories, in violation of the duty of honest services the coaches and administrators owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the children’s admission to the universities.” Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud and obstruction of justice.After news of the scandal broke, USC parted ways with four members of its athletics department: Heinel, women’s soccer coaches Ali Khosroshahin and Laura Janke, and men’s and women’s water polo coach Jovan Vavic. Haden hasn’t been charged for any part of the scandal and just recently become a person of interest in the case, the WSJ reported. Haden wrote in a statement provided to the Journal through his son-in-law: “Like many people, I was introduced to Mr. Singer several years ago by a friend. I was unaware of his illegal activities and had no ongoing relationship with him whatsoever.” Related News SEC will allow stadiums, arenas to sell alcohol beginning this seasonlast_img read more

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Exclusive – West Ham want to keep Morrison despite Allardyce’s desire to sell midfielder

first_imgDavid Sullivan has extraordinarily revealed to talkSPORT that the West Ham board are at odds with manager Sam Allardyce over the future of Ravel Morrison.The Hammers boss has publicly made it known he is open to selling the English midfielder despite the club’s desire to keep the 21-year-old.But the east London club’s co-owner, Sullivan, told the Sports Bar: “Sam has said Ravel is not part of his plans but we do – as a board – see him as part of our plans.“I think I he said in a press conference, if I read it correctly, he’s not part of his plans for this season. I think he said that in New Zealand but we don’t agree with that. We would like to sit down and give him a longer contract.”However, tellingly the Hammers chief confessed they may be forced into getting rid of the Manchester United youth product if Allardyce will not use him.“We do like him, we do see him as part of the long-term future of the club but we have to agree it with the manager because there’s no point signing a player he’s not going to play.”Another Hammers star whose future is in doubt is defender Winston Reid, who is understood to have rejected terms on a new contract.But Sullivan added: “I think we will get to a deal with Winston… So both balls are in the air with regards to Winston and Ravel but both are players we like very, very much.”last_img read more

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Immigrant jail loses accreditation

first_imgTERMINAL ISLAND: The facility is still holding people who await deportation but lost its status in August. By Peter Prengaman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The immigration detention facility on Terminal Island, one of several in the nation to come under scrutiny from immigrant and civil rights groups, has lost its accreditation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The center houses several hundred illegal immigrants who have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and are facing deportation. The facility lost accreditation in August after failing to comply with mandatory standards, an official with the Alexandria, Va.-based American Correctional Association told The Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public comments. Citing agency policy, the official declined to release the inspection report or elaborate on why the facility failed the renewal inspection, done every three years. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice confirmed the lost accreditation but said it was not related to detainee care – an issue that’s drawn criticism and lawsuits. “It was a facility maintenance issue,” said Kice, who declined to elaborate. Kice said the problem was corrected, and the agency planned to apply for reaccreditation early next year. The facility is still operating, and it was unclear what continued loss of accreditation could mean for it long term. Accreditation is important for immigration and other correctional facilities because it shows that national standards of care have been met, provides arguments against lawsuits and can reduce liability and insurance costs. Ranjana Natarajan, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said immigration facilities strive for accreditation, so having it revoked was significant. “We don’t yet know the specific reason” for losing it, she said. “But we do know there are serious problems.” The facility came under sharp criticism last summer when a transgender Mexican immigrant with AIDS being housed there died while in custody. The family claimed Victor Arellano was improperly denied medical attention, a contention immigration officials rejected. In recent years, the ACLU and other groups have sued ICE over several detention facility issues, including alleged inadequate access to health care and prolonged detention. A lawsuit filed by the ACLU in June, aiming to stop immigration authorities from forcibly drugging deportees, cited an immigrant allegedly drugged at the Terminal Island facility.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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