USC Fires 3 High-Ranking Athletic Department Officials Allegedly Tied To The College Admissions Scandal

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USC Fires 3 Senior Athletics Officials Over College Admissions Scandal

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USC has fired three of its most senior athletic department officials with alleged ties to the college admissions bribery scandal involving Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and others.

COO/CFO Steve Lopes, senior associate athletic director Ron Orr (he led the Trojan Athletic Fund), and associate athletic director Scott Jacobson (he worked in development and fundraising) were all fired on Tuesday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Lopes, Orr and Jacobson have not been charged by authorities in connection with the college admissions bribery scandal, but they have been referred to in numerous internal USC emails filed by attorneys for Robert Zangrillo, one of the many defendants in the case, in U.S. District Court in Boston.

TMZ Sports reports all three of the officials fired by USC “were heavily involved in fundraising efforts for Trojan athletics.”

In one email string in early 2014, Heinel told Orr and other school officials about a student admitted as a walk-on water polo player.

“Please give me ideas on what kind of development opportunities we can explore with the family?” Orr wrote.

The response from another official: “1-5M potential.”

When the family appeared to not have followed through with a donation, Heinel suggested she could have “Admissions pull the approval.” Orr wrote back: “Really sucks dont pull we will guilt them.”

TMZ reports that all three were fired

This is just the latest move by new USC athletic director Mike Bohn to clean house in the wake of the school being front and center in the Federal investigation into Operation “Varsity Blues.”

Senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic, both charged in the case, were fired in 2019 prior to Bohn taking over. Former USC women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin and former assistant women’s soccer coach Laura Janke were also indicted and charged with racketeering.

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Court filings also revealed spreadsheets showing around 200 “special interest” applicants submitted by various athletic departments in the university and often included potential donations that would be made by the students’ families.

USC President Carol L. Folt said in November when announcing Bohn as USC’s athletic director, replacing Lynn Swann, that he is someone who “demands at all times the highest level of integrity, not only of himself, but of everyone that works for him.”

Firing Lopes and Orr after 35 years each in the USC athletic department definitely shows that he isn’t messing around. Not that he has much choice.

Previously…
REPORT: Lori Loughlin Hires Prison Coach To Teach Her Jail Lingo And Martial Arts
Lori Loughlin Now Incredibly Claims The $500K She And Her Husband Gave To USC Were ‘Legitimate Donations’
Olivia Jade Releases First Video Since Lori Loughlin’s Alleged College Cheating Scam Involvement, Becomes #1 On YouTube
Former Federal Prosecutor Says There Is Evidence That Could Lead To Charges Against Lori Loughlin’s Daughters
Lori Loughlin Reportedly ‘Feels Like She Is A Scapegoat’ After Feds Add Yet Another Charge To Her List Of Offenses
Lori Loughlin Reportedly ‘Regrets’ Not Taking A Deal After Seeing Felicity Huffman’s Prison Sentence
Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Still Not Taking Federal Charges Seriously, Is Back On Instagram Giving The Double Bird To The Media
Lori Loughlin And Her Husband Claim College Admissions Bribery Charges Against Them Are ‘Baseless Accusations’
Reese Witherspoon’s Daughter Gets Endorsement Deal After They Drop Loughlin’s Daughter
Lori Loughlin And Husband Might Get Sued By USC But Olivia Jade’s Parents Might Also Sue USC
Olivia Jade Giannulli Partied Into The Night As Estranged Mother Lori Loughlin Prepares For Possible Prison Sentence
USC Crew Recruiting Poster May Help Lori Loughlin Get A Not Guilty Verdict In College Admissions Scandal
One Of Lori Loughlin’s Daughters Is Now Reportedly The Target Of A Federal Criminal Investigation
Lori Loughlin Is Reportedly ‘Outraged’ By People Calling Her And Her Family ‘Cheaters’

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