Former USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel, former water polo coach Jovan Vavic, ex-women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin and ex-women’s soccer assistant Laura Janke are in a Boston federal court today for the first appearance in the college admissions scandal. Also there is former USC men’s volleyball coach Bill Ferguson, who is the women’s volleyball coach at Wake Forest.
Heinel, Vavic, Khosroshahin, Janke and Ferguson pleaded not guilty.
The one lawyer who has been willing to talk is Shaun Clark, who represents Ferguson.
“No one got into Wake Forest who didn’t earn it,” Clark said.
Assistant U.S. Atty. Eric Rosen advised those involved of the charge (racketeering conspiracy) and the penalties, up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or 2x the gain or loss, whichever is greater.
Below is Heinel showing up for the hearing.
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— Eli Rosenberg NBC10 Boston (@EliNBCBoston) March 25, 2019