I have been asked many times when former USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic will go to trial in the Varsity Blues scandal. The answer: Today.
It’s a risk for Vavic. The two toughest sentences so far in the scandal went to parents who went to trial and lost. Ex-casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz was sentenced to one year and one day and private-equity financier John Wilson got 15 months. The pair have appealed their convictions.
The Wall Street Journal reported Vavic’s defense will focus “at least in part on USC’s admissions and fundraising practices, claiming the coach was fulfilling his duty by raising money for his program while also recruiting what he thought were legitimate water polo players.”
Now for another common question: Former USC administrator Donna Heinel, who plead guilty in November, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.