HOUSTON (AP) – The head coach of men’s tennis at the University of Texas is among three people in the state charged in a scheme that prosecutors say involved wealthy parents bribing college coaches and others to gain admissions for their children at top schools.
Fifty-four-year-old Michael Center is among nearly 50 people charged in the scheme. The university says in a statement that Center’s been placed on administrative leave. A phone listing for him could not be found.
Center has amassed a 365-137 record over 18 seasons with the men’s team, considered one of the best programs in the country.
Two others facing charges are 62-year-old Martin Fox and 44-year-old Niki Williams, both of Houston.
Fox is the president of a private tennis academy and Williams is a college test administrator.
A phone listing for Fox was disconnected and a listing for Williams did not accept messages.