11 Comments

  1. You've done a fantastic job researching and reporting on this college athletic recruit scandal. It is a horrible truth for all of us who follow the rules and whose kids work 20-30 hours a week on their sport, giving up social lives and down time in pursuit of their goals of playing tennis in college. But I'm glad this corruption has been exposed, and I'm especially glad that ParentingAces has highlighted what's going on.

  2. As I read this quote from the phone conversation between Singer and Caplan - " . . . and they’re all kids that wouldn’t have perform[ed] as well, and then they did really well, and it was like, the kids thought, and it was so funny ’cause the kids will call me and say, 'Maybe I should do that again. I did pretty well and if I took it again, I’ll do better even.' Right? And they just have no idea that they didn’t even get the score that they thought they got." - I started thinking about the stories we tell our children when they're little, things like the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. The way Singer positions this whole thing is it's just another one of those stories designed to make our kids feel good. Disgusting.

  3. Michael Center is out of a job: <a href="https://m.chron.com/sports/longhorns/article/UT-fires-tennis-coach-Michael-Center-in-wake-of-13686506.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">https://m.chron.com/sports/longhorns/article/UT-fires-tennis-coach-Michael-Center-in-wake-of-13686506.php</a>

  4. This article from Rhiannon Potkey at Tennis Recruiting includes quotes from University of Texas recruit Siem Woldeab: <a href="https://tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=290192065" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">https://tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=290192065</a>

  5. Thank you for the excellent coverage of this story. Really feels like the tip of the iceberg. Shocking...disgusting...disturbing in every way and I hope justice prevails. I guess the cheating problem in tennis goes far beyond line calls. Also makes you wonder what games are being played with the internationals (i.e. testing accommodations etc). Whole issue is emblematic of the win-at-all-costs / will stop at nothing to have my kid play college tennis culture that permeates junior tennis. Coaches and athletic administrators will need to start valuing merit-worthy traditional high school students more than ever as they become under increased scrutiny with every incoming recruiting class from this point forward as the IMG's of the world become discredited.

  6. And now a lawsuit - I was wondering when this would happen. Students filing suit against Singer saying their degrees from their respective colleges have been sullied due to this scandal. <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/two-stanford-students-file-first-133412573.html?fbclid=IwAR02xAjH-tZgef8kilyIb8BttroPV1d3-PNC26hEH-pfsAwuTfxXzZaG4j0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/two-stanford-students-file-first-133412573.html?fbclid=IwAR02xAjH-tZgef8kilyIb8BttroPV1d3-PNC26hEH-pfsAwuTfxXzZaG4j0</a>

  7. ITA CEO Dr. Timothy Russell commented in response to my email asking for a statement: “The past few days have been heartbreaking for higher education, intercollegiate athletics, and college tennis. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association continues to promote the highest levels of sportsmanship and ethical decision-making.”

  8. What????? <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/taxpayers-may-have-paid-10-million-to-help-wealthy-families-bribe-their-way-into-elite-schools-2019-03-14?fbclid=IwAR37cZQ83tCyW6aqwam9rSR5B4ae57TKbL5-xsmZBzbO-f0jjzlaJkG1yuw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow">https://www.marketwatch.com/story/taxpayers-may-have-paid-10-million-to-help-wealthy-families-bribe-their-way-into-elite-schools-2019-03-14?fbclid=IwAR37cZQ83tCyW6aqwam9rSR5B4ae57TKbL5-xsmZBzbO-f0jjzlaJkG1yuw</a>

  9. But isn't this the same sense of entitlement we see at junior tournaments, just taken to the extreme? Parents sit and watch while their kids cheat. Parents fly all over the place looking for draws to chase points. Its all the same, whatever it takes for their kid to get more than they deserve. Sorry, after spending 10 years in junior tennis watching kids from usually affluent families cheat the system as much as they can, its hard to get too worked up about this scandal. Junior tennis is chock full of entitled players and parents. Much of the ranking past the top 10-20 are utter nonsense anyway.

  10. As bad as the scandal is, i don't think this harmed many players. These are walk-on positions, not scholarship. Every year, there are people who drop due to injury, can't make the team, etc. The coach used some of these walk-on slots for totally unqualified players who wouldn't even attempt to walk-on. In some ways better than selling some kid on how easy it will be to walk on, then dropping them when there's no first-year miracle. The kid would have been better off going to a university where they could contribute or planning upfront that their tennis career was over.

  11. I don't know about that. One article on the University of Texas tennis recruit said the player gave back his scholarship after starting school and quitting the team. That would suggest he did receive a scholarship that could have helped another player. And, even though he gave it back, it doesn't mean that the tennis program had it available for anyone else since the school year had already started.

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