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More questionable admissions of recruited "athletes"

Cardinal FangCardinal Fang 18249 replies156 postsRegistered User Senior Member
The LA Times reports on some students who supposedly were recruited athletes at UCLA, but seemingly lacked the athletic credentials of their teammates.

The UCLA 2016 freshman recruits for gymnastics were stellar: two Olympic gold medalists, students with other national and regional awards. And then there was Maria Caire, who doesn't seem to have competed ever, and who was never seen training at her supposed club when she was in high school. But Caire 's uncle was a close friend of the coach. Hmm.

There were others. "At least 18 students admitted as athletic recruits in recent years were children of coaches or administrators at the school or had close ties to them," reports the LA Times. Some had athletic credentials on their own. Some did not.

"Julia Savage, the daughter of UCLA baseball coach John Savage, was admitted through track and field in 2013. Nathan Howard, the track and field coach at Los Alamitos High, which Julia attended, didn’t recall her participating in the sport. There’s no record of her competing at UCLA."

I'm putting this thread under College Admissions because this time it's UCLA, but the next expose will be for another college and we might as well keep them together.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-07-20/la-sp-ucla-athlete-recruits-children-coaches-admissions-20190721?fbclid=IwAR2u5h7YlcGA7u1yorkeqPi1-6ea3A9nw635F3_X9-W68PzkCI2xtTQqdk8
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  • makemesmartmakemesmart 1390 replies13 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 22
    Only if those coaches/administrators were famous coaches/politicians, then no one would question the legitimacy of their kids’ acceptances.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33093 replies358 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    It's not uncommon (without overt "fraud,") for athletes to get a huge bump. It's one reason I have some bitter feelings about this practice and wish more paid attention to it. Of course, there are CC parents with great kids who are academic matches. But I seem to recall UCLA being in our sights, a few years ago, for the terrible struggles some of their athletes have. And despite "Bruin Cake Walk" or tutoring.

    This is far more common than issues with politicians' kids or those of wealthy donors or legacy. The number of the latter is a flea's eye, in comparison.
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  • Cardinal FangCardinal Fang 18249 replies156 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    t's not uncommon (without overt "fraud,") for athletes to get a huge bump.

    But they weren't athletes! UCLA recruited two Olympic gold medalists to their gymnastics team, and also this person who had never competed in gymnastics and didn't compete at UCLA, but whose uncle was a good friend of the coach.
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  • sushirittosushiritto 3663 replies9 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Gymnastics is something you can pick rather quickly. :lol:
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33093 replies358 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Fang, ok. I was sashaying a bit to share how much I mind the pull of coaches, in the first place. We don't know the academic record of those gold medallists. And a poster's suggestion "no one" would question if it were the kid of a politician. Afaiac, the whole scheme where coaches choose needs to be changed. Top sports talent or other, less legit coach pull.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77103 replies671 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 22
    Only if those coaches/administrators were famous coaches/politicians, then no one would question the legitimacy of their kids’ acceptances.

    UCLA (and other UCs) are not supposed to consider development/politician status, according to https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/2202.html . So recruited athlete is the only one of the usually-mentioned "hooks" that is supposed to be considered (legacy and race/ethnicity are also not considered). And apparently a target for cheating.
    edited July 22
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