USC Trojans This & That — 5/15

The Varsity Blues dominoes continue to fall.

Former USC soccer coach Laura Janke, outside a Boston federal courthouse on March 25, pleaded guilty yesterday to a racketeering conspiracy charge.

Janke, 36, admitted to conspiring with Newport Beach scam artist William “Rick” Singer to slip the children of wealthy and powerful families through Singer’s so-called “side door”. Singer traded six-figure bribes for fake athlete-admissions to some of the nation’s finest schools.

She was reportedly a key figure in Singer’s operation, will be sentenced Oct. 17, and is hoping to avoid an incarceration stay of 27 months or longer by cooperating heavily with the authorities. Janke is the 11th defendant to plead guilty out of 50 charged in the “Varsity Blues” scandal.

Janke had left USC by 2014 but continued to be involved in Singer’s scheme until 2019, Most recently, she was employed as the Director of Girls Soccer at the Geffen Academy at UCLA, a Bruin-affiliated college prep school.

She is one of five former coaches or administrators at USC to be charged in the nationwide college admissions scam, but the first to plead guilty.

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RodGarnay
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Wow! A bruin-affiliated college prep school??!! Please elaborate if you can Allen.

Paul_Muad_dib
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People are so desperate nowadays, its absolutely pathetic.

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A very sorry situation but yet it is about greed and the willingness to cheat. And you know, I bet these parents who paid to get their kids in college illegally did little in helping & encouraging their child through grade school, to get the grades needed to qualify legally.

Old_Trojans_never_die
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While I see this “scandal “ as a blight on the university, I am more disgusted with the greedy persons who orchestrated their schemes. To say USC is at fault is calling all students and faculty guilty. I believe all colleges are in business to stay in business otherwise there would be no such thing as tuition. The real problem is the exaggerated value placed upon the name of school when tuition is calculated. This reason is enough to make people willing to pay 💰 for the same paper you can get at a local state school. All are accredited,… Read more »

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I have a little different take on it. There will always be cheaters who take shortcuts or outright steal to gain money and/or power so I put most of the blame on USC for not closing and locking the “side door.” These people knew it was easy because nobody at the school was watching. This would still be going on if not for a person trying to save his own hide regarding completely unrelated charges. If Lynn Swann doesn’t have to walk the plank for this and particularly for how he handled it, or didn’t handle it, then they’re not… Read more »