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An ex-UCLA coach has been sentenced to eight months in jail for defrauding the university’s admissions process.

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An ex-UCLA coach has been sentenced to eight months in jail for defrauding the university's admissions process.
An ex-UCLA coach has been sentenced to eight months in jail for defrauding the university's admissions process.

An ex-UCLA coach has been sentenced to eight months in jail for defrauding the university’s admissions process.

 

A former men’s soccer coach at the University of California, Los Angeles was sentenced to eight months in prison on Friday for taking $200,000 in bribes to help students get into the school as phony athletes.

Jorge Salcedo told the judge that he got involved in the college admissions bribery scheme because he wanted money after his family purchased a house they couldn’t afford. Salcedo claimed that he assumes full responsibility for his acts, which he says have ruined his life.

During a videoconference hearing, Salcedo said, “I am a better man than I was two years ago, and I will never make mistakes like this again.”

Salcedo’s sentence is one of the longest so far in the “Operation Varsity Blues” case, which exposed a scheme in 2019 to get wealthy parents’ children into prestigious universities using forged athletic certificates or fraudulent test scores.

Salcedo took “what appeared to be the easy way” to overcome his financial issues, according to U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani, who added that “it encourages the logic that if this hadn’t been stopped, it would have proceeded.”

Authorities say Salcedo was paid $100,000 by the admissions consultant at the core of the scam to help a California couple, Bruce and Davina Isackson, get their daughter into UCLA as a phony soccer recruit. Prosecutors say Salcedo pressured women’s coaches to hire her and then made up a lie when school enforcement officials asked about her soccer history.

The Isacksons have entered a guilty plea.

According to authorities, Salcedo took another $100,000 bribe from consultant Rick Singer in order to hire the son of Xiaoning Sui of Surrey, British Columbia, to his squad. According to authorities, Salcedo submitted paperwork granting him a 25% scholarship because he knew scholarship recruits were subjected to less scrutiny.

Sui was sentenced to time served last year after being arrested and spending five months in a Spanish jail.

Singer, who has also pleaded guilty, taped his conversations with parents and coaches and is likely to be the prosecution’s star witness if the case goes to trial.

According to prosecutors, Salcedo attempted to hire another student, but the student decided to attend a different school.

Prosecutors had requested 18 months in prison, citing the fact that Salcedo kept the $200,000 for himself rather than his squad, and that he participated in the scheme several times.

Assistant US Attorney Kristen Kearney said, “Mr. Salcedo has proven that he is a perpetual liar.”

Salcedo is the third coach to be convicted in this case so far. Michael Center, a tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin, was sentenced to six months in jail, while ex-Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer was sentenced to one day in prison, which he had already served.

TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as Loughlin’s fashion designer partner, Mossimo Giannulli, have all pleaded guilty in the case. The parents’ sentences have ranged from a few weeks to nine months.

After serving five months in jail for paying half a million dollars to get his daughters into the University of Southern California, Giannulli is set to be released in April. Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison and Huffman to two weeks. Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 for her daughter’s entrance exam score to be rigged.

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Run game carries Jets to 21-14 win over the Texans in Zach Wilson return

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Run games carries Jets to 21-14 win over the Texans in Zach Wilson return

HOUSTON — It was the definition of a team win for Gang Green. The offense was balanced, and the defense played lights out and the end result was a 21-14 win over the lousy Houston Texans.

Zach Wilson had a pedestrian day in his return to action as he went 14-for-24 for 145 yards with a rushing touchdown and an interception. Wilson wasn’t happy with his performance but elated for the victory.

“Feels really good,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t happy with how I performed. Just the ups and downs of it all. I gotta just keep going, it’s all part of the process. it feels really good to go home having a win. That’s the goal, to win the game.”

It was Wilson’s first game in a month, but the former BYU quarterback refused to blame his lackluster play on rust.

“I don’t blame anything on that,” Wilson said. “There’s no excuses. You got to really come out and play well.”

Late in the fourth quarter, Wilson appeared to tweak his knee on a scramble that caused him to limp to the sideline. But he claimed there was no legitimate issue and didn’t leave the game.

What helped propel the Jets offense to a win was the dominant run game that gashed the Texans for 157 yards.

Robert Saleh credited Jets offensive line coach and run game coordinator John Benton for creating a game plan to destroy the Texans run defense.

“JB put together a really cool plan and credit to the O-Line there,” Saleh said. “One of the challenges that we had this week for the offense was urgency and physicality at the line of scrimmage. And I felt like we were able to do that.”

The Jets answered the call. Against a loaded box, they ran for 105 yards with two touchdowns according to Next Gen Stats. That’s imposing your will.

Gang Green’s leading rusher, Michael Carter was out, but Tevin Coleman stepped up and ran for 67 yards. Austin Walter, who added 38 yards on nine carries, scored a key touchdown in the closing minutes of the first half.

The maligned defense, who had allowed over 380 yards of offense in five out of their last six games, held the Texans (2-9) to 202 yards and 14 points. Bryce Hall sealed the victory with a pass breakup on 4th-and-2 with two minutes remaining.

The impressive part was the resolve. They allowed 14 points and 157 yards by the end of the first half. But in the second half, they held the Texans offense to a scant 45 yards and zero points.

“I thought they were fantastic. I thought [Jeff] Ulbrich and the staff did great,” Saleh said. I thought the players, again, they’re getting better. And I thought this was a good one.”

One of the stars that contributed to the stalwart defensive effort was John Franklin-Myers, who had two sacks and an interception.

“Our coaches just preach we have to play our brand of football,” Franklin-Myers said. “l sometimes think things happen fast, just the momentum switches and stuff like that. But I think we did a good job of just staying locked in.”

It was a needed effort by the defense as the rookie quarterback took most of the first half to shake off the rust from missing four games with a sprained knee.

It was a tale of two halves for Wilson.

In the first half Wilson struggled. He was 6-for-12 for 44 yards with an interception. He looked jittery in the pocket and was inaccurate on a few of his throws that resulted in the ball skipping at his receivers’ feet.

On his second drive, he inexplicably threw an interception when he appeared to be scrambling. But right before he crossed the line of scrimmage, he flicked a pass to Ty Johnson, who wasn’t looking. It bounced off Johnson’s back and Tavierre Thomas intercepted the pass.

At that point Wilson was 1-for-6 for 11 yards with the pick. And the lone completed pass was a push pass behind the line of scrimmage to Elijah Moore on a jet sweep.

Even though Wilson didn’t blame rust for his struggle, it was clear as day: the No. 2 overall pick was rusty.

Five plays later, Texans QB Tyrod Taylor threw a touchdown pass to tight end Brevin Jordan to give Houston a 7-3 lead.

But right before the end of the half, trailing 14-3, Wilson finally settled down.

He went 5-for-6 for 33 yards to lead a touchdown drive to get Gang Green back in the game. Not an eye-popping stat line. But he converted a 3rd-and-9 to Ryan Griffin that kept the drive alive, and Walter scored a two-yard touchdown. The Jets successfully went for two to pull within 14-11.

In the second half, Wilson was much better. In the third quarter, his first pass was a rifle to Moore for a 22-yard gain on a curl route and that helped get Wilson comfortable.

That drive ended with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by Wilson to give the Jets the lead, 18-14. Not exactly setting the world on fire, but he doubled the first half yardage and got into a rhythm.

Overall, Wilson threw for 101 yards and went 8-for-12 in the second half.

The Jets offense sputtered in the fourth, but they were able to secure a 37-yard Matt Ammendola field goal with three and a half minutes to play and their defense finished the Texans off.

With the hype surrounding Wilson’s return it was the run game and the defense that played lights out and carried the rookie to a win.

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