sports

UCLA Men’s Soccer Coach Jorge Salcedo Is One Of More Than 50 People Indicted In College Bribery Scandal

uclamsoccer / Instagram / Lori Loughlin / Facebook

Longtime UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has been placed on leave after news broke that he was involved in a bribery scheme helping admit students to universities. Salcedo, along with more than 50 people including athletic coaches at USC and Stanford, were part of a widespread scheme involving the admission of students to top universities using false test scores and athletic profiles. Going forward, Salcedo will have no involvement with the soccer team while the investigation is ongoing.

Salcedo allegedly accepted $200,000 in bribes for his role in the corruption scheme.

CREDIT: UCLA Athletic Department

According to court documents, Salcedo allegedly accepted $200,000 in bribes for facilitating the admission of a female and male student to UCLA. Reports show they would be admitted under the pretense of being “soccer players” even though they did not actually play prior to college. The bribes took place on two instances one in 2016 and the other in 2018.

“The conduct alleged in the filings revealed today is deeply disturbing and in contrast with the expectations, we have of our coaches to lead their teams with honesty and integrity,” reads a joint statement from UCLA and the school’s athletic department. “If the facts alleged are true, they represent a grave departure from the ethical standards we set for ourselves and the people who work here.”

Court documents reveal fake student-athlete profiles were created to get admitted to the school.

@RedditCFB / Twitter

William Rick Singer, CEO of a college admissions prep company called The Key, was the mastermind behind the entire college admissions scandal.
He was paid approximately $25 million in total from 2011 through February this year to have a person take the SAT or ACT for possible college recruits.

According to the LA Times, a female applicant was given a fake soccer profile in 2016 that was created by Singer. Salcedo would later receive the female applicants transcript, SAT scores, and fake soccer profile in May 2016 from then-USC women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin. The applicant then was provisionally admitted to the school in June 2016 as a student-athlete.

As part of the provisional admissions agreement, the applicant was required to participate on the UCLA women’s soccer team for at least one athletic year. Yet there is no indication she ever played in a game. The athletic department says the school could not comment on students or prospective students.

The same thing happened again in 2018, as Salcedo helped another prospective student become a recruit for UCLA men’s soccer. The recruit was the son of another Singer client and yet again the student did not play competitive soccer prior to admission.

Salcedo had a long career in soccer and the second-longest-tenured coach in the program’s history.

Salcedo, who grew up in Cerritos, California, has a long and storied career in soccer. He attended and played for UCLA from 1990 to 1993 and would later play professionally for the Liga MX in Mexico as part of the Monarcas Morelia in 1995. Shortly after, Salcedo became the 24th overall pick in the inaugural MLS player draft and played for the LA Galaxy for three seasons.

Salcedo would return to UCLA as an assistant coach in 2001 and three years later be named head coach. He led a successful run as head coach for 15 years that included 14 NCAA tournaments and national championship game appearances in 2006 and 2014. Assistant coaches Matt Taylor and Phil Marfuggi will coach the team during Salcedo’s absence. 

In a statement emailed to UCLA, Chancellor Gene Block said he was “shocked and angered” to hear about the scandal and charges. He said the indictments show “the individuals accused of these crimes worked to conceal their actions from UCLA and the other universities.”

The scandal has shed light on the biggest college admissions scam ever in U.S. history. It’s also a harsh reminder that wealthy families can cheat their way to even higher privilege when it comes to education, an institution that has long favored those who felt the need to cheat the system.

READ:If Aunt Becky Isn’t Paying For You To Be Admitted Into College, Try These Latino-Specific Scholarships And Studying For Your SATs

Chicharito Announced In A Gender Reveal Party That He Is Having A Chicharito Of His Own

sports

Chicharito Announced In A Gender Reveal Party That He Is Having A Chicharito Of His Own

Our favorite Mexican imported futbolista — Javier “Chicharito” Hernández — made a massive announcement via social media yesterday. The West Ham United Football Club forward told the world that he and his girlfriend are having a Chicharito of their own. Obviously fans are super excited for a new baby to join the roster and here’s how it all went down.

Chicharito and his Australian girlfriend announced they are having a baby boy.

Instagram/@sarahkohan

The announcement comes just a couple of months after the couple went public with news that they were expecting a baby. The couple seems to have been going strong since late last year.

The couple did a baby gender reveal via a balloon popping — which is much safer than starting a fire. They had friend and family nearby to see whether the balloon would pop out blue or pink confetti.

Of course Chicharito had to let all of his Twitter followers know as well.

Credit: @CH14_ / Twitter

Honestly, everyone let out a little excited scream when they first read this news. Who couldn’t be excited for the same Chicharito that captured all of our hearts and his growing family?

Soon we will have our very own Chicharito dad jokes ready. We won’t be able to stop double tapping all of the wonderful dad and son photos that will fill out feeds. We needed this so much that it kind of takes us all by surprise with how happy we are.

Chicharito’s girlfriend is 24-year-old Sarah Kohan who’s an Instagram model and travel blogger with more than 1.3 million followers.

Instagram/@sarahkohan

“Mother and son from the moment I found out I was pregnant I knew you were going to be a little boy… I just felt it,” she wrote on Instagram. “So blessed to be your mum!!! Keep kicking away in my belly.. you are so loved, and we can’t wait to meet you when you’re ready.”

Chicharito also expressed his love for his baby momma on Instagram: “You’re gonna be an excellent mom for our baby. You’re amazing. Never stop believing in yourself. You can do anything you put in your mind. Thank you for everything.”

The news came as a total surprise to some Chicharito fans.

It does feel like it came out of nowhere, but the parents did announce when they were pregnant. This must just be someone who is still in denial that Chicharito has found someone else to have babies with. It is legit heartbreaking to so many people. Or maybe it is just jealously disguised as confusion and grief? Who knows.

Some are ecstatic that the legacy of Chicharito’s futbol family will live on hopefully through his baby boy.

Instagram/@univisiondeportes

As Univision reports, Chicharito comes from a long line of futbol players including Tomás Balcázar, and his father Javier ‘Chícharo’ Hernández. We all know how it goes in Latino families. If one person does something, everybody after needs to find their way into that same path.

This is the same whether or not your grandfather was a doctor, athlete, farmer, etc. We are expected to follow their lead. However, we all know that some people won’t and we hope that Chicharitito doesn’t follow the other path.

Legit, fans are already planning the little boy’s future.

Credit: @Ciencias75 / Twitter

There you have it. A long line of strong and fierce futbolistas in one family. This is something we should all be getting behind. Who doesn’t want to see a true dynasty form with the love and face of Chicharo, Chicharito, and the inevitable Chicharitito.

People on social media were overjoyed to know Chicharito will have a little pea of his own who may very well be a futbol legend just like his father and ancestors.

Chicharito’s little baby is already threatening future teammates. To be quite honest, we aren’t really that surprised. After all, the mom did tell the baby to kick away so it seems like he is already in training. Good for him. Starting early to make sure the legacy remains.

But what will we call this Chicharito Jr?

There’s already a Chícharo, and a Chicharito, but this little baby can’t be Chícharitito, can he?

Trick question. Of course, he can be Chicharitito. Why would anyone be against giving the little baby such an adorable nickname. Are you jealous that he has the most adorable baby nickname?

A future Chivas in the making.

The pressure is already on the little tyke. He is going to have some tough choices to make as soon as he joins the world. Let’s all hope that he knows what he is doing and, obviously, get the support of his family.

Low key, we are all rooting for him already. We know that he is going to excel at anything he does.

READ: Chicharito Can’t Hold Back the Tears When Talking About His Family

Paid Promoted Stories