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URI Tennis Coach Implicated In College Admissions Scandal Resigns

Students walk on the University of Rhode Island campus. (Stew Milne/AP)
Students walk on the University of Rhode Island campus. (Stew Milne/AP)
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A University of Rhode Island tennis coach who was implicated in the recent college admissions scheme has resigned, the school said Saturday.

Gordon Ernst notified the university Friday that he's stepping down, the school said in a statement.

While Ernst coached at Georgetown University, he was allegedly paid more than $2.7 million and designated at least 12 applicants as recruits, facilitating their admission to Georgetown, according to court documents.

Ernst was hired in Rhode Island in August and was placed on administrative leave when he was swept up in the nationwide admissions scheme.

Coaches are accused of taking bribes, and prominent parents are accused of angling to get their children into top schools by portraying them as recruited athletes.

URI has said that its athletic director contacted Georgetown before hiring Ernst and received a positive recommendation.

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