- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - An initial court appearance has been held for the Wake Forest University women’s volleyball coach accused in a scheme to help get wealthy children into elite schools.

A brief docket entry says William Ferguson was advised of his rights during the hearing Tuesday in Greensboro. He’s been charged with racketeering conspiracy.

Federal court documents allege that the leader of a for-profit college counseling business directed that money be paid to the women’s volleyball program and a camp controlled by Ferguson. In exchange, prosecutors say Ferguson agreed to designate a daughter of one of that business’s clients as a volleyball recruit to help her get into the university.

The university has placed Ferguson on administrative leave.

A lawyer for Ferguson, Kearns Davis, didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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