Hearing held for Wake Forest volleyball coach charged in college scheme

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Bill Ferguson (Photo: Wake Forest University)

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.

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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.