Wake Forest coach charged in college admissions scam resigns

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Bill Ferguson (Photo: Wake Forest University)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The Wake Forest women’s volleyball coach named in a scheme to help get wealthy children into elite schools has resigned.

The school on Thursday announced the resignation of William Ferguson. He says in a statement that “it’s essential that I step aside” to allow the program to move forward while he focuses on the case and his family.

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Wake Forest placed Ferguson on leave March 12 after his name surfaced in a sweeping college admissions scam.

Federal prosecutors allege a college counseling business directed money to the program and a camp controlled by Ferguson in exchange for help getting a student admitted.

Ferguson has pleaded not guilty. His attorney has said Ferguson is innocent and “does not belong in this indictment.”