NEW: URI Puts Women’s Tennis Coach Ernst on Administrative Leave Following Federal Charges
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
University of Rhode Island has placed women’s tennis coach Gordon Ernst on administrative leave following his indictment in a federal corruption scheme.
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As GoLocalProv reported, Ernst and nearly 50 other people, including Hollywood stars, wealthy business leaders and coaches at top American universities, with paying or accepting bribes to admit student applicants.
Ernst had previously been the tennis coach at Georgetown University where it is believed the violations occurred. He was both the men's and women's coach and gave lessons to President Barack Obama's family.
URI issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
The University of Rhode Island today was made aware of an indictment of head women’s tennis coach Gordon Ernst related to incidents that allegedly took place while he was head coach at Georgetown University. As a result, the University has placed Ernst on administrative leave while it continues to review the matter. Ernst was hired by URI in August 2018 as head coach. He has not been involved in the recruitment of any current players nor in the signing of any new recruits.