Former USC water polo coach faces additional charges in Varsity Blues scandal

Individuals charged in the infamous college admissions scandal have received additional charges this past week, including former USC water polo coach, Jovan Vavic.

Former USC water polo coach, Jovan Vavic, faced new charges in the ongoing college admissions scandal on Tuesday.

Vavic was initially charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. He is now additionally charged with conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

In a statement released by the Department of Justice, if convicted of these new charges, Vavic will face up to five years imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the amount of gross gain or loss, whichever is greater.

Vavic has pleaded not guilty to the new charges and is due to be arraigned at a later date. His interim status conference is scheduled for Nov. 10.

The coach of water polo for 27 years, who won 16 national water polo titles while coaching at USC, was fired in March of last year for his role in the Varsity Blues admissions scandal. Vavic allegedly accepted approximately $250,000 in exchange for falsifying water polo recruitment and recruiting incoming students who would never actually partake in the sport, as stated in a 2019 article by Annenberg Media.

False athletic recruitment practices were just one of many ploys utilized by Los Angeles College Counselor William “Rick” Singer to facilitate admission into elite private universities such as Georgetown, Yale and USC.

Vavic was one of two USC athletic officials who pleaded not guilty to initial charges, the other being Donna Heinel, former USC senior associate athletic director.

USC declined to comment on the new charges.