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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a college admissions bribery scandal that has led to charges against coaches and celebrities (all times local):
Georgetown University says it commented only on its former tennis coach’s athletic record when asked by another school about Gordon Ernst.
The University of Rhode Island says its athletic director called Georgetown University’s athletic director before hiring Ernst and received a positive recommendation.
Court documents allege Ernst was paid more than $2.7 million and designated at least 12 applicants as recruits, facilitating their admission to Georgetown.
Georgetown spokeswoman Meghan Dubyak said this week that Ernst has not coached there since 2017 after an investigation found he violated university admissions rules.
URI said in a statement Thursday that its athletic director contacted Georgetown in July. URI spokesman Dave Lavalee says the university was not told about the 2017 admission rules violations.
Ernst was hired in Rhode Island in August. He has been placed on administrative leave.