WATCH: Fired tennis coach’s lawyer says accusation in admissions scandal ‘has been devastating’

Posted March 14th, 2019


Dan Cogdell, the attorney for former Texas tennis coach Michael Center, appeared on the Today Show on Thursday to speak out amid accusations that his client took part in a college admissions scheme.

Center, who is accused of accepting a $100,000 bribe in 2015 to help a student get into UT as a tennis recruit, was fired by the university on Wednesday.

Center “has been hit by a tidal wave,” Cogdell said. “This accusation has been devastating to him, and he absolutely denies being guilty of the offense.”


Cogdell pointed to the involvement of Rick Singer, founder of The Key Worldwide Foundation, who has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges. Singer was directed by federal authorities last fall to call Center to get him to confess to his involvement in getting the student admitted.

“I’m not accepting (Singer’s) accusations or what he’s saying just because he said it,” Cogdell said. “None of this means anything until we get into the light of a cross-examination.”

Also Thursday, UT was among eight top universities named in a lawsuit claiming the schools “were negligent in failing to maintain adequate protocols and security measures in place to guarantee the sanctity of the college admissions process.”

Watch the full interview with Cogdell below:

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