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The 145-Pound Long Snapper and Other Tales of College Admissions Puffery

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The boy’s application listed him as a manager of his high school basketball and football teams. The only tennis mentioned in his application was one year of playing as a high school freshman. Regardless, Center secured the boy a scholarship that covered the cost of books. The boy arrived at Texas for the 2015-16 school year and renounced his scholarship and his participation on the tennis team on Sept. 4, 2015.

The university announced on Wednesday that Center had been fired.

Marci Palatella, the chief executive of a liquor distribution company in Burlingame, Calif., was looking for a way to get her son into U.S.C., and Singer suggested athletics.

That might be a problem, Palatella is said to have replied, because her son had stopped playing football. Nevertheless, the court documents said, a profile was created for Palatella’s son portraying him as an active player on his high school football team — as part of the defensive line and as a long snapper and also as a member of several local and statewide championship teams from 2015 to 2017.

Later, Singer would be heard on tape bragging about such a scheme to another client, William E. McGlashan Jr., a senior executive at a global private equity firm.

“Well I had a boy last year, I made him a long snapper,” Singer said.

“I love it,” McGlashan replied.

“He was 145 pounds. Long snapper,” Singer said.

“I love it. I love it,” McGlashan said. “That is so funny.”

For McGlashan, Singer opted for a different strategy, since the long snapper ruse had just been used. McGlashan’s son played lacrosse, but U.S.C. did not have a lacrosse team. So the boy was described as a kicker, even though his high school had no football team.

No problem, Singer explained, “because they have all these kicking camps, and these kickers always get picked up outside of the school.”


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