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Former Stanford sailing coach says case against him was 'rigged'

Original post made on Dec 20, 2021

John Vandemoer, the former longtime head coach of Stanford University's sailing team who pleaded guilty for his role in the largest college admissions scandal in U.S. history, tells his side of the story in a new memoir.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, December 19, 2021, 8:23 AM

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Posted by Frozen
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 20, 2021 at 3:35 pm

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Despite its tax status, Stanford is not a struggling nonprofit but one of the world's major universities. Why would anyone donate to a particular athletic program unless they expect some kind of quid pro quo? Either this coach was incredibly naive or the practice is so commonplace that no one thinks twice about it (where is the Stanford legal department in all this?)

That said, I also can well imagine that this coach has become the scapegoat for some widespread questionable practices that have never been questioned.

It's unfortunate that Stanford, like so many other universities, seems to value athletic prowess as highly as it does. Can't they at least try to pretend that academics come first?

Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 20, 2021 at 7:20 pm

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I think you nailed it. The practice of the wealthy buying their children's' way into universities where they have no scholastic business was and, is commonplace. The entitled think nothing is wrong with it because, after all, they want it.

Posted by WestMenloMom
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Dec 22, 2021 at 12:28 pm

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Not sure why the athletic director is still employed at Stanford... he apparently knew Rick Singer well...

Posted by menlo parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

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I agree. The real problem here is the outsize importance given to athletics. Why are Stanford and comparable universities setting aside hundreds of places each year for recruited athletes, anyway? The practice is an invitation to corruption, yet when Stanford tried to drop varsity status for a couple minor sports last year the level of outrage was through the roof. I don’t get it.

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