WFU Volleyball Coach Resigns To Focus On Federal Case

WFU Volleyball Coach Resigns To Focus On Federal Case

5:29pm Aug 22, 2019
Bill Ferguson, former Wake Forest volleyball coach, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Ferguson had been on leave but resigned Thursday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Wake Forest’s volleyball coach Bill Ferguson has resigned.

Ferguson had been on leave from the school since March when allegations tied him to a national college admissions scandal.

In a statement released by the university, Ferguson said it was time for him to step aside so he can focus on the case. He pleaded not guilty in March.

"I loved our time at Wake, and I believe the volleyball program is in great shape for the future," he said. "Wake is a wonderful place."

Ferguson joined the staff in 2016. He had previously been the head coach at the University of Southern California. Randi Smart is the interim coach.

An investigation dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” led to charges against several coaches and athletic officials at elite universities across the country.

Federal prosecutors said parents paid an admissions consultant to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes, to alter test scores, and to have others take online classes to boost their children's chances of getting admitted.

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