Mar 25, 2019


What is being characterized by Federal law enforcement as the largest college admissions scandal in U.S. history began with the U.S. Justice Department charging 50 individuals with Federal crimes on March 12, 2019.

The 200-page criminal complaint that accompanied those charges identified 58-year-old Californian Rick Singer as the ringleader of a vast conspiracy to admit academically and athletically unqualified  children of wealthy parents to elite universities by taking advantage of the lower academic entrance requirements afforded collegiate athletes.

One of the nine NCAA coaches nabbed in Singer’s criminal enterprise was University of Texas head tennis coach Michael Center, who was heard on a FBI wiretap confirming to Singer that he had received nearly $100,000 from the ringleader, “in exchange for which Center would designate a student as a recruit to the (UT) tennis team, thereby facilitating his admission to (UT).

Details of the enormous bribes provided to Singer and Center by the parent of the student who ultimately gained admission to the University of Texas were also included in the complaint, but unlike dozens of other parents caught conspiring with Singer in similar criminal complaints, the parent in the case involving Center was not named – let alone indicted.

In reporting the news of the charges against Center, the DAILY TEXAN reported last week:

Those within the University investigating the incident believe it is isolated and does not involve any other employees.

While that may indeed be the case, a testimonial and image that has obtained from Singer’s now-deleted website may prove otherwise.

On the March 12, 2019, the day the U.S. Justice Department first announced the case against Singer and 49 other defendants, a testimonial from University of Texas student Michael Chiu-Schaepe could be seen on the the front page of a website owned and operated by Rick Singer.

Accompanying the text of the testimonial was a photo of Chiu-Schaepe alongside former University of Texas basketball player and NBA star Kevin Durant. The text reads as follows:

Hey Rick,

I wanted to thank you personally for all your help in getting me into the University of Texas in Austin, and for helping me secure a managers position with the UT basketball team. And, can you believe it, here is a picture of me with basketball star, Kevin Durrant at the UT Summer Basketball Camp.

Thanks so much,
Michael Chui (sic) Schaepe

The following passage is contained in the  aforementioned Federal complaint against University of Texas tennis coach Center:

Documents reviewed by the complaint’s FBI agent show that the student’s University application listed him as a manager of his high school football and basketball teams

The University of Texas basketball media guide listed Chiu-Schaepe, whose father is mega-wealthy venture capitalist Christopher Schaepe, as having been a team manager for the 2015-16 season – which was current Texas head basketball coach Shaka Smart‘s first season with the Longhorns.

In addition to Michael Chiu-Schaepe’s connection to the school, the record of a $100,000 donation to the University of Texas Moody College of Communications from Jennie Chiu and Christopher Schaepe can be found on the University’s official website.

As part of our ongoing coverage of the subject, has also previously documented the connection between ringleader Singer and:

New, exclusive reports on the largest college admissions scandal in the history of the United States will posted on in coming days.