Rudy Meredith‘s Connecticut roots run deep.
He was named New England Coach of the Year, just months before he’s accused of taking bribes.
Jean Card, Director of Student Mastery at The Learning Consultants, LLC said, “It’s disheartening to me because the message the students will take.”
Jean Card preps students for the highly-competitive college admisisons and test taking process.
Near her Madison office is the home of Rudy Meredith.
This 24-year soccer coach at Yale is accused of taking a $400,000 bribe to secure a spot for a recruit who didn’t really play competitive soccer.
Card said, “To see that other people are circumventing that hard work and were sort of garnering the same results is really upsetting.”
50 people including Meredith were charged in a nation-wide admissions scandal Tuesday. We stopped by Meredith’s home in Madison Wednesday, but no one answered.
In a letter to the Yale community, obtained by News 8, University President Peter Salovey said he does not believe any member of the Yale administration or staff other than the charged coach knew about the conspiracy.
Salovey said in the statement,
“As the investigation unfolds, the university may take further actions. I will work closely with our Athletics Director and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions to make any necessary changes to protect the university from the kind of criminal behavior the Department of Justice described today.”
Members of the Yale community expressed outrage and concern.
Rebecca Liu, from Boston, said, “For the rich kids and the poor kids I don’t think that’s fair.”
The indictment also states that some parents allegedly exploited disability accomodations in order to get better scores.
Card said, “I’ve spent 12 years working with students who have Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Type 1 Diabetes; all of these require accomodications for extra time.”
Card says the news is dishearting for her clients.
“So what does that mean from a message standpoint that we just sort of circumvent hard work, and we just sort of pay someone off. We break the rules and none of that matters,” said Card.
Greenwich lawyer Gordon Caplan is also charged in the scheme. We are told he has been placed on leave by his NY-based firm.