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Purdue concludes audit of student athletes following national admissions scandal

President Mitch Daniels said an abundance of caution at the front-end is the reason nothing turned up.

Posted: Apr. 1, 2019 12:33 PM
Updated: Apr. 1, 2019 3:35 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University has finished an audit of 1600 student athletes following a national admissions scandal. President Mitch Daniels said an abundance of caution at the front-end is the reason nothing turned up.

More than 30 parents have been charged in the largest admissions scam ever prosecuted in United State's history. Investigators said parents bribed coaches of elite schools and paid to rig their children's test scores. The investigation included Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Full House actress Lori Loughlin.

Daniels said at Purdue, there are systems in place that make a scandal nearly impossible. He said athletics and admissions are completely separated. There are also not reserved slots for athletes, like some of the schools had.

Daniels said he thinks it's a mistake to say this means the system is rigged. He said people were being bribed to get around the system.

"As bad as this situation was, I think we ought to see it for what it was; bribery by individuals of low character, not a whole system that's rigged," said Daniels.

Daniels said he can't be the only person stunned by this. He said colleges have seen phony students who were real athletes before, but not phony athletes trying to become students.

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