HONOLULU - UPDATE 3/12/2019

Former USC Women's Water Pole Head Coach, Jovan Vavic appeared in O'ahu's federal court wearing his USC gold and cardinal red jacket. 
Vavic was arrested Tuesday morning in his Waikiki hotel after being named a player in the largest college admission scheme ever handled by the Department of Justice. 

Court documents link his alleged role in a racketeering scheme where Vavic was paid $250,000. In return, he designated two students as recruits for his water polo team to facilitate their admission to the university.

Retired NFL player, and former University of Hawaii football stand-out, Rich Miano said weighed in on the situation calling it an an abuse of power.

"For people with the wherewithal to take away a potential scholarship, a potential education, a potential opportunity from somebody that's more deserving -- I mean, I don't know how it gets worse than this." Said Miano

Miano also said it cheats deserving students out of their hard work. 

"We always see in the revenue producing sports -- like football, basketball, the accusal of coaches paying parents so that these kids would play and produce millions of dollars of revenue. But for a non-revenue producing sport to accept bribes and not give opportunities to people that potentially cannot afford to go to school, I think that may even be worse." Miano said.  

Georgetown University was included in the list of elite schools involved in the scandal. 

Cassidy Pregil of Honolulu is a student at Georgetown. she said getting into her dream school wasn't easy. She was expected to meet GPA and test score standards and pass three subject tests. 

"They do this to ensure that the students that are here are the ones that have worked really hard and have earned their spot to be here and want to be here." Said Pregil.  

In the end, Pregil's hard work paid-off, but now, she can't say the same for others at her university. 

"It is pretty frustrating to think that people can abuse the system like this and take spots away from students that are working really hard to attend these institutions. I guess on the other end it's kind of sad to think that some of these students may not have known what was happening on their behalf to get them in." Said Pregil. 
 

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The University of Southern California's women's water polo coach was arrested Tuesday at his Waikiki hotel amid a massive college cheating scheme.

The FBI has arrested about 46 people in total around the country, from wealthy parents to college prep executives, who are all accused of carrying out a national conspiracy to get students into prestigious colleges, according to a massive federal indictment.

"Operation Varsity Blues" has been in the works for about a year, stemming from the FBI's Boston headquarters.

Head coach Jovan Vavic happened to be in Hawaii for a polo tournament playing the University of Hawaii.

KITV4's FBI contact, Jason White, confirmed the arrest that happened around 6:30 a.m. -- saying Vavic was not expecting it, but was compliant. He was the only USC coach arrested.

The documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes. Bribes ranged from a couple hundred thousand to $6 million.

"The charges brought forth today are troubling and should be a concern for all of higher education," the NCAA said in a statement. "We are looking into these allegations to determine the extent to which NCAA rules may have been violated."

Vavic is expected to be in court around 1 p.m. Tuesday.