'Two-Face' Leader Of 'Varsity Blues' Duped Coach, Jury Hears

By Rachel Scharf (March 10, 2022, 6:15 PM EST) -- The second trial in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case began Thursday with dueling portraits of a former University of Southern California water polo coach, whose defense lawyer pinned blame on the scheme's mastermind and compared the absent cooperator to Batman villain "Two-Face."

The absence of scheme mastermind William "Rick" Singer hung over opening statements in the trial of Jovan Vavic, the longtime head coach of USC's powerhouse water polo program charged with accepting Singer's bribes in exchange for falsely designating the children of wealthy parents as recruits.

Boston federal prosecutors have opted not to put Singer on the stand, and...

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