Former USC Water Polo Coach Jovan Vavic Prepares For Trial

Former USC head water polo coach Jovan Vavic was one of 5 defendants in the “Varsity Blues” scandal whose dismissal request was denied in early July, as the judge ordered them to prepare for trial.

As of right now, Vavic and the other 4 defendants in this group do not have a set trial date, but they submitted their proposed jury instructions on July 29th. Vavic also has an interim status conference scheduled for November 11th.

Vavic, who was the head coach of both the USC men’s and women’s team, was charged on March 12th alongside the former USC assistant athletic director Donna Heinel. Vavic and Heinel were officially fired by USC in March for allegedly participating in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions and testing bribery scandal that helped students cheat entrance exams and the admissions process. You can read our detailed story covering the scandal here.

Vavic, specifically, is accused of accepting $250,000 in bribes from scandal organizer William Rick Singer along with payment for private school tuition for his children, 3 of whom have played water polo for the Trojans. In exchange, Vavic allegedly arranged the acceptance of two USC applicants as water polo recruits who did not actually play water polo.

Vavic’s full list of charges include:

  • Conspiracy to commit racketeering
  • Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud
  • Conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery
  • Wire fraud and honest services wire fraud – aiding and abetting

At a federal court hearing in Boston in March 2019, Vavic’s attorney, Koran Bell, maintained that Vavic had no relationship or knowledge of the other defendants’ actions in the scandal. 

During his time at USC, the Vavic was named the NCAA National Coach of the Year 15 times in men’s and women’s water polo, and in 2015 was named the Pac-12’s “Coach of the Century” in men’s water polo. In total, his teams won a combined 16 NCAA titles while he was head coach at USC.

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MIKE IN DALLAS
22 days ago

What will sports history remember?
The water polo dominance, or, the allegations?

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
22 days ago

How do people remember Joe Paterno?

jjohnson
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
18 days ago

as a pervert, which has nothing to do with this case

Icanfreezetime
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
21 days ago

Presumption of innocence,…

Yabo
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
21 days ago

probably both

2Far4Speed
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
21 days ago

I only know of him due to the scandal. I do not follow waterpolo like most people. I bet many did not even know that the school had a waterpolo team before this scandal.

Pat Campbell-Cozzi
Reply to  2Far4Speed
21 days ago

I find it interesting that Vavic states he did not know. I wonder hos he did not know.

GA Boy
21 days ago

Put him behind barsssss!!!!!😤😤😤

Math Magician
Reply to  GA Boy
21 days ago

He should certainly get no sentencing longer than the wealthy, privileged individuals that paid Singer the dollars to make this happen. Five weeks to five months should suffice if in line with others. It’s a travesty how the wealthy seem to escape accountability for lies and crimes in this ongoing admissions scandal.

Ladyvoldisser
21 days ago

Sad story for sure – Best wishes to Coach Vavic. Wow Coach of the Century in Men’s Polo!

John
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
21 days ago

troll harder

PsychoDad
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
21 days ago

Dear “Lady” – I hope Vacic pays for his crimes with a long jail time. By the way, your screen name is misleading – remove Lady, as women are not this stupid. You are a male and you are lame. Wow, I just realized male is an anagram for lame.