The Corps of Engineering internships may be the most scammy in all of college sports.
In February, the SEC suspended five SEC football coaches for allegedly using the internships as part of a scheme to secure lucrative consulting contracts.
That same month, a judge in Florida ruled that the NCAA must pay $25 million to a former Georgia football player who was falsely accused of rape.
In August, a former Alabama assistant was indicted on charges that he conspired to defraud the NCAA.
“It was a very big scam,” said Mark Gottlieb, the executive director of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
“The scheme was really, really big.
They made it so the interns could get rich doing it.”
In January, the NCAA’s director of enforcement, Mark Emmert, announced a plan to crack down on recruiting scams and abuse of interns.
Emmerts predecessor, Jim Delany, said in a statement that the goal was to “stop recruiting people for their own financial gain, not to protect the NCAA.”
The SEC and the NCAA have announced that they are taking action against those in their programs who engaged in the scheme.
“These are frauds, plain and simple,” Gottliebb said.
“I have no idea why the SEC would want to do this.”
According to the SEC’s website, the intern program was created in 1998 to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills needed in various areas of academia, such as communications, business, science, engineering, and public affairs.
The program provides a pathway to admission to the college’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional school.
The school’s website says it provides a “unique opportunity for college students to learn new skills and gain valuable professional experience.”
The program is offered at several institutions in the SEC, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana State, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia.
According to an internal audit of the program by the SEC in 2016, the program had received $11.3 million in grants, $4.4 million in tuition payments, and $1.5 million in expenses over the last four years.
It also said that it was “responsible for hiring and supervising approximately 100 full-time employees.”
The audit also found that the program paid nearly $5.6 million in salaries and benefits to employees between 2005 and 2017.
It’s unclear what the school received in its first round of money from the program, but Gottliebs estimate that it may have earned about $400,000 per year from the students who were interns.
The SEC’s investigation into the internship program also found a $2.3 billion contract for the school’s recruiting business.
According the audit, the recruiting contract included a provision that would allow the school to pay the salaries of recruits based on their work experience.
The students would also receive a stipend based on the amount of time spent on the program.
The audit found that in the years between 2005 to 2017, the school paid nearly 200,000 recruits, including more than 300 former players.
“If you think that we would have paid them a million dollars, you’re wrong,” Gottlib said.
The report also found the school violated federal anti-fraud laws, including the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
The NCAA declined to comment for this story.
The Federal Trade Commission is also investigating.
“We have a federal antitrust enforcement action ongoing against the SEC,” the agency said in an email to ESPN.
“This investigation is ongoing and we will provide updates as they become available.”