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Ex-Georgetown tennis coach, facing admissions scandal charge, resigns as URI women’s coach

Gordon Ernst allegedly collected bribes totaling $2.7 million in exchange for designating “at least 12 applicants as recruits for the Georgetown tennis team, including some who did not play tennis competitively.’’

Gordon Ernst, the veteran tennis coach who faces a federal racketeering conspiracy charge for his alleged role in a national college admissions cheating scandal while working at Georgetown University, ­resigned from his coaching job at the University of Rhode Island Friday afternoon, according to the school.

Ernst, 52, who was hired as URI’s women’s tennis coach in August, had been placed on administrative leave by the university March 12, the university said in a statement.

URI said it placed him on leave after his indictment by the FBI “for incidents that allegedly occurred while he was the head coach at Georgetown University.’’