Man named in college admissions scandal reportedly has connections to Virginia Tech, Buzz Williams

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- In a scandal that implicated high-profile celebrities like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, the name Martin Fox may not stand out.

But the man alleged to have arranged for students to earn high enough scores on the ACT to get into college reportedly has connections with multiple college coaches, including Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams.

Yahoo Sports reported that Fox was behind the bench for Virginia Tech's final regular season basketball game against Miami at Cassell Coliseum.

Williams addressed the situation after the Hokies' ACC Tournament game on Wednesday, telling Yahoo Sports, "[Fox is] in the middle of everything. I didn't know he was in the middle of that."

That Yahoo Sports story goes on to say Williams "stressed he wasn't nervous about his ties to Fox" and didn't know of his arrest until being told about it on Wednesday.

The connection between Fox and Williams brings renewed scrutiny to the situation surrounding Tech freshman Landers Nolley, who was ineligible this season.

In November, The Roanoke Times reported Nolley's high school coach said his ineligibility stemmed from the NCAA's skepticism that Nolley's ACT score was high for someone with his GPA.

On Friday, the Daily Press reported VT Athletic Director Whit Babcock "consulted Friday morning with Williams and Tech's compliance staff."

Babcock told the Daily Press that "he trusts Williams and that Williams has assured him that his relationship with Fox is benign."

WDBJ 7 made an attempt on Friday to get in touch with Babcock. He could not be reached, but a Virginia Tech athletics spokesperson said Babcock has nothing new to add.