A dozen sports coaches, test administrators and others have pleaded not guilty to participating in a nationwide college admissions scam.

The defendants arrested in the Operation Varsity Blues investigation were arraigned in Boston’s federal court on Monday.

They include former Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst, former UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and Wake Forest women’s volleyball coach Bill Ferguson.

Donna Heinel, former USC athletics administrator, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Donna Heinel, former USC athletics administrator, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

An attorney for Ferguson told reporters his client is innocent and “does not belong in this indictment.”

The coaches are charged with accepting bribes in exchange for helping students get into school by pretending they were athletic recruits.

Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and other prominent parents charged with bribing coaches and arranging ways to cheat on their children’s entrance exams are due in court on later dates.

Gordon Ernst, former Georgetown tennis coach, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Gordon Ernst, former Georgetown tennis coach, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
William Ferguson, former Wake Forest volleyball coach, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
William Ferguson, former Wake Forest volleyball coach, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Jovan Vavic, former University of Southern California water polo coach, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Jovan Vavic, former University of Southern California water polo coach, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Martin Fox, from a private tennis academy in Houston, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Martin Fox, from a private tennis academy in Houston, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Niki Williams, right, a college entrance exam administrator, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Niki Williams, right, a college entrance exam administrator, arrives at federal court in Boston on Monday, March 25, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)