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Influential Texans Helped Underqualified Students Get Into UT

Dozens of highly influential Texans — including lawmakers, millionaire donors and university regents — helped underqualified students get into the University of Texas, often by writing to UT officials, records show. Among those who wrote directly to then-President Bill Powers and then-Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, bypassing the admissions office, were famed golfer and UT grad Ben Crenshaw, former UT regent H. Scott Caven Jr., Austin lawyer Roy Minton and Sens. Kevin Eltife and Carlos Uresti, records obtained by The Dallas Morning News show.