Less than three weeks ago, Ohio sports betting made headlines. Ex-Alabama baseball Brad Bohannon was dismissed because of his association with bets placed on college baseball odds at Great American Ballpark. The Buckeye State is back in the news — this time involving Cincinnati baseball. More details are below.
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Why Cincinnati Baseball Officials Were Sacked
On Wednesday, the University of Cincinnati announced the firing of assistant baseball coach Kyle Sprague, along with director of baseball operations Andy Nagel. They were initially dismissed from the team on May Friday 17. This decision stemmed from “potential NCAA infractions.”
According to FOX19 NOW, Sprague and Nagel didn’t wager on anything themselves. Instead, a parent, connected with one of the Bearcats’ players, was gambling and held exchanges with both Sprague and Nagel.
The NCAA’s guidelines on sports wagering are clear. For one, they prohibit the act of providing insight to individuals involved with any sort of sports betting activity. Sprague and Nagel were let go because they failed to report this incident to the program, directors, athletic department, nor the NCAA itself.
“On May 8, University of Cincinnati Athletics began an internal review of potential NCAA infractions involving the baseball program,” a spokesperson with the University of Cincinnati athletics department said in a statement. “Although the review is ongoing, Sprague and Nagel have been dismissed based on initial findings. UC is cooperating with the NCAA in this matter. Since this is an ongoing investigation, we will not be commenting further at this time.”
Moreover, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, a gaming control board that supervises the state’s casinos, noted that it’s attentive of the situation. OCCC reportedly isn’t planning on pursuing the investigation, though.
This occurrence not only comes on the heels of the Alabama incident, involving U.S. Integrity, but it’s also only two weeks removed from the sports betting probe that centered around Iowa and Iowa State athletics.
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