NCAA Finds Former College Basketball Coach in Violation of Gambling Rules

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An investigation run by the NCAA has concluded that a former coach of the Sewanee women’s basketball team broke the gambling regulations of the association.

According to the NCAA, the unnamed coach placed bets totaling over $93,000 on both collegiate and professional games over two years. The NCAA’s rules on sports betting and ethical conduct strictly forbid athletic department staff from betting on sports in which they are involved.

The Division III Committee on Infractions hearing panel discovered that the coach placed at least 20 bets on women’s basketball games. However, it was found that none of these bets involved the Sewanee team, also known as the University of the South.

Sports Integrity Not Compromised

The panel said that the infractions were “individual in nature” and stressed that the bets do not seem to have affected the integrity of the competitions.

Regardless of the evolving views and prevalence of sports wagering, such activities remain against NCAA rules. Given the prevalence of sports wagering activities on college campuses, it is arguably even more important that those closest to student-athletes refrain from such behaviors to protect student-athletes.

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This case follows another that resulted in Brad Bohannon, the former Alabama baseball coach, being issued a 15-year show-cause order for his involvement in gambling-related activities.

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Sewanee Alerted to in March 2023

The Tennessee Sports Wagering Advisory Council alerted Sewanee to the coach’s gambling activity in March 2023. While the coach was not named, Brody Curry resigned as Sewanee women’s basketball coach in July last year. Curry had previously been an assistant coach for the men’s team from 2020 to 2022.

The unnamed coach received a show-cause order, which includes a five-game suspension effective at the beginning of the first season should another NCAA institution hire him within the next two years. Additionally, any institution that employs the coach during the show-cause term is mandated to provide him with monthly individual rules education.

Furthermore, the NCAA Committee on Infractions has placed Sewanee on a one-year probation and issued it a $1,500 fine.

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