University of Cincinnati Fires Baseball Staff in Betting Probe
The University of Cincinnati fired two baseball staffers as a result of alleged gambling-related NCAA violations. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
The University of Cincinnati has fired two baseball staffers due to alleged gambling-related National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) policy violations. Director of Baseball Operations Andy Nagel and Assistant Baseball Coach Kyle Sprague were let go by the team last week.
University of Cincinnati Athletics launched an internal review on May 8 to look into possible NCAA infractions in its baseball program. Initial findings of the ongoing review led to the dismissal of the two staffers, although the university did not give any specifics on the infractions. The Ohio Casino Control Commission confirmed it is not investigating the matter.
two staffers reportedly did not engage in betting themselves
According to various media outlets, including FOX News, the investigation is related to betting. Reportedly, the two staffers did not engage in betting themselves but spoke with a player’s parent who told them they had placed wagers on a game. Nagel and Sprague failed to report the betting activity but the authorities do not believe any match-fixing or manipulation took place.
This is just the latest in a string of gambling-related scandals in the college sports space. The University of Alabama fired its coach Brad Bohannon recently following reports of suspicious gaming activity. The University of Iowa and Iowa State University are also in the middle of an investigation regarding betting among dozens of student-athletes.