An Ohio gaming regulator is continuing to handle a betting-related violation in college sports.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced its intention on Wednesday to place former University of Alabama head baseball coach Brad Bohannon on the state’s involuntary self-exclusion list following a scandal earlier this year. In May, Bohannon was fired from Alabama following a probe related to a suspicious in-person bet placed in Ohio on his team.
The investigation discovered that Bohannon tipped the father of a college baseball player on information regarding his team. The parent — Bert Neff Jr. — will also be included on the involuntary self-exclusion list. Neff Jr. placed the illicit wager against Alabama baseball at BetMGM Sportsbook at Great American Ballpark, the home of the Cincinnati Reds since 2003.
“The notices allege that Bert Neff Jr and Brad Bohannon’s presence in a sports gaming facility and their participation in the play of sports gaming poses a threat to the interests of the state of Ohio."
- OCCC Executive Director Matthew Schuler told media on Wednesday.
Neff and Bohannon will officially be on the list pending a final order by the commission.
The decisions regarding Bohannon and Nerf follow changes in college sports related to betting.
Earlier this month, the NCAA’s Division I Council Coordination Committee granted a request by the Conference Commissioners Association to lighten the punishment for student-athletes who are caught wagering on another one of their college’s teams. The mandatory sentence for those athletes is a one-season suspension that includes a loss of one year of NCAA eligibility.
The decision comes as the NCAA adapts to the ongoing changes in America’s gaming market.
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