Man tried to bet $100,000 on LSU baseball vs. Alabama while texting ex-coach: SI report

Will gambling case at Alabama cause a ripple across college sports?
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Most sportsbooks have fairly low limits on how much someone can bet on college sports, especially on those other than football.

So when a guy named Bert Neff walked up to a counter at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Great America Ballpark in Cincinnati one late April evening wanting to put $100,000 down on LSU to beat Alabama in baseball, to say suspicions were aroused would be a massive understatement.

According to a Sports Illustrated report which recently was released, Neff was very open about the reason for him wanting to bet: He had inside information, and he wanted to cash in.

At the betting window, the report says, Neff was texting with then-Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon about the Crimson Tide scratching its ace pitcher, Luke Holman, from the game and being replaced by someone who hadn’t made a start on the mound in more than a month. At the time of the intended wager, the word had not been released to the public, and the line had not changed.

Neff was so outward about texting with Bohannon, it was clear through security cameras that zoomed in on Neff’s phone he indeed was communicating with the Tide’s coach via an encrypted messaging app.

The bet was flagged and disallowed, and Bohannon was fired by the university a week later. Also, no bets were allowed by any major sportsbook on or against Alabama for the remainder of the baseball season.


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