College sports betting scandal continues as Cincinnati staff fired

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The sports betting integrity scandal around college sports does not appear to be letting up as Fox19 has reported that two members of the University of Cincinnati baseball team have been fired for an alleged betting breach. 

Fox 19 Now stated that Assistant Baseball Coach Kyle Sprague and Director of Operations Andy Nagel were dismissed from the University Athletics department following an internal investigation.

Sources told the outlet that a parent of a player was gambling on fixtures and had conversations with the coaches, which they ultimately did not report to the NCAA, and the athletics department of school directors.

A statement from the school athletics department read: “On May 8, University of Cincinnati Athletics began an internal review of potential NCAA infractions involving the baseball program. 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.”

This latest scandal has come as part of a string of integrity issues within college baseball in the last few weeks, which began when Alabama coach Brad Bohannon was fired after a US Integrity alert forced the OCCC to pull all betting on the school from its catalog. 

Pertaining to Alabama’s fixture with LSU, the incident saw US Integrity note a spike in suspicious wagering activity on the game, therefore alerting the OCCC and the operator in question, BetMGM. 

Further concerns were raised in Iowa, where regulators confirmed they are looking into suspicious activity related to the Iowa Hawkeyes baseball team after four players were suspended in advance of last weekend’s games against Ohio State.