Former University of Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon and one other individual have been banned from Ohio sportsbooks following a betting scandal regarding alleged insider information for an Alabama-LSU college baseball game, according to ESPN.
Ohio Casino Control Commission executive director Matt Schuler said during a public meeting that Bert Eugene Neff Jr., an Indiana businessman, “solicited and received” insider information from Bohannon on April 28 “for the purpose of placing a sports wager” on an Alabama-LSU game.
Schuler alleged that Neff shared that information with at least one other person and said he placed one bet and tried to place a second a second at the BetMGM Sportsbook at the Cincinnati Reds’ home stadium of Great American Ballpark.
Neff included an LSU moneyline wager in a parlay, according to ESPN, and also attempted to place a bet worth more than $100,000 on LSU to win straight-up, according to Sports Illustrated.
That bet tipped off sportsbooks since college baseball games usually do not garner that type of action.
While Neff argued at the sportsbook about making a bet, he was texting with Bohannon. The sportsbook’s cameras were able to zoom in and capture his name.
Neff had received the inside scoop that Alabama would scratch starter Luke Holman, per SI, for its matchup against the eventual national champions.
LSU ultimately won that game, 8-6.
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Bohannon and Neff have 30 days to appeal the decision, and both were sent letters informing them they had been placed on the involuntary exclusion list.
Indiana previously banned Neff from the state’s casinos and sportsbooks, per ESPN.
Alabama fired Bohannon in May after the allegations surfaced, saying he violated “the standards, duties and responsibilities expected of university employees,” The Associated Press reported.
The 2022-23 season marked Bohannon’s sixth guiding the Crimson Tide.
No Alabama players are reported to have been involved in the alleged scheme.