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Alabama Fires Baseball Coach Amid Betting Controversy

Written by: Michael Savio
Published May 5, 2023
7 min read

The University of Alabama has fired its head baseball coach, Brad Bohannon, following allegations that he had placed bets on college baseball games, including some involving his team. The school announced Bohannon's termination on Tuesday, stating that the decision was made after a thorough investigation by the university and the NCAA.

According to reports, Bohannon admitted to placing bets on multiple college baseball games, including some involving Alabama. While there is no evidence that he ever bet against his team or influenced game outcomes, the NCAA prohibits all coaches and athletic department staff from betting on college sports.

Bohannon had been the head coach at Alabama since 2018, leading the team to a 96-87 overall record during his tenure. He had previously worked as an assistant coach at several other universities, including Kentucky, Auburn, and Tennessee.

Alabama Fires Baseball Coach Amid Betting Controversy

Quotes from Bohannon & Alabama

In a statement released after his termination, Bohannon apologized for his actions and expressed remorse for any harm he may have caused the university and its baseball program.

“I made a mistake, and I accept full responsibility for my actions,” he said. “I want to apologize to the University of Alabama, our student-athletes, and our fans for any negative impact that this has had on our program. I am deeply sorry, and I wish the team all the best moving forward.”

Alabama's athletic director, Greg Byrne, also released a statement emphasizing the university's commitment to upholding NCAA rules and regulations.

“Maintaining the integrity of our athletics programs is of the utmost importance,” he said. “We expect all of our coaches and staff to abide by NCAA rules and regulations, and any violations of those rules will not be tolerated.”

NCAA & Sports Betting

Bohannon's firing comes as the NCAA continues to grapple with the issue of sports betting and its potential impact on college sports. While several states have legalized sports betting recently, the NCAA has maintained its longstanding prohibition on gambling by coaches and athletic department staff.

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Michael is an avid sports fan and a veteran bettor from Milwaukee. He learned the trade from his grandfather in Las Vegas as a kid and has turned that into a successful career. He cheers for all Wisconsin pro teams along with his Alma Mater Arizona State. He specializes in baseball betting, but has experience in football, basketball, and hockey as well. When he isn’t pouring over stats, he’s spending time with his two young children.

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