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Game Fixing Case Over for San Diego

A federal investigation and criminal case involving a sports betting and game fixing ring will not result in additional sanctions for the University of San Diego. The NCAA accepted USD’s secondary violation. The Torero’s corrective action centered around disassociating a former coach and player from the program.

This result is consistent with the NCAA’s (lack of) action in [Tulsa’s recent gambling scandal][2]. Tulsa was not sanctioned after another federal investigation found its athletic director at the time, Ross Parmley, had been gambling on college and professional football games. Both cases resulted in secondary violations with penalties primarily directed at the involved individuals.

USD’s case had a better argument for sanctions against the institution because a coach was involved in fixing games, not just betting on them. But no significant NCAA sanction makes sense. The involved individuals are gone, and by definition there was no competitive advantage that needs to be corrected. The only logical penalty would have been two or three years of probation to monitor USD’s anti-sports wagering programs.

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