Former Alabama baseball coach, Brad Bohannon, has been hit with a five-year ban from the NCAA for a gambling violation. The violation stems from Bohannon leaking inside information to a gambler before a game against LSU in April 2023.
As a result of the violation, the school has received a three-year probation and a $5,000 fine. Additionally, the school must provide extra gambling education classes for its staff and athletes.
The gambler, Bert Eugene Neff, who received the leaked information, pled guilty to obstructing justice for lying to FBI agents, destroying evidence, and tampering with witnesses. This offense carries a potential prison sentence of up to a decade and a fine as high as $250,000.
Text messages between Bohannon and Neff show that Bohannon encouraged Neff to place a large wager against Alabama. Neff attempted to place a $100,000 bet on LSU to win and informed four other gamblers about the inside information. However, the BetMGM retail sportsbook at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati limited his bet to $15,000. Neff even showed the sportsbook staff messages from Alabama’s coach, claiming that he knew LSU was going to win.
The NCAA’s decision to ban Bohannon and penalize the school is a clear message about the seriousness of gambling violations in collegiate sports. The case highlights the consequences that both coaches and gamblers can face when engaging in unethical behavior related to sports betting.
This news comes as a warning to others involved in college sports that the NCAA will not tolerate breaches of trust and integrity. It serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding honesty and sportsmanship in the world of collegiate athletics.