Former Alabama Baseball Coach Faces Penalty for Unethical Behavior and Wagering Violations
Former Alabama baseball head coach, Brad Bohannon, has been penalized by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions for violating wagering and ethical conduct rules. The violations stem from an incident last year when Bohannon allegedly provided insider information to an individual for the purpose of sports wagering.
As a result of the violations, Bohannon was fired and also failed to cooperate properly with the investigation, leading to further violation of NCAA rules. The university received Level I-mitigated penalties, while Bohannon faced Level I-aggravated penalties.
The penalty against Bohannon includes a 15-year show-cause order, preventing him from holding any athletically related position at different institutions. If he becomes employed during the show-cause period, he will be suspended for 100% of the baseball regular season for the first five seasons of his employment.
The university received a $5,000 fine and was placed on three years of probation. Additionally, the school will work with EPIC Global Solutions to provide education and training on gambling harm for its athletics administrators, coaches, and student-athletes.
The NCAA revealed that Bohannon sent text messages to a bettor who attempted to place a $100,000 wager on a game between Alabama and LSU last April. However, the sportsbook flagged the bet as suspicious activity and only allowed a $15,000 wager. The NCAA deemed Bohannon’s behavior deeply troubling and the integrity of games as of utmost importance.
Vince Nicastro, chief hearing officer for the panel, expressed the importance of integrity for the NCAA and stated that the unethical behavior demonstrated by Bohannon undermined the integrity of sport and sportsmanship.
In conclusion, the former Alabama baseball coach has faced severe penalties for his unethical behavior and violations of NCAA rules, while the university has also been held accountable for the infractions.