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More details of Alabama Baseball's betting scandal have emerged and wowzers...
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On April 28, Bert Eugene Neff Jr. walked into the BetMGM Sportsbook at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati in possession of a large amount of cash, looking to make a huge score. His proposed wager quickly aroused concern and suspicion among the staff.

Three people familiar with the investigation told Sports Illustrated that Neff wanted to bet more than $100,000 on a college baseball game that night: Alabama at No. 1 LSU. The game had gotten virtually no gambling traffic, and Neff’s desired bets on the Tigers far exceeded the sportsbook’s established house limit on college baseball. It was a foolhardy act that created a surreal scene, and the ripple effects from that incident continue to be felt more than a month later.

Fueled by hubris and, perhaps, desperation, Neff – an obscure youth-league coach from Mooresville, Ind., with a penchant for networking in recruiting circles—stood at the window and pleaded his case for making the huge wager to the book’s staff, the sources say. He indicated that he had inside information on the game—and he did, in the palm of his hand.

Neff was texting with Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon via the encrypted messaging app Signal while at the betting window, attempting to place the wager, the sources say. His texting was indiscreet, to the point that the book’s video surveillance cameras were able to zoom in on the details of Neff and Bohannon’s text exchange, making Bohannon’s name visible later in screenshots.
“[Video cameras] can see the [text] conversation back-and-forth,” a source familiar with the incident says. “It couldn’t have been any more reckless.”

The inside information that Neff had received: Alabama was scratching its ace starting pitcher for the game, Luke Holman, due to back tightness. He was being replaced by Hagan Banks, who hadn’t started a game since mid-March.
(Barstool Sports)
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LouisShaman7 months
That Alabama Baseball betting scandal is truly wild, isn't it? It's a stark reminder of how important it is to maintain integrity in sports. Let's hope they get things sorted out and that we can enjoy clean, fair games moving forward. However, now it's even more exciting to bet on sites like ?????? LINK / . Sports are all about the love of the game, after all!
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LouisShaman7 months
That Alabama Baseball betting scandal is truly wild, isn't it?
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LouisShaman7 months
Wow. It's a stark reminder of how important it is to maintain integrity in sports.
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TigerLord20209 months
First off I could create a contact and make it Nick Saban and text myself.
Also you can still lose on that bet.
But what a dumbass
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Giantkiller9 months
LSU would have gotten the death penalty. In fact, Woody probably agreed to give up some more wins in football and dock some schollys just to keep the heat off.
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CDawson9 months
I’d have to agree with that assessment.
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Greed at its very best
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Shiftyplus19 months
Neff stood at the window and pleaded his case for making the huge wager to the book’s staff, the sources say. He indicated that he had inside information on the game


why the hell would you ever, ever say that?
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tigerterrace9 months
My guess is that Bohannon has always been known as a recruiter and maybe this is why. This other guy mentioned was said to be known in recruiting circles. I bet Bohannon would place the bets and then use the funds to drive players to Bama and this guy with no association to the Bama Program would act as his go between.
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ummm yeah i bet he just put the $ in his pocket you nut
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Basura Blanco9 months
I'm guessing Bohannon had some deep gambling debts and was paying them off by passing along/selling information.
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SuperOcean9 months
Be sure that your sins will find you out.. it's Biblical. Also I'll now stop making fun of every CSI show that says " enhance on that..."
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TutHillTiger9 months
Idiot u have to go to Vegas and bet 5k to 10k at a bunch of different casinos like the basketball guys did
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PT24-79 months
Hilarious that now you can bet on baseball at the same park Pete Rose got in so much trouble
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LSUtoBOOT9 months
Charlie Hustle certainly lived up to his nickname.
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chalmetteowl9 months
That park has been gone for years now
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I can’t wrap my head around this. This was so incredibly stupid for so many reasons. 1. Why are you going in person to place a bet?
2. If you needed to do it in person do it in Vegas and it doesn’t draw the attention.
3. There is no way that the odds could have been anywhere near worth the risk. I mean -500? -1000? Risking your career to split $10k? $20k?
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JG770569 months
LSU was -240
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KAGTASTIC9 months
Dang nice lead up making me think Signal was getting another hit on being worthless when it came to doing sketch stuff like this. The way they got busted is dumb for seasoned criminals, but doubt many regulars doing stuff like this would think about cameras catching this...now though...be careful boys big brother upped dem video pixels.
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jatilen9 months
As a famous philosopher once said, "You can't fix stupid"
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cajunmud9 months
Who thinks betting $100k on a college baseball game won't draw attention? Everyone involved should have done a lil research before hanging themselves.
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DoubleDown9 months
Especially when Alabama was unranked at the time and LSU was #1, if I recall. Betting 100k on #1 in baseball vs an unranked team is insane. I'm sure they were like, we won't even entertain this bet but now we have questions.
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chinhoyang9 months
Pat Forde is a scumbag. Notice how he tosses in "two state" in his post - to make someone think LSU was involved.
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Uhhhh, I'm pretty sure he was talking about Alabama and Ohio?
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Geaux Guy9 months
It was Ohio and Alabama, not LSU related. They were trying to be sneaky but texting back and forth under a camera.
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New Money9 months
Crossing state lines gives the feds jurisdiction.
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DoubleDown9 months
Damn, the fact that Bama salvaged that season and made it to the final game of the super regionals is impressive. They lost to Wake Forest who basically had the championship game against LSU.
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WirelessMike9 months
I agree the rebound was impressive. I'm not a Bama fan, but the rest of the season implies that Bama had the talent and resources from the beginning, making one wonder how long BB was using Bama like this. The lack of subtlety in the end suggests that after some previous success, he simply got careless.
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Le Tenia9 months
I'm more pissed that the university and their program wasn't punished for fixing a baseball game. They fired their coach and that was it. They still were allowed to compete and play in the post-season SEC tourney and NCAA tourney. SMH

Not that I should really be surprised. They allowed their star basketball to remain on the team starting every game until their last and he drove the murder weapon to the scene of the crime and blocked the road preventing any escape. Nothing happened to the young man. His teammate that was charged with murder made the phone asking for the gun that he brought down there. Should have at the minimum been charged with accessory to murder even thought there wouldn't have been any murder had he not brought the gun to scene.
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DoubleDown9 months
Yes, Le Tenia, Bama is the only school with players who do dumb stuff. LSU has never had incidents where say a “team vote” was needed or anything. Squeaky clean… as a duck from the BP oil spill.
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