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Previous point-shaving scandals
Posted: Fri March 27, 1998 at 9:16 AM ET
ATLANTA (CNN/SI) -- This isn't the first time collegiate sports -- or even Northwestern -- have been linked with point shaving.
Here's a list of past scandals:
Arizona State, 1997: Two players plead guilty to point shaving; the inquiry, dating back to games in 1994, shows that 15 of 22 fraternities turned up in records of illegal gambling ring on campus.
Boston College, 1996: Thirteen football players are suspended for gambling on games; two players are found to have bet against their own team.
Maryland, 1995: Five athletes, including the starting quarterback on the football team, are suspended for gambling on sports.
Northwestern, 1994: Two players, one a starting tailback on the football team and the other a starting guard on the basketball team, are suspended for betting on college games.
Bryant College, 1992: Five basketball players, who had built up $54,000 in gambling debts, are suspended and a former player and student was arrested and charged with bookmaking.
Maine, 1992: Thirteen baseball players and six football players are suspended for gambling on games.
Florida, 1989: Four football players, including star-QB-to-be Shane Matthews, then a redshirt freshman, are suspended for betting on football games.
1947-1950: Thirty-two players at seven schools are implicated in a plot to fix 86 games. Included in the scandal are players from City College of New York and Kentucky (big names involved: Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Sherman White).
Here are some other major point-shaving investigations:
1959-61: Thirty-seven players from 22 schools are implicated in point-shaving scandals (big names involved: Connie Hawkins and Jack Molinas).
1978-79: Organized crime figure Henry Hill and New York gambler Richard (The Fixer) Perry mastermind a scheme to fix nine Boston College games in concern with BC players Ernie Cobb, Rick Kuhn and Jim Sweeney. Kuhn, the only player convicted, serves two and a half years in prison for conspiracy to commit sports bribery and interstate gambling.
1984-85: Four Tulane starters, including John "Hot Rod" Williams, and one reserve are accused of shaving points in two games. Two of the five players, Clyde Eads and Jon Johnson, are granted immunity and testify that the others also shaved points in exchange for cash and cocaine. Williams was acquitted and none of the players did jail time but the university shut down the program until the 1989-90 season.
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