Scandals in College Sports

Text: Ben Glicksman
Photo: Lane Stewart/SI

Betting on Boston College

In one of the most well-known point-shaving scandals of all-time, Boston College players Rick Kuhn, Jim Sweeney and Joe Streater teamed up with the Perla brothers (Rocco and Tony), Paul Mazzei and Henry Hill to fix the outcome of nine 1978-79 Eagles' basketball games. Players were asked to fail to cover the spread, and rewarded with $2,500 for each successful result. Their illegal habits caught up to them. After Hill revealed the scheme following his arrest in 1980, each of the players and gamblers was brought to trial. Sweeney and Streater went uncharged, but the rest weren't so lucky. Kuhn, Mazzei and Tony Perla were each given 10-year prison sentences.

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