Scandals in College Sports

Text: Ben Glicksman
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The Point-Shaving Scandal of 1951

The Community College of New York (CCNY) won both the NIT and the national basketball championship in 1950, entering the new decade on the verge of long-standing success. Instead, it turned out to be decidedly short lived. The Beavers were charged with involvement in a far-reaching point-shaving scandal that dated to 1947, spanning 86 games over the next three seasons. New York District Attorney Frank Hogan arrested 32 players from seven schools for their involvement in the incident, and Kentucky, one of the schools involved, was given a one-year postseason ban. Basketball in the greater New York area was also permanently damaged. The NIT left New York until 1986, and CCNY and NYU descended to the Division-III ranks.

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