Former Alabama Baseball Coach Brad Bohannon Banned From Sports Betting in Ohio
Getty Images. Pictured: Alabama coach Brad Bohannon.
The Alabama baseball coach involved in a betting scandal continues to grab headlines.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) is expected to ban Brad Bohannon— who was fired last May by the Crimson Tide for suspicious betting activity — and his alleged gambling partner, Bert Neff Jr., from Ohio Sportsbooks, pending appeal.
In a public meeting, OCCC executive director Matt Schuler described how Neff Jr. solicited and received non-public information from Bohannon for the specific purpose of placing a wager in an Alabama baseball game.
“The notices allege that Bert Neff Jr and Brad Bohannon’s presence in a sports gaming facility and their participation in the play of sports gaming poses a threat to the interests of the state of Ohio to achieve the intents and purposes of the sports, gaming control law, and to the strict and effective regulation of sports gaming,” Shuler said.
Neff placed a wager on April 28 and attempted to place a second wager at the BetMGM sportsbook at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Alabama was playing LSU that day and scratched its starting pitcher before the game. LSU went on to win 8-6.
According to ESPN, Neff included LSU moneyline on a parlay, which BetMGM accepted. Neff then tried to bet $100,000 on the LSU moneyline, which drew suspicion from the sportsbooks and was not accepted.
Alabama launched an investigation and fired Bohannon, who had been the head baseball coach at Alabama since 2017.
The OCCC instructed sportsbooks to stop taking bets on the Alabama baseball team on May 1.