Alabama introduced Thursday that it had fired baseball coach Brad Bohannon.
The college mentioned in a press release that Bohannon was fired for “amongst different issues, violating the requirements, duties and tasks anticipated of college staff.” His firing comes as investigations had begun in Ohio and New Jersey after betting on Alabama video games was halted earlier this week due to what regulators noticed as suspicious betting exercise.
Ohio halted motion on Alabama video games on Monday after receiving data from a state on line casino fee integrity board member about bets on Alabama’s recreation in opposition to LSU on Friday. The Crimson Tide misplaced 8-6 to the Tigers.
Louisiana’s gaming management board informed NOLA.com that two bets in Cincinnati had alerted regulators in that state. Each of the bets included LSU wins. The Tigers have been -245 to win.
Ronnie Johns mentioned he and his board have been monitoring the scenario after the state of Ohio banned sportsbooks from taking bets on Alabama baseball after suspicious exercise was detected Friday night time.
“There have been a few bets made in Cincinnati, Ohio,” Johns mentioned. “One was on a parlay which concerned the LSU-Alabama recreation, after which there was one other straight-up (cash line) wager. I used to be informed it was a big wager that concerned LSU-Alabama.”
ESPN reported that each bets have been made on the sportsbook on the Nice American Ball Park, the place surveillance video allegedly indicated the one who made the bets was speaking with Bohannan.
New Jersey then adopted Ohio with its suspension of Alabama baseball betting and Pennsylvania halted betting on Alabama video games on Thursday. Wednesday night time, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey issued a press release about what was transpiring. Faculty baseball sometimes sees little regular-season wagering.
“We’re conscious of stories associated to the suspension of wagering on Alabama baseball video games,” Sankey mentioned in a press release. “We are going to proceed to watch out there data and any regulatory exercise. As many states have acted to legalize sports activities playing, we’re reminded of the threats playing could pose to aggressive integrity. Along with our member universities, we are going to proceed to emphasise the significance of regulating, overseeing and offering training associated to sports activities playing exercise.”
Bohannon, 47, had been Alabama’s coach since 2018 and was an assistant at Wake Forest, Kentucky and Auburn earlier than getting the job.
Alabama mentioned that assistant coach Jason Jackson can be the interim coach after Bohannon’s firing. Alabama enters Thursday night time’s recreation in opposition to Vanderbilt at 30-15 general and 9-12 within the SEC.
Lower than a month in the past, Bohannon, Jackson and an athletic coach have been sued by a former participant over the best way the participant says they dealt with his accidents. Johnny Blake Bennett accused the three of mishandling a rib damage he suffered in 2019 earlier than being recognized with thoracic outlet syndrome. Bennett says that Bohannon pulled his scholarship whereas he was rehabbing the damage.