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Cheating the SpreadGamblers, Point Shavers, and Game Fixers in College Football and Basketball$
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Albert J. Figone

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037283

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037283.001.0001

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Do No Evil, See No Evil, and Hear No Evil

Do No Evil, See No Evil, and Hear No Evil

Coaching and Presiding over College Basketball Scandals in the 1950s

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Cheating the Spread

Albert J. Figone

University of Illinois Press

This chapter shifts the focus from the players to the coaches. After the basketball scandal broke in January of 1951, colleges, with the aid of many writers, were quick to label the players' misdeeds “criminal” and to attribute them to players' lack of moral values and flawed characters. Yet the blame for the pervasive corruption in college athletics did not rest on the shoulders of the athletes alone. The chapter argues that the college coaches, administrations, and other such authorities were also in part responsible for the gambling issue, although unlike the players, they were largely able to escape the taint of scandal. Thus, this chapter argues that how basketball coaches made their choice to ignore game fixing reveals the essential role their passive complicity played in the size and shape of the scandals.

Keywords:   basketball coaches, 1951 gambling scandal, college basketball gambling scandal, corruption, passive complicity, game fixing, gambling scandals

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