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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 You Have Anything for Me?”

“Do You Have Anything for Me?”

Gambling Scandals in College Football from the Big Three to Bear Bryant

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(p.61) Five “Do You Have Anything for Me?”
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Cheating the Spread
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Albert J. Figone

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037283.003.0005

This chapter turns to a history of gambling scandals that plagued college football. It shows how gambling in college football has grown steadily from its beginnings in the latter part of the nineteenth century, and this growth, like with college basketball, can be similarly attributed to the new technologies and the socio-economic circumstances of the time. However, despite repeated abuses in recruiting, subsidizing, and academics, the sport escaped the game-fixing scandals that had plagued college basketball. Nonetheless, since the 1990s, college officials, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels have investigated and indicted an increasing number of college football players who have bet on sports, in some cases against their own teams.

Keywords:   college football, college football players, game fixing, college football scandals, gambling scandals

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