Former University of Alabama baseball head coach Brad Bohannon will serve a five-year NCAA ban for leaking key injury information to a bettor. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
The NCAA has slapped former University of Alabama baseball head coach Brad Bohannon with a five-year ban for leaking inside information about the injury status of the team’s starting player before a game to someone who then tried to use that knowledge, to place a six-figure bet. He is also subject to a 15-year conviction sentence.
The school received a three-year suspended sentence in the case, a $5,000 fine and must provide additional gambling education courses to its staff and athletes.
Bohannon specifically violated NCAA rules regarding “honesty and sportsmanship” when he leaked the information to Bert Eugene Neff before the team’s game against LSU in April 2023.
Neff pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice by lying to FBI agents, destroying evidence and tampering with witnesses. This offense is punishable by up to a decade in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Neff tried to bet $100,000 on LSU to win
The NCAA has obtained text messages between the two that show Bohannon encouraging Neff to place a big bet against Alabama. Neff attempted to bet $100,000 on LSU to win and told four other players this information. The BetMGM sportsbook at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati capped it at $15,000. He even told the sportsbook staff that he knew LSU would win and showed them messages from Alabama’s coach.