Cheating the Spread: Gamblers, Point Shavers, and Game Fixers in College Football and Basketball

Cheating the Spread: Gamblers, Point Shavers, and Game Fixers in College Football and Basketball

by Albert J. Figone

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252078750
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Series: Sport and Society Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Albert J. Figone has seen sports from all sides. He is a professor emeritus of kinesiology and a former head baseball and assistant football coach at Humboldt State University, and he previously coached football, baseball, and track at California high schools. He lives in Folsom, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 Creating a Game for Gamblers: The Rise of College Basketball 1

2 The Golden Age of Gambling: College Basketball in the Postwar Years 12

3 Stinking It Up: The 1951 College Basketball Gambling Scandal 24

4 Do No Evil, See No Evil, and Hear No Evil: Coaching and Presiding over College Basketball Scandals in the 1950s 41

5 "Do You Have Anything for Me?": Gambling Scandals in College Football from the Big Three to Bear Bryant 61

6 College Basketball's Incurable Disease: The 1961 Basketball Scandal 87

7 Winning in Smaller Ways: The 1978 Boston College Scandal 110

8 Student-Athletes and Campus Bookies: Basketball Scandals of the 1980s and 1990s 128

9 A Continuing Nightmare: Gambling and Fixing in College Football, 1990-2010 137

Afterword: When the Cost of Winning at All Costs Is Too High 151

Notes 155

Bibliography 171

Index 187

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