posted on Jun, 5 2003 @ 02:49 PM
Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel said he took part in a college basketball tournament gambling pool the past two years, and the NCAA is
investigating, The Seattle Times reported Thursday.
Two NCAA investigators and one from the Pac-10 Conference questioned Neuheisel on Wednesday after receiving a tip that he put up $5,000 and won about
$20,000 by picking Maryland in the 2002 tournament, the newspaper reported.
NCAA officials would not discuss the investigation.
The NCAA manual says coaches, staff members and athletes may not knowingly ``solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item
(e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value.''
``I never in my wildest dreams imagined I was doing anything to jeopardize my employment,'' Neuheisel told the Times after meeting with investigators.
``I don't think I would ever put myself in that situation knowingly, but I'm hopeful I can be the coach at Washington. I'd certainly like to be.''