Boston College suspended two football players Wednesday for betting against the Eagles in their 45-17 loss to Syracuse on Oct. 26. Eleven other players were suspended for gambling.
The two players, found by the local district attorney to have bet against BC, were not identified, though their names are among the 13 who will be banned from playing in Saturday’s home game against Notre Dame. The players also could face further sanctions from the NCAA, which prohibits athletes from gambling.
“There were a number of players who came forward and told us of their illegal betting, and unfortunately their names will be mixed with two who’ve been found to have bet against Boston College,” coach Dan Henning said.”
Though the investigation uncovered widespread wagering among team members, Middlesex County District Attorney Thomas Reilly said the investigation has found “absolutely no evidence, no indication that any game, the outcome of any game, the score of any game was influenced or compromised in any way by players of Boston College.”
A joint investigation by the D.A.’s office and a school committee revealed the players placed bets with illegal bookmakers ranging from $25 to more than $1,000, on events from football games to the World Series.
Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said findings from the investigation, which Reilly said will continue, will be forwarded to the NCAA this week. The NCAA will then determine any additional penalties for the players involved.
Assailant shoots Rozier
Mike Rozier, the 1983 Heisman Trophy winner, was shot several times early Wednesday in Camden, N.J., by an assailant who opened fire on a street corner, police said. Rozier, 35, of Camden, was listed in satisfactory condition at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center. He was shot twice in the stomach and once in the hand, police said.
Seven Virginia Tech football players, including All-America defensive end Cornell Brown and starting fullback Brian Edmonds, were charged with beating a member of the school’s track team.
A Montgomery County grand jury indicted the players for their involvement in the Aug. 31 campus attack.