Sunday, April 01, 2007

FBI Says the Fix Was In at Toledo

Was the 2005 GMAC Bowl fixed along with other games involving the Toledo Rockets? The FBI says yes and has charged Toledo running back Harvey McDougle, right, with conspiring with others in a points-shaving scheme.

Toledo has suspended McDougle from the team and no other Rocket players have been identified, so it remains unclear how many other players might be involved. If convicted, McDougle could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

There was no indication that players purposely lost any game, but that they controlled the final scores to enabled a Michigan man identified as "Gary" to win his bets. McDougle is alleged to have asked Gary, identified as Gary Manni of Sterling Heights by the Detroit Free Press, to place a $2,000 bet on the GMAC Bowl.

Manni is alleged to have taken Toledo athletes to dinner and financed their gambling at Detroit casinos after initially becoming friends with Rocket player at a cellular phone store.

McDougle, a junior last season, carried the ball only eight times for 49 yards. His best season came in 2004, when he led the team in rushing with 620 yards and seven touchdowns. He suffered a knee injury in the Rockets' 35-27 victory against Miami in the Mid-American Conference championship game that season and had reconstructive surgery.

He played sparingly on special teams early in 2005 before receiving a medical redshirt, but has struggled with weight issues since injuring the knee.


greg6363 said...

The 2005 GMAC Bowl was fixed? I was at that game and if anyone looked like they were throwing the game, Jordan Palmer of UTEP would be the one.

greg6363 said...

I said it before and I'll say it again. What kind of schmuck bets on MAC football games?