Explosive allegations continue to swirl around the NBA involving manipulation of games, the most recent made by disgraced referee Tim Donaghy that reference a 2002 playoff game.
Manipulating a basketball game appears relatively easy. Get to the refs or a key player or two and — as they say — the fix is in.
But rigging a college football game is next to impossible. Why? Several reasons, beginning with the use of instant replay to review calls made by the officials.
Basketball has no such safety net and when a call is made, it stands. There is no such thing as a coaches challenge to overturn a bad call.
Football also involves way too many players. Even if a quarterback or running back were on the take, an interception here or a fumble there usually results in the player quickly finding a seat on the bench.
Last year, the FBI made a stink about a Toledo reserve running back named Harvey McDougle conspiring with others in a points-saving scheme involving games in 2006. Less than two weeks later, bribery charges against McDougle were dropped.
The real investigation came later that summer when it was revealed that Toledo's athletic department had bartered $700,000 worth of goods and services.
No, it's not impossible to manipulate a college football game, but the odds are stacked against somebody actually pulling it off.