Former University of Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon has been hit with a 15-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA after allegedly providing insider information to an acquaintance for betting purposes. This means that any college interested in hiring Bohannon must first justify to the NCAA why they want to hire him, and he would be suspended from college baseball for the first five seasons of his employment. The penalty all but rules out Bohannon from coaching college baseball in the near future. Bohannon was fired by Alabama in early May following reports of suspicious betting activity surrounding his team’s April 28 game against LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission issued an “emergency order” to its licensed sportsbooks to stop taking bets on University of Alabama baseball, in light of the allegations.
The NCAA confirmed that Bohannon informed an obscure youth baseball coach, Bert Neff, from Mooresville, Indiana, about an injury to Alabama pitcher Luke Holman that ruled him out for the game against LSU. Alabama lost the game 8-6. Neff, however, was incompetent in his attempt to place a $100K bet on LSU at the Ohio sportsbook, which raised suspicions. In an effort to convince the staff to accept the bet, Neff showed them messages from Bohannon about Holman’s injury.
Neff pleaded guilty to federal obstruction charges in connection with the incident, including destroying evidence, tampering with witnesses, and providing false statements to the FBI. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250K. Neff also placed an additional bet on the game with a different sportsbook and shared the inside information with at least four other gamblers, according to federal court documents.
Bohannon, who hasn’t publicly addressed the incident, was earning an annual salary of $500K as Alabama’s coach since 2018. The penalty from the NCAA will have a significant impact on his career as a college baseball coach.