lined up University of Alabama Baseball coach Brad Bohannon was fired Thursday morning, just days after a report that licensed sportsbooks in Ohio were alerted to “suspicious betting activity”; regarding Friday’s game against top-ranked LSU It was, the university announced.
The university released a statement on Bahnon’s firing, alleging that he “violated the standards, duties and responsibilities expected of university employees.”
“Alabama Athletics Director Greg Byrne announced that he has begun the termination process head baseball coach brad bohannon among other things, for violating the standards, duties and responsibilities expected of university employees,” the statement read, via AL.com.
“Bohannan has been relieved of all duties and Jason Jackson will serve as interim head coach. No further comment is being made at this time.”
Bets placed on Alabama baseball in Ohio were halted over the weekend after an independent report warned the state’s licensed sportsbooks about “suspicious betting activity,” according to an ESPN report.
It is not clear why the order was given.
Bohannon noted after the 8–6 loss that sophomore pitcher Hagan Banks had learned just over an hour before the game that he would start in place of starter Luke Holman.
The university issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the betting scandal.
“Alabama athletics became aware of this situation Monday evening and is actively seeking information regarding the report,” a spokesperson told the Tuscaloosa News.
According to AL.com, the warning indicated new Jersey And Pennsylvania also forbidding betting on Alabama games.
News of Bohanen’s firing also follows a lawsuit last month involving the head coach and two other members of the baseball coaching staff. He is accused of mishandling former pitcher Johnny Blake Bennett’s arm injury.