Bettor who triggered firing of Alabama coach is parent of UC baseball player

Multiple sources have confirmed the identity of the parent involved in gambling that resulted in the firing of two University of Cincinnati baseball coaches last week.

The sources confirmed to The Enquirer what was first reported by Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated ‒ that Bert Neff of Mooresville, Indiana, was in communication with Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon on April 28 prior to a Crimson Tide game with LSU.

Bohannon was fired May 4, after an investigation revealed that he placed large wagers on Alabama to lose to LSU on April 28 through Neff, who was using the Great American Ballpark sportsbook.

UC’s internal investigation began May 8 and Director of Baseball Operations Andy Nagel and hitting coach Kyle Sprague were let go May 17 for “potential NCAA infractions” as they had knowledge of Neff’s activity but didn’t report it. Neither Nagel nor Sprague is believed to have bet on any UC games.

Nagel also served as UC’s color analyst on ESPN+. His last game was May 16. After May 17, UC played minus two coaches on staff and was eliminated Wednesday in the American Athletic Conference tournament by No. 15 East Carolina. UC announced the dismissals of Nagel and Sprague Thursday though their official termination was May 17. The Bearcats finished the season 24-33 (10-14 AAC) under head coach Scott Googins.

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In the case of the Alabama/LSU game April 28, Crimson Tide ace pitcher Luke Holman was scratched from the game with back tightness after Bohannon was in communication with Neff placing bets to lose. Further investigation could produce more names from Bohannon’s phone, which was University of Alabama property.

Neff has a son on the Bearcat baseball team, Andrew. Bert Neff pitched for Indiana and Louisville, according to his son’s bio. He also is well known in amateur baseball circles with players and managers due to his connection with Indiana Elite baseball, which has sent several players to Division I institutions.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission, as did Indiana’s, halted betting on games involving Alabama after the incident. The Las Vegas-based integrity firm U.S. Integrity has worked with the Ohio Casino Control Commission as well as the Southeastern Conference. The firm’s purpose is to ensure sports competitions are fair and transparent.

The Tuscaloosa News contributed to this report.

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