NCAA Discovers Former Air Force Men's Golf Coach Breached Regulations by Betting on Professional and Collegiate Sports


NCAA Discovers Former Air Force Men’s Golf Coach Breached Regulations by Betting on Professional and Collegiate Sports

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — A former Air Force men’s golf coach has been found in violation of NCAA rules for placing bets on professional and college sports, including Falcons football games, according to a release from the Division I Committee on Infractions on Thursday.

The report did not disclose the name of the former golf coach, as it was not included in the released information.

According to the report, over a span of four months in 2020, the golf coach placed bets totaling $9,259 on 253 occasions. Out of these, 107 bets were placed on NCAA events, with six on Air Force football games. The report also stated that he set up an online wagering account using his then girlfriend’s identification and his personal email address.

Additionally, the Air Force men’s ice hockey program received sanctions for a recruiting violation. The report revealed that two assistant coaches engaged in conversations with a student-athlete who showed interest in a potential transfer but had not yet entered the NCAA transfer portal.

As part of the penalties, Air Force is subjected to three more years of probation, which will be enforced after the conclusion of the school’s current probationary period from a prior infractions case. The school’s probationary term now extends through September 2027.

Furthermore, there will be a two-week prohibition on recruiting communications in men’s hockey.

Regarding the former golf coach, a five-year show-cause order has been issued. The report stipulates that any member institution employing him must prohibit the former head coach from holding any athletically related position. If he is hired within the first year after the show-cause order, he will face a 50% suspension from the men’s golf regular season.

“The U.S. Air Force Academy is pleased to have this matter resolved after collaborating with the NCAA Enforcement Staff and taking full responsibility, in line with our institutional values,” stated Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark and Director of Athletics Nathan Pine in a joint statement. “While the actions of the individuals were disappointing, the identification of the infractions and our involvement in the negotiated resolution process demonstrate the effectiveness of our robust NCAA compliance program and our monitoring procedures.We will learn from these missteps and intensify our educational and monitoring endeavors to prevent future infractions.


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