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    Boston College Basketball Scandal from 1978.

    The Boston College Basketball betting scandal gave college basketball a very bad image mad hard in 1979/79, Boston College was coached back in 1978/79, By Dr.Tom Davis(Who later went on to Coach at Iowa with Roy Marble,Dj Armstrong,Etc , In the mid to late 80's), The cats who were down with the betting scandal on the Boston College crew were,

    Rich Kuhn(GolfBall to the ninth power with his/LOl), Jim Sweeney, And, Ernie Cobb(The star of the crew, In the Backcourt), Rick Kuhn was the ringleader in regards to getting cats from The Boston College crew to get down with the betting scandal, But, Getting Ernie Cobb to get down, Made the whole murph(Scam), Work alot better, Well, Ernie Cobb got knocked along with Jim Sweeny,Rich Kuhn(Who had to do a 10 year push upnorth for his involvment in the betting scanal), Ernie Cobb could have been a first round pick in the 1979/80 draft,

    But, Greed put an end to his basketball career, On the low, Ernie Cobb was in the backcourt with a cat by the name of Dwan Chandler(From Dom Bosco HS in Boston,Massachusetts), Dwan Chandler was nice with his(Forrmer Honorable Mention all-America in 1978), Here's some more information, In regards to the Boston College Betting scandal in 1978.
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    The Boston College scheme was born when New York mobster Henry Hill met Paul Mazzei, a small time crook from Pittsburgh, in prison in the mid-1970s. [1] They both had a history of bookmaking, and together dreamt up the idea of a point shaving scheme. Once out of prison, Mazzei went home to Pittsburgh where he met Kuhn, who was home for the summer. Mazzei eventually convinced Kuhn to shave points as a way to make money quickly and easily.

    Kuhn immediately expressed interest in the scheme, and promised to try to get his friend Jim Sweeney, the Boston College point guard, to participate with him. Mazzei contacted Hill and told him that the 1978-79 BC season was the opportunity to hatch the plan they dreamt up in prison. As long as players came on board, the plan was for Mazzei and his associates to organize the players while Hill and his associates would set up a network of bookmakers with which to place the wagers.[2]

    Back in college, Kuhn talked about the scheme with Sweeney, who agreed to meet with Kuhn’s associates. On November 16, the organized crime associates of Hill and Mazzei met up in New York to discuss the details of the scheme, including Hill’s bookmaker connections, anticipated games to fix, and player payouts, which would be $2,500 per player per game. [3] That night, the men took a shuttle to Boston and met with Kuhn and Sweeney, who agreed to shave points in the Providence game. The fix was born, and the group would wait until the Providence game to implement it.

    For two years following the season, the scheme remained a secret. But on April 27, 1980, Hill was arrested and charged with six drug-related conspiracy charges. Hill informed prosecutor Ed McDonald that he had information related to the Lufthansa Heist, which he organized with Burke. In exchange for information related to the Lufthansa Heist, McDonald offered Hill immunity for all his past crimes. McDonald's primary target in the investigation was Burke,[4] but he was unable to corroborate evidence and convict Burke for his role in the Lufthansa heist.

    The investigation did not result in a conviction for Burke's role in the Lufthansa heist, but the interrogation of Hill did reveal information related to the Boston College point shaving scheme. McDonald used this information as an alternate way to prosecute Burke and his associates. Hill explained the entire scheme, and the FBI corroborated Hill's testimony by interrogating players and analyzing phone, bank, and hotel records.[5] They also used Sweeney as a witness against the defendants in order to corroborate Hill’s story.


    [edit] The fallout
    After the investigation, Burke, Kuhn, Mazzei, Rocco Perla and Tony Perla were indicted on July 18, 1981, and charged with conspiring to engage in a pattern of racketeering activity, sports bribery, and use of interstate travel to aid in racketeering enterprises.[6] Law enforcement officials who investigated the scandal admit that without the help of an insider to the conspiracy, they would have never learned of the scheme.[7]

    On November 23, 1981, the defendants were convicted of all the charges. Kuhn was sentenced to a 10 year prison sentence, the stiffest penalty ever given to an athlete in a point shaving case.[8] The other co-conspirators were also given 10 year prison sentences.
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    Goodfellas is considered one of the top films ever made, but the Boston College omission was sooooooooooo obvious! Not one word in that movie was ever mentioned about the BC scandal, although at the time of the incident, all of the papers (at least in NY) were on that scandal like flies on shit!!!!!!

    I thought Cobb was acquitted, no?
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    Boston College Basketball Scandal from 1978

    Fletch, From what i remember, Ernie Cobb testified against Rick Kuhn,Jim Sweeney,Henry Hill,Etc, Giving Ernie Cobb the opportunity to get acquitted(Like you mentioned earlier), Though, No NBA crew touched Ernie Cobb after that nonsense in regards to the betting scandal at Boston College my man

    (WORD/LOL), Ernie Cobb was drug nice with his(And, Ernie Cobb was a Senior at that, With a very good rep on the college basketball circuit), So with what Ernie Cobb had going for himself(A very good opportunity to be a millionaire in the NBA), Cats build about cats like Mike Ty(Mike Tyson), Michael Vick,Etc,

    When it comes to buggin, Well, A very high level cat in regards to notoriety, Will feel invincible mad hard, Regardless of what's at stake(Like, Mike Tyson,Len Bias/Rip,Michael Vick,Don Rogers/Former NFL Lottery pick in the late 80's, Who overdosed on cocaine at his Wedding reception, Before he opportunity to play in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns in the late 80's),

    Fletch, Ernie Cobb reminded me of Kelvin Ramsey(Who played in the backcourt for Ohio State in the late 70's/Early 80's, And, Kelvin Ramsey played for The Portland Trailblazers,New Jersey Nets,Etc, In the early 80's to late 80's), Fletch, It's not surprising to me, In regards to what a cat will do, Know matter what the cost my man(WORD/LOL).
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    Will the NBA referee scandal be just as bad and will we ever know the full extent of it?

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    Boston College Basketball Scandal from 1978

    Dj-Chefron, I don't feel the NBA referee scandal will hurt the NBA, Bacause, David Stern will soup the NBA up even more/LOL, David Stern has damaged the NBA beyond anything that Larry O'Brien(Former NBA Commissioner),Could ever imagine(Word), Larry O'Brien was about keeping the NBA as an players

    league, What i mean is, Larry O'Brien knew when to let the players just play the game and stay out of the way, In regards to trying to dictate policy on what's good for the NBA(What's good for the NBA is letting the players in the NBA just play the game without trying to change rules and regulations and souping up the league every year), On the low, Larry Fleisher(Former Founder

    And, Head of the Players Union in the NBA from the 60's to late 80's), Had the utmost of respect for Larry O'Brien(And, Vise Versa), Because, Larry O'Brien knew the importance of Larry Fleisher in regards to developing and progressing the NBA for the players to come off, Without the help of The NBA commissioner getting involved(Like ,David Stern does all the time/LOL), David

    Stern hated Larry Fleisher, Because, Larry Fleisher was about the players coming off(In regards to setting up retirement funds,Free Agency,Pensions,Disability,Etc,), David Stern felt that Larry Fleisher had to much power(Which he most definitely did/LOL), David Stern loves to have cats cop a plea to him(Look at all of the nonsense that David Stern has done to the NBA from 1984 when David Stern took over for Larry O'Brien/LOL),

    David Stern will make the ref look mad weak(In regards to that situation being an isolated incident/LOL), But, The NBA will still get the notoriety, But, The Credibilty of the NBA has been lost for years(On the low though), In regards to David Stern running the NBA through the ground since 1984(WORD/LOL).
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    Last edited by Mike Barnes; 09-27-2007 at 02:28 PM.

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    Thanks for your thoughts keep informing us on the sport you truly love.Peace

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