UC Riverside shocked by betting scandal

April, 13, 2011
UC Riverside is a relatively young Division I program still looking for its first NCAA tournament appearance while trying to gain relevance in Southern California, and now this happens.

One of the team's former players, Brandon Dowdy, was among those federal authorities charged with running a sports business to affect the outcome of games. Dowdy played at San Diego before eventually transferring to UC Riverside, near where he played in high school.

From The Press-Enterprise:
"Obviously we're in shock," UCR coach Jim Wooldridge said after hearing the news Monday afternoon. "We're anxious to find out more information as well."


Part of the indictment, handed up Friday by a federal grand jury in San Diego and unsealed Monday, alleges that Brown and Dowdy discussed soliciting someone to affect the outcome of a college basketball game. Authorities said in a statement that the game involved UCR although the indictment, which appears incomplete, did not reference UCR. The indictment alleges Dowdy solicited an individual on March 3, 2011 to affect the outcome of a game.

"Stunned and disappointed, obviously," UC Riverside athletic director Stan Morrison said of his initial reaction.

UC Riverside is coming off a 12-19 season. The Highlanders overturned their roster going into the season and finished eighth in the nine-team Big West. They knocked off No. 2-seeded Cal Poly in the conference tournament, and that counts as progress.

The school will begin a new era after Morrison, a member of the NCAA men's basketball committee, retires at the end of the year. Having the program even mentioned as part of the scandal isn't a good way to get a fresh start.

UC Riverside chancellor Timothy White said in a statement that no school officials were contacted by investigators in the time leading up to the charges and that no current athletes or staff members have been accused of wrongdoing.

"I want it known that we take allegations of this kind extremely seriously," White said in a statement. "We hold our student-athletes and coaching staff to the highest standards of integrity, and believe that fair competition is the foundation of intercollegiate athletics. Moreover, any association between sports gambling and our athletics program is expressly forbidden and violates all manner of standards, including our own and those of the NCAA."

WCC, Big West



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