SDSU players interviewed in betting scandal

The sports betting scandal involving the University of San Diego has led to players from San Diego State being interviewed, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The paper reported that unidentified players were interviewed because they had been contacted for unknown reasons by one of the 10 people indicted in the case, and they are not believed to be the focus of the investigation or involved.

After being contacted by the Union-Tribune about the story, SDSU released a statement Wednesday confirming "several players" had been interviewed by the FBI on April 11 -- the day the indictment was unsealed -- "due to having a social acquaintanceship with one or more of the defendants."

"San Diego State student-athletes fully cooperated with FBI agents," the statement continued. "Since that time, San Diego State athletic department officials have been in continuous communication with the FBI and have been told that there is no plan for additional interviews with the student-athletes. ...

"At no time during this process were any of the San Diego State student-athletes the focus of the investigation or accused of any wrongdoing."

The lesson here? Sports betting scandals have a way of making everyone even associated with the alleged perpetrators cringe. It's meant UC Riverside having to respond given that one of its former players was indicted. And now, San Diego State players coming off a Sweet 16 appearance are being asked to assist federal agents.

The scandal has left some wondering how and when games might have been fixed, athletes at USD wondering if their careers were real, and a nightmare for coach Bill Grier to deal with.

He's talked about the feeling of betrayal, and in an interview Thursday with XTRA 1360 expressed how stunned the scandal left him.

"Well let me ask you how would you feel if the FBI came to your door at 6:30 in the morning. I was in shock. Even though it was early in the morning and I was awake and all that and up, it's still unsettling. But they were very professional, and I guess as cordial as they could be given the circumstances. But yeah, it rattled your cage pretty hard.

"I can't count the number of emotions I've gone through in this thing."