Like everyone who heard the story, I was shocked to learn that Harvey “Scooter” McDougle, a running back on the UT football team, was charged Thursday in federal court with conspiracy to bribe sporting events.
UT is my alma mater, and I am in the employ of the University, so this saga hits very close to home. All the successes experienced by the UT football team over the past few years now seem sullied, at least while this case is open.
There are also rumors swirling around town that McDougle is not the only player involved in point-shaving, and that other sports beyond football may be involved.
Unfortunately, there have been other unpleasant rumors associated with the athletic department at UT, and the McDougle case will only fan those flames with renewed vigor. Unlike some pundits with rose-tinted glasses, I think the cloud of this point-shaving scandal will hang over the University of Toledo for a very long time, and that many heads will roll in the wake of the charges against Scooter McDougle.