OT: Authorities Looking Into Hawaii FB Point Shaving

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on November 23rd, 2011 at 12:40 PM

The Associated Press reports

An anonymous letter has raised allegations that University of Hawaii football players are involved in a point-shaving scheme, but police said Tuesday that they don't have enough information to launch an investigation.

University President M.R.C. Greenwood said in a statement that the admissions office received an anonymous letter Nov. 3 that accused unnamed players of intentionally playing poorly to affect the final score as part of a gambling scheme. Officials immediately alerted Honolulu police and the NCAA, the statement said.

The WWL chimes in to note:

NCAA has been in contact with Hawaii since early November regarding point-shaving allegations

 

Comments

Tater

November 23rd, 2011 at 2:13 PM ^

The Hawaii PD statement is that there isn't an active investigation becuase there isn't enough evidence.  This does raise a question, though.  How come relevant schools don't  get accused of point shaving?  It always seems like the bottom-feeders and tomato cans who get involved in those kind of scandals.

hisurfernmi

November 23rd, 2011 at 2:53 PM ^

that smaller schools can be much easier to manipulate the score if you have 1 or 2 players on the take.  The point spreads can be larger and thus the team could still 'win' but not cover the spread.

Yeoman

November 23rd, 2011 at 3:46 PM ^

...of what people think constitutes lack of evidence, it'd be hard to ever indict anyone for shaving. The assumption appears to be that if they're shaving points at all they must be doing it consistently in every game--why else would you care about these overall records?

It makes much more sense to me to look at betting patterns in individual games, and not just total amounts but when and where and--to the extent its possible to know--by whom the bets were made. That's how they caught all the soccer stuff last year.

http://www.businessinsider.com/hawaii-football-scandal-2011-11

Yeoman

November 23rd, 2011 at 3:50 PM ^

...mostly involved matches in low-level obscure leagues and friendlies between mis-matched opponents. You don't want to fix a match that lots of people will be watching or will care passionately about the result--that just increases the chances you'll get caught.