UTEP: 3 basketball players involved in betting

Updated: Tuesday, January 7 2014, 04:31 PM MST
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EL PASO, Texas (AP) UTEP says it has kicked three players off the men's basketball team after they bet on at least one sporting event.

The university's executive vice president, Richard Adauto, said Tuesday that officials in December received information that players may have been betting on games. The school contacted the FBI.

Adauto says three players have since been found to have taken part in gambling Justin Crosgile, McKenzie Moore and Jalen Ragland.

Adauto says UTEP has no information to suggest the three were involved in point-shaving.

Moore and Ragland were suspended last month. UTEP is 10-5 this season.

KFOX14 reached out to the NCAA about the three players on the UTEP men's basketball team involved in betting. 

A representative of the NCAA released a statement regarding point shaving in general, but not specific to the UTEP case: 

"We take any allegation of point shaving very seriously as it is a crime that threatens two core NCAA principles -- the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport.

The threat of sports wagering is real and no campus is immune. For this reason, the NCAA and its members conduct forward-leaning national and targeted educational outreach, as well as strong enforcement efforts for all divisions and sports. In addition, the NCAA is regularly in contact with local, state and federal law enforcement and Nevada gaming officials to identify and rout out sports wagering and point shaving wherever it may occur."

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