EL PASO, Texas -- Three players for UTEP's men's basketball team bet on at least one sporting event, a university official said Tuesday, and they are no longer enrolled at the school. It doesn't appear that the players bet on UTEP games or participated in point-shaving to influence the outcome for bettors, said Richard Adauto, the university's executive vice president. He said university officials did not suspect anyone else on the team of gambling.
"We think we have cleaned up what we found and heard,'' Adauto said.
The players are McKenzie Moore, Justin Crosgile and Jalen Ragland. Adauto said they are no longer enrolled at the school.
Coach Tim Floyd said he learned about the alleged gambling when he received a "random tip. I've lived in this town for 22 years.'' He then called athletic director Bob Stull, who contacted Adauto. They decided to contact the FBI, which confirmed it is investigating.
"It's an ongoing investigation based on a referral from the El Paso Police Department, and the three gentlemen (Floyd, Adauto and Stull) who were at the press conference today,'' said Michael Martinez, FBI spokesman in El Paso.
"We commend them on their prompt action and continuing cooperation.''
Moore, a junior college transfer from Pleasant Hill, Calif., was averaging 13.1 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. Crosgile and Ragland had smaller roles, but Floyd said he had expected all three players to contribute to this year's team, which is 10-5 with Conference USA play starting Thursday against Charlotte.
"I'm crushed personally that this is happened,'' Floyd said.