In July, the NCAA notified Boston College officials of its decision regarding the University's petition for reinstatement of athletic eligibility for six football players. They were among 13 student-athletes identified last fall by the University as participating in illegal gambling activities, when all 13 players were declared ineligible for the final three games of the 1996 football season.
The NCAA's July decision reinstated two of the players immediately; two others will serve additional suspensions for the first two games of the 1997 season; and one player will remain on suspension for the first four games of the season. A sixth player suffered a career-ending medical condition last spring, after the University had petitioned the NCAA for reinstatement.
In January, the University announced it had suspended and revoked the scholarships of three players found to have been involved in illegal gambling activity. Four others graduated in May.
In addition, eight non-athlete students were found by a University investigation to have been involved in bookmaking and were suspended from the University for a year. Twenty other students were investigated by the University for possible illegal gambling.
When rumors of gambling activity surfaced last November, the University, in addition to beginning its own investigation, immediately called in the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.
In July, a grand jury indicted six men in New York and Massachusetts, none of them BC students. They were charged with running betting operations at BC and at Bentley College.
Early on in his probe, Middlesex DA Tom Reilly announced that the gambling by football players did not influence the score or outcome of any BC football game.
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