1961 NCAA University Division men's basketball gambling scandal

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During the 1960–61 NCAA University Division men's basketball season, a major gambling scandal broke. The scandal involved 37 arrests of students from 22 different colleges.[1] Included were students from Columbia University, St. John's University, NYU, North Carolina State, and the University of Connecticut.[2] Jack Molinas, already a known gambling associate from the CCNY point shaving scandal in 1951, was implicated in this gambling scandal as well.[2] NBA Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins was kicked out of school but was never convicted. He was, however, barred from playing in the NBA due to his alleged involvement until his official reinstatement in 1969 with the Phoenix Suns.[2] Saint Joseph's University was stripped of its third-place finish in the 1961 NCAA tournament.[1] Paul Tagliabue unknowingly played in a fixed game and as a result became ardently anti-gambling as the NFL's future commissioner.[3]


  1. ^ a b "College Scandals". 27 March 1998. Retrieved 7 September 2016 – via LA Times.
  2. ^ a b c "ESPN Classic - Explosion II: The Molinas period". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  3. ^ "That Time Paul Tagliabue Played in a Fixed College Basketball Game - VICE Sports". Retrieved 7 September 2016.