Three UTEP men's basketball players have been dismissed from the program for betting on athletic events, according to Yahoo Sports on Jan. 8, 2014. As of now, the FBI has been contacted, but UTEP has said that there is no evidence of point shaving or betting on their own games.
Leading scorer McKenzie Moore has been kicked out of the UTEP basketball program along with reserves Justin Crosgile and Jalen Ragland for betting. The three players have each received automatic one-year suspensions and will also lose a year of eligibility.
Since Crosgile is a senior while Moore and Ragland are juniors, the suspension means they won't be playing for the UTEP Miners again.
"To date, there was no indication that point shaving was involved. However, per NCAA rules, any type of sports gambling is prohibited and results in a one-year suspension and loss of a year of eligibility," the school said in a statement. "All three players are upperclassmen, and therefore their college basketball careers are over. They are no longer enrolled at UTEP and are no longer a part of our basketball program."
Miners coach Tim Floyd said that UTEP does "not suspect" the players were betting on any of their own events. Floyd said that every film has been evaluated.
UTEP said they received information late in Dec. of 2013 that two players - Moore and Ragland - may have been betting on sporting events. The school reported the allegations to the FBI and an investigation was put in place.
Moore was leading the team in scoring with an average of 13.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Crosgile averaged 5.4 points per game and Ragland was averaging 3.7 points per game.