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Former Univ. of Toledo athlete admits point shaving role

Mr. Cuomo gives new meaning to multi-sports athlete.

Adam Cuomo, a former reserve running back at the University of Toledo, has admitted to being a key figure in an alleged point-shaving scheme involving both the men’s basketball and football teams at the school, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

The release this week of the complaint, originally filed under seal last August, comes as federal authorities move to wrap up a more than two-year investigation of gambling tied to Toledo. Authorities have told that the federal probe is focused on 52-year-old Ghazi [Gary] Manni, the manager of a family-owned grocery in Detroit, as well as suburban Detroit real estate investor Mitchell Karam.

Last summer, Sammy Villegas, a former Toledo basketball player, was charged with fixing games during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, and is scheduled to be sentenced June 18. Previously, former Toledo running back Harvey “Scooter” McDougle was charged on a similar gambling offense, although that charge was later dropped on a procedural matter. Authorities haven’t ruled out the possibility that McDougle could be charged again, as well as additional former Toledo athletes.

Authorities allege the point-shaving scheme took place between the fall of 2003 and winter of 2006. None of the university’s current student-athletes is thought to be part of the illegal activity.

The latest name to surface is Cuomo, who was a 26-year-old senior during the 2003 football season. He had only six carries for 24 yards that fall, but authorities believe he was integral in assisting gamblers.

In light of how much money is gambled on college sports, I’m surprised there aren’t more Adam Cuomos out there. Maybe there are, they just haven’t been caught.

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