Sometimes you watch a game and figure the team just isn’t that good, that it keeps blowing big plays. Then once in a great while you find out the players really are blowing it on purpose. It’s always a sad day in sports when this happens.
By MAUREEN FULTON
The Toledo Blade
TOLEDO — A former University of Toledo football player admitted to his participation in a point-shaving scheme involving UT football and basketball teams, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Detroit earlier this week.
According to the criminal complaint, originally filed last August, Adam Cuomo, who was a senior backup running back in 2003 for the Rockets, told FBI agents he began the point-shaving scheme with “Gary,” who is believed to be Ghazi Manni of Sterling Heights, Mich.
The scheme is thought to have began in the fall of 2003 and continued until the winter of 2006.
Mr. Cuomo, of Hamilton, Ont., rushed just six times for 23 yards his senior season, but said he provided information to “Gary” about upcoming UT games to help “Gary” place bets on the games, according to the documents.
He also introduced “numerous” UT men’s basketball and football players to “Gary” for the purpose of asking them to participate in point-shaving.