NEW ORLEANS — Five Tulane University basketball players were paid a total of about $17,500 for allegedly shaving points in two Green Wave games last month, The Times-Picayune/The States-Item reported Saturday.
Quoting unidentified sources close to the investigation, the newspaper said prosecutors were told about the alleged payoffs Friday.
The story follows the arrest and booking of a sixth Tulane student and Roland Ruiz, a 48-year-old convicted bookmaker. Seven people have been arrested and booked in the case, three of them Tulane players.
The newspaper reported prosecutors were told that five players allegedly received about $1,000 each for shaving points in a Feb. 2 victory over Southern Mississippi and about $2,500 each for holding down their scoring in a Feb. 20 loss to Memphis State.
Tulane was a 10 1/2-point favorite over Southern Mississippi and won, 64-63. Memphis State opened as a 5-point favorite, went to 6 1/2 points and won, 60-49.