Sport: the Fix Is On: Tulane basketball is out

Tulane basketball is out

New Orleans Lawyer Ned Kohnke was stunned at dinner last month when his brother mentioned a rumor: a Tulane basketball player had told friends before a recent game, "The fix is on." Kohnke, a Tulane alumnus, benefactor and basketball fan, agonized for several days before contacting Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick.

So began the unraveling of a two-month-old point-shaving conspiracy, a cocaine-distribution arrangement and an unrelated but long-standing recruiting-payments scheme. Last week, to confront "the questions of moral values and academic integrity," University President Eamon Kelly announced plans to abolish Tulane's basketball program, permanently.

As an indictment filed last week...

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