Editor's note: An earlier version of this story erroneously named Joe Streater as one of the BC basketball players involved in the scandal. As Ben Koo of Awful Announcing pointed out, Streater was not on the team at the time of the scandal and has never been implicated.
In a point-shaving scandal that significantly trumps the arrangement at Northwestern, three Boston College players became embroiled in a betting scheme conceived by gamblers Henry Hill, Rocco and Tony Perla, and Paul Mazzei. Some had connections to various upper-level gambling circles and some were connected to the mob.
Ultimately, BC players Rick Kuhn, Jim Sweeney and leading-scorer Ernie Cobb were implicated, though Cobb was acquitted of sports bribery and Sweeney was never charged. As the plan went, each player was to be paid $2,500 for each game the Eagles successfully failed to cover the spread throughout various pre-determined games in the 1978-79 season.
In essence, the gambling side would bank on Boston College’s ability to win, but to win by less than the betting line predicted. In total, the group had fixed or attempted to fix nine Boston College games.
After both parties made substantial gains, Hill was eventually arrested and became a government informant in hopes of immunity. Thanks to him, we have this piece from Sports Illustrated in 1981.
Kuhn, the point man on the BC side, was sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence, which was later reduced to 28 months.