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Three UTEP players dismissed for gambling

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Three members of the UTEP men's basketball team, including leading scorer McKenzie Moore, were dismissed from the team for gambling on sports events, the school announced Tuesday.

However, UTEP officials said there is no evidence that they players participated in any point shaving or bet on games involving their own team.

Moore as well as reserves Jalen Ragland and Justin Crosgile all received an automatic one-year suspension and will also lose a year of eligibility. Moore and Ragland are juniors and Crosgile is a senior. It means none of the three will play for UTEP again.

The Miners (10-5) are coached by Tim Floyd.

"To date, there was no indication that point shaving was involved. However, per NCAA rules, any type of sports gambling is prohibited and results in a one-year suspension and loss of a year of eligibility," the school said in a statement on its website. "All three players are upperclassmen, and therefore their college basketball careers are over. They are no longer enrolled at UTEP and are no longer a part of our basketball program."

The school made the announcement after the FBI had investigated the situation.

UTEP officials said they were informed last month that Moore and Ragland may have gambled on sporting events. Ricardo Adauto, the school's executive vice president of legal affairs, said the school reported the information to the local FBI office.

Moore and Ragland have not played the past two games and were suspended indefinitely by the school. Crosgile played the past two games, before the school learned of his involvement from the FBI.

"We are privy to the fact that they violated rules, but we do know that, up to now, they were not betting on UTEP games," Adauto said at a news conference.

Moore, a junior, was averaging 13.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for UTEP. Ragland averaged 3.7 points, and Crosgile averaged 5.4 points.
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