Washington coach Neuheisel reportedly fired, June 11, 2003
SEATTLE (Ticker) - Rick Neuheisel reportedly is out as football coach at the University of Washington.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Neuheisel was fired Tuesday by athletic director Barbara Hedges for breaking NCAA rules prohibiting gambling. According to numerous reports, Neuheisel has admitted to entering high-stakes gambling pools during the last two NCAA men's basketball tournaments.
The newspaper said Keith Gilbertson, the Huskies' offensive coordinator, would be named the team's interim coach and that the rest of the staff would be retained. "I don't know either of those things," Gilbertson told the paper. "I have not spoken to (Hedges) about that at all. I'd tell you if I had." Neuheisel did not return a call for comment Tuesday night, the paper said.
According to the paper, Neuheisel invested $6,400 and won $12,123 during his two years participating in the pools. NCAA bylaw 10.3 prohibits athletic department employees and student-athletes from gambling.
Neuheisel went 33-15 in four years at Washington. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Neuheisel went 33-14 with Colorado from 1995-98.