Will Alabama baseball be eligible for NCAA Tournament? What AD Greg Byrne said

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

BIRMINGHAM ― Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne is confident Alabama baseball will be eligible for the postseason, he said Wednesday at the Regions Tradition celebrity pro am.

“We have full expectation we’ll be able to be part of the postseason," Byrne said. "Obviously as soon as we knew there was a challenge, we dealt with it immediately."

UA announced last Thursday it had begun the steps for termination of baseball coach Brad Bohannon's contract three days after the Ohio Casino Control Commission sent out an emergency order suspending wagers on Alabama baseball. The commission received information from one of its certified independent integrity monitors that suspicious activity was identified around wagering on the Alabama vs. LSU game on Friday, April 28, when the Crimson Tide lost 8-6.

Bohannon, in his sixth season with UA, has been connected to the suspicious activity, a source with knowledge of the gambling investigation told The Tuscaloosa News. Bohannon has not responded to requests for comment.

Byrne said Wednesday the investigation is ongoing.

"We don’t have any information that shows any of our student-athletes are involved," Byrne said.

Alabama not only has a chance to play in the SEC Tournament but also the NCAA Tournament. D1 Baseball projected the Crimson Tide as a No. 3 seed in Morgantown on May 3.

After Bohannon was fired, Alabama went and won two of three games against No. 5 Vanderbilt to win the series.

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"Having the news come out on game day was obviously a challenge," Byrne said. "But at the same time too, it’s a really good group of young men."

Alabama (33-16, 11-13 SEC), is fresh off a 7-2 victory over Troy on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide will close out the regular season with series against Texas A&M and Ole Miss.