SEATTLE, June 13 (UPI) -- The University of Washington fired football coach Rick Neuheisel on Thursday for breaking NCAA rules prohibiting gambling.
Athletic director Barbara Hedges made the announcement at a news conference.
"Rick's action's have left me little choice and have seriously undermined his ability to continue as the head football coach at the university," said Hedges, who indicated a decision on a new coach would be made in a few days.
No replacement has been named, but offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson appears to be the frontrunner.
Neuheisel had admitted to entering high-stakes gambling pools during the last two NCAA men's basketball tournaments.
But he had claimed that an athletics department memo circulated this spring gave him permission to participate in basketball pools with friends.
NCAA bylaw 10.3 prohibits athletic department employees and student-athletes from gambling on college and pro sports.
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Neuheisel invested $6,400 and won $12,123 during his two years participating in the pools.