SEATTLE, June 27 (UPI) -- Attorneys for ousted Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel have begun his appeal process.
The two sides met Thursday.
His lawyers are trying to prove that, as a coach, Neuheisel was unaware it was illegal to enter into any betting pool of any kind. Neuheisel invested $6,400 and won $12,123 during his two years participating in the NCAA Tournament pools. NCAA bylaw 10.3 prohibits athletic department employees and student-athletes from gambling.
He has claimed he got an email from a school official that said participating in off-campus pools was within NCAA rules.
Neuheisel also is accused of lying to NCAA investigators about his involvement in the pools. He also lied about being interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers' job last fall.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Friday that Athletic Director Barbara Hedges would have no comment on the meeting, which she attended, and that she would make a final ruling on Neuheisel's case when Norm Arkans, Special Assistant for the President, returned from vacation in mid-July.