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Neuheisel Says He Had OK to Bet

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Rick Neuheisel, Washington’s football coach, contends that a school e-mail gave him permission to participate in an NCAA tournament betting pool.

Neuheisel, trying to keep his job after being questioned by the NCAA and Pacific 10 Conference, says he took part in pools the last two years.

Investigators spoke with him after receiving a tip he had put up $5,000 and won about $20,000 by picking Maryland to win the 2002 men’s basketball championship.

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“I have followed the University of Washington’s rules, and I believed, and still believe, that the University of Washington’s rules are in compliance with the NCAA’s rules,” Neuheisel said Sunday during a high school football jamboree at Husky Stadium.

The four-paragraph e-mail dated March 13 was released by Washington officials on Monday.

“With ‘March Madness’ upon us, it is important that you keep in mind that NCAA regulations and UW policy limit the extent to which ICA [intercollegiate athletics] staff can bet on college athletics,” the memo said.

The last paragraph reads: “The bottom line of these rules is that if you have friends outside of ICA that have pools on any of the basketball tournaments, you can participate. You cannot place bets with a bookie or organize your own pool inside or outside of ICA.”

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