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Ole Miss stresses education of athletes and staff in light of sports betting legalization

The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing sports wagering creates a whole new world for college athletics. Source: WLBT The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing sports wagering creates a whole new world for college athletics. Source: WLBT
The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing sports wagering creates a whole new world for college athletics. Source: WLBT The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing sports wagering creates a whole new world for college athletics. Source: WLBT
The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing sports wagering creates a whole new world for college athletics. Source: WLBT The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing sports wagering creates a whole new world for college athletics. Source: WLBT
The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing sports wagering creates a whole new world for college athletics. Source: WLBT The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing sports wagering creates a whole new world for college athletics. Source: WLBT
OXFORD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The United States Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing sports wagering creates a whole new world for college athletics. 

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Ole Miss Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Ross Bjork estimates he's been in touch with 10 to 15 of his peers around the country, sharing ideas of how to handle legalized sports wagering.

"You wouldn't think 20 years ago you'd have to talk about it," said Bjork. "But now you do." 

He stresses educating not only the student-athletes of zero tolerance on gambling, but athletic department staff as well. And with the likelihood of increased popularity of wagering, coaches and players must also be mindful of what they say, and who they say it to. 

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"Who's around you?," said Bjork. "Who are you sharing information with? 'Hey, so and so didn't practice on Tuesday.' That gets relayed, and then that gets placed into the betting system."

Mississippi State declined to be a part of this story, only referring to a statement from President Mark Keenum:

It is premature at this time to speculate on the possible impacts of the Supreme Court ruling. Without consultation with the NCAA, our conference partners, and appropriate officials in state government, we are unable to offer informed responses to your inquiries.

Bjork disagrees. It's why Ole Miss is being proactive, working to meet with the state gaming commission early next month. 

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"We are being proactive with our gaming commission and reaching out to them to have these conversations," explained Bjork. "Because if we don't and we just sit here and say 'it's ok, nothing's going to happen,' then all of a sudden if you're in the middle of a scandal, that hurts the university, it hurts our student athletes, hurts our program, and we can't have that. It's a new world that we're going to have to live in."

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