Toledo Football Player Denies Fixing Games

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A University of Toledo football player accused by the FBI of taking part in a point-shaving scheme said he never changed how he played to affect the score in any games.

Although charges were dropped against Harvey "Scooter" McDougle Jr. in April, federal investigators have not cleared the running back and will say only that the matter is pending.

McDougle, who has played sparingly for Toledo since 2004 because of injuries, said the charges were not true.

"How was I shaving points when I haven't played in two seasons?" McDougle told The Blade. "And the last time I did play, I rushed for over 100 yards in my last three games.

"Every time I stepped onto the field I played to the best of my abilities," he said.

McDougle had not spoken publicly since he was charged in March and accused of participating in a bribery scheme to influence sporting contests. A month later, those charges were dropped in what prosecutors called a procedural move related to legal deadlines.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit said McDougle recruited Toledo players to participate in a scheme orchestrated by a Michigan man.