Kentucky. point-shaving scandal figure dies (Philadelphia  Daily News)

Ralph Beard, who was involved in a point-shaving scandal at the University of Kentucky, died at his home in Louisville at age 79 after a series of illnesses in recent years.

Beard was a three-time All-America guard for Kentucky in the 1940s when the Wildcats were beginning an ascent to college basketball's top tier under coach Adolph Rupp.

A speedy, 5-10 guard, Beard was among Rupp's famed "Fab Five," along with Alex Groza, Jones, Cliff Barker and Kenny Rollins.

He won national championships at Kentucky in 1948 and '49, but was barred from the NBA before the start of the 1951-52 NBA season after revelations of the scandal. Beard admitted taking about $700, but repeatedly denied shaving points. He and Groza received suspended sentences from a judge.