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'Happy to make assurances' to avoid betting

Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel told ESPN he has never been asked by his new employers to give any assurances that he will not gamble, even in the wake of a betting scandal that helped lead to his dismissal as the University of Washington's head coach.

In an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio that aired on "SportsCenter" on Saturday, Neuheisel indicated that even though he has not been pressed on the issue of gambling, he's learned his lessons about participating in office pools.

Neuheisel was fired by Washington in June 2003 amid an NCAA investigation into his participation in college basketball pools. In March 2005, he won a $4.5 million
settlement from the NCAA and the school in a lawsuit that maintained he was fired without sufficient cause.

"I was never asked any of that stuff. I'm happy to make any assurances," Neuheisel told ESPN. "As a matter of fact, the first day I came [to the Ravens] was right in the midst of March Madness and there was a sheet on my desk for a pool.

"I said no thanks. I just decided that I'm going to stay away from that stuff."

In his first extensive interview since his trial ended, Neuheisel was asked what lessons he's learned.

"Maybe not to be as brash as I was. Not to try and be as high-profile as I might have tried to be," said Neuheisel, who also was head coach at Colorado before joining Washington.

"My inclination at the time was not to be afraid of high-profile," he said. "Sometimes, in not trying to be afraid, I was overly seeking [attention]. [I] don't need to do that.

"The game is about players, the game is about teaching, the game is about enjoying. I'm more comfortable just doing that."

Neuheisel called the gambling scandal, his dismissal and court settlement "one of those things that happened. It was the perfect storm. I lived through it and hopefully I'll end up coming out the other side."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.