Iowa Commission Reaffirms No Iowa, Iowa State Games Were Fixed

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The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission reaffirmed that there's no evidence any Iowa or Iowa State games were fixed, the state regulatory body said in a statement on Thursday.

The Action Network had been the first to report in May that there was no evidence any Iowa or Iowa State games were fixed or tampered with. That news was broken after at least 41 student athletes at Iowa and Iowa State were reported for potentially illicit betting activity.

Thurday's statement came after seven student athletes from those universities were charged with tampering with records, according to a criminal complaint. The criminal complaint also said some of the athletes placed wagers on games involving their respective teams.

The athletes were also suspected of having wagered while under the age of 21 — the legal gambling age — and while utilizing pseudonyms, the complaint states.

Iowa State starting quarterback Hunter Dekkers, who faces a permanent loss of NCAA eligibility as a result of the allegations, is among those charged.

The Action Network, in May, was the first to report comments from Iowa gaming commission director Brian Ohorilko, who said an extensive investigation found that the state department had no reason to believe any sporting events were compromised, despite the volume of students wagering on their own teams.

The commission reaffirmed those findings this week.

"We review the types of wagers that come in and how suspicious they are," Ohorilko told the Action Network in May. "We have no reason to believe that there's anything like that here."

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