Iowa State Reports At Least 15 Student-Athletes For Involvement in Illicit Sports Gambling
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Iowa State has reported at least 15 student-athletes that the university says were alleged to have been involved in illicit sports gambling, according to a statement released on Monday.
The athletes compete for Iowa State’s football, wrestling and track and field teams, the statement said.
“The university has notified the NCAA and will take the appropriate actions to resolve these issues,” the school said.
The news comes hours after officials from the state of Iowa confirmed to the Action Network that they have launched an investigation into the University of Iowa after baseball players were suspended for the team’s series against Ohio State this past weekend.
Two Iowa athletics spokespeople did not respond when asked if the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s investigation pertained to gambling.
“The commission takes the integrity of gaming in the state seriously and is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide any additional information when able,” said Brian Ohorilko, the director of gaming for the Iowa’s state commission.
These cases come mere days after Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon was fired for his connection to suspicious wagering activity in Ohio involving the Crimson Tide baseball team.
A bettor in Ohio — who was on the phone with Bohannon when the decision to scratch Alabama’s best starting pitcher was made — placed two large wagers on LSU, the opposing team, at the BetMGM Sportsbook at Great American Ballpark. The game was slated to begin just hours later.
The Tide replaced their original starter, Luke Holman, with a reliever who hadn’t started a game in over a month.
Alabama lost 8-6 and an independent organization filed a report to state gaming commissions across the country indicating potential malfeasance.
To date, four states have halted all wagering on Alabama baseball.
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