Gaming authorities are investigating allegations of prohibited online sports betting against 41 student athletes at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, the athletic department said Monday afternoon.
Iowa has 26 student-athletes from the five sports under study, and Iowa has 15 student-athletes from three sports. Iowa Athletic employs outside counsel. Both colleges, along with the University of Northern Iowa, are governed by the same board of directors.
“The board is aware of the concerns related to online gambling involving individuals associated with the University of Iowa and Iowa State University,” the board said in a statement. We will fully cooperate with any investigations related to .We are monitoring the situation closely and are confident that university administrators at each institution will take all necessary steps to ensure continued compliance. increase.”
Iowa announced a timeline for the investigation Monday afternoon.
- May 2 — The leadership of the University of Iowa has been notified of possible criminal activity related to sports betting that suggests a possible NCAA violation.
- May 3rd — Law enforcement notified the university that additional information would be provided the next day.
- May 4th — The university received a list of individuals who allegedly participated in sports betting.
- May 5th — The state of Iowa has notified several student-athletes that they will not be participating in future competitions, warned the NCAA of possible violations, advised colleges, and in some cases hired outside counsel to lead investigations. Hired.
- May 8th — Athletics staff were informed of possible NCAA violations via email.
Overall, the university received information on approximately 111 individuals, including 26 student-athletes in baseball, football, men’s basketball, men’s track and field, and wrestling, and one full-time athletic department employee. . The majority of individuals are not affiliated with student staff, former student-athletes, or UI Athletics at all. No current or former coaches.
Iowa Athletic said it will provide education on NCAA rules regarding sports betting and its potential consequences.
Several baseball players, including All-American prospect Keaton Anthony, have been withheld from the weekend’s baseball series against Ohio State. On Friday, the department released a printed statement to reporters covering the game. No additional comments as this is an ongoing investigation. “
Speculation swirled throughout the weekend that the investigation wasn’t just about baseball players. first reported Endorsed by Action Network’s Darren Rovell. athletic.
389 batting average, Anthony started every game for the Iowa baseball team. 1 LSU 12-4 earlier this year.
At Iowa State University, which does not have a baseball team, the 15 student-athletes accused of betting in violation of NCAA rules hail from soccer, wrestling and track and field.
“Iowa State University and its intercollegiate track and field department are aware of an online sports betting allegation involving approximately 15 active student-athletes in soccer, wrestling and track and field in violation of NCAA rules. The university has notified the NCAA and will take appropriate steps to resolve these issues,” the athletic department said in a statement.
Iowa legalized sports gambling in 2019 with face-to-face sportsbooks and online and app-based games. There are no restrictions as long as the bettor is 21 years old. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes, coaches, and other athletics officials from betting on amateur, collegiate, or professional-level sports in which the NCAA holds championships.
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