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Iowa, Iowa State Student-Athletes Being Investigated for Sports Betting

The University of Iowa’s baseball team is officially under investigation by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission after suspicious activity linked to sports betting.

Fresh out of a recent sports betting scandal linked to Alabama which saw head coach Brad Bohannon fired for allegedly placing wagers against the Crimson Tide. USA Today reports that Alabama scratched its starting pitcher before that night’s game against LSU.


Iowa now finds itself under the microscope after holding out four players from the matchup against Ohio State, “due to a potential violation,” but did not provide specifics.

Brian Ohorilko, the director of gaming for the state’s commission, spoke on the situation surrounding the Hawkeyes by saying, “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.”

Of the four players that were held out from the game, Iowa infielder Keaton Anthony, who leads the team in multiple different statistical categories remained in the dugout alongside Jacob Henderson, Ben Tallman and Gehrig Christensen.

While gambling laws continue to change around the nation, multiple programs have been mentioned in investigation reports including the Iowa State Cyclones.


The recent uptick in conversations surrounding college sports and sports betting as a whole feels like a trend that’s going to continue especially with all of the recent breaking news with both Iowa schools. For better or worse, investigations will continue until the appropriate actions have been taken.

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