Iowa Racing and Gaming responds to college athlete betting charges

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While the details of the allegations and investigations into several Iowa and Iowa State college athletes continue to come out, the state regulators responded to the news.

On Thursday, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission issued a press release to reiterate that its probe into the activity indicated that nothing undermined the integrity of the sports being wagered on.

“The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) would like to affirm that it does not currently have any information that would call into question the integrity of any sports wagering contest or event involving the University of Iowa or Iowa State University,” the release said.

The IRGC reiterated that it conducted its own thorough internal review when news of dozens of Iowa athletes being suspended came to light back in May. That investigation included looking at line movement, the number of wagers, and working with sportsbooks and sportsbook integrity partners.

Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard also issued a statement in light of the news:

“Since becoming aware of potential NCAA eligibility issues related to sports wagering by several of our student-athletes in May, low State University has been actively working to address these issues with the involved student-athletes. This process is ongoing and will take time before being completely resolved.

“lowa State cannot comment on any student-athletes’ circumstance or eligibility status. We will, however, continue to support our student-athletes as our compliance staff works with the NCAA to sort out questions surrounding their future eligibility for intercollegiate athletics competition.

“Iowa State Athletics educates its student-athletes, coaches, and staff on NCAA rules and State of Iowa law surrounding sports wagering and will continue to emphasize the importance of understanding and adhering to these regulations moving forward.”

One group who is not going to comment on the matter is the NCAA, which provided the following statement to SBC Americas:

“Due to confidentiality rules put in place by NCAA member schools, the NCAA does not comment on current, pending or potential investigations.”