After the University of Alabama baseball coach was fired last week amid an investigation into suspicious gambling activity, the Iowa Hawkeyes baseball program is now under scrutiny by the Iowa gaming commission, which confirmed the investigation on Monday afternoon.
A week after the world of college baseball went into a frenzy when Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon was implicated for betting on an LSU game, the Iowa Gaming and Racing Commission confirmed that it is taking place. an investigation into Iowa Hawkeyes baseball for possible violations. It should be noted that betting on Iowa baseball has not stopped at this time.
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Iowa’s track team issued a statement last weekend saying some players were prevented from playing in a series against Ohio State «due to a possible violation.»
Action Network reported that the Iowa gaming commission is investigating the baseball program. Last weekend against the Buckeyes, three players were sidelined, including utility player Keaton Anthony and relief pitcher Jacob Henderson, according to On3.
Iowa’s athletic department has not commented further on the matter.
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«The commission takes the integrity of gaming in the state seriously and continues to monitor the situation and will provide any additional information when it can,» Brian Ohorilko, director of gaming for the state gaming commission, told Action Network.
Alabama is currently investigating former coach Brad Bohannon
After it was announced that the Ohio gaming commission halted all betting related to Alabama baseball, rumors began to circulate as to why.
It is alleged that the Alabama head coach contacted a gambler in Ohio, who placed a sizeable bet on LSU winning.
The school then launched an investigation, along with the Ohio regulator, to determine if anyone else was involved. After two days of reviewing the records, the school found grounds to fire Bohannon.
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«Alabama’s director of athletics, Greg Byrne, announced that he is in the process of firing head baseball coach Brad Bohannon for, among other things, violating the standards, duties and responsibilities expected of University employees,» read in the school statement. «Bohannon has been relieved of all duties to him and Jason Jackson will serve as interim head coach. There will be no further comment at this time pending an ongoing review.»
Investigators in the Alabama case say they have video evidence showing Bohannon was directly communicating with a gambler at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
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Attention now turns to the investigation by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
The Iowa athletic department did not respond to OutKick’s request for comment.