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Iowa State University defensive tackle Isaiah Lee, who is accused of placing 26 different wagers on 12 separate Cyclones football games, is alleged to have bet against his own team in a game in which he played.
As reported by the Des Moines Register, Lee allegedly bet on the University of Texas to beat the Cyclones in 2021. He finished that game with just one tackle, yet Iowa State rolled, 30-7.
In addition, ISU running back Jirehl Brock, the Cyclones' leading rusher in 2022, has been charged with tampering with records as part of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s gambling probe, according to court records.
Brock is alleged to have placed wagers on four Iowa State football games while a member of the team. He played in two of those games — against Kansas State and Iowa — last season. It is also alleged that he bet 13 times on Iowa State basketball, according to the criminal complaint.
Brock is alleged to have placed a total of 1,327 wagers for more than $12,050, according to court records. It is also alleged that he bet 13 times on Iowa State basketball.
Also charged with tampering with records Thursday were Lee, DeShawn Hanika and Jacob Remsburg. All four were starters last season.
Current ISU quarterback Hunter Dekkers, as well as former Cyclones Enyi Uwazurike and Dodge Sauser, were previously charged with tampering with records as part of the probe. Iowa State wrestler Paniro Johnson and a number of University of Iowa student-athletes were also charged.
Earlier this month, Dekkers was accused of betting on one Iowa State football game — against Oklahoma State in 2021.
All are accused of placing bets in accounts registered in the names of third parties but that was controlled by the student-athletes, according to the criminal complaints, which sprung from investigations that began at both schools this spring.
“Since becoming aware of potential NCAA eligibility issues related to sports wagering by several of our student-athletes back in May, Iowa State University has been actively working to address these issues with the involved student-athletes, and that process remains ongoing," Iowa State senior athletics director Nick Joos said in a statement Thursday, as reported by the Register. "We will continue to support our student-athletes as our compliance staff works with the NCAA to sort out questions surrounding their future eligibility for athletics competition.”
Gambling is illegal for individuals under the age of 21. In addition, NCAA rules prohibit athletes, coaches and staff from betting on amateur, collegiate and professional sports in which the NCAA conducts a championship.
Brock, Lee and Hanika could face permanent NCAA ineligibility under the governing body's rules against gambling on a student-athlete's own games or on other sports at their school. Remsburg, whose wagers did not involve Iowa State, could face a suspension of up to half of the football season for placing wagers on college football.
"You always have concern, especially with how things have evolved over the course of the summer," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said last week, according to Travis Hines of the Register. "What you try to do is continue to evaluate the situation for what it is."