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    The state of Iowa is at the center of a sports betting controversy as news was released this week that Iowa State quarterback Hunter Dekkers would be brought up on criminal charges for his involvement in a sports gambling investigation. Dekkers will miss fall camp and was forthright in informing the institution and his coaching staff of his involvement. According to his attorney, Mark Weinhardt, Dekkers’ disclosure was “so he can focus on his studies and the defense of this criminal charge.” Dekkers, who received All-Big 12 honors in 2022, throwing for 3,044 yards and 19 touchdowns, is accused of “tampering with records,” as the Des Moines Register reported. He is accused of betting on the 2021 match-up between Iowa State and Oklahoma State. The Des Moines Register also stated that Dekkers allegedly placed wagers on up to 26 Iowa State sporting contests. As the investigation ensues, Dekkers could face a lifetime ban from the NCAA, given its gambling policy. 

    In addition to Hunter Dekkers, University of Iowa reserve kicker Aaron Blom faces a similar criminal charge of tampering with records. As John Steppe of The Gazette noted, Blom is accused of placing roughly 170 underage sports wagers and betting on the 2021 football contest between Iowa and Iowa State. He used his mother’s information to create a DraftKings Sportsbook profile to place his bets totaling around $4,000. Blom is not the only Hawkeye charged with sports betting. Former Iowa basketball player and Nebraska transfer Ahron Ulis is suspected of placing upwards of 2,000 sports bets; his brother’s information was used to open a Fan Duel account. Out of the thousands of bets Ulis made, he is claimed to have made close to $35,000. A large portion of his bets were on college basketball and football games.

    As a result of the sports betting controversy surrounding college athletes in Iowa, including Hunter Dekkers, Aaron Blom, and Ahron Ulis, significant concerns have been raised about the integrity of sports and the potential impact on college sports going forward. With seven college athletes now under investigation for allegedly participating in sports gambling, the NCAA and the respective universities must scrutinize the situation and take appropriate action. Several players may face criminal charges for tampering with records and placing numerous sports bets, highlighting the issue’s seriousness and the need for accountability.

    The NCAA’s strict gambling policy could have severe consequences for the college athletes involved as the investigation unfolds. Such penalties will likely have far-reaching implications for the players’ careers and the reputation of college sports in general. The incident also sheds light on college sports betting as a broader issue. It raises ethical questions about the ease with which young athletes can access and engage in sports gambling through online platforms like DraftKings and FanDuel, potentially leading to ethical dilemmas and compromising fairness on the field. Universities and sports governing bodies must implement robust educational programs and policies to prevent sports betting among student-athletes and protect college sports integrity. The lessons learned from this incident could shape future regulations and measures to safeguard the sanctity of sports and prevent similar controversies.

    CFB FAQs

    How are college football bowl games determined?

    Only bowl-eligible teams are selected for College Football Bowls. At the NCAA Division I FBS level, the standard by which teams become available for selection in bowl games varies. For example, in 2018-19 season, the team had to have at least as many wins as overall losses. Wins against non-Division I teams do not count toward the number of wins.

    How do you play college football pick'em pools?

    Simply pick winners from the games each week selected by the Pool Commissioner, either straight up or against the spread. Whichever member has the most points at the end of the season wins

    What is a football pool?

    "Football Pool" is a broad term for a group of people competitively guessing the outcome of one or more football games. There are many types of formats, each assigning winners differently. They can be played informally between friends or through a more formalized system. They are often considered a great alternative to fantasy football given the ease of playing, although there are fantasy football pools as well.

    How to run a football pool?

    How you decide to run a football pool varies greatly depending on the game type. In each case, however, you'll want to determine the rules and settings before you begin inviting members to join you. You'll want to clearly establish how score will be kept, how tiebreakers work, and how winners are decided before anything else.

    How to play squares football pools?

    Football squares are played by creating a grid, in which Team 1 takes the column and Team 2 the rows. In some cases, participants may claim as many squares as they like. In others, commissioners limit them to one. At the quarter times and end of the game, the winner is decided at the point the scores final digit intersect.

    How do you setup a college football bowl pool?

    To set up a college football bowl pool, you'll need to first choose if you will include all the games or specific ones. Then, you'll need to set the ground rules. As commissioner, you'll implement rules to ensure everything runs smoothly during the bowl games. Many use pool sites like RunYourPool to make the process easier.

    What is a college football squares pool?

    In a college football squares pool, a commissioner starts with a 10x10 grid of 100 squares (though commissioners decide to use smaller 5x5 pools). Members pick one or more squares in that grid. Winners are determined based on the score of each team after each quarter and at the end of the game.

    How many squares in a football pool?

    In a traditional football squares pool, a grid is sectioned off into 100 squares with 10 columns and 10 rows. This accounts for a direct relationship between each possible digit from 0 to 9 on both the X and Y axis. For smaller square grids like 5x5, multiple numbers can be assigned to each column and row.

    How to read a football squares pool sheet?

    In Squares formats, football pool sheets include a grid, where one team is the column and one is the row. Winners are determined at the end of each quarter when the last number in the team’s score (on each side) is matched to the numbers on the grid, and the intersecting square wins.

    How do you setup a college football bowl pool?

    To set up a college football bowl pool, you'll need to first choose if you will include all the games or specific ones. Then, you'll need to set the ground rules. As commissioner, you'll implement rules to ensure everything runs smoothly during the bowl games. Many use pool sites like RunYourPool to make the process easier.

    How do you win college football confidence bowl pool?

    The winner of a college bowl confidence pool is the member with the most points after all games have ended. Members rank each game based on how confident they are in their pick (44 points = most confident, 1 point = least confident). For each game picked correctly, members receive the number of points they assigned.

    What is a college football bowl confidence pool?

    Players try to pick the winner of every bowl game, assigning a point value to each game. Picks are made "straight up," not using a point spread system. Members rank each game based on how confident they are (44 points = most confident, 1 point = least confident). A winner is determined by totalling the point values assigned to correctly picked games.

    How do you setup a college football bowl pool?

    To set up a college football bowl pool, you'll need to first choose if you will include all the games or specific ones. Then, you'll need to set the ground rules. As commissioner, you'll implement rules to ensure everything runs smoothly during the bowl games. Many use pool sites like RunYourPool to make the process easier.

    How do you win college football bowl pick'em pool?

    As you might expect, the player who selects the most bowl winners will win their pick'em pool. You can win your college football bowl pick'em pool by choosing winners wisely, based on past performance, player starting status and other "intangibles."

    What is a college football bowl pick'em pool?

    In a College Bowl Pick'em pool members attempt to pick the winner of every College Bowl game (or a subset of games determined by the Pool Commissioner). Picks are made using the point spread system or "straight up", as assigned by the Pool Commissioner.

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