Kirk Ferentz urges NCAA to reconsider level of punishment amid gambling probe
Kirk Ferentz spoke at the podium at Wednesday’s B1G Media Days session. He talked about the recent gambling investigation involving a select number of Iowa student athletes.
Ferentz stated that he hopes the NCAA will eventually reconsider the punishments for those involved. He compared society’s view on gambling to the legalization of marijuana, with how penalties are beginning to change.
Kirk Ferentz said he hopes the NCAA reconsiders the level of punishment it imposes on athletes who violate gambling rules. Compared society’s approach to gambling to society’s approach to the legalization of marijuana, w/ penalties changing and loosening.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 26, 2023
“It’s not a large number of players, period,” said Ferentz. “Long story short, I don’t know what the outcome is going to be.”
Kirk Ferentz on the gambling investigation at Iowa and its impact on the football program: “It’s not a large number of players, period. Long story short, I don’t know what the outcome is going to be.” Would like to see the NCAA revisit what’s “fair” in terms of player sanctions.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) July 26, 2023
A total of 26 Iowa student-athletes are a part of the investigation regarding sports gambling.
Baseball, football, men’s basketball, track and field, and wrestling all have players being investigated by the NCAA. There is also a full-time employee within Iowa athletics that is being investigated.
One of the football players, Noah Shannon, was supposed to speak at B1G Media Days. He decided to not attend as he is being investigated by the NCAA. Jay Higgins will be speaking in Shannon’s place.
It looks like Ferentz isn’t afraid to speak his mind about the NCAA investigation.