Iowa Hawkeyes Sep 18, 2021; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; A Hawkeye helmet sits on the sidelines during the game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kent State Golden Flashes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

As the Iowa Hawkeyes gambling scandal continues to unfold, one bit of news Wednesday amused Twitter.

Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register noted that walk-on junior kicker Aaron Blom allegedly placed 170 bets, totaling $4,400, under his mother’s name on DraftKings.

One of the alleged bets: Blom bet the “under” for points in the 2021 Iowa-Iowa State football game.


While the situation is no laughing matter for Blom, who will have his chance to plead his case, college football fans found it hilarious he bet the under on an Iowa football game. The Hawkeyes have been horrendous on offense, and ranked 132nd out of 133 FBS teams in yards per game in 2022. They were 125th in scoring (17.7 points per game).

Those woes have led to much criticism of offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, son of longtime Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz.

So CFB fans had a lot of fun with the news.

Blom, Iowa’s backup kicker, faces aggravated misdemeanor charges in the case, and if he is found to have bet on Iowa football games, he could be ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.

University of Iowa officials confirmed in May that more than two dozen athletes are under investigation for allegedly violating NCAA rules prohibiting online sports gambling. The probe involves 26 athletes, including football players.

[Chad Leistikow, Des Moines Register]

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