Iowa DT Noah Shannon skipping Big Ten media days amid gambling probe

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sixth-year defensive tackle Noah Shannon will not attend Big Ten media days next week because of his involvement in the ongoing sports gambling investigation, Iowa’s athletics department announced Wednesday.

Shannon, a two-year starter and an honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree in 2022, was one of three Hawkeyes slated to attend next week’s event in Indianapolis. Linebacker Jay Higgins, an Indianapolis native, will replace Shannon.

“Being selected to represent the Iowa Hawkeye football team at Big Ten Media Day is a tremendous honor and privilege,” Shannon said in a statement. “I am grateful for the opportunity. However, given the circumstances I told Coach Ferentz it would best for him to select another player. Since the NCAA review is not yet complete, I don’t feel it is right for me to represent the team.”

“Noah’s decision to share this information and suggest that another player take his place is reflective of his character,” Ferentz said. “Noah is a committed and dedicated teammate, and this is a fine example of him always wanting to put the team first.”

What’s the latest for Iowa, Iowa State?

Shannon was one of 26 Iowa players (and 15 Iowa State athletes) implicated in a sports gambling probe conducted by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation. The schools were made aware of the situation on May 2, and the athletes were withheld from competition pending NCAA clearance. It impacts Iowa athletes in football, wrestling, baseball, men’s basketball and track, and Iowa State athletes in football, wrestling and track.

The situation remains under NCAA and DCI investigation.

“Hopefully, you get a little bit more clarity as we get a little bit closer, but I think you take the information that you have by the time you get to that point of the season and then you continue to put the team in the best situation to move itself forward,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said last week at Big 12 media days.

What are the penalties?

The NCAA provided revised guidelines regarding penalties last month. Athletes are not allowed to wager on sports the NCAA sanctions, such as basketball, baseball or football. Athletes who bet on their own games or on other sports at their schools will face permanent NCAA ineligibility.

The penalties for gambling on NCAA-sponsored sports are based on the amount of money wagered. They include:

  • $200 or less: education.
  • $201-$500: loss of 10 percent eligibility of a season.
  • $501-$800: loss of 20 percent eligibility of a season.
  • Greater than $800: loss of at least 30 percent eligibility of a season.

(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today)

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