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Cyclones give the boot to David “Stop Sign” Irving

David Irving Stop Sign

What was a source of jokes and one-liners has turned into the end of the line for David Irving in Ames.

Following Iowa State’s spring game Saturday, head coach Paul Rhoades somewhat surprisingly announced that Irving has been dismissed from the football program.  Rhoads made it clear that Irving had fumbled his final opportunity to remain a part of the team.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of this football program and represent Iowa State football, Iowa State athletics and Iowa State University,” Rhoads said. “David Irving has exhausted that privilege to represent this football program by not meeting the expectations that we’ve laid out for him.”

Thursday, a photo surfaced showing Irving carrying an on-the-pole traffic sign through the midst of a student “riot” Tuesday.  Friday, Irving was suspended by Rhoades after being charged with fifth-degree theft, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief in connection to the brouhaha.  Were this Irving’s first brush with the law, it likely wouldn’t have resulted in his dismissal.  Unfortunately for the player, it wasn’t.

In mid-November of last year, Irving was arrested on a domestic assault charge and suspended for one game.  Charges against Irving related to that case were dropped two months later.

Irving’s dismissal is actually a fairly significant blow to ISU’s defensive line.  In 2013, the defensive lineman started eight of the 10 games in which he played.

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7 Responses to “Cyclones give the boot to David “Stop Sign” Irving”
  1. cubano76 says: Apr 13, 2014 1:32 PM

    Tip if that to the HC for taking a stand. Players need to know it truly is a privilege to be a student athlete, especially one on a full ride.

  2. bostonfrogs says: Apr 14, 2014 2:25 AM

    The good news for Irving? Iowa State has one of the very few football programs where leaving for a junior college can be considered a lateral move.

  3. raiderufan says: Apr 14, 2014 8:36 AM

    Not a bad nickname for a D-Lineman

  4. teedraper says: Apr 14, 2014 9:48 AM

    Kids can’t even have fun anymore. My goodness. I’m sure high school coaches are taking notice & won’t ever send a good player to play for this coach.

  5. 1historian says: Apr 14, 2014 10:33 AM

    Teedraper – yours is s V.I.P.




  6. kkk666tax says: Apr 14, 2014 1:04 PM

    Come on now… Kicked off the team really for those charges? Wow the whole football team and yes the whole football team was there. And the sign was being passed around all night, I have pics of other people and yes most of players are in these pics holding the sign. Was this a setup? Seem that way to me. Coach Rhodes and the athletics dept. you made a big mistake, another player set Cali up. That position could never be filled by anyone else on this team. Well this isn’t a real team because a team sticks together. Iowa is a state where racism still exist.
    Trust me people someone set Cali up his own family said it.

  7. ladyrb30 says: Apr 18, 2014 2:14 AM

    Jus ah few thoughts…

    Does David’s face (big smile) really appear to be that of ah person knowning marching his way into the big house with ah felony?

    Where are all the photos of the rest of the folks that were directly involved? the rest of the folks indirectly involved… meaning standing to the left and right enjoying the ambiance including cheering and celebrating

    by folks i mean other team members?

    so some of u need to speak very softly b4 the whole truth come out… meaning folks that are swirming in their lockers hoping and praying their “true and complete” involvement is not actually put on display like the big ” ” boy wuz

    in the best interest of the entire team and school… ah decision ah been made to ride it out alone… but dont think for ah minute that “we” (meaning love-ones) whom have actually heard the story first hand arent “pissed” we are HOT!

    most of all… coach rHodes should be ashame of himself acting as though he as “jokes” speaking on the situation. Once speaking of ah fumble regarding the last oppurtunity. Next speaking down on the situation as if David does not/did not appreciate the opportunity afforded to him with all da “privildge” talk. Cut it out pAul b4 somebody “outs” the knowledge you know u have regarding ah few other players (you would hate to lose) that wuz directly involved with the “so called” riot. Weak!!!

    One more comment since im on1… why the hell dont your players UNDERSTAND the seriousness of carrying ah sign during such events? Seem like you should have made ur players TOTALLY aware of such actions… every year folks get in trouble with da same BS… your players should have had better supervision regarding this matter.

    I personally feel like the coaching staff and school adminstrator all failed this student athelete and others in his positon. Nuff said!!

    How many 20 year old actually knows better?

    stupid? yes of course.

    worthy of being kick off da team? hell no!

    forfeit full scholarship? NO

    Time in jail… felony? Totall BullS_hit!!!

    from da classroom to da big house for something so dam stupid is stupid to me… where was the supervison? jacazz’

    Thanks alot coach… im sure this wont matter to you after ur first win later this year… but can u plz tell me why you brought this kid all the way from Cali to Iowa to inherit ah Felony? After he escaped the gangs and rigors of daily life on da streets of Compton and other surrounding cities.

    only one thing… The Big ” ” guy is the only person with the serious charges rite?

    Yea rite


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