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.
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.