David Irving Stop Sign

Cyclones give the boot to David “Stop Sign” Irving


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.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.