AMES, Iowa – Phillip Bates' father, Phillip, Sr., informed the Iowa State University Athletics Department Thursday that his son was quitting the football team effective immediately. Bates also requested a scholarship release from the school.
"I am disappointed that Phillip is quitting our team," Iowa State Head Coach Gene Chizik said. "Although I understand his desire to be a starting quarterback, I am extremely disappointed that he is quitting two days prior to a game. However, we will give him his release, continue to support him academically and honor his scholarship for the rest of the fall semester."
Bates, an Omaha native, played in four games this season at quarterback and completed 11-24 passes for 137 yards and two TDs. He was the Cyclones' second-leading rusher with 166 yards. As a true freshman in 2007, Bates caught five passes while playing receiver.
The Cyclones, who play at Baylor on Saturday, will have no additional comment.