So what are you thinking now if you are Phillip Bates?
The coach who called you out as a quitter when you decided to leave Iowa State midseason, himself abandons ship at the first opportunity after apparently telling his players he wasn’t going anywhere when talk heated up that he was second-guessing his decision.
The pot calling the kettle black? You betcha.
Bates lost out to Austen Arnaud to be ISU’s starting quarterback and decided he wanted to continue his career somewhere else. Where? We don’t yet know. He may not either.
What do we know? He’s still enrolled at ISU.
What happens if AD Jamie Pollard lands Turner Gill, who appears to be the people’s choice to succeed Chizik and get ISU’s football program to sustain any type of forward motion it has after going 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the Big 12.
Gill’s a Nebraska guy, played there (1980-83) and coached there (1992-2004). Husker fans think the world of them. He may have gotten the NU job had it not been Bo Pelini.
Does Bates — an Omaha native who was born the same year (1989) that Gill served as a Nebraska graduate assistant and grew up idolizing the quarterbacks Gill tutored — reconsider his decision to find greener pastures?
Would Pollard allow him to since Bates has already been given a release from his scholarship? Would teammates welcome him back to the band?
Food for thought.