Honestly, I don't blame them. I think it is somewhat plain to seet that the tipping pont was probalby KB getting the start last Saturday after the events of the proceeding week. I am sure (AB at least) felt that this could be his shot at showing the coaches what he can do in a game, but instead he had to sit back and watch KB's at times spotty defense.
Another thing that I think people overlook is the time these guys put in, be it starters or the back-up long snapper. They devote a huge portion of their time to football, and I would imagine it to be very frustrating to feel like all the time you put in is to get a good seat for the game.
McDowell disappoints. No, I'm not happy he would quit midseason. I can also understand a kid wanting to play and if it's not happening here, to seek other options. I'm just surprised he didn't see the field much at all. I know he's not the fastest guy, but over the past couple years I thought he was usually around the football when given opportunities.
One other point is that the situation with Banks last week might explain their timing, although it doesn't justify it. They likely got their hopes up for more playing time only to be handed a dose of more of the same. It's easy to always preach what's best for the team, but every kid still has dreams of contributing on the field. The ones that stick it out through tough times almost never regret it, but it isn't always that easy to do.
I did some checking into this and from what I've been told, it's all true. McDowell quit due to playing time. Bell walked out of an early morning punishment. Again, that's what I've been told. Nothing concrete with quotes that I will write a story with. I'm going to post a blog later this afternoon and I'll try to give some more thoughts on this topic.
IMO, this is something that Rhoads needs to learn from. One of your jobs as a head coach is keeping everybody happy to a certain extent. At Iowa State we don't have 4 or 5 star recruits so we have to build depth and we can't do that if guys are leaving every 2 to 3 years because they are not getting PT.
To anybody who says this isn't a big blow....you are crazy. With OSU, Mizzou, Kansas, and A&M's passing games coming up, we need all the depth in the secondary we can get
If Bell is gone basically due to disciplinary issues then I can live with that but I too am disappointed losing McDowell, I thought he showed some potential a few times last year. This is a big blow to the depth of the team, especially for a team who runs as much Nickel as we do...even against a team like Army.
I feel bad for these guys. They came in under McCarney, and have seen two coaching changes and never got a chance to really develop their skills or play with the a team/system that they planned on. With two coaching changes and three fairly significantly different coaching styles all of the players get screwed because they're locked in to the school without losing elidgibility and transfering.
I haven't looked into this but I bet the average time a head coach is at a school has decreased significantly over the last 20 years, with the demand to win and the amount of $$$ involved coaches are only given a couple of years to prove what they can do and then they usually move on. Not to mention coordinators and position coaches resume look like a amtrack train schedule with how many cities most of them have stopped in for 1-2 year stints. All the while, athletes commit to schools and then get stuck with whoever comes along next.
The NCAA seriously needs to re-examin the rules for transfering if a coach leaves. I understand they can't just let players transfer willy nilly with the coaches that recruited them, but if a coach leaves a school maybe an extra year of playing time could be granted or maybe they could loosen the rules on being able to transfer within conference without an extra year penalty or something. Guys like Bo Williams get completely screwed transfering once sitting out a year and then here comes a new staff who he doesn't fit with at all. It's really just unfortunate for the players and in McDowell's and Bell's case, I don't blame them for their frustration, although I don't agree with the mid-season quitting, I do understand it.
The PT for some players up to this point has been a little confusing. For example, I know that the Bo issue has been discussed in other threads, but the bottom line is that on the 9/28 depth chart, Bo is listed as the #3 RB, and he didn't see a play in the pre-conference games, while Beau, who saw a few snaps, isn't even listed on the depth chart. Now A-Rob is hurting, so it's quite conceivable that the #3 back may need to play (especially if #2 is having issues).
With everyone talking about throwing them a bone and giving them some mop up time at the end, who is to say that a little more playing time would solve the issue? Both of these guys have started at one point or another and both have been recruited over, which is the name of the game in college sports. Maybe they are thinking that they need to start instead of play back up?
The only schools who would benefit from making transfer rules more lenient would be big schools who hire away successfull coaches from lower tier schools. That coach could then take his best players, who have been in the system for multiple years, and install his coaching style seamlessly at a new school.
Would you have liked it if Chizik could have taken a chunk of the starters with him to Auburn with no penalties? That would have been great for ISU.
This hurts. We didn't lose any starters but this decimates our depth in the defensive backfield, and Bell was making some nice plays on special teams as well. Going to make it harder to play dime when we face some of these passing offenses in the future, and we really can't handle any injuries at CB this year now!