December 13, 2006

'Good chance' Bates will sign with Cyclones

Omaha (Neb.) North quarterback Phillip Bates went from one of the Cyclones' most solid commitments to a soft verbal after the resignation of former head coach Dan McCarney. With new head coach Gene Chizik hired and in place, the Cyclones have to re-recruit the three-star signal caller, but made big strides yesterday towards resecuring his pledge.

On Tuesday, Iowa State announced that quarterback coach Todd Fitch would be retained and that was news that is sitting well with the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Bates. He spoke with Fitch shortly after the announcement and said the rehire improves the chances he will remain a Cyclone.

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