12-19-96 Statement from Troy Davis on his future at Iowa State University
I have decided, after thinking about it since the end of the season, to forego my final year of collegiate eligibility to make myself available for the NFL draft. It was a very difficult decision but I feel it is in the best interest of my family. The great relationship I have with Coach McCarney made this a tougher decision. He is turning around the Iowa State football program and I will miss being a part of that turnaround. I will miss Coach McCarney, coach (Steve) Loney and coach (Kirby) Wilson. Everyone at Iowa State has worked for what was in my best interest, academically and athletically. I want to thank my teammates and the whole Iowa State community. They have made my experience in Ames one to cherish the rest of my life. Our fans have been great to us. That's why I'll be back to watch Darren at ISU next season and I'm excited about seeing him get his chance in the Cyclone backfield. I'll be back to Iowa State to earn my degree. That is a promise."
Statement from Iowa State head football coach Dan McCarney
"First let me say that no one has done a better job on a daily basis as an ambassador for Iowa State football than Troy Davis. Everywhere Troy has travelled, he has brought honor to Iowa State University. The opportunity to coach him every day for two seasons was a true blessing. Troy and I have a personal bond that will last a lifetime. Troy's performance the past two seasons, which helped us lay the foundation for a strong football program, is unique in collegiate football history.
Troy and I have had several discussions about his future and I know the decision to leave Iowa State for the National Football League was a difficult one for him. But it was a decision based on what Troy felt was in the best interests of himself and his family. I would have loved to see him back at ISU next season, but I respect his decision. If you know Troy Davis, you know he is a man of his word. That is why I know he'll be back to finish his degree. Troy, Darren and I have talked about how exciting it will be to see Darren represent the Davis family in the Cyclone backfield next season."
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Advisory: Troy and Darren Davis left for Miami today. Head coach Dan McCarney is out of town recruiting and will return to central Iowa this weekend.
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