Rodney Coe announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter he had been dismissed from the Iowa State's football program. An Iowa State spokesman says the cause for the dismissal is a violation of team rules.
"Pretty much a lot of little things," Coe told AllCyclones.com by phone Thursday afternoon. "Me being late to meetings, missing stuff.
"I'm like really disappointed."
Coe, a rising senior defensive tackle, said he met with Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads, defensive tackles coach Shane Burnham and Markus Alleyne, assistant athletics director of football operations, on Wednesday.
Coe, who will finish the semester at ISU, does not believe he can earn his way back onto the football team.
"They pretty much made it clear I was dismissed [for good]," he said.
While Coe could transfer to a D-II school and be eligible immediately, he says he plans on jumping to an FBS program, sitting out a transfer year, and then playing.
Coe arrived at Iowa State as a JUCO transfer from Iowa Western in 2013 and made an immediate splash in the defensive line rotation, serving as a backup at nose tackle and three-technique before starting the final four games over an injured/suspended three-tech David Irving. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Fulton, Mo., native recorded 37 tackles, five tackles for loss and two pass breakups. Out for the spring after undergoing shoulder surgery, Coe was expected to be a major cog of the Cyclones' defense in 2014.
"They gave the me chance to come in and they taught me everything," Coe said. "I'll credit them for that."