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Cyclones QB Bates quits team, requests scholarship release

Updated: October 9, 2008, 6:56 PM ET
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com

Backup Iowa State quarterback Phillip Bates has quit the football team and requested a scholarship release from the school, school officials confirmed.

Bates was involved in a tight battle in the spring before he was beaten out for the starting position by Austen Arnaud, who has been the team's starting quarterback for every game in the Cyclones' 2-3 start.

Bates, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., had played in each of the Cyclones' first four games before sitting out their game last ...

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