IOWA CITY, Iowa — Hawkeye star defensive back Desmond King has decided to return to school for his senior season.
The Daily Iowan was first to report the story on Monday night.
On Tuesday, King confirmed the news via Instagram.
Initially, King’s mother, Yvette Powell, told The Daily Iowan Monday that her son would be returning to the Hawkeyes to play out his college eligibility.
“We have unfinished business,” Powell told The Daily Iowan. “…He didn’t want to leave C.J. [Beathard] like that. We talked to C.J. and he was happy. I told him it’s time for you guys to lead your team and to see them on graduation day.
“That’s a beautiful thing. They want to stick together, that’s what it’s all about.”
The Jim Thorpe winner and consensus All-American enjoyed a stellar season for Iowa, tying the school record with eight interceptions and recording 72 tackles on the year.
The sting of the team’s disappointing loss in the Rose Bowl to Stanford reportedly played a big role in his decision.
“He said he wants to go out in a good way and not in the way where he came from a loss,” Powell told The Daily Iowan. “He wants to win … He came to me and said everything I was hoping.
“…Everybody’s surprised. It’s not about the money all the time. The money is going to be there. He has more chance to make more with a degree.”