Report: Desmond King returning to Iowa, according to his mother

Register staff report
Iowa's Desmond King celebrates after forcing a fourth down during the Hawkeyes' game against Wisconsin at Camp Randall in Madison on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

The mother of Iowa junior cornerback Desmond King told The Daily Iowan that the all-American plans to return for his senior season.

King’s mother, Yvette Powell, told the paper “We have unfinished business… 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 report says that King told Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and defensive coordinator Phil Parker about his decision on Monday.

King was a first-team cornerback on the AP All-America team this season after pulling down eight interceptions. That number tied King for second in the nation, and tied an Iowa record held by Nile Kinnick and Lou King.

Desmond King also took home the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back.

“…Everybody’s surprised,” Powell said according to the report, “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.”

Powell also spoke with Hawkeye Nation's Rob Howe, according to a report on their website. "Yes, Desmond is staying (at Iowa) because he has unfinished business,” Powell said.

Last week before the Rose Bowl King said he was 50-50 about an Iowa return. Neither King nor Iowa has publicly announced his intentions to remain in Iowa City for another season at this time.