A season full of historic success at Iowa State has made Matt Campbell one of the most popular names to come up whenever a job opens up throughout college football.Cyclones athletics director Jamie Pollard wanted to make sure he could keep Campbell in Ames. So on Monday night, he rewarded the second-year coach with a new contract.Iowa State announced Monday that Campbell had agreed to a new six-year contract worth $22.5 million.“We are just getting started at Iowa State,” Campbell said in a statement issued by the school. “To see our culture rapidly developing in concert with some excellent incoming recruits, we are developing a foundation for a program on the brink of success. Most importantly, I want to continue this journey and take Iowa State and its fan base to levels it has never reached. Now, it’s time to hit the recruiting trail and continue to build on what has been achieved this season.”Campbell’s guaranteed annual salary will increase … [Read more...] about Iowa State makes big investment in Matt Campbell, hikes pay to $3.5M yearly
A season full of historic success at Iowa State has made Matt Campbell one of the most popular names to come up whenever a job opens up throughout college football.Cyclones athletics director Jamie Pollard wanted to make sure he could keep Campbell in Ames. So on Monday night, he rewarded the second-year coach with a new contract.Iowa State announced Monday that Campbell had agreed to a new six-year contract worth $22.5 million.“We are just getting started at Iowa State,” Campbell said in a statement issued by the school. “To see our culture rapidly developing in concert with some excellent incoming recruits, we are developing a foundation for a program on the brink of success. Most importantly, I want to continue this journey and take Iowa State and its fan base to levels it has never reached. Now, it’s time to hit the recruiting trail and continue to build on what has been achieved this season.”Campbell’s guaranteed annual salary will increase … [Read more...] about Iowa State gives Matt Campbell new contract
MANHATTAN, Kan. — You can probably read all those Matt Campbell-to-Nebraskareports with a “for entertainment only” mindset.Campbell has been named as a contender for the open Big Ten job, and FootballScoop.com, which breaks a lot of coaching news, had a report Saturday that Campbell was "a strong candidate at Nebraska." But the interest needs to go both ways. And someone with direct knowledge of the situation told me late Saturday night that it’s not going to happen with Nebraska.Stuff can change, I get that.Iowa State-Kansas State football game refs aren’t the only ones who can flip-flop on decisions, you know.It’s nothing against Nebraska, which booted the likable-but-mismatched Mike Riley after three forgettable seasons in Lincoln on Saturday. It’s nothing against the Big Red’s enthusiastic fan base. It's a good — if no longer great — job. His robust buyout is batting away some admirers, but don't … [Read more...] about Peterson: Iowa State coach Matt Campbell to Nebraska? Not going to happen, I was told.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — It’s just shy of a month until college football recruits can start signing national letters of intent. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has a slew of them, ready to sign the dotted line, all probably wondering if the coach to whom they said 'yes' would be the man who eventually coached them."You can tell the recruits whatever you want, you know what I’m saying?” Campbell said after Saturday’s 20-19 loss at Kansas State. “But I think until you show it and until it’s proven, then it is what it is.“I think that’s the reality we live in. Kids are smart. They’re 18- to 22-year-old kids. I think it ends up having to be your loyalty to stay where you are, be who you say you are, and I think that’s the key to success in terms of longevity and building a program." PETE's 1ST WORD: A defensive breakdown and a questionable call doomed ISU He’s signed through December 2021. His … [Read more...] about Iowa State’s Matt Campbell addresses coaching rumors after Cyclones’ loss to Kansas State
Tennessee has backed off its pursuit of Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and is expected to seek dialogue soon with Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, according to a report by ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach during Saturday morning’s “College GameDay” broadcast.The 37-year-old Campbell, the former Toledo coach in his second year with Iowa State, became a hot name this fall after leading the Cyclones to upsets over Oklahoma and TCU. Iowa State is 7-4 entering Saturday’s game against Kansas State. More: Butch Jones' replacement as Tennessee football coach: 15 names from Gruden to Gundy The hurdle for teams trying to pry Campbell away from Iowa State is his buyout, which exceeds $9 million. That buyout caused UT officials to back away from Campbell, Schlabach reported.“They just could not figure out a way to get around his $9.4 million buyout,” Schlabach reported. More: UT Vols football coaching job has plenty of appeal even after … [Read more...] about UT Vols: Tennessee backs off Matt Campbell, expected to pursue Dan Mullen, per report
AMES, Ia. — If Matt Campbell doesn’t win Big 12 Conference’s Coach of the Year Award, then no one should. If he doesn’t win, then the conspiracy theorists among you (and you know who you are) just might be onto something. Maybe there are people out there that wish Iowa State football didn’t exist.I’ve heard Campbell called a miracle worker, which I don’t buy. He’s done a great job of changing the culture. He’s weeded out players who didn’t fit his style. Along with the seniors, he’s orchestrated the locker room into a place where there’s just one clique — the all-in Cyclones football clique — and don’t forget this:Matt Campbell has made Iowa State football consistently relevant for the first time in a long, long while.Heck, this team might even win at Kansas State on Saturday for the first time since Dan McCarney’s 2004 team won there.A miracle season? If Matt made miracles, then why did the … [Read more...] about Peterson: Who’s the Big 12 Coach of the Year? Easy. It’s Matt Campbell.
AMES, Ia. — Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell said quarterback Kyle Kempt will be available for Saturday's game at Baylor. How much or even if he will be used for the Saturday showdown at 1:30 p.m., remains to be seen as the Cyclones weigh who to use against Baylor: Kempt or redshirt freshman Zeb Noland. “I think right now, it looks like he’ll (Kempt) be available,” said Iowa State coach Matt Campbell. “Will he be full strength on Saturday? I think that’s the biggest question mark for us.” Kempt, a redshirt senior for the Cyclones, has started Iowa State's last six games. He guided the Cyclones to four straight wins, including victories over then No.-3 Oklahoma and then-No. 4 Texas Christian. But Kempt came out out in the second quarter of Iowa State's 49-42 loss to then-No. 15 Oklahoma State last Saturday. After the game, Campbell said Kempt had suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder and had been … [Read more...] about Matt Campbell still coy on Iowa State’s starting quarterback for Baylor game
AMES, Ia. — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has taken notice of what Matt Campbell has done in his second season coaching at Iowa State.And Gundy believes other schools have as well and that Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard may have to pay up to keep Campbell in Ames after the season.“I would say that (Pollard had) better ante up because I would predict that (Campbell's) going to be a hot item out there with his youth and what he’s done,” Gundy told reporters during his weekly news conference in Oklahoma on Monday.Campbell has done a lot in his second season with the 23rd-ranked Cyclones, who will take on Gundy’s 15th-ranked Cowboys on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium at 11 a.m. Iowa State is bowl eligible for the first time since 2012 and is 4-2 in league play for just the fourth time in school history. Peterson: ISU's erratic offense puts the burden on defense against high-scoring Oklahoma State It’s how the … [Read more...] about Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says Iowa State will need to ‘ante up’ to keep Matt Campbell
AMES, Ia. — College football’s silly season is upon us.Even before Florida officially canned Jim McElwain on Sunday, Matt Campbell’s name showed up on speculative lists people in my business compile.Like it or not, it’s the ride you’re in for, Cyclone fans. It happens when you’ve got a top coach. Every hunt for coaches at top 10 college jobs — like at Florida — will include coaches like Matt Campbell.It’s a compliment that he is — and will be — mentioned like that, as college coaching dominoes fall. You’d prefer it that way, rather than the Nobody Wants Your Coach way.If you’re on someone’s list for a job like Florida's, that means you’re among the most promising coaches in college football. And that's what Campbell is. It means nothing more, so don’t read between the lines. Don’t read something into it that’s not there.And, anyhow, Campbell said after Saturday’s … [Read more...] about Peterson: Matt Campbell is going to be linked with lots of jobs. Take it as a compliment.
AMES, Ia. — Matt Campbell has been clear about his feelings. It's time for Iowa State to start winning and rewarding its fans.The 2017 season could be when that happens.Campbell, entering his second season leading the Cyclones program, is not shying from bowl expectations in this coming season.“That’s something that is the next step here,” Campbell said. “I knew this year was building a great foundation — put the foundation in, don’t short cut it. Now, can we do that? Can we get ourselves to the next step? I think you’re able to put some goals into the program now. I don’t know if you were able to even do that (in 2016), not knowing what our program was. But I think playing, winning, a bowl game — that’s got to be a program goal for us. Beat your rivals — that’s a program goal for us. Have the opportunity to compete for a Big 12 Championship — that’s a real goal for the program.”In his … [Read more...] about Matt Campbell unplugged: Bowl game in 2017 is realistic