Matt Campbell says Iowa State fans don’t need to worry about him leaving

Matt Campbell offered some reassurance for Iowa State fans who are worried now that he’s become the hottest name on the coaching market.

The Cyclones are 5-2 and ranked for the first time since 2005 in Campbell’s second season as head coach. His name has started to pop up in connection with possible openings across the country, but Campbell told the Des Moines Register’s Tommy Birch that Iowa State fans can relax.

“They don’t have anything to worry about,” Campbell said when asked about rumors that he could leave for another job.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said Saturday that Campbell should be at the top of the list for any athletic director looking to hire a new head coach. Nebraska, Tennessee, Arkansas and other programs could all be interested if any of them move on from their current coaches.

However, Campbell is adamant that he’s in Ames for the long haul.

“That’s why we came here … to build this program and we haven’t even started yet,” Campbell said. “All we’ve done is laid a foundation to this thing.”

Iowa State has a massive buyout on its side if another program does try to poach Campbell. His buyout this season would be $9.4 million. Add the cost of his new salary and buying out his staff, and a school might have to pay as much as $20 million to lure Campbell away from Ames.

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