USA Today: Iowa State was biggest winner of coaching carousel by holding onto Matt Campbell

Iowa State signing Matt Campbell to an extension is being hailed as one of the best moves of the 2018 coaching carousel.

USA Today’s Dan Wolken said the Cylones are one of the two biggest winners of this cycle of coaching changes because of Campbell’s big contract extension. (The other big winner was UCLA, which hired Chip Kelly.)

While programs like Tennessee were interested in poaching Campbell, Iowa State got to hold on to one of the best young coaches in the country.

From USA Today:

Though Iowa State already had a prohibitive buyout in place should another school pursue Campbell, he signed a new six-year deal worth $22.5 million with raises for his staff. The buyout next year will be $7 million, so while you can never say never, it will still be hard for another school to poach him following the 2018 season. At this point, Campbell seems pretty locked in. Don’t look for him to go anywhere until one of the true heavyweights in the Midwest like Ohio State, Michigan or Notre Dame comes calling. 

In his second season as Iowa State’s head coach, Campbell took the Cyclones from 3-9 to 7-5 with two wins over top-15 teams (at Oklahoma, vs. TCU). He did that while playing four different quarterbacks over the course of the season.

With that massive extension, Iowa State may be able to keep Campbell around long enough to truly build a solid competitor in the Big 12. In the meantime, Cyclone fans should root for some of those big-name programs in the Big Ten so that none of them get any ideas about stealing him away.

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