With so many schools looking to replace their recently departed head coaches it wasn’t surprising that Iowa State’s Matt Campbell was atop most lists.
Campbell was linked to the Tennessee and Nebraska openings within the last week. It was reported earlier today that Campbell had mutual interest in Nebraska and was set to fly to Lincoln on Tuesday for a formal interview.
It now seems Campbell will not be leaving Iowa State at all. It has been reported that the second year coach has received a 6 year extension worth $22.5 million to remain in Ames, essentially taking one of the most sought after coaches off the market for the foreseeable future.
The new deal increases Campbell’s annual salary from $2.1 million to $3.5 million. The University also included a $1 million increase in staff compensation.
The $3.5 million annual salary brings Campbell up to the middle of the pack among Big 12 coaching salaries. Both WVU’s Dana Holgorsen and Texas Tech Kliff Kingsburg both make right at $3.5 million annually as well.
Campbell’s previous salary of $2.1 million had him 9th among Big 12 coaches coming in above only David Beatty at Kansas who makes an annual salary of $1.6 million.
Campbell has put Iowa State back in the national spotlight after years of being the perennial Big 12 doormat alongside Kansas.
After going 3-9 in 2016 Campbell led the Cyclones to a 7-5 record including a win at Oklahoma and at home against TCU. The Cyclones also came in at #15 in the country in the first college football playoff rankings this season.
Campbell said after receiving the extension, “We are just getting started at Iowa State.”
Seems like a fair and accurate statement.
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