Matt Campbell signs extension to remain at Iowa State
Matt Campbell is regularly one of the hottest names in college football when the offseason coaching changes start to take over the conversation. But perhaps a recent agreement between Campbell and Iowa State will quiet some of that noise.
Iowa State announced on Monday evening that it has agreed to an extension for Campbell, keeping the head coach in Ames through the 2028 season. The program revealed the new contract extension with a post on social media.
“I am extremely thankful to our president, Dr. Wintersteen and our athletic director, Jamie Pollard, for supporting our staff and program,” Campbell said in a statement. “The University has made a terrific commitment to cyclone football and I’m thrilled to continue to move this program forward.”
Matt Campbell agrees to contract extension through 2028.
— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) February 8, 2021
Campbell took the job at Iowa State in 2016 an has helped build the Cyclones into a consistent program in the Big 12. Last season, Iowa State finished with a 9-3 record, which included an 8-1 mark in conference games.
The Cyclones finished the regular season as the No. 1 team in the Big 12, earning a spot in the conference championship game. The Cyclones fell to Oklahoma 27-21 in the title bout, but bounced back in the Fiesta Bowl, beating Oregon 34-17.
Over the past few seasons, Campbell’s name has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, should the program move on. However, neither side has shown any mutual interest.
Campbell will be entering his sixth season at Iowa State in 2021. He is 35-28 with the Cyclones with four bowl game appearances in five years.