Matt Campbell offered some reassurance for Iowa State fans who are worried that he’s become the hottest name on the college football coaching market.
The No. 25 Cyclones are 5-2 in Campbell’s second season as coach and are ranked for the first time since 2005. Campbell’s name has started to pop up in connection with possible openings across the country, but he 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 coach. Nebraska, Tennessee, Arkansas and other programs all could 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.