Toledo Rockets head coach Matt Campbell could soon be leaving his current position to take on the same one with the Iowa State Cyclones, per a report from SI.com. The report states that Campbell is indeed the front-runner for the job and Iowa State has canceled all interviews with other candidates.
Campbell, 35, has gone 35-15 (24-8 MAC) in four-plus seasons with Toledo and was 9-2 (6-2 MAC) this season. His tenacious nature is just what Iowa State needs, but this isn’t exactly a step forward for him, at least from a job-quality standpoint.
Keep in mind that Iowa State went 3-9 (2-7 Big 12) this season and was 32-54 (16-44 Big 12) in seven seasons under recently dismissed coach Paul Rhoads. The team has not finished with a winning record since 2009, Rhoads’ first season with the team, and that also happens to be the last time that the Cyclones won a bowl game. In terms of last conference championship, Iowa State hasn’t won one since 1912, when the program played in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
On top of that, if he does get the job, Campbell will have to try and lure recruits to a losing program that shares a conference with Big 12 powerhouses in Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas Christian and many others. That’s like trying to convince a top-of-the-line free agent to play for the Cleveland Browns over the New England Patriots.
But Campbell has proven that he can lead a team to success and at Iowa State, he’d certainly receive a fair chance.
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