Could Matt Campbell be heading to the NFL? The Iowa State football coach has been linked to an early job opening and that has Cyclones fans wondering whether their head coach could be ready to leave Ames for an opportunity to lead one of the 32 NFL franchises. One team that has immediately jumped to the front of the pack is the Cleveland Browns, who fired head coach Hue Jackson on Monday, October 29.
Following Jackson’s firing, Campbell became one of the handful of college head coaches to be linked to the job almost immediately.
Names like Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley were also floated.
Riley wasted no time addressing the rumors with the media and said that he was happy with his current job leading the Sooners in Norman, though he did not close the door on a potential move to the NFL in the future. As for Campbell, however, it looks like there could be some legs to the rumors.
According to former Ohio State football player and current Cleveland sports reporter Dustin Fox, the buzz surrounding a potential relationship between Campbell and the Cleveland Browns is “legitimate.”
This echoes what Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer said on Monday.
“Keep a close eye on … Matt Campbell,” Breer reported, via the Toledo Blade. “Highly regarded in the circles that [Cleveland] GM John Dorsey runs in.”
It will be worth keeping an eye on.
Who Is Matt Campbell?
Matt Campbell, born in Massillon, Ohio on November 29, 1979, is familiar with the Ohio football scene after serving as an assistant at Toledo and Bowling Green. He eventually served as Toledo head coach between 2012-2015, claiming MAC Coach of the Year and two MAC West Division titles, before accepting the head coaching gig at Iowa State in 2016.
Campbell earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in 2017 and has a 50-32 overall head coaching record while going 3-1 in bowl games.