Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell agreed to a six-year contract with the school, the school’s athletic director says. It appears to extend Campbell’s term through 2023.
Excited to announce Matt Campbell has agreed to a new six-year— Jamie Pollard (@IASTATEAD) November 27, 2017
contract worth $22.5M. Matt's annual salary will increase
from $2.1M to $3.5M. We will also increase the football staff's annual compensation by $1M. Go Cyclones! #raisethestandard
Campbell is just now wrapping up the second season of a six-year deal he signed before the 2016 season. That was slated to expire in 2021, so by Jamie Pollard’s wording here, the Cyclones are now paying Campbell an average of $3.5 million through 2023. That’s a raise of 67 percent designed to keep Campbell from going elsewhere.
They’re also giving him more money to pay assistant coaches, in what represents a pretty huge commitment to football at the school.
Iowa State is 7-5 this year and just completed its first regular season with a record north of .500 since 2005. Whichever bowl the Cyclones play in will be their first since 2012. Their wins this year include a road upset of then-No. 3 Oklahoma and a home upset of then-No. 4 TCU. Both of those teams were undefeated entering the game.
Campbell’s been floated as a candidate for the open head coaching job at Nebraska, and his turnaround of the Cyclones has made him attractive as an idea, at least, for fans of a bunch of teams.
Campbell’s extension is a clear indication that, at least for now, he’s not leaving Ames. Clones fans can breathe a sigh of relief for this offseason.
He was previously the head coach at Toledo, where went 35-15 in five years. He’s a combined 10-14 at ISU, though nine of those losses came in 2016.