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Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell signs through 2024

This news story was published on December 9, 2018.
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Matt Campbell, Iowa State head football coach

AMES, Iowa – It was a big weekend for Iowa State football.

Head coach Matt Campbell, the Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year the last two seasons, agreed to a contract extension to 2024.

“Coach Campbell and I had a great end-of-the-year meeting Friday and during our visit we mutually agreed to extend his contract to 2024 and further demonstrate Coach Campbell and the University’s commitment to one another,” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “I couldn’t be more excited for our current players, fans and recruits to receive this great news.”

The athletics department has also agreed to provide Campbell $1 million in additional compensation this year for his assistant coaches and support staff. Over the last two seasons, ISU has committed $2.2 million in additional increases for Campbell to distribute to his staff.

“We’re pleased to invest further in a group of coaches and staff that have quickly raised the standards for Iowa State football,” Pollard said. “Matt and I both agreed about the importance of rewarding his staff to keep the momentum going.”

Part of the commitment that Iowa State has undertaken is the school’s soon-to-be-built Sports Performance Center. The $90 million, 110,000-square foot facility will include an academic and student services center, dining facilities, a sports nutrition center plus nearly 20,000-square feet of additional locker room, team lounges and gathering spaces for football.

“I can’t begin to express my appreciation to Dr. Wintersteen and Jamie for their support of our program and their willingness to work together in taking this program to levels it has never achieved previously,” Campbell said. “Our staff is committed to raising this program to a championship level and it’s important for our team, our fans and prospective Cyclones to know that we are fully invested in the future of Iowa State football.”

Campbell’s Cyclones were picked to finish seventh in the 2018 Big 12 pre-season poll. Their third-place finish was the school’s best in 40 years. Iowa State defeated two ranked schools (Oklahoma State and West Virginia) this season. The Mountaineers were ranked sixth, giving Campbell three wins over top-six foes in the last two years.

“I have so much appreciation for what our guys have accomplished in three years and I’m really excited to see what lies ahead for our football team and the most loyal and remarkable fans in the nation,” Campbell said.

Campbell led Iowa State to an 8-4 record this season, winning six games in the Big 12 for the first time ever. The Cyclones will play 12th-rated Washington State in the 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec 28.

Pollard concluded: “Matt is committed to doing some historic things with the Cyclone football program and we all understand it’s a partnership between the institution, athletics department, football team and fans / supporters.”

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6 Responses to Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell signs through 2024

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 12, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Not cushy? Compared to WHAT .? Your are in deed in need of a safe space or maybe just outer space like the moon landing !

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Think you could handle the public criticism, the pressure to win, the pressure to bring money into the university, the public relations, the recruiting, the teaching of the game plan and manage 80+ young men who might feel they are invincible and untouchable in a college town. I don’t think you could do one of those things without crying you little snowflake

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 12, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      You could not even handle being the mascot

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 11, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Way better to watch Iowa State football than Iowa 2 yard run over and over again. It’s boring as hell !! Also the coaching staff lost 2-3 games this year for Iowa

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 10, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Nice cushy million dollar position.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 10, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Actually, it’s a 3.5 million job and it isn’t so cushy.