Matt Campbell, one of the brightest young coaches in college football, is going to be harder to pry away from Iowa State now.
Campbell’s Cyclones landed one of the signature upsets of the college football season, beating Oklahoma on the road 38-31.
That wasn’t a one-off moment for ISU either. The Cyclones also picked up a 14-7 win over the Big 12’s second-best team, TCU, and blew out Texas Tech on the road.
Matt Campbell had been discussed as a possibility for some of the big openings, but for now, it appears that he’ll be sticking in Ames. This evening, ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard announced a lucrative contract extension for the 37-year old coach.
Excited to announce Matt Campbell has agreed to a new six-year
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
— Jamie Pollard (@IASTATEAD) November 27, 2017
At $3.5 million per year, Campbell would have been the 28th-highest paid head coach in the country in 2017, tied with LSU’s Ed Orgeron and Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck. Campbell was the 53rd-highest paid coach this year, per USA Today.
Campbell was 35-15 at Toledo in four-plus seasons, taking over to coach the 2011 Military Bowl. He was 3-9 in his first year at Iowa State, but improved to 7-5 this fall, including some huge aforementioned wins. The Cyclones topped out at No. 14 in the country in the AP Poll.