Urban Meyer’s future at Ohio State is still up in the air. If he is fired, one of college football’s fast-rising young coaches has been connected to the job: Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Day has been made the interim head coach. The staff also has two former head coaches on it: co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who was at Indiana from 2011-16, and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who led Rutgers from 2001-11.
In the event that Ohio State has to move on from Meyer after this season, the Buckeyes will have their pick from just about 99-percent of college coaches.
Campbell has been a name that has been floated as a possibility. He has been phenomenal at Iowa State, leading the Cyclones to a bunch of big wins last season, and overhauling the Big 12 also-ran’s recruiting.
Multiple rumors hitting us that Iowa State coach Matt Campbell would be frontrunner for Ohio State job if it became open.
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) August 2, 2018
The latest odds that we’ve seen give Campbell the second-best odds to be Ohio State’s coach to start this season.
My Bookie put it at +380, just behind Meyer at +200.
Urban Meyer comes out with a statement about the allegations
To coach the first game of the season
— MyBookie (@betmybookie) August 3, 2018
To be very honest, that is a bad bet. It is already August. A Power Five coach jumping from his job for another opening this close to the season is basically unheard of. It also doesn’t seem like OSU is going to rush to a decision on Meyer.
Matt Campbell was asked about the Ohio State rumors in the wake of the Urban Meyer situation this week.
He gave a very non-answer answer, and basically said that he wouldn’t be speaking on teams that aren’t his own. From the Des Moines Register:
“My sole purpose in my job is to focus on, No. 1, our football players,” Campbell continued. “No. 2, our coaching staff; No. 3, our fans base; and No. 4, the future of our football program. I think a lot of you guys know me. I think a lot of you guys know what I stand for. I’ve always said this: You’re either somebody in this profession who’s trying to either be somebody or try to do something. And I think over the last two-and-a-half years, I’ve proven that my whole, sole mission is to be here and to do something.
“And so, with that said, as we go forward, I have the utmost respect for you and the job you have to do, but I’ll only answer questions that pertain to our program, Iowa State football and our future. Fair enough?”
In November, after leading Iowa State to a 7-5 record that featured wins over Oklahoma and TCU, Campbell received a six-year extension from the school. Ohio State could win a bidding war with most schools, but he probably has a pretty sizable buyout, on a deal that is worth $3.5 million per year.