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Matt Campbell says Iowa State fans, ‘don’t have anything to worry about’

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It’s been a whirlwind few days for the Iowa State Cyclones and their fan base. They moved into the Top 25 for the first time in 12 years and are 5-2 for the first time in 15 years after smoking Texas Tech in Lubbock 31-13. 

Since Saturday, there have been rumors of College GameDay (or #CollegeAmesDay) coming to town with the TCU Horned Frogs, but that didn’t work out.

Then there was Kirk Herbstreit trolling Cyclones fans on Saturday saying Matt Campbell should be the next head coach at one of the major college football programs that may have an opening this offseason.

Matt Campbell addressed the circus on Monday in a chat with the Des Moines Register, saying:

“They [Iowa State fans] don’t have anything to worry about. The frustration part of comments like that are that it discredits this university and this football (program). … We’ve got just as much opportunity to do elite things as anybody in college football,” Campbell said, “and I think we’re proving it one day at a time right now.”

That should make Iowa State fans, temporarily, breath a sigh of relief.

Does it mean Campbell is never going to leave Ames? Probably not. As I wrote last week, I’m guessing he will one day leave. He’s too young and too driven. But I do think he can stay in Ames for the foreseeable future assuming Iowa State takes care of him on the contract front. If this season continues along as we expect, Iowa State needs to tear up his first contract and start anew with a base salary of $2.5 million, before incentives and bonuses and all the other good stuff.

Will it happen? That remains to be seen. But this is already the most special season in Ames in well over a decade. Jack Trice is going to be on absolute fire this weekend when the 25th ranked (can’t believe I’m saying that) Cyclones host the 4th ranked TCU Horned Frogs.

For every Iowa State administrator who ends up in negotiations with Campbell’s “people” this offseason, remember the feeling and the atmosphere that you will have this Saturday afternoon. The stadium and surrounding area will be buzzing in a way Ames hasn’t seen in decades. When or if you think the eventual contract negotiations aren’t going your way, go back to your mental notebook and remember this coming weekend.

It will be special.

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