On Monday night, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard announced that Matt Campbell has agreed to a new six-year contract to remain the head coach of the Cyclones.
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
This is huge news for Iowa State and their fan base. It doesn’t guarantee Campbell is here forever, but their commitment to him, as well as bumping staff pay, something we often forget about in the coaching carousel, is enormous.
At $3.5 million, Campbell’s salary would have ranked in the Top 30 of the country this season, right around West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen and Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury, according to USA Today’s list. The salary moves Campbell into 6th in the Big 12, just behind Holgorsen and Kingsbury, but ahead of Bill Snyder ($3.2 million).
There have been plenty of rumors floating around connecting Campbell to various coaching vacancies across the country, but this is a clear sign he has no intentions of leaving Ames in the near future.
It was a historic season as the Cyclones went 4-0 in October, including two top 5 wins over Oklahoma and TCU.
Iowa State finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, only their second seven-win season since 2005. The Cyclones will look to win their first bowl game since 2009 when they beat Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.