What a week for the folks in Ames. On Monday evening, Matt Campbell agreed to a six-year contract to remain the head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones and on Thursday, he was named the Chuck Neinas Big 12 Coach of the Year.
— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) November 30, 2017
Campbell is just the second Iowa State coach to win the award. Dan McCarney won it back in 2004 when the Cyclones went 7-5 and tied for first place in the Big 12 North.
It’s Campbell’s second year as the head coach of the Cyclones, taking them from 3-9 last season to 7-5 this season.
While the award could have also been given to Lincoln Riley or Gary Patterson, Campbell would have been my choice as well. We expected the Sooners to be at the top of the Big 12 standings and Gary Patterson always bounces back from disappointing seasons (which 2016 was) and had a veteran group. Many believed that if things clicked right, Patterson’s team could reach the levels that it did this season.
But who saw this kind of fall for the Cyclones? It was a historic 2017 campaign as ISU went 4-0 in October, including two top 5 wins over Oklahoma and TCU.
This is only the Cyclones’ second seven-win season since 2005. Iowa State will look to win their first bowl game since 2009 when they beat Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.
Well deserved for coach Campbell!