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David Pollack on USC Job: ‘I’d Go After Matt Campbell’

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Another big job opening, therefore more speculation on Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell being connected to said job opening.

On Saturday during College GameDay from Penn State, the discussion surrounded USC’s job opening after Clay Helton was fired last week.

David Pollack was outspoken in saying the Trojans need to go after Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell, commenting, “I’m going to get a coach that can develop talent and has proven time and time again that they can win without the best players in the world. To me its very simple, I would go after [Matt Campbell} and get him.”


Kirk Herbstreit responded, “I don’t know if that’s possible.”

Pollack replied, “He’s got a four million dollar payout, and then go pay him”

We would suggest Pollack read our piece on something very important Matt Campbell said at Big 12 media days when he was asked why he was still at Iowa State.

“Simply, I didn’t get in this profession to be someone, I got in this to do something,” Campbell said. “You’re either trying to be someone else or you’re trying to do something. What I love about football is to teach and coach.”

That mike make him realize this is a longshot. A major longshot.

But regardless, the Vegas oddsmakers still give Campbell the fifth-best odds to be the next USC head coach.

However, Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell was in the top spot, along with Penn State head coach James Franklin, then there’s former Washington head coach Chris Petersen, former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, and then it was Campbell rounding out the Top 5 of the oddsmakers’ list.


Many outside of Ames continue to still not understand why Campbell is still in Ames. And I’m sure that answer won’t appease those who don’t cover him and don’t really appreciate what Matt Campbell is all about. They’ll see that as coach speak, as they’ve heard similar things from other coaches who jump at the next better job opening.

But Campbell has continued to put his money where his mouth is, turning down more money and “better jobs”, and continuing to sign extensions at Iowa State. This offseason, he signed another extension through the 2028 season.

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