TCU ‘definitely has interest’ in Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell for its open head-coaching position, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday.
Drew Davison wrote the story on TCU’s interest. Davison cited sources close to the search.
It’s easy to see why the Horned Frogs would have interest in talking with Campbell, who has been at the center of several job searches the past couple of years. He’s taken the Cyclones to heights the program has never enjoyed. Iowa State is also coming off a blowout win over Texas on Saturday which lifted them to 6-3 this season and made them bowl eligible for the fifth straight season.
Campbell is 76-46 for his head-coaching career, which began when he took over as the interim head coach at Toledo at the end of the 2011 season. He took over at Iowa State in 2016 and built the Cyclones into consistent winners. Last season he led Iowa State to a 9-3 overall record and their first appearance in the Big 12 Championship game, where they lost to Oklahoma.
Campbell has been attached to college head coach searches before and he has consistently said that he wants to remain at Iowa State. He addressed that again at Big 12 Media Day in July.
TCU is looking for a replacement for Gary Patterson, who departed the job on Halloween. Jerry Kill is the interim head coach.
Earlier Sunday, Davison reported that the Horned Frogs have three candidates that have emerged as favorites for the job, per a source. The source did not disclose those front-runners, but several candidates have been reported as coaches being considered. Those coaches include SMU head coach Sonny Dykes, Louisiana head coach Billy Napier, Jackson state head coach Deion Sanders, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott.
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