As we get set for Week 12 in the Big 12 Conference, the coaching carousel and reports around it continue to swirl. Two names that keep coming up for jobs around the country are Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Baylor’s Dave Aranda. They both seem to be connected to several job openings that are open in other conferences.
The latest report comes from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, who was on College GameDay on Saturday morning and shared his latest reporting, which included both coaches and potential programs that may be targetting them.
Rittenberg called Matt Campbell a target for USC, after Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell.
As for the Washington opening, Rittenberg reported, “I’m told there is real interest in both Matt Campbell and Dave Aranda. Former Washington head coach Chris Petersen is still very influential and he likes Campbell and Aranda.”
He added that Cal’s Justin Wilcox and Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith would also be targets.
The reality is Matt Campbell has come up as a name for nearly every job that is considered “bigger” than Iowa State, yet seemingly every offseason he has signed another extension with the Cyclones. And with Aranda, his intentions are less clear, along with his commitment to Baylor, but the fact that Joey McGuire took the Texas Tech job tells me that there may have been conversations between him and Aranda that the head coach was feeling good about his situation in Waco.
The Baylor Bears are still in the Big 12 title hunt as they hit the road to take on Kansas State this afternoon, while Iowa State is also on the road taking on the Oklahoma Sooners.