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Iowa State to Part Ways With Offensive Coordinator Tom Manning: Report

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This was a move that Iowa State fans have been clamoring for and they got their wishes on Friday, when it was reported that the Cyclones are parting ways with offensive coordinator Tom Manning, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

Manning had been the offensive coordinator for six of the past seven seasons in Ames, taking a one-year stint in the NFL in 2018. The Cyclones went 4-8 this season and the offense was the reason why.


Iowa State finished last in the Big 12 in points per game, total yards per game and rushing yards per game. And it wasn’t all that close. The Cyclones averaged 20 points per game this season, no other Big 12 team averaged less than 30 points per game.

Manning and Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell go back to their days at Mount Union, where Campbell played with Manning and began his coaching career and was the position coach for Manning as well. Campbell hired Manning at Toledo and then brought the assistant to Ames, Iowa with him when he got the Iowa State job in 2016.

The question was always how loyal would Campbell be to his longtime friend and assistant who clearly was not getting the job done.

Iowa State’s 1-8 Big 12 record was the worst since Campbell took over at Iowa State. In his first season in 2016, the team went 2-7 in Big 12 play and then reached the Big 12 Championship Game in 2020. Their 4-8 overall record this season was the worst since Campbell’s first season when the team went 3-9.

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