Matt Campbell Addresses The NFL Job Speculation
AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones tips his hat as he leave the field after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 66-10 at Jack Trice Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 66-10 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has turned the Cyclones around in the last two seasons, and coming off consecutive eight-win campaigns, the 39-year-old Ohio native drew some NFL attention.Campbell’s name was mentioned in connection with the Cleveland Browns’ job and there was a report that six teams reached out to him. Still another report indicated Campbell declined an interview request from the New York Jets.As long as Campbell keeps winning in Ames, he will continue to pique the interest of NFL franchises. However, he tried to downplay any speculation about his future at Tuesday’s Big 12 Media Days.Campbell was asked about the possibility of him moving on to the NFL at some point. “Haven’t really put a lot of thought into it,” Campbell said, via the Des Moines Register. “My goal and dream was to be like my father: to be a head high school coach.”Standard coach speak from Campbell, who clearly is going to be as coy as possible about any desire he may have to try his hand at the next level.In the meantime, the Cyclones are pegged to finish third in the Big 12 this season, behind only Oklahoma and Texas.They came in at No. 18 in The Spun’s preseason Top 25, which you can view here.