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.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to appear before you and purport to be updating you when all I am doing is repeating the same things I have said over and over again, most of which are well known to this Council,” Fatou Bensouda lamented in her statement this morning. “To date, none of these individuals have been brought to justice, and some of them continue to be implicated in atrocities committed against innocent civilians.”Ms. Bensouda’s briefing to the Council comes amid a worsening security climate and dire humanitarian crisis in the Sudanese region with ramped-up hostilities between Government forces and armed movements, deadly inter-communal conflicts and a precipitous rise in criminality and banditry.Moreover, according to UN estimates, the number of people displaced by conflict has increased to more than 430,000 since the beginning of the year, with close to 300,000 remaining displaced in addition to the more than two million long-term internally displaced persons, or IDPs.However, the ICC Prosecutor added, not only was the situation in Darfur “deteriorating,” but the brutality with which crimes are being committed there has become “more pronounced.” In particular, she warned that women and girls were continuing to bear the “brunt of sustained attacks” on innocent civilians.Fresh allegations of a mass rape of 200 women in Tabit, located in North Darfur, for instance, have fuelled concerns regarding the overall security situation in the region and the general safety of women and girls in the area. The UN-African Union hybrid mission (UNAMID) recently declared it had initiated an investigation but said its team had found no evidence confirming the claims and received no information regarding the purported acts. Village community leaders, meanwhile, reiterated to UNAMID that they “coexist peacefully” with local military authorities.Nonetheless, Ms. Bensouda observed that UNAMID had been denied full access to Tabit, “thus frustrating full and transparent investigations” and argued that it was “unacceptable” that such investigations were conducted in a situation in which perpetrators maintained effective control over their victims.“Victims of rape are asking themselves how many more women should be brutally attacked for this Council to appreciate the magnitude of their plight,” she continued. “We find ourselves in a stalemate that can only embolden perpetrators to continue their brutality.”Ms. Bensouda, in fact, pointed out that ICC Judges had already concluded that certain individuals in Sudan be brought to the International Criminal Court to answer charges, including Sudanese President Omar A1 Bashir, for whom a warrant of arrest has been issued. However, until the Council applied “a dramatic shift” to its approach to arresting Darfur suspects, it would be increasingly difficult for her and the ICC to continue doing their work, she concluded.“Given this Council’s lack of foresight on what should happen in Darfur, I am left with no choice but to hibernate investigative activities in Darfur as I shift resources to other urgent cases, especially those in which trial is approaching. It should thus be clear to this Council that unless there is a change of attitude and approach to Darfur in the near future, there shall continue to be little or nothing to report to you for the foreseeable future.”