This afternoon, Iowa State announced that Matt Campbell would be the team’s next head football coach. After several seasons of underachieving expectations, Paul Rhoads was dismissed by the program. A unique tidbit, this is Matt Campbell’s first coaching job outside of the state of Ohio. Before becoming Toledo’s head coach, he served as an assistant under Tim Beckman during his reign running the Ohio-based football team.
I’m kind of disappointed in this hire: I think most of Toledo’s success is due to the strong coaching staff Campbell inherited. This seems like an awkward fit for recruiting, not to mention that Iowa State is one of the most difficult Power Conference teams to win with. I expected them to pursue Willie Fritz or Ken Niumatalolo, both of whom would’ve been better hires. Campbell’s going to have to put together one heck of a coaching staff to win in Ames, and he should start by begging Jason Candle to join him instead of taking the Toledo head coaching job if it’s offered to him. GRADE: C+