Iowa State coach Matt Campbell indicates he’s not jumping to the NFL

Jeff Risdon
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One of the more intriguing potential candidates for the Detroit Lions head coaching vacancy appears to have withdrawn any possible consideration. Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell indicated in a Twitter post that he is staying at the college level.

Campbell cited a “foundation … built on Loyalty and Faithfulness” and that it will continue to be what guides him. He did not specifically cite the Cyclone program, but it’s widely interpreted that this is Campbell’s way of saying he’s not interested in jumping to the NFL.

The Lions had real interest in Campbell as a candidate. He was also being courted by the New York Jets for that team’s head coaching vacancy. Campbell has built up the Cyclones into a Big 12 contender after years of being near the bottom of the major college programs. He also had tremendous success at Toledo prior to jumping to Iowa State.

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