Iowa State’s loss at Ohio on Saturday was bad. Coach Matt Campbell’s behavior afterward was worse.
As the Cyclones walked off the field after a 10-7 defeat in Athens, Ohio, an Iowa State fan heckled the head coach.
“Hey, Campbell, what are you doing?” the fan shouted. “You’re on the hot seat. You’re on the hot seat.”
Campbell whipped around and had to be held back by his players and a couple of Iowa State staffers. It was an unbecoming loss of composure from a head coach, particularly a head coach of Campbell’s ilk.
In his eighth season with the Cyclones, the 43-year-old Campbell is the second-longest tenured coach in the Big 12 behind OSU’s Mike Gundy, who’s in his 19th season as Cowboys head coach. Gundy has been one of the few constants in an ever-changing league, and while Campbell is not exactly a close second, his eight years in Ames makes him a relic in Big 12 years.
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At 3 p.m. Saturday, Campbell’s Cyclones will host Gundy’s Cowboys in a game where neither coach is actually on the hot seat, but a win for either might cool down their respective fan bases. OSU’s home loss to South Alabama was even more concerning than Iowa State’s loss at Ohio.
“This is a tough business,” Gundy said Monday when asked about Campbell. “The age of social media and all the stuff going on. Coaches’ salaries. It’s tough to hang around.”
Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, who’s held the same job since 1999, is the only FBS coach who’s been in place longer than Gundy.
Gundy’s longevity will be rivaled next season when Utah joins the Big 12. Kyle Whittingham is in his 19th season with the Utes, just as Gundy is with the Cowboys.
Whittingham, however, will be a first-year Big 12 coach while Gundy enters Year 20 in a…
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Publish date : 2023-09-19 12:00:48
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