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Iowa State hires Toledo’s Matt Campbell as head coach

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The Iowa State Cyclones have found their new head coach. The school has hired Toledo Rockets head coach Matt Campbell as its head coach, according to the Toledo Blade.

The Blade is reporting that the 35-year-old Campbell has agreed to a deal, as well. Terms of his new contract have not officially been announced yet, as the Cyclones have not confirmed the hire.

Campbell was 35-15 during his tenure with Toledo. This season, the team went 9-2, his best season at the school.

He had three nine-win seasons, including two in the past two-seasons. He also had a 9-4 record in 2012, which was his first full-season with the school.

Campbell, who was the team’s interim head coach during its 2011 win in the Military Bowl, is 2-1 in bowl games. He won’t be there to coach the Rockets in its bowl game this season.

He takes over a program that struggled under former head coach Paul Rhoads. They fired him last weekend with the team having a 3-8 record.

The team lost 30-6 to the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium with Rhoads coaching his final game.

Roads was 32-55 during his tenure with the Cyclones. In the past three seasons, the team hasn’t won more than three games.

They won seven games, which was his only season above .500 in 2009. Then, in 2011 and 2012, the team went 6-7.

With Campbell at the helm, he’ll look to change the losing culture that became the norm under Rhoads. He’ll have to deal with the tougher Big 12 Conference than the Mid-American Conference.

Toledo Athletic Director Mike O’Brien wanted to give Campbell the highest-paid contract in MAC, but he was only making $495,000. With the Cyclones, it wouldn’t be surpassing if he made more than a million per year.

Western Michigan Broncos head coach P.J. Fleck is the highest paid coach in the MAC at $800,000 per season. Roads was making $2.2 million this year


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