AMES, IA - OCTOBER 28: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones coaches from the sidelines in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa.
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A man the New York Jets might be interested in, Matt Campbell, loses his mind after Oklahoma isn’t whistled for a penalty.

Robby Sabo

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell is a passionate man. Look no further than the 2020 Big 12 championship game.

Trailing 17-0 in the second quarter, Campbell lost his mind after Oklahoma wasn’t whistled for a penalty. The Sooners jumped in the neutral zone a couple of times, yet the yellow laundry never hit the turf.


For a neutral zone infraction to take place, contact must be made, or the neutral zone movement must force an offensive player to move. Perhaps the latter is what Campbell was so fired up about.

The problem was that the quarterback and tight end (lined up in the backfield) were the only two Cyclones who reacted. That’ll hardly force the officials to blow the whistle.

Campbell, 41, is one of many names who have surfaced this season to take charge of the New York Jets this coming January. Reports even surfaced in late December 2018 that the Jets reached out to Campbell, only to see him rebuff their request.

Campbell, a former defensive lineman at D3 powerhouse Mount Union, has risen in the coaching ranks since he got his start at Bowling Green as a graduate assistant in 2003. He’s completely turned around a struggling Iowa State program to the point they played in this year’s Big 12 title game.

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Oklahoma eventually won the contest, 27-21, after a valiant Iowa State comeback attempt. Whether or not Campbell has any interest in the NFL now is something everybody impatiently waits to learn.

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