Matt Campbell is in the midst of a very solid season at Iowa State. The Cyclones currently have 7-2 mark on the year and sit comfortably atop the Big 12.
This past weekend, Campbell led Iowa State past a scrappy Texas team that many thought might have their number.
After the game, Campbell was quizzed on the growing speculation that he may leave at the end of this season and take a job at Michigan.
“I only think those are distractions if you allow them to be,” Campbell said.
“The biggest thing for us is we’d rather be who we say we are and let our actions take care of what we are, rather than our words.
“I think that’s really helped us and I think, especially internally, the trust our players have in myself and our coaching staff, and vice versa, the trust I have in our young people and the leadership in our program.”
Campbell also got brutally honest regarding his initial goals and intentions when he first arrived at Iowa State.
“I don’t think we put any goals and expectations, other than man, can we not be the laughing stock of college football,” he said.
“I think a lot of ways, it took me a while, once I got here, to figure out kind of what we were from a perception standpoint. And then how do we do a great job of giving this program consistency and an opportunity to become the best version of ourselves we can be?
“I think it’s ironic that the senior class is the one we recruited here, when we were 3-9 and we didn’t have a whole lot to sell. And these young men believed in us enough to come here and have been an anchor of creating a positive change in our football programs.”
Will Campbell ultimately end up replacing Jim Harbaugh at Michigan when it’s all said and done? Time will tell.