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Cross Matt Campbell of your FSU football coaching search list

The Iowa State football head coach has signed an extension with the Cyclones.
Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell calls a timeout during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) [ORLIN WAGNER  |  AP]
Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell calls a timeout during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) [ORLIN WAGNER | AP]
Published Dec. 3

Florida State football’s next coach apparently won’t be Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.

The Cyclones announced Tuesday that Campbell has agreed to a contract extension through 2025. Terms of the deal have not yet been announced.

The 40-year-old had been a potential target as FSU looks for a full-time replacement for Willie Taggart. Campbell is regarded as one of the most promising coaches in the sport and has a tradition of success. The Ohio native was a Division III national championship defensive lineman at Mount Union before getting into coaching, first as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green.

He rose through the ranks to take over at Toledo, first as an interim coach (after Tim Beckman left for Illinois) in 2011 and then on a full-time basis as the youngest Division I-A coach in the nation. Campbell went 35-15 in four season with the Rockets.

Iowa State hired Campbell before the 2016 season. After going 3-9 in his first year, he won 23 games over the next three seasons. That’s one shy of the Cyclones’ record over a three-year span. He’s also the first coach in program history to beat every other Big 12 program and is 26-24 at one of the toughest Power Five jobs in the country.

His extension is another sign that FSU’s coaching search could continue into early next week.

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