Matt Campbell’s star has been on the verge of burning out for some time now, and it took one other step in that route Saturday.
Not solely did Iowa State lose at dwelling to Ohio, 10-7, after a possible game-tying subject objective was dominated no good, however the Cyclones’ head coach almost confronted a heckler following the loss.
As his group walked to the locker room, a fan yelled: “Hey, Campbell, what are you doing? You’re on the new seat. You’re on the new seat.”
Campbell turned to reply again, however was held again by safety, different coaches and gamers.
With a 1-2 begin to the season following a vastly disappointing 2022, Campbell is certainly on the new seat.
The excessive watermark for his tenure in Ames got here with a 9-3 report and Fiesta Bowl win in 2020, however it’s been all downhill from there.
The Cyclones will want a drastic enchancment in Large 12 play, the place they went 1-8 final season, to have an opportunity of even reaching a bowl recreation this season.
Since beating Oregon within the Fiesta Bowl, they’re 12-15, and a loss at Ohio might be the worst of the bunch.
Historical past says Iowa State can put up with a number of shedding — previous to Campbell being employed in 2016, Paul Rhoads put up six straight shedding seasons earlier than shedding his job, together with three straight seasons of three or fewer wins.
Iowa State is traditionally unsuccessful, and the Fiesta Bowl win was its first New Yr’s Six bowl victory, so Campbell might have some rope.
Suffice to say, although, the thrill that when existed round his title has dampened significantly.