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Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell runs onto the field with his team before a game against Oklahoma earlier this season.


Many Iowa State fans were upset that ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said last week that Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell will be a major target for high level coaching vacancies around the country.

They took it as a slap in the face that Herbstreit thought it was a foregone conclusion Campbell would be lured away, but they’re looking at this all wrong.

They should consider it a compliment. Don’t you want to have a coach so special that he’s coveted by other schools?

Herbstreit, who made his comment even before the Cyclones knocked off No. 4 TCU on Saturday, was merely stating the obvious.

Unfortunately, Iowa State is not at the top of the college sports food chain — not right now anyway — which means schools such as Florida, Nebraska and Arkansas are going to try to feast on its coaches. The Cyclones probably will lose Campbell, just as they did Earle Bruce, Johnny Majors, Gene Chizik, Fred Hoiberg and Tim Floyd.

Don’t blame Herbstreit for being the messenger.


For everything it has done, including two amazing victories over top-five teams, there still are some who aren’t fully convinced about Iowa State. Count the oddsmakers in that group. They’ve made the Cyclones an underdog for Saturday’s game at West Virginia.


Maybe this is the week Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett gets up near the top of the weekly Heisman Trophy projections.

Barrett, who will play at Iowa on Saturday, belongs there.

He was ninth in the ESPN Heisman poll last week but completed 33 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another 95 yards in a comeback victory over Penn State. In the past six games, he has 22 TD passes and no interceptions.

Many of those above Barrett in the Heisman pecking order stumbled a little over the weekend. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, who had been an almost unanimous No. 1, rushed for only 46 yards in the loss although he did return a kickoff for a touchdown.

Stanford running back Bryce Love, who was No. 2, didn’t play because of an injury and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, who was No. 3, had a season-low 281 yards passing. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor got banged up and rushed for only 73 yards, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph also had a season-low in passing and Lamar Jackson’s Louisville team suffered its fourth loss.


When the Bears fire John Fox, I wouldn’t mind at all if they made Vic Fangio the head coach. His defense is the only reason this team is competitive right now.


I’m actually starting to feel sorry for Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky. His offensive line isn’t giving him much protection, he has the worst receiving corps in the NFL and the play-calling isn’t much better.

The kid is going to be good in the future if they can give him some help.


I really didn’t expect to like Tony Romo as an NFL analyst. I wondered if CBS knew what it was doing by putting him right into high-profile games in his first season as a broadcaster.

They knew what they were doing. Romo is very astute and very often tells you exactly what is going to happen next on the field. He’s darn near clairvoyant at times. He’s still a bit rough around the edges but clearly has a bright future in broadcasting.