'I got in this profession to do something': Matt Campbell explains why he hasn't left Iowa State football
In just the second question of Matt Campbell's press conference during the Big 12 Media Days, the Iowa State football coach was asked why he's still coaching in Ames.
The Cyclones have quickly ascended into national relevancy under Campbell's watch, so much so that the Detroit Lions reportedly offered the five-year Iowa State coach a five-year, $68.5 million deal.
On Wednesday, Campbell responded just as he always has when posed with similar questions.
"For me, I think very simply put, I didn't get in this profession to be somebody," he said. "I got in this profession to do something.
"For me, I've always said, and I tell this to I think our, society, you're either trying to be somebody else or you're trying to do something," Campbell added. "I think from my end, what I love about football is to teach. What I love about football is to coach. And what I love about creating a culture where young people feel confident and safe to show up every day and work to become the best version of themselves, where coaches get to show up every day and work to become the best version of themselves, that's what I love."
In 2020, Iowa State enjoyed its best season with Campbell at the helm. The Cyclones finished 9-3, competing in the Big 12 Championship and capping their season off with a Fiesta Bowl win over Oregon.
It's not out of this world to forecast a similar finish — if not better — from Iowa State in 2021. The Cyclones return the bulk of their star-studded production from last season, and the preseason media poll projected Campbell's squad to finish second in the Big 12 Conference.
"I think we have worked really hard to create a culture that allows that growth to happen within our walls, and really, that's what I love about the sport and that's really what I love about what I get to do day-in and day-out," Campbell added.
Adam Hensley is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Hens83.