Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports that Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell is not expected to interview for the Jets head coaching vacancy, despite the earlier report.
Sources tell Jason La Canfora that the Jets are “very high” on Iowa State HC Matt Campbell and are expected to interview him at some point during their head-coaching search.
As of now, the Jets have been focused on NFL coaches, but Campbell is easily one of the top college candidates this year and has actually come up as an intriguing coach for NFL teams the past few years.
According to La Canfora, Campbell was actually atop the Jets’ wishlist two years ago when they hired Adam Gase. However, Campbell opted to remain at Iowa State.
La Canfora reports that Jets owner Chris Johnson remains very interested in Campbell and GM Joe Douglas is also “very high” on him as a candidate.
Campbell, 41, began working for Bowling Green State as a graduate assistant back in 2003. He spent a few years at Mount Union as their offensive coordinator/OL coach before returning to Bowling Green in 2007.
Toledo hired Campbell as their run game coordinator for the 2009 season and he eventually worked his way up to head coach before departing for the Iowa State job in 2016.
During his five years at Iowa State, Campbell has led them to a record of 35-28 (55.6 percent), which includes four straight bowl appearances.