Report: Iowa State's Matt Campbell Not a Candidate for Oklahoma Head Coaching Job

Adam WellsDecember 3, 2021

AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones reacts to seniors taking the field during a pregame ceremony at Jack Trice Stadium on November 26, 2021 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 48-14 over the TCU Horned Frogs. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
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As Oklahoma continues to search for a new head coach, Iowa State's Matt Campbell reportedly won't be getting the job. 

Per Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde, Campbell is not a candidate for the Sooners gig. 

Forde noted that Oklahoma's search "has gone quiet," with the school possibly waiting for at least one person whose team is playing this weekend. He did cited Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Nevada head coach Jay Norvell as two who could be in the mix. 

The Sooners job was a surprise opening when Lincoln Riley decided to leave the program to take the same position at USC on Nov. 28. 

Bob Stoops, who is currently serving as Oklahoma's interim head coach, said on his YouTube channel (h/t John E. Hoover of Sports Illustrated) he would "anticipate this weekend sometime" or "maybe Monday" at the latest to get an announcement about a hire. 

Dean Blevins of OKC-KWTV reported the Sooners will wait until after Saturday's games to interview Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell. 

The Bearcats (12-0) are playing Houston in the AAC Championship Game. They could also clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff with a win. 

Blevins also cited Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning as a possible candidate. 

Campbell is in his sixth season as Cyclones head coach. He has a 42-33 overall record (7-5 in 2021) and has led the program to four consecutive bowl appearances. 

Oklahoma is one of the most prestigious programs in the country. The Sooners have won at least nine games in 19 of the past 22 seasons and four appearances in the College Football Playoff since the format was adopted in 2014.