Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell is a strong candidate for the same job at Nebraska, sources told FootballScoop.
Huskers head coach Mike Riley was dismissed earlier today, and sources indicate Nebraska AD Bill Moos has been doing his due diligence on candidates the past few weeks and will move quickly to land Nebraska’s next head coach. Barring a landmine hidden somewhere under the negotiating table, this search is not expected to last long, at all.
In addition to Campbell, sources tell FootballScoop Moos has also spoken with representatives of Scott Frost and has vetted Justin Fuente as well.
Nebraska concluded a 4-8 season with a 56-14 loss to Iowa on Friday, the Huskers’ first 4-win season since 1961 and the program’s first 5-home loss season since 1957.
Campbell will complete his second season as the Cyclones’ head coach today at Kansas State, rocketing to stardom within the college football world with wins over then-No. 3 Oklahoma and then-No. 4 TCU in October. Iowa State rose as high as No. 14 in the AP poll this season, the program’s highest ranking since 2002.
Campbell has one of, if not the highest publicly available buyout on record at $9.4 million, which FootballScoop detailed last month. Should Moos meet with Campbell and decide he is the right man for the job it is believed Moos will find a way to get the buyout handled.
Iowa State was eliminated from appearing in the Big 12 Championship with TCU’s win over Baylor on Friday, theoretically freeing Campbell to consider overtures following the conclusion of Saturday’s Kansas State game.
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