WILLIAMS: Shrewd move by Pollard in Campbell contract

After Matt Campbell’s contract was released on Friday, I saw a little bit of turbulence on Twitter about one specific bonus within it.

Iowa State’s new head coach will receive a $500,000 bonus if he wins six games.

“You’re awarding mediocrity,” the critics chirped.

Yeah, what’s your point?

Iowa State has fielded a football team in every year since 1892. Iowa State has played in 12 bowl games during that time. Twelve. 

With the current landscape in the Big 12 (a round-robin format that only allows three non-conference games, one which is against Iowa), I am totally fine with awarding a coach half-a-million dollars for going to a bowl game.

Hell, give Campbell a million per bowl game for all I care.

Just win and the Fanatics will come and that money will be made back. It’s a good investment.

The only thing surprising that came out of the contract was that Paul Rhoads’ SEVEN win bonus was $200,000. 

Rhoads needs to fire that agent immediately. 

This all tells me that Campbell’s agent was pushing for more money up front. His $2 million base isn’t that much compared to most coaches within the power five. Iowa State essentially stepped up and said, “win and you’ll get paid.”

Shrewd move, Mr. Pollard. 

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.