Q&A: Matt Campbell upon arriving in San Antonio

Photo and transcript courtesy of the Valero Alamo Bowl. 

Q: Bowl week is finally here – have you sensed how excited the Iowa State fan base is?

Matt Campbell: We’re really fortunate to have one of the best fan bases in college athletics. So there’s been a great buzz around Ames, Iowa and the fan support has been tremendous all year. They’re excited to come down here.

Q: What are some of the non-game related things that you all are looking forward to?

Matt Campbell: The biggest thing is obviously the River Walk. Everyone is excited to do a little searching through the River Walk.

Q: Has your bowl approached changed since you’ve been at Iowa State?

Campbell: It really hasn’t. I mean, every team is different and every situation is different but we’ve always kept the same mentality, no matter what bowl game we’re at. It’s always a great opportunity to put a finishing touch on a football team.

Q: How do you manage this week and plan everything out?

Campbell: It’s that process of understanding when it’s time to go do football, we’re locked into that process, but also enjoying what these young men and so I think there’s a fine line. I thought last week we had a really good week of preparation and detail.  I think we come down here and really try to refine the game plan that we can.

Q: What’s it like as coaches to be here in San Antonio and all this kind of be real right now?

Campbell: I think it’s really exciting for our program, university and our fan base. You know, I think opportunities like this or you know what you’re really work hard for all year long. So I know our kids are really excited about this and I know our fan base is as well.

Q: You guys have experienced the bowl game preparation with holidays around. What kind of experience did the team gain from last year’s bowl?

Campbell: I think the coaching staff, we’ve been together and fortunate to be a part a lot of these together. But for our kids, that experience a year ago went through the length of a season and certainly the opportunity came with is a real positive.

Q: What does it mean for you to sign that extension before this bowl game and kind of put that behind you?

Campbell: Really important. Really, you know, I think more than anything, it’s validity for our staff and our coaches and certainly positive for everybody involved.

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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.