REPORT: Cyclones fill open football coaching spot

Dec 28, 2019; Orlando, Florida, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell looks on against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first quarter at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The final open spot on Iowa State’s football coaching staff has reportedly been filled and the news could be official as soon as Tuesday. Football Scoop first reported Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall will be the new running backs coach at Iowa State, which matches up with what Cyclone Fanatic has been hearing for the last week.

McCall, who was fired by Pat Fitzgerald in December, led the Wildcats’ offense through one of the most successful periods in program history, winning three bowl games plus the 2018 Big Ten West division title.

He was a member of Fitzgerald’s staff in Evanston while the program tied a school-record with 10 wins on three different occasions in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Also leading the quarterback room, McCall was instrumental in the development of six all-conference signal-callers, including Clayton Thorson, Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter.

Prior to Northwestern, McCall was on the staff at Bowling Green as the offensive coordinator in 2007 after four years spent as the program’s quarterbacks coach. It was there where McCall crossed paths with a young Matt Campbell, who was the offensive line coach during McCall’s one season as the offensive coordinator.

The hiring is expected to include current Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Manning moving from running backs to coaching tight ends, replacing Alex Golesh, who left the program to become the co-offensive coordinator at Central Florida. Manning spent one season coaching tight ends for the Indianapolis Colts in 2018 before returning to Ames and his role as the offensive coordinator.

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Jared Stansbury


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