Highlights from the ISU coach's weekly news conference
The Iowa State football team is coming off its first loss since September, but coach Matt Campbell said he hasn't had trouble refocusing his players for the final stretch of the season.
No. 25 ISU (6-4, 5-3) hosts Kansas State (5-6, 3-5) on Saturday in Jack Trice Stadium (6 p.m./FS1) and is aiming to beat the Wildcats for the first time in a decade.
Campbell met with the media Tuesday during his weekly news conference to preview the Cyclones' Big 12 finale. Here are the highlights.
On Bill Snyder's longevity
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is in his 27th year as the Wildcats' coach and in his second stint, returning to the team in 2009. The 79-year-old has fielded questions about his retirement and jabs about his age throughout the last decade.
When Campbell was asked if he envisioned coaching as long as Snyder has, he chuckled, praising Snyder's consistency and saying his family might not let him be on the sidelines for four more decades.
"My wife will kill me probably," Campbell said. "I think for me, the respect I do have for coach Snyder and his ability to build a program and sustain it. You can tell the fingerprints he has on that program because of the way they’ve sustained success over the long haul.
"I don’t know if I can do it that long. My hat goes off to him. I think my kids would probably kill me if we’re going that long, but we’ll figure it out here at some point."
How will Purdy bounce back
Freshman quarterback Brock Purdy suffered his first loss since taking over as the signal caller, going 10 of 23 for 130 yards with an interception at Texas. Purdy has been heralded for his poise and maturity the last couple months, and Campbell is looking forward to seeing how the youngster progresses through this week.
"I’m looking forward to watching him go out and play and get back on the practice field this week and get back to work," Campbell said. "A young man that I’ve got a lot of admiration for. We’ve put a lot on his plate at a really young age and his ability to respond to what he’s done, its been really impressive.”
When Campbell took over at ISU, he brought along a tradition of awarding Cyclones decals as helmet stickers. He said the pillars of the program, and how they're upheld, are the biggest factor in how many stickers are given to each player.
"We did it at Mount Union when I was playing and I liked it," Campbell said. "That was kind of the niche where I think guys loved the opportunity to be rewarded for positivity and when guys do things really well, when sides of the ball gain certain measurables that give us the opportunity to have success we try to reward our guys even in a small fashion like that."
Campbell on Thanksgiving
"We had a Thanksgiving meal as a team last night before we kind of got hot and heavy into our routine," Campbell said. "My daughter did come home and said she wanted a turkey for Thanksgiving. My wife and I, neither of us know how to make one of those so that’ll be an interesting challenge for Thursday with the Campbell family.
"Process is normal as much as possible for us."