Iowa State did not fill their offensive coordinator position before last season, and I think we may finally know why. Tom Manning will return to Iowa State, with many believing he will be the offensive coordinator once again after being with the Indianapolis Colts for one season. Nothing has yet to be officially announced by the university, but rumors have been circling for weeks, and both the Des Moines Register and Cyclone Fanatic have had sources close to the situation confirm the rehire.
Manning has been with head coach Matt Campbell for many years, and Iowa State was in need of an offensive coordinator again. The move not only makes sense for Iowa State, but it should help them get better in some key areas that need some major improvement.
In 2017, Manning’s offense hit the 40-point mark five times, tying the school record. It also recorded 274 first downs, the second-best total in Iowa State history, and 47 touchdowns, third-most in school history. The Cyclones also broke the school record for fewest turnovers in a season, with 10, and ranked 14th nationally in fewest penalties per game, at 4.38.
Stay tuned to WRNL as more develops on this.