Tom Manning is returning to Iowa State.
After a season coaching tight ends for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, Manning will rejoin Matt Campbell’s staff as offensive coordinator.
A source close to the situation confirmed the news Friday morning, ending about a week’s worth of speculation the move could happen.
Neither Manning nor Campbell could be reached for comment, although Manning’s biographical resume Friday morning on Iowa State’s website included:
“Tom Manning, a teammate with Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell at Mount Union, and member of Campbell’s staff at Toledo from 2012-15 and Iowa State 2016-17, rejoins the Iowa State football staff as offensive coordinator/running game coordinator.”
The update was later removed.
In Ames for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Manning’s offensive coordinator duty at that time included coaching the team’s offensive line. That position group went from bad to respectable during his two seasons with the Cyclones.
“Everything (Manning) does is focused on making the body work the way it’s supposed to work, instead of trying to force us into some kind of form that’s uncomfortable,” former lineman Jake Campos told the Register last June. “He’s got the standard techniques that he wants, then after that, he’s very good at working with individuals.”
Manning came to Iowa State from Toledo with Campbell after the 2015 season, and within his second season as the offensive coordinator, helped the Cyclones reach the Liberty Bowl. Under Manning, Iowa State averaged the top two passing offenses in school history – with averages of 272.9 yards a game in 2017, and with 258.8 a game in 2016.
Source: Des Moines Register