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Matt Campbell expected to interview for Missouri Tigers football head coaching job

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Wouldn't be the first time Missouri hired a coach out of Toledo; worked out well for them last time.

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Per FootballScoop, Matt Campbell is expected to interview for the Missouri Tigers football head coaching job, and their sources say that he is a "strong candidate" for the position.

Sources tell FootballScoop that Campbell, who is quite content at Toledo, would accept the opportunity to become the next head coach at Missouri if offered, adding, "and he'd be the exact leader that place needs. He's a team builder. Strong personality that people gravitate towards."

The Toledo Rockets (10-1, 6-1)  started out 7-0 when the initial College Football Playoff rankings came out to put the Rockets at No. 24 in the nation. After suffering a 5-point loss to Northern Illinois, the initial response from the team was to keep their heads up and know that winning the MAC West would still be a real possibility even though they lost control of their own destiny.

They've followed that loss up with wins over Central Michigan and Bowling Green, both on the road, and a Huskies loss against Ohio put Toledo back in the driver's seat to win the division if they can beat Western Michigan at home in the regular season finale. A trip to Ford Field would be the school's MAC Championship game appearance since 2004.

Missouri's had good luck with former-Toledo coaches, or at least just with Gary Pinkel. The 63-year old Kent Stat alumnus has previously announced his retirement due to his personal health and would rather spend more time with his family and friends. As a coach, Pinkel is the school-record holder for wins at both Toledo (73) and Missouri (118).

FootballScoop's report also includes that Barry Odom, current defensive coordinator for the Tigers, is a candidate for the position.