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Iowa State coach Matt Campbell on why the Cyclones called off the spring game

AMES, Ia. — Iowa State football fans hoping to get a sneak peek at the 2018 Cyclones will have to wait.

Due to poor weather conditions forecasted for Saturday, the 2018 Iowa State spring game has been canceled and will not be made up.

“The only thing you feel bad for is our fan base because you love the opportunity for our kids to get out,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said following Monday’s practice. “Our fans have been so awesome to us the last two years, in terms of showing up and have been such a huge, huge piece of why that’s been such a positive event.”

The annual event had been scheduled to take place Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium. But with cold temperatures and a high chance of rain projected in the forecast that day, Iowa State decided to call off the game. Iowa State director of athletics Jamie Pollard said in a statement issued by the school Tuesday that it was a mutual decision made by him and Campbell.

Despite not wanting to disappoint fans, Campbell said the decision not to have his players take the field at Jack Trice Stadium was an easy one. Instead, Iowa State will hold its third scrimmage of the spring inside at the Bergstrom Football Complex.

Family members of players and coaches can attend. So can Iowa State’s three honorary captains in former Cyclone stars Kelechi Osemele, Ahtyba Rubin, Chris Washington and Ellis Hobbs. The practice will be closed to the public.

“For safety reasons, obviously, our fans can’t get to the indoor (practice facility), so that aspect of it, we won’t have,” Campbell said. “But we need that practice, and the reality of us, with the weather and what it looks like, I would rather not waste a day — I’d rather get a 15th practice in and put a great finish to camp.”

Most of the other activities centered around the spring game have also been canceled, including the Cyclone Carnival, Cyclone Club Football Clinic and the Cyclone Gridiron Club Tailgate. Saturday night’s Cy House of Trivia will still take place at Hilton Coliseum at 5 p.m.

Iowa State opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against South Dakota State at Jack Trice Stadium.

While the end of the spring isn’t how Campbell envisioned it going, he said he’s been happy with how Iowa State’s other scrimmages have gone.

“The last two have been awesome,” Campbell said. “A lot of growth on our football team in areas we needed to see. Are we exactly there yet? No. Are we making really good strides? I’d say yes. A lot of good competition on this football team right now, and that’s what you want, and that’s what you hope to have in year 3 of your football program.”