After Oklahoma upset, calls for Joel Lanning as next Iowa State president


Joel Lanning high-fives fans after arriving back in Ames on Oct. 7, 2017, following Iowa State’s 38-31 win over Oklahoma.

Emily Barske

After Iowa State’s upset of No. 3 Oklahoma Saturday afternoon, some are calling for linebacker Joel Lanning to be Iowa State’s next president. 

Lanning took the field on both sides of the ball. He played a handful of snaps as quarterback, recovered a fumble and made one sack as linebacker— 78 snaps altogether. 

“I don’t know if there’s any better story in college football,” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said. “He wasn’t getting the [quarterback] reps this week, but it definitely worked out. What he’s doing is unheard of. I think Joel Lanning will be a name people remember for a long, long time.”

The upset is one of the biggest in school history. Iowa State hadn’t defeated the Sooners since 1990 prior to the game.

Now Iowa State is 3-2. With seven games left in the regular season, they will look to a possible bowl game.

Iowa State has been in search of a new president since former-President Steven Leath’s departure for Auburn University in May. 

Iowa State has narrowed down the presidential search to four finalists, who each have a forum on campus this week. The university is announcing the name of each finalist 24 hours before they arrive on campus. Sonny Ramaswamy, was the first finalist announced Sunday.