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Friday, January 13, 2012

KU hires former Dallas Cowboys assistant Dave Campo as defensive coordinator

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Kansas University announced the hiring of Dave Campo, most recently the secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys, as defensive coordinator.

The full announcement from KU:

Dave Campo, a veteran coach who has experienced major success at every level of the game, was named defensive coordinator at the University of Kansas Friday. Campo will also coach the defensive backs as a member of first-year KU head coach Charlie Weis' staff.

Campo, who spent the first 18 years of his coaching career in the collegiate ranks, was the secondary coach on Jimmy Johnson's University of Miami staff for two seasons (1987-88). During his two seasons in Miami, the Hurricanes posted a 23-1 overall record and won the 1987 National Championship. Additionally, safety Bennie Blades was the 1987 Jim Thorpe Award winner before being selected with the third pick in the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.

A standout defensive backs coach, Campo then began his NFL coaching career as he was hired by Dallas as an original member of Johnson's first Cowboys staff in 1989. He has 23 years of coaching experience in the NFL with 18 of those coming with the Cowboys. He has also held assistant coaching positions with the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Campo played a key role in the development of Dallas teams that made eight playoff trips, won six division titles and claimed three Super Bowl titles. He began his career in Dallas coaching the secondary (1989-94) and then was promoted to defensive coordinator (1995-99) before working his way up to the head coaching position for the Cowboys, a post he held for three seasons from 2000 to 2002.

During his tenure in Dallas, he helped the team win consecutive Super Bowl championships in 1992 and 1993 and again in 1995.

In four of the five years that Campo directed the Dallas defense as coordinator, the Cowboys finished the year among the NFL's top-10 units, including a pair of top-three finishes. As the coordinator of the Cowboys defense, Campo helped guide the careers of some of the 1990s most dynamic defensive players - including Pro Bowlers Charles Haley, Darren Woodson, Deion Sanders, Tony Tolbert, Leon Lett, Russell Maryland and Dexter Coakley.

Prior to becoming defensive coordinator in 1995, Campo directed a secondary that had grown into one of the team's most productive units. His 1994 squad led the NFL in pass defense and coached strong safety Darren Woodson to All-Pro honors in 1995.

Most recently, Campo returned to the Cowboys where he spent the past four seasons (2008-11) working with the secondary. During that time he coached two players, Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins, to Pro Bowl appearances.

Prior to moving back to Dallas, Campo spent three seasons as the secondary coach and assistant head coach for Jack Del Rio's defense in Jacksonville. In each of his three years in Jacksonville, Campo's secondary either set - or exceeded - club records for interceptions.

In his final season with the Jags, Campo helped guide the club to an 11-5 record and a wildcard berth in the playoffs. Jacksonville defeated Pittsburgh in an opening round road win before bowing out to the eventual undefeated AFC Champion Patriots in Foxborough. Under Campo, Rashean Mathis became the first Jaguars cornerback to be voted to the Pro Bowl as he tied for third in the NFL with a team-record eight interceptions in 2006.

Prior to joining the Jaguars, Campo served as the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns for two seasons (2003-2004). Under his guidance the 2003 Browns defense finished with the club's best overall performance in 10 seasons.

Campo began his coaching career at his alma mater, Central Connecticut State, where he spent the 1971-72 seasons. He then moved to the University of Albany (1973), Bridgeport (1974), the University of Pittsburgh (1975), Washington State (1976), Boise State (1977-79), Oregon State (1980), Weber State (1981-82), Iowa State (1983) and Syracuse (1984-86). In addition to starring at defensive back in college, Campo twice earned All-East honors at shortstop at Central Connecticut State.

Campo and his wife, Kay, have six children: Angie, Eric, Beckie, Tommy, Shelbie and Michael.

Comments

JayHok 3 years, 4 months ago

Now counting 7 superbowl championship rings on Weis' staff.

1 - Buffalo Bills 3 - New England Patriots Dynasty 3 - Dallas Cowboys Dynasty

The lucky seven, RCJ Weis!

bad_dog 3 years, 4 months ago

Wide right... 0-4 in SB appearances.

As I recall Dallas knocked out Buffalo twice.

jartiv 3 years, 4 months ago

yea.... whoever has a Buffalo Bills superbowl ring is hax.

kuhawkers 3 years, 4 months ago

Why isnt the title of the article that KU hires former Dalls Cowboys HEAD COACH, Dave Campo as D Coordinator?

Alex Berger 3 years, 4 months ago

Because he didn't fare well as a head coach.

squawkhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

FAILURE! Dallas gave up 3906 yards passing (2nd worst in franchise history) in 2011 and 24 recieving TDs ( worst in Cowboys history) in 2010. And he hasn't coached college kids for 20 plus years. Looks good on paper but Weis has hired too many NFL guys that will not be able to relate to the 18 and 19 year old mentality. HUGE FAILURE OF A HIRE FOR A CRITICAL POSITION!

drnater 3 years, 4 months ago

How many has he hired? I count one..... Maybe you should go back, assess your comment, then try again. As it stands your comment right now is an EPIC FAILURE!!!!!

Sam Constance 3 years, 4 months ago

1) Last I checked, coaching defense is a completely different animal in the NCAA from what it is in the NFL. In the NFL, talent matters a lot more than schemes, and Dallas' secondary talent hasn't been all that great.

2) The idea that a guy with deep NFL connections can't relate to 18-19 year old kids is hilarious. Pretty sure they only way they need to "relate" in any meaningful way is with the topic of football, and there is nothing quite so relate-able to an 18-19 year old football prospect than "I have connections to the NFL".

3) Apparently in agri-math, 1 = too many. Unless you are counting Charlie Weis as one of the NFL guys, which is funny since I'm pretty sure he didn't hire himself.

Michael Pannacciulli 3 years, 4 months ago

I tend to agree here with the fact that he will not have major appeal to recruits. That said I hope Charlie pulls them in and Dave helps develop them and draws up some killer schemes. What's he known for? Do we expect this to be more than a one two year contract?

GraniteHawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps you would have preferred to have Charlie retain Vic Shealy. I would have liked to have seen others named, but do not have a problem with the hire. To your point of Campo not relating to 18-19 year olds.....according to a tweet from a highly sought after cornerback (Crawley), he seems to like the selection. Try supporting the team or provide better facts as to why you predict this to be a failure

Jayhawkhank 3 years, 4 months ago

As a neighbor of Kay and Dave Campo, Coach Campo came back to Coppell because all of his 6 kids grew up here, while he worked for Jimmy Johnson. Kay said Jerry Jones was good to them allowing Dave Campo to come back from his coaching D at Jacksonville.

As a KU class of 1969 in the era with QB Bobby Douglass, runner Jim Ryan and BB star Jo Jo White --- I'm verty happy to see a quality hire in Dave Campo.

He is 65-ish and certainly has experience in Defense...

youngest son, Michael, is 21, so believe he is not that out of touch with college age kids --- class guy

hail2oldku 3 years, 4 months ago

That is certainly a name that didn't appear on too many people's radar.

Setherick 3 years, 4 months ago

Makes perfect sense tho. With some many Big 12, and D1 teams generally, running the spread, you almost have to have a success defensive backs coach to run a defense. Should be interesting to see what kind of DBs Campo can develop at KU.

JayhawkinNE 3 years, 4 months ago

Hmmmm....wonder what Crawley will think of this hire!!!!

JayHok 3 years, 4 months ago

Does he like SuperBowl rings?

Has he ever heard of Neon Deon Sanders and America's Team of the 90's?

RCJ!

Ron Prichard 3 years, 4 months ago

He tweeted the following: "Hell of a guy is the new DC/Db coach for the #Jayhawks"

Sounds encouraging.

treed14ku 3 years, 4 months ago

He recently posted on Twitter, "Hell of a guy is the new DC/Db coach for the #Jayhawks" Sounds like he likes it.

Chris Shaw 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm not a football guy........is this good or bad? His resume certainly looks good!

David Meredith 3 years, 4 months ago

Well he is not going to work miracles... he knows what he is doing though, but he needs the players to be talented enough to carry it out.... I like that his expertise is in the secondary though.

bradh 3 years, 4 months ago

It sounds like he should be able to recruit Dallas.

Michael Pannacciulli 3 years, 4 months ago

Why's that? Because high school kids sat in the stands at Cowboy games?

Theonlythingthatexceedsyourbad 3 years, 4 months ago

It's certainly better than what was there last year.

Mark Lindrud 3 years, 4 months ago

As a diehard Cowboys fan I will say it should be a good hire. He is a player's coach who can definitely coach defense. If you are looking for a rah rah guy he really isn't it. He is pretty laid back so I hope some of the other defensive coaches are vocal.

Slick50 3 years, 4 months ago

Are you kidding? Campo is the ultimate rah rah guy. I guess you never watched Hard Knocks.

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 4 months ago

I haven't had a chance to complain (track excluded) about ku football for months...still don't!

lurkerhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

It's still too early to tell but Gill could be the best 'blessing in disguise' ever for KU Football

njayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Only if you are implying that a ticket scandal led to the hiring of HFCCW.

ADSZ deserves the credit for pulling the string on Gill and finding a new HFC.

RoxCaCO3

Ryan Michael 3 years, 4 months ago

Can we stop with these ridiculous acronyms already...

It's like reading a 13 year old girls text messages on this board anymore...

kugrad93 3 years, 4 months ago

Agree. The point of using initials is to shorten something. HFCCW is longer than just saying Weis. HCBS is also pointless. Self does not need to be abbreviated, it's four letters.

bad_dog 3 years, 4 months ago

"it's four letters."

So is HCBS or HCCW. If length is your yardstick so to speak, ADSZ has fewer letters than Zenger, for example.

Just sayin'.

Remember how Bobby Knight responded to the Indiana student that addressed him by saying "Hey Knight" ;-)

While I admit it can be annoying, it's really not that hard to figure out what is being stated when it's in context and you're paying attention.

Just my take on it. I could be wrong.

kugrad93 3 years, 4 months ago

I didn't say it was hard to figure out. I said it was pointless. It's not like our coach is named Krzyzewski.

bad_dog 3 years, 4 months ago

What's pointless to you is meaningful to others.

There's certainly a lot more important things to complain about than acronyms. You know, like putting player names on the back of jerseys and getting rid of the track...

JayHawkFanToo 3 years, 4 months ago

Many of us use "HC" or "Coach" in front of the name or the initials of a coach as sign of respect..

LAJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

A National Championship ring and 3 Super Bowl rings to go along with Charlie's 4....

Yeah, it works for me.

David Meredith 3 years, 4 months ago

Interesting hire.... not often KU will hire a former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

JayHok 3 years, 4 months ago

In general Kansas football has waited 120 years to hire names and resumes that resonate nationally.

Missouri goes to the SEC and now we suddenly have 7 superbowl rings on our staff, part of the two most dominant teams in the last two decades of the NFL, one from the defensive side, one from the offensive side!

I wish Missouri could go to the SEC every year from now on!

Seven superbowl rings!

RCJ!

Jake Powell 3 years, 4 months ago

Wow........we waited this long.......to hire Dave Campo? He was available after the Cowboys' season was over or even before.

I'm underwhelmed. Your thoughts Jayhawk Nation???

David Meredith 3 years, 4 months ago

Well the secondary in Dallas the last couple of years was pretty bad... but at the same time, the Cowboys had very little pass rush, and not a lot of talent in the secondary.....

Jake Powell 3 years, 4 months ago

All good points. I'm not hating. Just question why this hire didn't come sooner. It's not like teams were probably knocking down his door..................

JayHok 3 years, 4 months ago

Wow rokchok. This guy was a coach of the most dominant defensive team in the history of the NFL. His defensive talent on the Cowboys, any NFL pundit will tell you, was not up to par the last couple years. That's why Jerry Jones is focusing so hard on defensive players for the draft the next couple years, that's what made them America's team in the 90's, solid solid solid Defense. Campo was a big part of that!

Jake Powell 3 years, 4 months ago

Yeah.......and Lyle Lovitt was once married to Julia Roberts........but he's not now!

It's 'ok' to question the hire. Again..........I'm not hating. I'll give Chuck the benefit..............

Andy Tweedy 3 years, 4 months ago

I would have taken those few years if offered to me!!!

Steve Tramba 3 years, 4 months ago

Chill man... there will be MANY more hires after this which are lauded... & much like Heinz ketchup... it'll be worth the wait. He is coaching his expertise w/ a track record to prove it. Might not have been a HC success, but don't care... love the hire!

Jake Powell 3 years, 4 months ago

Dude........I'm chilling.........it's 25 degrees outside. Once again, not trying to rain on any parades here......just questioning why it took so long. I'll give the Chuckster the benefit of the doubt here.

kranny 3 years, 4 months ago

According to KC star, he found out Tuesday that his contract wasn't going to be renewed by the cowboys. Weis called him on Wed. Campus visit on Thurs, watched film and took the job. Seems like a pretty quick deal to me considering he didn't have a job starting Tuesday.

ottomark 3 years, 4 months ago

Tait...? Tait...? I want his Tait on this...

Matt Tait 3 years, 4 months ago

Working on tracking some people down who can tell me more about Campo. First reaction: Great hire.

This is how you get it done at the college level - load your staff with guys who know what it takes to get to and succeed in the NFL and play to the desires of kids to play pro football...

More to come.

Stay tuned...

SoCalAlum 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey Matt - love your work and I appreciate you didn't write the story but why is the headline "former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach" when he was for a time 'Dallas Cowboys head coach'?

LAJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

His most recent position was as an assistant for the Dallas Cowboys as the Secondary Coach for the past 4 seasons.

SoCalAlum 3 years, 4 months ago

Yes, but he wasn't an assistant coach at the time of hire...he was a former assistant coach, just as he was a former head coach. Here's today's AP byline: "Campo is a former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys (2000-02), and he spent the past four seasons coaching the secondary in Dallas."

LAJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

He was a former assistant for all of 1 week.

But the point is, that was his last position. It really doesn't matter, though, it's just a headline.

ottomark 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you, sir. Love your work. More to come. Stay tuned...

ottomark 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you, sir. Love your work. More to come. Stay tuned...

jhox 3 years, 4 months ago

His name recognition can't hurt our recruiting in Texas!

danmoore 3 years, 4 months ago

I would be thrilled with 5-7. The 3 non-cons plus ISU and BU are the only winnable games. Perhaps Tech but that game is in Lubbock.

David Meredith 3 years, 4 months ago

KU hasn't beaten Texas since forever, but I do remember the "dollar signs" game in 2006, so anything is possible.

Theonlythingthatexceedsyourbad 3 years, 4 months ago

Yes Charles Gordon on a ridiculous offensive pass interference on a play that would have sealed it. . .

but the real tragedy was letting Vince Young run for a first on 4th and 17, another play that if made would have sealed it.

JayHok 3 years, 4 months ago

Hmmmm. Another interesting thing in this whole Big 12 situation for the next year or two is when Snyder will hang it up. I believe he's 72 and obviously retirement is close. He would be crazy to not hand over the reigns in the middle of the season. As great as he has proven to be this will be KSU's albatross until it happens. I'm concerned we may only get one more chance, if that, against Snyder. Signing day should show us something about how recruits feel about the length of his pending situation. All due respect to Snyder, but everybody has to retire at some point. Snyder lost a pretty good prospect today unfortunately, a kid who was on his team and thought he was good enough for the NFL after playing only a few snaps. Makes me wonder what the kid might be thinking. Just makes me wonder if Weis will ever really get to face Snyder at full strength. Snyder has certainly saved his image and has earned a lot of respect. Wonder if he wants to risk losing that respect again, he fell pretty hard last time around.

http://m.espn.go.com/ncf/story?storyId=7459129

JayHawkFanToo 3 years, 4 months ago

Snyder won not because he recruited 4-5 star rated players, he won because he was able to spot potential on the 2-3 star rated players, and most importantly, because he is one heck of a coach. Look at the last couple of years, the difference between the majority of the KU and KSU players is not that great; however. the results are quite different, as we know all too well. Paterno coached until he was ousted at the age of 85; no reason why Snyder cannot coach for another 5-10 years...as long as he continues to win.

LAJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Seven. And a national championship ring.

JayHok 3 years, 4 months ago

As a player I know Grunhard has a 1988 NCAA championship ring too.

That's nine pretty nice rings on staff!

I love that the seven NFL rings come from three different teams too. As a Chiefs fan I can barely wrap my head around making the playoffs. Much less playing in the superbowl!

That's right. The Kansas football staff has 7 NFL champion rings!

LAJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Ah, didn't even think of Grundhard's Notre Dame ring. Nice work.

hammerhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Hurray for the Hawks and for the new coach. This is exactly why four new season tickets were purchased for next year!! I can hardly wait for the first kickoff.

Robert Howard 3 years, 4 months ago

Very impressive. This guy had 'been there, done that' at all levels. My take is that this means HCCW wasn't going to fool around with some unproven young gun at Defensive Coordinator.

I like the hire a lot and his stint in Dallas can only help our Texas recruiting pipeline. Let the defensive recruiting begin!

All of you 4 and 5 star defensive recruits out there...your ticket to the NFL just moved to Lawrence, Kansas!

Displayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like he knows his X's and O's, but can he get the Jimmies and the Joes??? Just wondering how good of a recruiter he is???

Norm Jennings 3 years, 4 months ago

Love this hire! Can't wait for fall. Whether we have a full-slate of 5* players or not, this should be interesting to watch win or lose. Bowl season in '12 don't know, but no longer a guaranteed "no-way."

shelleysue 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey. Watch it now. I've already started saving for the bowl game! :o)

jasonO 3 years, 4 months ago

this hire shocked me!

I understand the excitement by some. But come on this is not that great of a hire. Did anyone see how the Cowboys DBs did this season?

He does have HC experience, 10 years ago.when we went 15-33 in 3 seasons.

He was a good DC, in the mid 90s.

He is going to be 65 by the first game

I thought our DC would be the head coach in waiting? Obviously not now!

I heard Brent Venables wants to leave OU because mike stoops was brought in, why not wait on him? He 100% knows the big 12.

Can he recruit? Just because he has experience in the NFL does not mean he has name recognition

I do not get it. I hope HCCW proves me wrong

Al Martin 3 years, 4 months ago

His age does give one the impression that he's a temporary solution, though. I mean, how long is he really going to stick around?

danmoore 3 years, 4 months ago

They're all temporary. Look at the resumes of every college and NFL coach. They live like gypsies. This is Charlies 4th address in four years.

bad_dog 3 years, 4 months ago

How long is Bill Snyder going to hang around?

He's 72 now.

danmoore 3 years, 4 months ago

I keep thinking it will be any year now but you never know. Bowden coached until he was almost 80 and Paterno is 84. I think he wants to go out with his legacy intact and probably with a bowl win.

Gregor Southard 3 years, 4 months ago

I believe he said his goal was for his son to take over when he retires

actorman 3 years, 4 months ago

Trojanhawk, you make an excellent point about the people in Texas. With all of Campo's experience with the Cowboys, he has to be extremely well known there, which can only help with recruiting.

Ben Kane 3 years, 4 months ago

no way could we get venables. he most likely is headed to wvu where his big12 knowledge will still be useful.

railer20 3 years, 4 months ago

Charlie wanted someone to be able to handle the defense alone so he could focus on offense...Maybe there were better names out there, but this guy knows his defense. I don't recall him saying he wanted to hire a dc to be his coach in waiting, I may have missed it though.

blackhawkjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

My money is on Grunhard as the coach in waiting. Young, great resume, committed to the Kansas City area - he seems like the logical choice to me. I've said all along that Grunhard would be the most important hire by Weis. He could be the head coach at Kansas for 20 years.

squawkhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Grunhard as HC would sux! He won't be ready in 10 years let alone 4 or 5.

squawkhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Grunhard as HC would sux! He won't be ready in 10 years let alone 4 or 5.

NebraskaJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

My guess is that Bowen is going to get some more grooming. Look for Bowen to once again get a shot at DC once Campo's stint is done here. And why not...he's loyal to KU and has had some good tutelage. Who are we to say he couldn't be a good DC or possible HC with the right personel? I like the hire.

texashawk10 3 years, 4 months ago

Bowen had pretty good talent in 2008 and 2009 on defense and those defenses were atrocious after spending several years learning from Bill Young. Bowen's just not a great DC, he's a good position coach but I don't ever want him as KU's DC again.

El Jay 3 years, 4 months ago

Very excited about this hire. Campo is not a great HC but is a damn good DC, much like Wade Phillips. He has great experience and more than anything he adds more credibility to the KU coaching staff. Kids are going to love all the NFL experience this staff has as KU can now be a launch pad for kids' NFL careers. Plus, anytime you can walk into a kids living room with experience from the most recognizable sports franchise in the world, you arent doing too bad. GREAT HIRE!!!

James McGuire 3 years, 4 months ago

The Cowboys, especially in the 90's were definitely recognizable, but they are not the most recognizable sports franchise in the world. That title, unfortunately, belongs to Manchester United.

JayHawkFanToo 3 years, 4 months ago

Since our recruits come almost uniquely from the good ol' USA, the popularity of an English soccer team is of no consequence. There is no question that among football recruits, the Dallas Cowboys must be one the more, if not the most recognizable name. I seriously doubt if many football prospects even know (or care) who or what the ManU is.

James McGuire 3 years, 4 months ago

I agree with you completely. The Cowboys are definitely one of the most recognizable franchises in the NFL and one of the more recognizable sports franchises in the US.

I was just trying to point that saying they are the most recognizable franchise in the world would be a fallacy.

Mike Barnhart 3 years, 4 months ago

You're comparing apple and pears. NFL coaches scheme for the worlds greatest athletes. College coaches recruit talent, teach fundamentals and create game plans for the level of talent and intelligence of their players.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 3 years, 4 months ago

I have to agree. I think this is a good hire. I don't follow football closely (college or pro), but even I've heard of Dave Campo. The name recognition and the lure of NFL coaching experience we can offer is a HUGE selling point for recruits.

armynut58 3 years, 4 months ago

Based on these two hires alone (HCCW & CDDC) when can we expect an extension and pay raise for KUAD Zenger? No way mob boss Perkins could have pulled this off.

NJHAWK 3 years, 4 months ago

Zenger gets paid to make these kind of decisions. Why should he get raise?

armynut58 3 years, 4 months ago

We all get paid for the decisions we make based on the work we do. If one of your employees goes above and beyond the call of duty you reward them. Sign him long term!

LAJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Not to nitpick, but shouldn't it be DCDC? :-)

Jayhawk1116 3 years, 4 months ago

No, it should be Campo. Enough with the acronyms!

LAJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

FYLTGE

BC @TEOTD, I totally agree, FWIW.

BB4N

riverdrifter 3 years, 4 months ago

We could make it Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator. That would make it AC/DC. Works!

LAJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Ah!!! I was killing myself trying to figure out an ACDC that would actually work... I didn't think of the obvious!!

middleoftheroader 3 years, 4 months ago

maybe Perkins restaurant, but not LewZer Perkins

jgkojak 3 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like a great hire that will serve its #1 function of telling potential pro recruits that KU can teach them what they need to know to play professionally.

How often do we get big men because they get to work w/Danny and they KNOW Danny will get them to the next level?

It sounds like at every position that is the message- we can tell you how to succeed in the NFL... that's how we're getting our talent.

I see us w/at least 7 wins next year.

blackhawkjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Purple K on the radio was, of course, dismissing his recruiting potential. You got it right, though, Weis is building a staff capable of selling kids on the dream of playing pro - that is how Campo will positively impact recruiting.

Having a guy that know defensive coaching so well, our "d" will improve quite a bit next year and, with a little momentum and a full recruiting season, we'll start seeing significant talent upgrades.

Also remember that Weis said he needed a staff that could work together. These hires may have a lot to do with staff chemistry.

drnater 3 years, 4 months ago

They must be afraid, I got called ignorant because this was the statement I received earlier. " Theres a reason he just to a job at a 2 win Kansas university, and it's not because it was his first choice... The only one who wanted him .." Seems to me like they are very quick to discard the hire as a push off. Funny thing is, its only been a week since we found out he wont be back at Dallas. Plus, there are at least 4 teams that havent filled out their HC job, let alone others without coordinators/assistants/position coaches. Yet im the one thats ignorant....

treed14ku 3 years, 4 months ago

Kenneth Crawley, the 4 star DB KU is recruiting, just tweeted, "Hell of a guy is the new DC/Db coach for the #Jayhawks" Sounds like he likes it.

Benjamin Simon 3 years, 4 months ago

For those questioning why not Venables, Leavitt, or somebody else, I'd remind you of something Weis has said since the day he was hired: the chemistry on his coaching staff is extremely important (in fact, he inferred this was one of the reasons he was less successful at Notre Dame). My guess is that Weis hired Campo because he trusts him enough to let him run his defense the way he wants, and that they will not butt heads during the season. I'll trust Weis' judgment that not only will Campo's experience and past success lure recruits, but that he will add to, and blend in well, with the current coaching staff.

Mike Barnhart 3 years, 4 months ago

After 17 zillion votes, the winner of American Idol is... I was really hoping the DC hire would finally be the W O W hire. I mean what took so long. Charlie coulda' hired Campo weeks ago. I'm guessing this is a "fall back" option. On the bright side, if it fails, he can probably be forced into retirement fairly easily... oh, yeah, the winner is... Taylor Hicks... -cricket chirp- -cricket chirp- -cricket chirp-

aplanojayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Actually Campo was just fired by the Cowboys three days ago...so he wasn't necessarily available weeks ago.

Jeffery Barrett 3 years, 4 months ago

p>cbssports.com really sucks. Here is (was) their front page headline.......

"Weis taps ex-NFL head coach Campo as new 'Cats DC"

Typical cbssports.

Ron Prichard 3 years, 4 months ago

You can question whether or not he will be a great coach for KU, but I don't think you can question how this hire will impact recruiting. In the 15 minutes since Campo was named KU's new DC, the following tweets have been posted:

Kenneth Crawley, Recruit: "Hell of a guy is the new DC/Db coach for the #Jayhawks"

Current KU D-Back: "To be able to play with [this] staff is a dream come true!!!" and "One thing is for sure wen teams look across the field they gonna kno our coaches names lol"

Another current KU Defensive player: "Shoutout to the man Weis for putting together a heck of a staff."

One thing is for sure: This staff is going to recruit, and players are going to want to come play for them.

Kevin Long 3 years, 4 months ago

It wasn't the name I was expecting, but I think I like it!

NoteToSelf 3 years, 4 months ago

"Super" hire for KU as Defensive Coordinator. It's all about perceptions for the High School kids. If they believe a former NFL head coach can get them there it will help KU get better athletes on campus. I agree with Maxhawk that the worst DC in the NFL is still better than some random guy in college with no NFL experience. Venables wouldn't leave OU and come to KU as DC because that is a step down. I don't think he will go to WVU for the very same reasons. I was afraid we were going to get Martinez from OU (who has been sent packing by Bob Stoops). KU might not make a bowl next season, but the future is much brighter today than it was under Gill. Nice guy, but nice guys finish LAST.

texashawk10 3 years, 4 months ago

WVU has the same number of BCS wins as OU, not exactly a step down and he can stick it OU every year which is something I don't think he would have a big problem with.

JayHawkFanToo 3 years, 4 months ago

If you read OU sports boards, you will see that most OU fans think that OU defense went to the toilet after Mike Stoops left. Now that he is back, I believe Venables days at OU are numbered. There is a reason that Venables name comes up for every opening in college football...but he is yet to be hired somewhere else.

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 4 months ago

Yawn...ku football on the main page of espn.com...again

(sarcasm font)

hawksfan08 3 years, 4 months ago

It's on the front page of ESPN. KU Football. Front page. ESPN. Can't do any better as far as publicity and recruiting. I do question the hire with how awful the Dallas D has been the last 3 years, especially in the secondary.

DocBean 3 years, 4 months ago

Do we have an Offensive Coordinator, or is Weiss going to handle the offensive side of the ball completely?

DocBean 3 years, 4 months ago

I ask because when Grunny was on 810 after the Charlie Weis hire he alluded to KU bringing in someone that would be the best OC in the Big XII. This was before he was hired as the offensive line coach, but after Weis was hired.

Now I wonder if he meant Weis will be the best in the Big XII, or if he missed his guess. It seemed pretty clear from the interview, that Grunny knew a lot more then he let on about what Weis was planning, which fits, since he was hired a day or two later.

John Myers 3 years, 4 months ago

Weis has said he'll be running the offense

newmedia 3 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like a good choice. Could be a lot of big egos on this staff. Here's hoping they can bring in the players needed so the coaches can showcase their talents.

Rock Chalk

texashawk10 3 years, 4 months ago

There's not that many big ego's on the team. How many coaches would be able swallow their pride enough to return to a team as a position coach that they used to be a head coach of?

jgkojak 3 years, 4 months ago

Let's see S Dakota State WIN (fire him if he loses this one) Rice WIN (not a firable offense, but come on) at N. Ill. WIN (This game will tell us what we have) assuming conf sched is as expected: ISU PICK 'EM KSU LOSS TCU LOSS WVU LOSS BAY PICK 'EM TTU PICK 'EM OU LOSS OSU LOSS TEX LOSS - but they've really not looked sharp the last couple of years

So... we could have 6 wins. I suspect it will be all or nothing. In fact, I suspect the all includes an upset of someone else (KSU).

labbadabba 3 years, 4 months ago

Not making any predictions until Spring.

Krohnutz 3 years, 4 months ago

If we follow the same home-away pattern previously structured in the Big 12:

We get Iowa State at home (should win) We get Texas at home (which Texas team shows up next season?) We get Oklahoma State at home (Weeden to Blackmon is gone)

Three winnable ballgames in the Big 12, and that is without pulling any wins from Texas Tech, Baylor (losing Griffin is going to hurt them, that guy has killed us), or either of the new guys.

Concerning TCU next season, it should be noted their leading passer, rusher, and receiver are all sophomores this year. The team averaged over forty a game. Unless their offensive line falls to pieces our defense is going to have to take major strides to play ball with them by next year.

Concerning West Virginia; assuming they are here, they had a junior QB, a freshman RB, and a sophomore wideout on a team that blew up for 70 in the Orange Bowl. Might need to wait on this one too.

Is it just me, or is this league going to be stacked? I'm hoping we go bowling in year one, and build from there. Damn I am STOKED!

jhawk613 3 years, 4 months ago

it was stacked last year. Big 12 was tougher top-to-bottom than the SEC, but when you have LSU, Bama and Arkansas at the top, nobody notices the rest.

Krohnutz 3 years, 4 months ago

Absolute truth.

The Big 12 was top to bottom the best conference in the land this season, and should be next year.

I hate the BCS. I hate the voters. I honestly suspect they photocopy how teams finished the year prior, swap a few spots up or down, and submit their votes.

danmoore 3 years, 4 months ago

The rest of the B12 is not as good and we will be better than we were last year but the difference between KU and the rest of the conference was huge. OSU, OU, KSU, and UT didn’t just beat us, they destroyed us. I’ll be thrilled with 5 wins which I think is a realistic expectation. I just hope we can be more competitive.

I like the optimism though. That alone is a huge improvement over last year.

danmoore 3 years, 4 months ago

He's a real DC and that alone is a huge upgrade from last season. I was hoping for Leavit as well but if CW turns this program around it will make it more appealing for the next HC. Just hope Zenger is still AD.

lurkerhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

I say we've upgraded from gas station microwave meat loaf to mesquite smoked prime rib!

NebraskaJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Finally! And a good hire at that. I have a feeling we'll be receiving a commitment from a CB that was previously commited to the Vols. :)

bad_dog 3 years, 4 months ago

My bad. That much better chances for us then.

KGphoto 3 years, 4 months ago

Bradley McDougald, 2012 Big 12 defensive POY?

David Robinett 3 years, 4 months ago

The single most gut-wrenching, nausea-inducing thing I have experienced as a KU football fan, even when we had decent teams, is our secondary getting torched. Not just throughout the entire game, like this year, but during those games where our defense overall rose to the occasion, and had the like of Texas and Texas Tech and Nebraska beaten, EXCEPT then we give up one or multiple long bombs that led to defeat.

If Campo only solves this historic problem, I will be quite happy.

Then add to that, a college NC and Superbowl rings....has to be impressive to HS recruits.

RockinChalkinLA 3 years, 4 months ago

HCCW told us to be a DC in the Big Twelve you need to be able to scheme for multiple offensive sets, and his hire would be able to do that. I think he told us the truth! Great hire in my opinion.

blackhawkjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Good point. One advantage in hiring an old war horse is that they've seen about everything anyone can throw on the field.

actorman 3 years, 4 months ago

Well said. I love the fact that he has pretty much equal experience in college and in the NFL -- kind of the best of both worlds.

Krohnutz 3 years, 4 months ago

I have now wet my pants yet AGAIN with what is going on with KU football.

This is a solid hire. I'll say it again, I am stoked for KU football in JANUARY!

JHawk06 3 years, 4 months ago

Boom, It's on!

Like the hire and love what HCCW is doing for KU.

Rock Chalk Ya'll

(As a Dallas native I am pumped)

Kansashawk 3 years, 4 months ago

HCCW and DCDC w/7 SBR's go for NCR's. BTW good recruiting edge. IKR

Duane Rice 3 years, 4 months ago

Lets not get to excited. How many coordinators can you name. Usually the younger up and comers become the next head coaches and the older ones are on there way out.

actorman 3 years, 4 months ago

You're not completely off base with that sentiment, mistroth. However, we have to consider that in the long history of KU "football," Weis and Campo are probably the biggest "name" coaches we've ever gotten. Add in the fact that with all of their NFL experience, recruiting should improve tremendously, and it certainly appears that KU football is on the upswing.

texashawk10 3 years, 4 months ago

KU has had Fielding Yost and Phog Allen patrolling the sidelines in the past so I don't think Weis or Campo could be considered the biggest names KU's ever had. In the modern era of football, most definitely but not quite all time.

waywardJay 3 years, 4 months ago

We are still not improved on the Defensive line, nor do we have any track record as far as grooming great linebackers. While, bring in Campo does give us a great mentor for Terry and MacDougald, what does this do to increase the damage done by the Defensive Line.

We better have the next best thing coming as a DL coach, Otherwise, this does not impress me that much.

RockinChalkinLA 3 years, 4 months ago

For someone who supposedly roots for KU, and has been through the few ups and many downs, you sure are a demanding soul. We won't win over night. These young men will not learn these new systems overnight. Even a great recruiting group will not always impact right away. The DC has to be the decision maker on that side of the ball. He just needs some one to implement his scheme, and teach technique. He might actually train a good position coach into a great one. But not right away. Get on board with the amazing hirings, and stop being this negative nellie!

RCJ.

actorman 3 years, 4 months ago

+1

This is about building a program. Even Vince Lombardi couldn't turn this team into an Orange Bowl team over night.

waywardJay 3 years, 4 months ago

If we had 4 defensive lineman who could put pressure on the Quarterback last year consistantly, then I guess I would be thoroughly stoked. I guess being objective is Just being Negative.

Leavitt Just put Pierre Paul In the NFL, yeah, Google the Monster, he was a bad mother in college.

Mike Nolan was associated with the best years of Mr. Ray Lewis, that name shouldn't be famaliar at all. He also worked players like Kelly Gregg and Aubrayo Franklin.in Baltimore Before they Drafted the Immovable force Haloti "Paycheck" Ngata.

Guess my point was, I want to be positive, but Just seems confusing to me that we couldn't gete after the Quarterback for the better part of 3-4 Years and we haven't brought anyone in with a pedigree to do exactly That. Stop Running games from gashing us, and put Quarterbacks Down.

RockinChalkinLA 3 years, 4 months ago

Understood. My point is we just now put most our coaching together, whether we designate an OC or not HCCW is going to take care of that side. There are a lot of big names that probably don't see KU as a good fit. Give this staff some time. They weren't the ones not attacking the QB. withsome stunts or blitz. I just mean talking about what we don't have this early into this regime could be considered negative.

waywardJay 3 years, 4 months ago

Optimism is fine, and there are parts I like about this team going forward.

I'm not a fan of the "Patriot" way, College or Professional ball. This is not a great Coach Singing by itself in Weis. I'm not sold on him, and I wasn't going to be sold until we got a dc. Now I get a DC I'm not sure fits right in my estimation.

To Some this is a home Run Hire, I'm just not sold on Weis yet. Getting there, Dean Pees/Mike Nolan/ jim Leavitt woudl have done more for me than Dave Campo, and without another big name spot to fill, I'm basically stuck deciding on what I see COme September...

Brendan Connolly 3 years, 4 months ago

Who could they sign where you immediately without even 1 day passing could say that our defensive line has simproved. Now add in the DT (Tyler Holmes?) signing and I would say that they are beginning to put some pieces in palce to shore up the defense.

waywardJay 3 years, 4 months ago

It's not about the kids, I honestly think alot of the Kids we have can play, I just wanted to see a bit more of a DLine/ Linebacker type leading the DC position. Tat's all.

waywardJay 3 years, 4 months ago

Any of those Linebackers making an impact in the NFL..... Any of them....

Rest my case.

Andy Tweedy 3 years, 4 months ago

I have to agree with biggunz here. Success in the NFL does not mean someone was or wasn't a great college linebacker. We have had two GREAT college linebacker groups in the last decade. Floodman, Kane and Reid and the Rivera, Holt and Mortensen. Even going back into the '90s, the group with Ronnie Ward and Donnie Edwards was pretty good. Rest my case!

Andy Tweedy 3 years, 4 months ago

...except Donnie Edwards didn't play for KU...caught myself there. I can't for the life of me remember the name of the guy I'm thinking of, but he played for Buffalo for some time.

waywardJay 3 years, 4 months ago

And you would be wrong, RC. We have Gilbert Browne and Dana Stubblefield. We Have Aqib Talib, Charles Gordon and CHris Harris.

We have Briscoe, Henry and Meier. We had Gayle Sayers, Moran Norris and John Riggins. We had Lineman of all shapes and sizes.

But we have squat for history as far as Linebackers go. We had some good college guys, sure. Those guys played their asses off, but they are no evidence of us having track record of having GREAT college linebackers. Being in the pros is a great measuring stick of how good our guys are, and James holt being a pass rushin 3/4 linebacker End does not a system make.

texashawk10 3 years, 4 months ago

KU does have 3 DL among the 9 recruits listed on Rivals. Keon Stowers (6'3" 273) and Ty McKinnie (6'3" 310) are JuCo players who will have a great chance to come in and have an immediate impact on the DLine for KU next year. Stowers is someone who can play either DE or DT for KU and remember that John Williams will be coming back from injury as well. A starting front 4 of Williams and McKinnie on the inside with Keba and Oporum is a DL that is going to be a force to reckoned with. Add in Kevin Young, Shane Smith, and Randall Dent as subs for DT who will all be juniors and more physically developed along with all the DE's that Gill brought in last year will be more developed physically so who knows which of those guys could step up this year. KU has some depth on DLine so with a little bit of development, this DLine could be pretty respectable next season which will allow KU's secondary, which is the most talented group to me, a chance to really shine next season.

waywardJay 3 years, 4 months ago

Not if We have a stub coaching them, which is my greatest fear.

waywardJay 3 years, 4 months ago

I suppose it's best to say, Buddy Wyatt's on the Clock, if he's the Stub they got coaching our Dline... he's the one Who has to get it all cleaned up.

Chris1955 3 years, 4 months ago

Gee.... I hope I can get in touch with my doctor. I think this is going to last longer than 4 hours!

John Myers 3 years, 4 months ago

While that really wasn't a very funny joke, of all people, YOU are going to accuse someone of being repetitive on these boards??

Matthew Pritchard 3 years, 4 months ago

Holy Sh***, what a staff Weis has put together! We are going to take Dallas by storm in recruiting. All the Wildkitty fans are talking about a national championship on their boards, I think it is funny since they are losing half of their offensive line and HCCW is in Lawrence. It will make my year if we can roll into Manhatten and beat the the nutty professor next yeqr. We have the staff that can get it done!

ltownatrain 3 years, 4 months ago

Okay so we seriously went from a program that few "Big" names would want to almost overnight a team that is a landing spot for Superbowl ring holders.....All I want to know is what kind of Kool Aid is sheahon Zenger giving these folks and where can I buy it....Rock CHalk!

Ken Schmidt 3 years, 4 months ago

One thing I find quite interesting, all the way to the top to include HCCW, is that each of his hires seem to have a chip on their shoulder and something to prove before they close their chapters. They summon great history and all have a great chance to take a place like Kansas with it's shaky on-and-(mostly)off again football program to new levels. They do that and the golden lights have shown. Interject a young, devoted and hungry set of position coaches to rise over the years and I believe this is the way to build a program. Now to watch and see if they can bring recruits in to match the overall direction of the rest of the team surroundings.

troutsee 3 years, 4 months ago

You have hit the nail right on the head!! Football knowledge is one thing but fire in the belly is another, and it takes both to be a good coach. Yes, these guys want to prove themselves all over again and my guess is that they have a burning desire to do so. And, where is a better spot to do that than at the University of Kansas. I look for our team to be much improved next year. I look for the players and the fans to be EXCITED. The expectations are going to be very high as Zenger and Weis have teamed to give all the Jayhawk something that they have not had since the Orange Bowl season.....HOPE.

kuproud96 3 years, 4 months ago

Totally Stoked!!! When ever Kansas football is mentioned on the first page headlines on ESPN.com and it's not about someone getting arrested has to be a great sign!!! Can't believe i'm fired up for football news!

StraightoutofWagnon 3 years, 4 months ago

Who knows how Campo's style of coaching will transfer to college, but what I can tell you is this is another huge step in recruiting. Does anyone else see the NFL trend Weis is trying to create?

It's all about recruiting, just like it should be.

tom123kufan 3 years, 4 months ago

Let's not forget how far we have come people... In October i'm pretty sure this package of change would have been welcomed and it should have the same positive impact today. This isn't the best football program nor is it even in the top 25, BUT it may be well on its way. Let's be happy with the progression of staff. It could be a heck of a lot worse! Let's stop this negativity and let these pros do their job! See the rest of you in the winner circle in a few years.

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 4 months ago

The fact that you just took the time to read the 180th comment on a dc hire shows how much times have changed!

Ethan Berger 3 years, 4 months ago

As a die hard cowboy fan, I watched every game this year. I watched the defense struggle. But that had very little to do with the secondary play. This is a good hire, big name. Bad head coach but hes not our head coach. Hes a great guy, and will be able to get along with the recruits really well. All but 3 years of my life has this guy coached for a team that I cheer for week in and out.

John Randall 3 years, 4 months ago

Labeling Campo a 'bad' head coach at Dallas completely ignores two things:

Troy Aikman decided his series of concussions was a reason to retire.

The star power on defense all reached the age of diminishing production while the team was at the tail end of the draft board where impact DBs are not very plentiful.

John Randall 3 years, 4 months ago

if that's an attempt to be 'cute', we'll forgive the failure.

RockChalk0808 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm excited and I know recruits will be, too. That at least guarantees that we'll have the talent to compete. Someone with his experience should be able to teach monkeys to play D, so I'm not worried about the rest. Bottom line: I'm much happier now than I was 6 months ago. We have something to look forward to!

Can we get the names put back on the jerseys now?

Rock Chalk!

okiedave 3 years, 4 months ago

OU's HC Bob Stoops has hired his brother Mike Stoops to be Co-Defensive Coordinator. Brent Venerables, the Defensive Coordinator, is not a happy camper having to share his duties and is looking for another job. Stoops is trying desparately to sooth Veneables and trying to talk him into staying, but word is out and West Virginia, Tennessee and other programs are making overatures. If Weis has a place for him, it could be a good hire.

KGphoto 3 years, 4 months ago

??

What would he be? Linebackers coach? I doubt it.

Kansashawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Nepotism alive and well. I would say Veneables was already approached

vd 3 years, 4 months ago

Whats his age? Is he older then LCBS?

Micky Baker 3 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm. This could be a very good development for the University of Kansas. It will be interesting to see how things develop between now and national signing day. I think that the hiring of Weis could end up being the one of the best hires in college football history, and if it turns out that way then Kansas will become a perennial national college football power. Time will tell, but lets get things fixed first and not jump ahead because it will be at least a couple of full recruiting classes under Weis to see what we get, but I think our offense in a couple of years is going to be a power house. Lets see what Campo can do for the d-backs, and if he'll let our guys play football, because that did not seem to happen for the most part of the past two years.

aplanojayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

I will reserve judgement. He's a successful defensive coach that was DC of the Cowboy's '95 Superbowl win. I'm just curious of what Plan B was. Campo was fired by Dallas just three days ago. So I wonder if he was even on Weis' radar on Monday. Still I "obviously" wish him the best. Only those lucky enough to hear Campo's press conferences will understand the parenthesis.

Ethan Berger 3 years, 4 months ago

Scapegoat doesn't even begin to describe it lol.

CrimsonnBlueKU 3 years, 4 months ago

Any coaching hire with notoriety of success and years of experience is good for Kansas football. Everyone needs to stop acting like we are Alabama or Ohio State and have such high standards for our football program. We are headed in the right direction for that the University has taken the right steps in making KU relevant in football. It is not like the standards set last season was so high, in my opinion winning more than two games this season will be a success. Now if this coaching staff of brilliant minds with a track record of success in college and the NFL can't bring us more than two wins then you spoiled bball fans who are complaining about the football program and the direction it is taking can start being pessimistic and complain about the program.

For now support the moves that our football program is making and enjoy the process of being relevant. This is exactly what we need to bring the program back up and hopefully help us bring more to the plate other than our bball program (which is amazing no down playing that) when conference realignment=super conferences.

aplanojayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

I read often, but don't post often. But since I'm posting today, I have to say I never like these lecture posts. As a KU alum, I'll support whatever I choose to.

Michael Bowden 3 years, 4 months ago

I think it is a decent hire my reason is this he needs a giant roll of duct tape to fix this mess and he knows that's one year isn't gonna fix it and if he doesn't pull out all the stops he wont get a couple more years because were looking for a powerhouse football coach. Some of us think ku is the champagne when really not much leverage and were the beer budget, some of you need to stop whining and relax and trust the coach

Hank Cross 3 years, 4 months ago

Great hire - KU can't sell FB recruits on its FB tradition, trophy case, gameday, etc. What it can sell is, "Come here, our coaches know what it takes to make it to the NFL."

Send players to the pros, and pro-level recruits will come. It's the Calipari formula. (And I mean that in a good way.)

Steve Corder 3 years, 4 months ago

Absolutely incredible chain of events, since the last game in 2011, in Jayhawk football history. 1. Gill is paid $6M to leave KU showing that KU is serious about football. 2. Super secret search by new AD delivers former Notre Dame HC and highly successful NFL coach to KU. Anyone notice what Penn State did in their new hire? 3. KU lands not one but two QB transfers that KU football never could have been able to secure a campus visit when these two were HS recruits. 4. Weis then starts to blend in previous NFL coaches, with solid NFL credentials, with college coaches (some retained from Gill's staff). Campo's resume, maturity and associations within the NFL cannot be discounted. 5. The program starts to get new looks from recruits that 30 days ago wouldn't bother to open a recruiting envelop from KU! 6. KU fans blog about the excitement of football in the middle of the basketball season. 7. Zenger has shown that KU football can escape history. The turn-around has begun.

kellerman411 3 years, 4 months ago

This is a recruiting cornerstone for the defensive side of the ball. You wanna play in the NFL son? You think maybe you will need someone to make a call? Maybe get some guys out here to a pro day? Yeah, me and Charlie know a couple guys in the leage.

troutsee 3 years, 4 months ago

Once again we have HOPE. Thank you Mr. Zenger and Mr. Weis.

mikehawk 3 years, 4 months ago

The Old Ball Coach has done it again. It slays me that some in the KU donor/fan base can't seem to get it that KU's football program has a poor overall history from a coaching profession perspective. Brent Venables isn't coming to KU unless it is as the head coach, and probably not then. We are doing quite well with what we have to work with, which is either hire unproven up and comers with no name recognition, or old guys who are retreads who know something about the game and have name recognition. For the Old Ball Coach to get Dave Campo to come to KU as defensive coordinator should make all of us jump up and down, followed by some one knee on the ground Tebowing. I live in Oklahoma where people know football (by the way many OU fans blame Venables for their defensive woes and hope he leaves) and these folks had raised eyebrows when KU landed Coach Charlie. Now...Campo's hiring gets a special story today in the Tulsa World in italics! Normally, a defensive coordinator hire at KU wouldn't bear mentioning in this football crazed world down here. Who knows how this story is going to turn out, but the first two chapters of the book are pretty interesting. Get with the program and excitement KU "fans." We are in the teeth of basketball season and we are blogging football! Right now it is only BUZZ, but it is better than the alternative.

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