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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

mikehawk 2 years, 3 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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troutsee 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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Jason Keller 2 years, 3 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.

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Steve Corder 2 years, 3 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.

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Hank Cross 2 years, 3 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.)

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hawktalker5 2 years, 3 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

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CrimsonnBlueKU 2 years, 3 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.

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aplanojayhawk 2 years, 3 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.

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jayhawkintx1973 2 years, 3 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.

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vd 2 years, 3 months ago

Whats his age? Is he older then LCBS?

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Kansashawk 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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okiedave 2 years, 3 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.

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RockChalk0808 2 years, 3 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!

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Janet Scott 2 years, 3 months ago

Nice hire. KU football is on the rise, for sure. Santa Claus, Captain Kangaroo and Easter Bunny are all understandably disappointed that they didn't get the job, I'm sure. I understand they were the finalists, along with Dave.

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Ethan Berger 2 years, 3 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.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 3 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!

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tom123kufan 2 years, 3 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.

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manginorh00lz 2 years, 3 months ago

KU will soon become THE NFL training school. You guys think 1 or 2 4-star recruits is special? Just wait. We will be loaded in 3 years. Loaded.

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StraightoutofWagnon 2 years, 3 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.

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kuproud96 2 years, 3 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!

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Ken Schmidt 2 years, 3 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.

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ltownatrain 2 years, 3 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!

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Matthew Pritchard 2 years, 3 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!

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Chris1955 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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waywardJay 2 years, 3 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.

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Duane Rice 2 years, 3 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.

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Kansashawk 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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JHawk06 2 years, 3 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)

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Krohnutz 2 years, 3 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!

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RockinChalkinLA 2 years, 3 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.

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daverinoku 2 years, 3 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.

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KGphoto 2 years, 3 months ago

Bradley McDougald, 2012 Big 12 defensive POY?

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 3 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. :)

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Fortesque Beagleton 2 years, 3 months ago

Good Gawd. I thought we had quality names for our assistants and coordinators in Gill's first year, (oh how I was fooled by Chuck, third and, Long). But this staff has to truly be one of the most enviable list of names amongst college football programs today.

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danmoore 2 years, 3 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.

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jgkojak 2 years, 3 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).

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newmedia 2 years, 3 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

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DocBean 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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hawksfan08 2 years, 3 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.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 3 months ago

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

(sarcasm font)

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NoteToSelf 2 years, 3 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.

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Kevin Long 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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Ron Prichard 2 years, 3 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.

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Jeffery Barrett 2 years, 3 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.

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Mike Barnhart 2 years, 3 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-

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Benjamin Simon 2 years, 3 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.

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treed14ku 2 years, 3 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.

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jgkojak 2 years, 3 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.

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armynut58 2 years, 3 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.

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Randy Maxwell 2 years, 3 months ago

If Venables or Levitt were as good a coach as Campo they would be in the NFL. The NFL is where the best coaches are. So the worst DC in ther NFL is better than some guy in college who coaches for 15 years and never gets an NFL interview (Venables). Levitt has one gig as the lowest coach on the 49ers staff.

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El Jay 2 years, 3 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!!!

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jasonO 2 years, 3 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

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Lance Hobson 2 years, 3 months ago

Campo family, welcome to Lawrence!

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Norm Jennings 2 years, 3 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."

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Displayhawk 2 years, 3 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???

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MtOread88 2 years, 3 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!

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hammerhawk 2 years, 3 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.

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Randy Maxwell 2 years, 3 months ago

So just how many Super Bowl rings do our top two coaches have, wow wow wow

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always_a_jayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

This sounds like the kind of guy who knows what he's doing, with the success he has had at the college and pro levels. Good hire by Weis! Sounds like Weis understood that defense wasn't his area of expertise (as seen by some of the porous defenses he had at Notre Dame) and hired someone who is a master at that level.

However, I am not ready to say that this team is capable of reaching a bowl game. I'm being cautiously optimistic and am predicting a 5-7 finish for this year's squad. This is the same team that went 2-10 (and 0-9 in the Big 12) last season. This team will travel to Kansas State and Oklahoma to face those teams. TCU and (presumably) West Virginia will be on board next season. Texas is still a mystery, but we haven't beaten them since the 1930s. I predict that we win our three non-con games, beat Iowa State, and steal another Big 12 victory somewhere in there. This team isn't ready for prime time this season; but Charlie Weis is laying a solid foundation for future seasons.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

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ottomark 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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Jake Powell 2 years, 3 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???

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dallashawk05 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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LAJayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

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

Yeah, it works for me.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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Randy Maxwell 2 years, 3 months ago

A man who has been a head coach in the NFL and successful DC in the NFL, wow this is a great hire

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Chris Shaw 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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JayhawkinNE 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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hail2oldku 2 years, 3 months ago

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

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