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Campo new Cowboys coach
Dallas still must hire offensive, defensive coordinator
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dave
Campo was hired Wednesday as
coach of the Dallas Cowboys, putting
a low-profile guy into one of the high
est-profile jobs in pro sports.
Campo, the Cowboys’ defensive
coordinator since 1995, has been with
the team since Jerry Jones bought it in
1989. Campo is among the group of
assistant coaches Jimmy Johnson
brought with him from the University
“I feel like I’m family in this orga
nization,” Campo said.
He’s only the fifth coach the
Cowboys have ever had and, like the
other four, this is his first time run
ning the show for an NFL team. His
predecessor, Chan Gailey, is the only
one who didn’t win a Super Bowl.
Dallas hasn’t been a contender for
championships lately. The Cowboys
have won only one playoff game since
the last title in 1995, and they’re 24
24 in the past three seasons with two
first-round playoff losses.
\ Dallas was 8-8 last year, mainly
because of problems on offense.
Campo’s unit allowed just 13 points in
four of the losses, which is why he
believes a quick turnaround is possi
“I could quote a lot of statistics
here, but let me give you just one: The
Tennessee Titans were 8-8 last year,
and they’re playing in the Super
Bowl,” he said.
Campo, 52, was given a five-year
contract worth $800,000 to $1 million
per season. That’s the same length as
Gailey’s deal, but for more money.
I could quote a lot of statistics here,
but let me give you just one: The
Tennessee Titans were 8-8 last year,
and they’re playing in the Super Bowl.”
Dallas Cowboy’s coach
Gailey also was the offensive
coordinator, but Jones said Campo
won’t wear two hats. New offensive
and defensive coordinators could be
hired as soon as Thursday.
New England Quarterbacks
Coach Jack Reilly, who had the same
job in Dallas in 1997, is the front-run
ner to lead the offense. The top candi
date for the defensive job is
Secondary Coach Mike Zimmer.
Campo spent six seasons overseeing
the secondary before becoming coor
Jones’ 15-day search for a coach
hardly extended outside team head
quarters, but he described it
Wednesday as “a thorough, thorough
decision on my part.”
He said the decision was between
Campo and Special Teams Coach Joe
Cowboys followers know
Avezzano as a vein-bulging screamer
who stalks the sidelines. Less is
known about Campo, because he
spent the last five years working from
the coaches box.
But players say Campo - whose
small size, glasses and graying blonde
hair make him look more like a col
lege professor than a coach - can be
just as fiery.
“He may only be 5-6 or 5-7, but he
really gets after guys,” safety Darren
Campo’s long relationship with
Jones should come in handy consider
ing the authority the owner-general
“Jerry and I have the same philos
ophy and that’s to win the Super
Bowl,” Campo said. “We’ve been
together and we know how we each
think. I think that makes it a little eas
Campo and Kicking Coordinator
Steve Hoffman are the only coaches
remaining from Johnson’s initial
Campo is the fourth member of
the Class of ’89 to become an NFL
boss, joining Dave Shula, Norv
Turner and Dave Wannstedt. Butch
Davis, who was defensive coordina
tor after Wannstedt and before
Campo, is the coach at the University
Reserve lifts Creighton in overtime
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Creighton
center Alan Huss felt the averages
eventually had to catch up to him and
work in his favor.
The 6-foot-9 junior scored a
career-high 15 points, including five in
overtime, Wednesday night to lead die
Bluejays past Northern Iowa 77-73.
. : Huss, who was 7-for-7 from the
field, topped his previous high of 11,
which he scored last week against
Southwest Missouri State, and nearly
tripled his season average of 3.1 points
per game .
“I’m probably just balancing out
from the beginning of the year,” Huss
said. “Tonight I guess the ball kind of
bounced my way a couple of times.”
Terrell Taylor scored 13 and Ryan
Sears and Matt West each finished
with 10 points for the Jays (13-6 over
all, 5-4 Missouri Valley), who scored
the first seven points in overtime and
sealed the win by going 6-for-6 from
the free-throw line in the extra period.
Huss, who sat briefly during the
overtime period for defensive purpos
es, drew a standing ovation when he
returned to the floor in the final
“I’m not used to it but I hope it hap
pens more,” Huss said.
Corey Jenkins led the Panthers (11
7, 4-4) with 21 points. Kelvin Hill
added 14, Joe Breakenridge 13 and
Aaron Middendorf finished with 10
points for UNI.
Northern Iowa lost despite shoot
ing nearly 60 percent (28-for-47) and
fell to 1-4 on the road in MVC games.
“We just did some silly things in
the O.T., and they came back and
scored each time,” Jenkins said. “We
just need to keep at it hard and the road
wins will come.”
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