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What Weis, Campo mean for Kansas

Posted on: January 14th, 2012 by jayhawktalk No Comments

Photo courtesy of the Star-Telegram

I have been doing some thinking about this Campo hire. While I have no clue if he is going to do anything for this team, I have determined that I absolutely love it. He is a perfect match for Weis. Exactly what he was looking for. Campo will be an extension of Weis himself (except on the defensive side).

Campo is a football veteran. A football junkie. He’s the kind of guy that has survived and continued to coach for a very long time at every level of the game. Like Weis, he will probably have his own “decided schematic advantage” over most coaches he faces.

He’s also old. Some would say washed up. There are questions about how well he can relate to recruits. How well he can adapt his style to the college game — a place where he will have far less time to prepare his players for a game.

In other words, he is exactly like Weis.

If you have read this blog for a while, you might remember that I wanted Zenger to hire someone safe. I even said that I wanted him to hire “our Bill Snyder.”¬† A relatively unknown up-and-comer sounded about right. ¬†Someone that would grind and put in the work to get us back on the map. Probably not quickly. And certainly not with fire in a bottle.

Instead, Zenger went all-in. He threw caution to the wind and chased a monster name. To steal another K-State reference, he hired Bob Huggins, not Bill Snyder. At the time, the Wildcats were desperate to be relevant in basketball. It isn’t all that much different here with our beloved football program.

I don’t know about you, but if there is one place I’m fine with gimmicks, it’s Kansas football. We are rarely going to be able to stack up to many Big 12 schools when it comes to pure talent. We must thus find our competitive advantage elsewhere. Whether we like it or not, we are the Boise State to the Oklahoma. We need the statue of liberty, the hook and lateral, and all the other fun gadgets to win games against Goliath.

The Weis hire is a gadget play. Same with Campo. They are incredibly high risk (both in the competitive sense and the pocket book), but they’re also incredibly high reward. Sometimes the gadget plays work. Sometimes they dig you an even deeper hole.

After much reflection, I’m really happy with Zenger’s play call. Also happy Weis is willing to be as bold as his boss. If anything, we have a relevant football program that people are really interested in talking about.

I just hope the play works.

Weis taps Dave Campo as Defensive Coordinator

Posted on: January 13th, 2012 by jayhawktalk No Comments

Dave Campo has been hired as KU's new DC

Dave Campo is the new defensive coordinator for the Kansas football team. Here’s KU’s official press release:

LAWRENCE, Kan. – 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.