Campo dumped by Cowboys

Dec. 30, 2002 at 2:40 PM
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IRVING, Texas, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Dave Campo Monday was fired by the Dallas Cowboys after enduring his third straight season with double-digit losses.

The move to fire Campo was expected after the Cowboys concluded their third straight 5-11 season on Sunday with a 20-14 loss to the Washington Redskins. Campo is the only coach in the illustrious history of the franchise to have three consecutive double-digit loss seasons.

"That was a tough way to finish the season," Campo said following the first loss to Washington since 1997, leaving his winning percentage at .312, the lowest of the four previous Cowboys head coaches. "We're not real pleased to lose the last four ballgames. I'm just disappointed in the season we had."

The Cowboys lost their final four games, allowing a total of 115 points in the span.

Campo had two years remaining on his contract. He started out his NFL coaching career as a defensive assistant in 1989, and quickly moved up to secondary coach before assuming the defensive coordinator role in 1995 season. After five solid years leading the defense, he was promoted to head coach following the firing of Chan Gailey.

The Cowboys ranked last in the league in passing offense, and had to play with more than $24 million missing from their salary cap because of "dead money" shelled out to former players no longer on the roster.

Cowboys hands-on owner Jerry Jones has met with Bill Parcells twice in the last two weeks. Parcells, currently an analyst with ESPN, has taken two teams to the Super Bowl.

Campo was the third firing of the day. Earlier, Dick Lebeau and Tom Coughlin endured similar fates in Cincinnati and Jacksonville, respectively.

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