Campo joins Cleveland staff

Jan. 10, 2003 at 3:20 PM
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CLEVELAND, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Browns Friday hired former Dallas Coach Dave Campo.

Campo will be the Browns' defensive coordinator, and will be reunited him with Coach Butch Davis.

The two worked as defensive assistants under Jimmy Johnson in Dallas from 1989-94, and at the University of Miami during the 1987-88 seasons, a span that included two Super Bowl titles and a national championship.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Butch Davis," Campo said. "We had a great working relationship at the University of Miami and with the Dallas Cowboys, and I have a great deal of respect for him."

The Cowboys won back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1992 and '93, the second coming after Davis had been promoted from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator. Campo worked as secondary coach and replaced Davis as Dallas' defensive coordinator after the 1994 season.

"I am very pleased to have Dave Campo join our staff in Cleveland," Davis said. "He is an outstanding person and a tremendous teacher, and he will have significant impact on our players. We have an excellent history both philosophically and schematically, and I have a great deal of respect for his many accomplishments as both a defensive coordinator and a head coach."

After serving 11 years as an assistant, Campo was promoted to coach in 2000, but was fired after his third straight 5-11 season.

In Cleveland, Campo, 55, replaces Foze Fazio, who retired Tuesday, two days after the Browns squandered a 17-point second-half lead in a 36-33 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wild-card round.

"I am looking forward to working with the Browns' players and to joining a team with a lot of potential," Campo said.

In four of the five years that Campo served as defensive coordinator, the Cowboys finished the year ranked among the NFL's top 10 units, including two top-three finishes.

The Browns ranked 23rd in defense this season.

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