Linebackers coach Charlie Camp officially left the Oregon State program on Thursday and will take the same position at Ole Miss.
The 31-year old coach spent three seasons at OSU. He came from the University of Arizona in 2002 and started out coaching the defensive line before teaching the linebackers the last two seasons.
According to the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Camp was not looking to leave but the opportunity just came to him. The opening game at LSU also helped his decision as he was reminded of the passion of the fans down south.
"I hope I did a good job," Camp told the Gazette Times. "They have good players there and that's what made it so hard to leave. I'm proud of those kids, especially Keith Ellison. Chaz and Trent have come so far in the last two years. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be there when they are seniors. And my seniors Jonathan and Keller (Christensen), I'm going to miss them all."
Camp is an animated coach with a lot of enthusiasm. His presence and energy on the sideline and on the practice field will be greatly missed. The players and coaches loved him and are sad to see him go.
The former Arizona standout recruited in Arizona, San Diego, and Lousiana. He was responsible for bringing in Burnell Wallace, Dennis Christopher, and Keenan Lewis from O. Perry Walker School in New Orleans.
Riley does not know who will replace Camp and said he "won't deal with that for a while."
As a result of Camp leaving, speedster Burnell Wallace, who just recently qualified at OSU, will be leaving for Ole Miss as well.
Part of Wallace's decision had to do with his high school running backs coach Frank Wilson being hired at Ole Miss. Plus playing in Mississippi is a lot closer to home than playing in Oregon.
"My only regret is is that I am having to change my mind," Wallace told Scout.com. "Coach Riley is a nice guy, and has really stood beside me. I hate to do him this way, but he understands that I needed to be closer to home."
There have also been rumors that linebacker Dennis Christopher may joine Wallace at Ole Miss, but for now Christopher is a Beaver.
Christopher will be in Corvallis on Sunday and could make his final decision over the weekend.
- His football
biography from BeaverFootball.com.
- Quotes from Mike Riley when he hired Camp in 2002:
"Charlie Camp is a young man that was highly recommended to me by a number of people that I really admire, from Ted Tollner, Dick Tomey, Rich Ellerson to Duane Akina, all college coaches that I have know for a number of years."
- "I got an especially strong recommendation from Larry McDuff, who coached Charlie in the old Desert Swarm defense, and coached for Larry at Arizona last year. We are excited to have this young man on our staff. He will bring some spirit and fire to our linebacking corps. He is an intense coach who will add a lot to our program."