Nutt adds Campbell to staff

Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt announced here Friday that Louis Campbell is the latest addition to his first Rebel coaching staff. The appointment is pending approval of the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

A 34-year veteran of college football, Campbell spent the past 18 seasons at Arkansas, including nine coaching the defensive secondary. He has also coached defensive backs at Alabama, SMU and Oklahoma State, where he was defensive coordinator.

"I'm excited about Louis Campbell joining the Ole Miss family," Nutt said. "He brings a wealth of experience to our staff, having gotten his start over 30 years ago when Bear Bryant hired him at Alabama. Louis will do an excellent job working with our coaches on the defensive side of the ball."

Campbell joined the Arkansas coaching staff as secondary coach on Jan. 31, 1990, after one season with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a defensive assistant. He served eight seasons as a Razorback assistant coach under Jack Crowe, Joe Kines and Danny Ford, adding the title of assistant head coach for the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

Campbell then shifted to director of football operations for an eight-year span. He returned to the field for a full season as secondary coach in 2006, when he helped Arkansas win the SEC Western Division title, play in the SEC Championship Game and earn a spot in the Capital One Bowl. Arkansas finished 10-4 and ranked No. 15 in the nation.

Campbell moved back into administration last year as assistant athletic director for internal operations.

After joining Bryant's Alabama staff in 1973, the Hamburg, Ark., native helped the Crimson Tide to eight bowl games in his two tours of duty at the Tuscaloosa, Ala., school. The 1973 squad finished 11-1-0 and earned a No. 1 final ranking from United Press International.

In 1985, Campbell began a four-year stint as defensive coordinator and defensive secondary coach at Oklahoma State, joining quarterbacks and receivers coach Houston Nutt on the Cowboys' coaching staff. He helped the Cowboys to three bowl appearances during his four seasons at Oklahoma State.

Campbell has accompanied teams to 19 bowl games in his tenure as a collegiate coach and football administrator, including eight at Arkansas.

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