Campo Out as Head Coach

What had been reported days ago became official on Monday afternoon when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired coach Dave Campo after three seasons in Dallas. Campo is relieved of his coaching duties after three consecutive 5-11 seasons and an over winning percentage of .312, the worst mark of any coach in Cowboys history.

At a press conference this afternoon in Valley Ranch, Jones officially announced he was making a change at the coaching position, firing Campo who spent a total of 14 years in the Cowboys organization.

Jones was very greatful to Campo during his speech at the press conference, thanking the former head coach for his loyalty to the organization over the years.

Campo's firing comes on the heel of rumors that point to former New York Giants, Jets, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Parcells being named as Campo's replacement later in the week. This morning, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported that Parcells will accept an offer to become the sixth head coach in team history, possibly as early as Tuesday.

In addition, the report states Parcells is expected to sign for $4,000,000 a year.

The only other name rumored for the Cowboys coaching vacancy is that of former Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green. Green was fired before the end of the 2001 season, after the Vikings finished just 5-10, the only season in Green's tenure which produced a losing record.

And while the hiring of Parcells is starting to look inevitable, two road blocks may stand in the way.

The first involves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claim that Jones violated NFL tampering rules by speaking with Parcells, whom the Bucs say is under contract with them, despite the fact that a contract was never tendered to the league office.

The second involves new NFL policy stating that all teams must interview at least one minority in its search to fill their coaching vacancies. Attorneys who recently adopted the rule are questioning whether or not Jones' interview via telephone with Green is up to par with the initial policy.

If the reports, which are starting to pick up more steam from other news media, are true, however, it seems the Tuna is Big D bound.

Jones made no mention of whether or not Campo's current staff, which includes offensive coordinator Bruce Coslett and special teams coach Joe Avezzano, would be retained.

With the dismissal of Campo, Jones has now fired every coach in Cowboys history.


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