MOBILE, Ala. — Excerpts from former University of Central Arkansas football coach Steve Campbell’s news conference Friday as he was introduced as the new football coach at South Alabama
President Tony Waldrop
"I had someone call me from another institution that he was at, and they could not say enough good about him. They just kept going on and on and on, but two things really stuck in my mind. ‘He’s a highly ethical person’ and ‘He’ll never get you in trouble.’"
Director of Athletics Joel Erdmann
On the coaching search process:
"On a side note, one of my best friends in the world is a guy named Brad Teague. Brad Teague is the Athletic Director at Central Arkansas. When I talked to him, he is a man I trust and have known for many years. He’s very good at what he does, and you can imagine the things he had to say about his head football coach at that time."
Coach Steve Campbell
"Growing up back then (in Pensacola0 , you had three channels on TV – Channel 3, Channel 5 and Channel 10. Two of those channels were out of Mobile, so I grew up watching [former South Alabama baseball head coach] Eddie Stanky baseball highlights, [former South Alabama men’s basketball head coach] Ronnie Arrow basketball highlights; we grew up watching the South Alabama Jags in all sports. I always said that if [South Alabama] were to ever start football, it’d be a gold mine and with as well as their other programs had done, once they started football, South Alabama could take off and there’s no telling how far they could go.
"The years passed and South Alabama started football, and it has always been a dream of mine to be able to come back home."
"Number one, we’re going to be an unselfish football team to where we care more about each other than we do about ourselves. We’re going to be a team that doesn’t care about whether or not I score the touchdown, but if I can throw the block that helps you score the touchdown, I’m going to be fired up about it.
"The second thing is that we will get better every day that we’re out there and be better than we were the day before. That’s in the weight room, on the practice field, in the class room and in the community.
On his coaching philosophy:
"We’re Jaguars so we’re going to play a fast and spread the ball around, but I’m offensive line guy at heart and I believe that you’ve got to be physical and be able to run the football; you win at the line of scrimmage.
"We’re going to be an attack-oriented defense. The number one thing for us is that we’re going to stop the run. We’re going to try to make the opponent’s offense one dimensional and then we’re going to get after them with our blitz packages."
On putting a staff together:
We’re going to put together a staff pretty quickly. There have been a number of coaches interested in going to work here at the University of South Alabama. Mobile is an outstanding city. We’ve got outstanding facilities at South Alabama and we are renowned here academically. I’ve received calls from coaches at the Power 5s who want to come here. They want to live down here and send their children here, so this is an exciting time to put together a staff."