THE Ottawa Redblacks have found their man. According to a CFL source requesting anonymity, the Redblacks have chosen Calgary Stampeders defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell as their first head coach. They're expected to make it official this morning at a news conference.
Ottawa is scheduled to return to the CFL in 2014.
Campbell is a 15-year CFL coaching veteran but the Ottawa appointment would be his first as a head coach. He is the third CFL head coach to be hired this off-season, behind Edmonton's Chris Jones and Winnipeg's Mike O'Shea.
Campbell is the son of legendary Edmonton Eskimos head coach and executive Hugh Campbell and has spent the last two years as Calgary's defensive co-ordinator.
This past season, Calgary recorded a CFL-best 63 sacks en route to posting a league-best 14-4 record. But the Stampeders lost 35-13 to eventual Grey Cup-champion Saskatchewan in the West Division final.
Campbell had been mentioned as a leading candidate for Edmonton's head-coaching job, which went to Jones.
Campbell won Grey Cups with the Eskimos in 2003 and '05.
Campbell also served as a special-teams co-ordinator and defensive backs coach with Winnipeg in '09.
-- The Canadian Press