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OTTAWA -- Rick Campbell always aspired to be a CFL head coach but only in the right situation. Wholesale Mens Nike Air Vapormax 2 Flyknit Black/Laser Orange-Total Crimson 942842-005 . The ability to help build an expansion team from the ground up proved to be the right opportunity for the 42-year-old, who was hired Friday as the first head coach of the expansion Ottawa Redblacks. The Redblacks are scheduled to begin play next season. Campbell has spent 15 years coaching in the CFL but this will be his first as a head coach. "Ive wanted to be a head coach, but I didnt just want to do it to say I was a head coach," said Campbell. "It had to be a deal where I fit the team and the team fit me so it was a good situation and like I said I had a gut instinct about Ottawa." This will mark Ottawas third tenure in the CFL. The Rough Riders operated from 1876 to 96 and were a founding member of the CFL in 58. The Renegades were born in 02 but only operated through the 06 season before being suspended indefinitely by the league. Having the opportunity to be part of the Redblacks inaugural season was one of the more interesting aspects of the job for Campbell. "I think its incredibly unique that you get to build a football team from scratch," Campbell said. "Its very unique in football and in sports that you get to start something from scratch and build it the way you want to build it and that definitely was enticing to me, for sure." Not to say it wont be challenging. "Were going to have to get ourselves competitive fast," Campbell said. "Were behind all the other teams in that they have a lot of good football players and they have a lot of things in place. "Were going to have to hire an experienced enough coaching staff that knows the league so we can literally hit the ground running." Campbell has high hopes to field a competitive team in the Redblacks first season. "Im going to look at as were another team in the league right now," he said. "Were going to be signing players and coaches and were going to try to win as many games as we can. "You go into a year to try and win the big one. Were not going to get ahead of ourselves but were going to go and build it the best way we can and win as many games as we can, thats for sure." Campbell has spent the last two years as Calgarys defensive co-ordinator. This season the Stampeders led the league in sacks, with 63. The bulk of Campbells CFL coaching career was spent with the Edmonton Eskimos. Over the span of 11 seasons with the Eskimos, Campbell served as an assistant head coach, special-teams co-ordinator, secondary coach and defensive co-ordinator. He won Grey Cups with the Edmonton in 2003 and 2005. Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins said he interviewed six or seven candidates but Campbell stood out amongst the contenders. "The key thing was the fact he had coached special teams, he had coached defence as a co-ordinator and coached on offence as well,: Desjardins said. "Theres not too many people out there who have coached on all sides of the ball." While there remains much work to be done, Desjardins said theres a sense of relief in having a head coach in place. "Its a better relief knowing who it is," said Desjardins. "Im so comfortable with this choice on so many levels. "Personality wise our thought processes are the same. Just detailed, organized and then a big part of the equation too is who hes going to propose to us as a staff." While theres no timetable in place for the hiring of support staff, both Desjardins and Campbell say the process has begun already. Campbell wont have far to look for guidance, though. His father, Hugh Campbell, is a legend in Canadian football, leading the Edmonton Eskimos to five consecutive Grey Cup championships (1978-82) as head coach and four more as general manager. Hugh Campbell also was a receiver with the Saskatchewan Roughriders when they won their first CFL title in 66, upsetting the favoured Ottawa Rough Riders 29-14 in Vancouver. "I would always ask for advice from him if its there," Rick Campbell said. "We have a good relationship that he doesnt force things on me. "Hes my dad, Im his son and thats our relationship first and well talk ball once in a while." Campbell will have little time to settle into the position, as the CFL expansion draft will be held Dec. 16. Ottawa will select 24 players (eight imports, 16 Canadians) over three rounds. The Redblacks will take eight imports in the first round before selecting eight Canadians in each of the final two. Desjardins says Campbell will have input into player selection but in the end it will be all about picking the best available players.Vapormax Plus Grape For Sale . Kerr said he had dinner with Jackson, his former coach with Chicago and the new Knicks team president, on Friday night and they talked again Saturday. Kerr is in New York to work the game between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors for TNT. Wholesale Mens/Womens Off-White x Nike Vapormax White/Total Crimson-Black . Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. The latest from Bob As tweeted by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie on Monday, the Columbus Blue Jackets need to resolve their offseason plans with forward R.While the Dallas Cowboys have been led primarily to the divisional round by three players, the Green Bay Packers have been led by four – Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy. Rodgers, a first-team All-Pro, is the focal of the Packers potent offence, and for good reason. Rodgers is viewed as the frontrunner to win his second Most Valuable Player award this season and threw 38 touchdowns to just five interceptions – none of which came at home. At Lambeau Field this season, the 31-year-old threw 25 passing touchdowns and with no picks in 240 attempts. His passer rating on the Frozen Tundra finished at a ridiculous 133.2 this season, while his average yards per pass sat at 9.73 – two yards higher than on the road. While the Cowboys went undefeated on the road, the Packers were a perfect 8-0 at home. One of those records will be blemished when the two meet on Sunday with a spot in the NFC Championship on the line. Rodgers likely will not enter this matchup at 100 per cent, however, after suffering a calf injury late in the season. The injury was first suffered in the Packers late October loss to the New Orleans Saints, but Rodgers appeared to return to full health after the Packers Week 9 bye. Unfortunately for the Packers, the quarterback appeared to aggravate the injury in Week 16 against the Buccaneers. With the NFC North crown on the line in Week 17, the injury forced Rodgers to exit briefly after throwing a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb against the Detroit Lions. Rodgers returned after missing two series and finished the game with 226 yards and two touchdowns while throwing just five incompletions. Though he appeared to avoid serious injury once he returned, having Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh step on his injured leg likely did not help the healing process. Rodgers took the Packers entire bye week off and will not practice until Thursday. Both throughout the season and against the Lions, Rodgers did not achieve his passing success alone. Second-team All-Pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson and Cobb, a dynamic playmaker, both finished in the top-11 in receiving yards this season and ranked third and fourth in touchdown receptions, respectively. Nelson enjoyed the best season of his seven-year career in 2014 and established himself as one of the NFLs elite receivers. Nelson saw career-highs in targets, receptions and yards this season, while eclipsing 100 yards seven times and 200 yards once. The 29-year-old rankedd 10th in yards after the catch this season with 481 and was held without a touchdown just six times – including in all four losses. Wholesale Mens Nike Air VaporMax Plus Navy Blue/White. Cobb, who is likely the Packers most versatile player, lined up on the outside, in the slot and in the backfield this season for the Packers. He and Nelson each picked up 71 first down receptions this season, the most by any receiving duo in the league. The 24-year-old impending free agent totalled a career-high 1,287 yards receiving this season and had five 100-yard games of his own. As the Packers attempted to catch defences by surprise, Cobb also received 11 carries for 37 yards. Though Cobb opened the year fantasy football hero with 10 touchdowns in his first nine games, he went through a six week scoring drought before finding paydirt twice against the Detroit Lions in Week 17. Containing the Packers two receiving threats will be among the top priorities for Cowboys on Sunday when the two teams kickoff. Headlines often credited Rodgers and his two top targets for victories throughout the Packers 12-win season, running back Eddie Lacy brought balance to offence and opened passing lanes for his teammates success. Though Lacy struggled early in the season – just one game with over 90 rushing yards in ten weeks – the second-year pro was held under 90 yards just once in the teams final six games. Lacys hard-nosed running style allowed him to pick up 100 yards against the Lions in the Packers regular season finale, while Cowboys star DeMarco Murray was held to 75 on one less carry against the same defence one week later. The Cowboys defence, who ranked 25th against the run this season, could struggle against Lacy, especially in their front is missing linebacker Rolando McClain. The starting middle linebacker exited Sundays win over the Lions with a concussion and a sore neck and is questionable to play against the Packers. The matchup against the Cowboys also appears favourable for Packers passing attack. The Cowboys ranked 19th in yards allowed this season and surrendered 323 yards to Matthew Stafford in their Wild Card game. Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson also both topped 85 yards in that matchup. If Lacy can give the Packers a strong start in the cold weather at Lambeau, the Packers passing game should have opportunities to stretch the field. If the Packers can score early, as they did so many times at home this season, the Cowboys could have a hard time keeping up. ' ' '