Campbell, who has been the Stampeders' defensive co-ordinator the last two seasons, was passed over for the head coaching vacancies in Winnipeg and Edmonton. The Blue Bombers selected Toronto Argonauts' special teams co-ordinator Mike O'Shea, while the Eskimos selected Toronto Argonauts' defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones. Ironically it was Jones that Campbell replaced when he took the defensive co-ordinator job in Calgary.
Campbell, O'Shea and Jones are all first year head coaches in the Canadian Football League despite being veterans to the CFL in different capacities.
Rick Campbell is the son of Hugh Campbell, one of the most successful head coaches in professional sports history. Under Hugh Campbell's tutelage, the Edmonton Eskimos won five consecutive Grey Cups from 1978-1982.
The future tasks for Rick Campbell will be very difficult as it is for any coach that is starting out with an expansion franchise.