Campbell's future cloudy

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Rick Campbell could be nearing a critical juncture in his coaching career.

The Eskimos defensive co-ordinator wants to be a head coach someday, but it doesn't appear that will happen this fall.

While the Green and Gold are searching for a new bench boss to replace Danny Maciocia - who stepped down yesterday - Campbell doesn't seem to be on the list of candidates at the moment.

After 10 years on the Esks' coaching staff, Campbell's future is very much up in the air.

"Danny and Rick LeLacheur know I have aspirations to be a head coach," said Campbell from Oregon yesterday.

Personable and politically correct, Campbell stopped short of saying he was going to apply for the vacant head coach position.

He was still trying to digest Maciocia's decision to relinquish his head coaching duties to be GM and director of football operations.

When asked what his future in Edmonton is, Campbell replied: "I don't know. All the assistants are in the same boat."

Campbell wants to return to the Esks.

"Absolutely," he remarked. "I love my job."

But if a new head coach has a defensive co-ordinator background - like candidates Chris Jones, Richie Hall, Mike Benevides, Greg Marshall or Noel Thorpe - Campbell might not be in the picture in 2009.

QUICK HIT: IF THORPE IS NAMED THE NEW HEAD COACH NEXT MONTH, HE WILL DEFINITELY HAVE SUPPORT IN THE LOCKER-ROOM.

"He would do a good job," said receiver and team leader Kamau Peterson. "He's very knowledgable. (Head coaching) will be in his future."

FINISH LINES: AJ GASS COULD BE LEAVING THE ESKIMOS TO RETURN TO SCHOOL AT FRESNO STATE, SUN MEDIA HAS LEARNED.

In fact, Gass has enrolled in January classes and is hoping to learn his future with the Esks next week.

While not making any demands, Gass would like more coaching responsiblity in 2009 - moving up from being a defensive assistant handling scouting reports this year.

If that offer doesn't come from the Esks next week, he's likely returning to Fresno State.

Gass needs to finish his degree to be able to coach in the NCAA ranks.

"Do I do it now or put it off for a year?" remarked Gass on the idea of returning to school.


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