Ex-Lincoln County football coach Campbell charged with battery

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Larry Campbell, the former Lincoln County football coach who retired last month as the winningest coach in Georgia history, was charged with simple battery after an altercation Tuesday night at a school board meeting.

According to a Lincolnton Police Department incident report, officers were sent to the Lincoln County school board meeting about 9:30 p.m. after a fight was reported. Upon arrival, officers took statements from those present at the scene. A warrant was then issued, charging the 65-year-old Campbell with simple battery.

Witnesses told police that Campbell grabbed Shaun Glass, of Lincolnton, who was identified as the victim in the report.

According to the report, Glass made disparaging comments about Campbell’s son, Brian Campbell, who is school superintendent.

“This is on you, Dr. Campbell, you are the one who caused this and you are sitting there not even saying anything,” Glass is quoted saying in the report.

Brian Campbell said people became emotional, but he didn’t see exactly what was happening because of his vantage point.

After that, Glass alleges in the report that Larry Campbell grabbed him by the shirt collar and pointed his finger in his face, saying he would kill him for calling his son a liar.

“I don’t condone anything physical – I didn’t see if it was,” Brian Campbell said Wednesday. “But (Larry Campbell) did confront him.”

When reached by phone, Larry Campbell declined to comment.

Campbell was arrested and booked into the Lincoln County jail Wednesday morning.

He was released on a $5,000 bond after a hearing.

Campbell was 477-85-3 in 42 seasons as Lincoln County’s head coach, winning 11 state titles.

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shamrock
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shamrock 05/14/14 - 11:23 am
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New Record

Looks like there is a new record ... Board of Education 1 ... Larry Campbell 0

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/14/14 - 11:23 am
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Isn't this just wonderful!

Really.

You gots to wonder what's going on with people these days. Whatever it is, we don't seem to be evolving in the right direction as a society or, some of us, as individuals.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/14/14 - 11:49 am
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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 05/14/14 - 11:50 am
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He grabbed a guy...

...who made a disparaging comment about his son. He grabbed him.

That is a no-no...but not much of a crime.

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karradur 05/14/14 - 11:53 am
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@Austin Rhodes

Oh, THAT justifies it...

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/14/14 - 12:02 pm
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The guy had such a legacy in

The guy had such a legacy in that county, but I think a commenter on the WRDW story about this said it best that this is what people outside of Lincoln County will now remember of him. Unfortunate.

Speaking of WRDW... How come everyone else has all the details of this story, but we get next to nothing here?

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 05/14/14 - 12:08 pm
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Yes Austin,

it is a crime. And he was charged appropriately.

KSL
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KSL 05/14/14 - 12:19 pm
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What a way to end a stellar

What a way to end a stellar career! Foolish.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/14/14 - 12:29 pm
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Listen here!! We're talking

Listen here!! We're talking Lincolnton,here! This ain't no fancy, schmancy, la-dee-dah Augusta! It ain't even Thomson! People down in Lincoln County do things alittle different from the way you smarty-pants, big-city people do it! Sure he grabbed'em! You wouldn't jack somebody up for talking about one of your kin?!? He's lucky the guy didn't get a chair upside his head! Coach Cambell did the dude a favor, if'n you ask me. One thing he shoulda done was to just meet the dude over at the Hardees, and settle it then! Loser has to buy the winner one of those big combos! After that, it'd be done with.

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Marinerman1 05/14/14 - 12:40 pm
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It Could've Been Worse

Now that I know what happened (wasn't in the story), I agree with 'JMO'. Of course, it could've been worse -- people have been shot over lesser things, inn and around Augusta. And I do have to also agree that while wrong, talking smack about my son or wife, will get my attention as well.

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gaflyboy 05/14/14 - 12:50 pm
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Wait!

Isn't it now a crime to say something bad about someone too?
Why wasn't the one who started it arrested as well?

This feminization of society has gotten to be too much.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/14/14 - 01:12 pm
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When legendary Ohio State

When legendary Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes lost it on the sideline and punched Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman on national TV, Charlie told the press he wasn't hit and Coach Hayes was a great coach. I agree with IAD...pantywaist. How hard can a 65 year old man grab you?

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karradur 05/14/14 - 01:08 pm
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From WRDW:

http://www.wrdw.com/sports/headlines/Police-called-out-to-fight-at-Linco...

"Witnesses said the alleged victim stood up and accused Larry Campbell's son, the school superintendent, at Tuesday night's BOE meeting, a report said.

"This is on you, [Brian Campbell]. You are the one who caused this and you are sitting there not even saying anything," the victim told deputies he said at the meeting.

Witnesses said Larry Campbell then stood up, grabbed the victim by his shirt collar, pointed a finger in his face and threatened to kill him if he called his son a liar, a report said.

"Larry Campbell came through the crowd and grabbed [the victim] by the shirt collar and pointed his finger in his face and stated that he would kill him, that he called his son a liar and he would not talk to his son that way," according to the victim's statement in a report."

...

Ohhhhhhhhhh.

bright idea
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bright idea 05/14/14 - 01:27 pm
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I'm sure

Coach Campbell regrets this now. His emotions got the best of him and he was wrong. His son signed on to be Super and he gets paid well to catch hell. Most people now expect school administrators to be liars. It comes with the job and his father will need to accept that.

john
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john 05/14/14 - 01:44 pm
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well

at least he didnt offend anyone, then it would have been a felony.

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burninater 05/14/14 - 01:45 pm
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Austin Rhodes' "no-no"

Austin Rhodes' "no-no" comment is classic use of a media platform to try to socialize people into thinking it's okay for certain people to be thugs.

Good to see the general commenter public isn't buying that schtick.

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burninater 05/14/14 - 01:49 pm
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"well at least he didnt

"well at least he didnt offend anyone, then it would have been a felony."
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No, it wouldn't.

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myfather15 05/14/14 - 02:06 pm
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This issue will disappear,

This issue will disappear, long before it goes to court; watch and see!! Small community and even smaller group of power players in that County!! The power players will make sure this get's axed!! Yes, it's big news that one of the best HS coaches ever, got arrested; but it's a nothing case!! Someone (with influence) will talk to the victim and encourage him to drop the charges. Now, does that make it right? Absolutely not, but it happens every single day!!

What next
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What next 05/14/14 - 02:10 pm
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Why delayed arrest

If the police were called to the Board meeting at 9:30 pm, why was he allowed to turn himself in the next morning and then bond out after a hearing, instead of spending the night in jail until his hearing the next morning??????

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Riverman1 05/14/14 - 02:13 pm
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Myfather has it right

Myfather has it right. Remember when the officer didn't show up for a certain DUI trial in Lincoln County. They'll work it out and apologize to each other in private. Sheriff Andy would have made them do it right off and avoided the arrest.

myfather15
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myfather15 05/14/14 - 02:13 pm
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Now, if Ol Joe-Smo that lives

Now, if Ol Joe-Smo that lives in the trailer park did the exact same thing, he would be facing massive fines, community service and probation.

But, and of course; Joe-Smo's son wouldn't be the Superintendent of the Schools, because Ol Joe wouldn't have the clout to get his son the Superintendent position!!

That's one of the biggest problems with this Country!! We've got far to many son's, daughter's, granddaughter's and grandson's of the rich and powerful, running the Country!! These people born with silver spoons in their mouths and have had an easy road their entires lives!! College paid for and influencial people to get them high positions after they graduate!! Heck, many of them get their grades paid for by their daddy's and grandaddy's!! All they need is that piece of paper in hand, for their daddy to get them a high ranking position!! Then they become "leaders" in society, without the slightest clue what they are doing!!

burninater
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burninater 05/14/14 - 03:16 pm
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Totally agree,

Totally agree, myfather.

Folks believe inherited privilege is some kind of generational meritocracy. It's the exact opposite.

Class mobility in the U.S. is at historical lows, and you're describing a major cause of that.

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The Mick 05/14/14 - 03:56 pm
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I would hate to have to press

I would hate to have to press charges on a 65 year old man! The "victim" should be pretty ashamed! Really this is just making a mountain out of a mole hill. That being said Austin, it is funny how your judgement changes when it seems you have some sort of personal attachment to somebody. It is still a crime every day of the week, even in Lincoln County.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 05/14/14 - 06:29 pm
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There's more to this story than is beingtold by the news media.

Will the whole truth ever be printed? And, when did pointing your finger in someone's face and grabbing their shirt become a crime? Threats are not usually prosecuted. Law Enforcement is really stretching their parameters of authority. Refund Coach Campbell's bail money & move on.

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Rob Pavey 05/14/14 - 05:15 pm
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coaches are supposed to be role models....

grabbing someone and threatening to kill them at a public meeting doesn't set a very good example.

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itsanotherday1 05/14/14 - 05:29 pm
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Had there been some long

Had there been some long simmering history between the two? Agreed, Coach should be above it, but I said the same thing to someone once; a 40 yo man who deliberately endangered my 16 yo son out of his own anger at a driving incident. Of course I wouldn't have followed through with actually killing him, but in the heat of the moment I lost it.

Riverman has it right since obviously I can't say it.

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pottsville 05/14/14 - 05:36 pm
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coach campbell

In this day and age putting your hands on someone and threatening to kill them has to be taken seriously. What if it was an "NFL" (Not From Lincoln County) that did the same thing to Coach Campbell? Thinking there would have been multiple charges.

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Navy Gary 05/14/14 - 06:04 pm
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What a joke

What a joke to even arrest the man. Your tax dollars at work making criminals out of everyone they can throw a charge at.

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Bizkit 05/14/14 - 06:13 pm
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Well since the coach

Well since the coach apparently threatened to kill him could the victim have stood his ground and shot the 65 year old in need of anger management coach?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/14/14 - 06:27 pm
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"Good example" from a

"Good example" from a coach-please. Suck it up Biz your leg ain't broke, now take out the quarterback and break his leg. Good sportsmanship and losing with grace is that last thing I learned from any coach.

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