Ex-Lincoln County football coach Campbell charged with battery

Former Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell was booked into the Lincoln County jail Wednesday.

 

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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