Rumors of Campbell’s status with the program circulated following a meeting last week regarding the merger of the county’s middle and high schools into the newer high school building. Jeff Carney, the Lincoln County superintendent, said the merger had to happen, pointing to financial reasons. Carney, who will be associate superintendent in Columbia County next school year, also said Campbell is still the head coach.
Campbell, who’s been the head coach of the Red Devils since 1972 and has won 11 state titles, said he was against the merger, bringing up the concern it would mean middle school-aged children would be closer to older children. But Campbell said any worries about such a merger wouldn’t mean he would step away for good. Also, at the merged school, the different groups will be separated spatially and time-wise.
Furthermore, Campbell said that he couldn’t officially resign until June 4 anyway, which is the date of the next board of education meeting. But Campbell, who said he hadn’t taken anything to the board of education when it comes to a resignation, said that he’s definitely coming back for this upcoming season.