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Report: Rick Campbell not to return to REDBLACKS in 2020

OTTAWA — According to multiple reports, the Ottawa REDBLACKS will not retain head coach Rick Campbell next season, following a 3-15 campaign.

In 2017, both Campbell and general manager Marcel Desjardins were given contract extensions through the 2020 season after winning the Grey Cup the previous fall.

According to AJ Jakubec, some in the REDBLACKS organization have stated that it was Campbell’s decision to leave the team.

Campbell is the only head coach the REDBLACKS have ever known, hired in 2014 to take over an expansion team that went to the Grey Cup in its second year, ultimately winning the title the following year in a thrilling overtime win over Calgary in 2016.

The son of legendary head coach and general manager Hugh Campbell, exits Ottawa with a record of 44-62-2 with three Grey Cup appearances and a playoff berth in all but two seasons.

The 2019 campaign was a frustrating one for Campbell and his squad, winning just three games and struggling to find an answer at quarterback following the departure of Trevor Harris during free agency last winter.

Prior to taking his first head coaching gig in December 2013, Campbell spent the majority of his career as a defensive and special teams coordinator with Calgary and Edmonton.  While spending 11 seasons as an assistant with the Eskimos, Campbell won a pair of Grey Cups in 2003 and 2005.