Oregon Ducks

Running backs coach Gary Campbell announces he is done at Oregon

Running backs coach Gary Campbell certainly won't be returning to coach at Oregon. 

Campbell, who told CSN in August that he was considering retiring at the end of the 2016 season, made it official today that he would no longer be coaching at Oregon via Twitter (see below).  


His Twitter declaration could extend to all sidelines, although Campbell has not officially announced that he is retiring. 

Campbell had little chance of being retained by Oregon coach Willie Taggart, who it appears will turn over the entire coaching staff. But any interest from the Ducks' new head coach toward a potential Campbell return to Oregon might not have mattered, anyway. 

The former UCLA running back has told CSN in the past that he likely would have only return to UO for the 2017 season if former head coach Mark Helfrich were not fired, or if former UO coach Chip Kelly had a made a miraculous return to Eugene to replace Helfrich. 

The legacy Campbell leaves behind at Oregon is untouchable. He coached several great running backs, including 14 that played in the NFL. His most dominant backs were LaMichael James, Jonathan Stewart, Onterrio Smith, Maurice Morris, Tony Cherry, Reuben Droughns, Derek Loville, Kenjon Barner, Jeremiah Johnson, Ricky Whittle, Diny Philyaw, Kevin Willhite, Byron Marshall, De'Anthony Thomas and Royce Freeman.