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Minter announced as new Campbell football coach

Posted November 27, 2012

— Mike Minter was announced Tuesday as the second head football coach at Campbell University since the team resumed its program in 2008.

"We’re going to change the mindset of the football players," Minter said at his introductory press conference. "They are going to learn that it is no longer acceptable to be mediocre. We are going to create smart and tough football payers, players that can get after it in the fourth quarter."

Minter, a former Carolina Panthers safety, joins Campbell after coaching special teams this past season at Liberty University. Prior to Liberty, Minter was an assistant coach at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. Mike Minter Slideshow: Minter announced as new Campbell football coach

“Mike’s spirit, passion and will to win were evident to me from our very first conversation,” said Athletics Director Bob Roller. “I am convinced that Campbell University and Camel football is about to experience a transformational change, and it will be exciting to watch our student body, alumni and fans get on board.”

Minter was reported to be one of the coaches interested in the Charlotte 49ers new coaching position when they announced they would begin playing football in 2013. That position, however, went to Brad Lambert.

Campbell will play at Charlotte on Aug. 31, 2013 in the debut game for the 49ers.

"We want to be Campbell proud and that’s what you’re going to have when we run out there on game day," Minter said.

At Liberty this past season, Minter’s special teamers were well recognized. Long snapper Richard Wright was named to the Big South All-First Team, and place kicker John Lunsford as well as punter Grant Bowden were named to the second team.

Campbell announced on Nov. 5 that they would not retain head coach Dale Steele following the conclusion of the 2012 season. Steele was the head coach for the Camels since their rebirth, compiling a 14-41 record.

Campbell dropped its football program after the 1950 season due to the Korean Conflict. Talks to resume the sport at the university began in 2004 and Steele was tabbed as the head coach to restart the program in 2006.

Minter was a special guest at the first official Campbell football event in 2007.

Minter, 38, was a second-round draft pick of the Panthers in 1997 out of Nebraska. He started 141 games in his nine-year career, all with the Panthers, recording 790 tackles, forcing 15 fumbles, hauling in 15 interceptions and scoring four touchdowns.

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  • Toddler10-21 Nov 28, 8:02 a.m.

    Was Minter mentioned in this story? I guess Campbell is paying this guy a lot of money? Every ex NFL player didnt blow his money like you hope they do. Some get there degrees, and just want to get into coaching. For example, my brother in law played in the NFL for seven years, and still has his house that he bought while playing. Got his degree, and is working making a nice salary. Yes he is coaching also. And for your information Apex he was ALL ACC for UNC during the early 80's. All athletes are not Terrell Owens, or Chad Ocho or whatever his name is!!!

  • Aint ur day Nov 28, 7:15 a.m.

    Always something negative. Do you really think Mr. Minter is doing it for the money? He made... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Millions huh? you must have missed the ESPN special about NFL players and other pro athletes and how they struggle after they retire from pro sports/NFL. The average player spends/blows their money during thier tenure and is BROKE with in 2 years upon retiring, the rest are within 5yrs. Only a few are sucessful beyond that. This dude wouldn't be trying to get this job if he had millions, he would be somewhere enjoying his retirement.

  • campbellcamels Nov 27, 9:10 p.m.

    Can't wait for football season to start just so he and our program can prove all of you naysayers wrong. Excellent hire!

  • Observing Sassie and Laughing Nov 27, 7:44 p.m.

    I think Campbell made a good decision with this hire. Coach Minter will have a tough job ahead of him, but I believe he'll do a good job over at Buies Creek.
    Welcome to Campbell, Coach Minter.

    And finally, thank you Coach Steele for everything you did to help restart the football program at Campbell. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 27, 6:08 p.m.

    Always something negative. Do you really think Mr. Minter is doing it for the money? He made millions in the NFL. Whoever the coach is its going to be tough. Why dont some of you necks go give him a hand!

  • luckn4u2 Nov 27, 5:59 p.m.

    I hope this guy has a second job,if his salary is like the majority that work there,he will need a second job.

  • weaver52000 Nov 27, 5:26 p.m.

    until they start offering scholarships to football players at CU, its going to be hard to really compete

  • bigfella Nov 27, 5:13 p.m.

    He was a high school coach a few years ago, and he thought he had a shot at being hired as Charlotte's first coach? I'll give the guy credit, he dreams big. Just because you played in the league, doesn't mean you cam coach.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Nov 27, 5:05 p.m.

    Always wondered what happened to Minter. Great news and good luck coach!

  • Gunnstigator Nov 27, 4:17 p.m.

    I remember Minter when he played for the Panthers - great guy! Campbell is lucky to get him, and I hope it works out well for him and Campbell

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