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Dan Campbell will do anything to help Texas A&M rebuild its football program 'but coach'

Dan Campbell won't be leaving the Detroit Lions to coach his alma mater — or even entertaining the thought.

Campbell acknowledged Friday that representatives from the school reached out about replacing Jimbo Fisher as head coach. He said he wants to help his alma mater in any way possible, but will not be the Aggies' next coach.

"Maybe," Campbell said, when asked if officials reached out either officially or unofficially. "But that’s all good. And certainly I know some people there and I love my school. That’s my alma mater and I want to do anything I can to help them but coach for them. So, and I'll do that."

Lions coach Dan Campbell talks to defensive tackle Brodric Martin during warmups before the game against the Raiders on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, at Ford Field.
Lions coach Dan Campbell talks to defensive tackle Brodric Martin during warmups before the game against the Raiders on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, at Ford Field.

Campbell, a native of Glen Rose, Texas, played tight end at Texas A&M from 1995-98 and started his coaching career when he volunteered at the school during spring practice in 2010.

The favorite for NFL Coach of the Year, Campbell has the Lions atop the NFC North with a 7-2 record and on track to host their first playoff game in 30 years.

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He played 11 NFL seasons with four different teams and has spent the entirety of his coaching career, aside from those few weeks in the spring of 2010 — when he was pondering his post-playing career path — in the NFL.

Fisher was fired Sunday morning after a 51-10 win over Mississippi State, with the Aggies 6-4 overall and fourth in the SEC West standings. The school reportedly will spend $76 million to buy out the remaining eight years of his contract.

Campbell was considered the pie-in-the-sky candidate for a program with seemingly unlimited resources but limited recent history of success. He declined Friday to say what he'd like to see the school do next to rebuild the program.

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Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn also played at Texas A&M.

"I don’t want to get into all that," Campbell said. "Certainly the hire’s important and it needs to be somebody who understands the state of Texas and understands the history of Texas A&M and can communicate with young people and develop them. I think that’s where it starts, man. Strong leadership."

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him @davebirkett.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Dan Campbell won't be leaving Detroit Lions to coach at Texas A&M