I know there are coaches with more experience than Mike Minter, who was twice a college assistant and once a high school head coach.
But the reaction to the news, first reported here, that Campbell will introduce Minter as its new head football coach Tuesday was applauded by everybody who has spent time with the man. As a Panther safety from 1997-2006 his popularity superseded his numbers. People liked him, liked being around him -- teammates, fans, even the media.
Another player was nicknamed Media Mike. But it was just a name for the other guy. Minter earned it by being accessible when he played well and when he played poorly, when his team won and when his team lost. Accountability always is appreciated and remembered.
Campbell is in Buies Creek, which is near Lillington, which is near Angier, which is near Coats, which is kind of near Erwin, if you're keeping score at home. The Fighting Camels went 1-10 this season, losing their final nine games.
What Minter will sell there -- effort and accountability -- his players will buy.
The hire was gutsy and good. Some people just understand, and Minter is one of them.Congratulations to the school and to the new coach.