lions Coach Dan Campbell addressed the opening of training at his alma mater, Texas A&Mon Friday, marking his first public comment since rumors linked him as a candidate to become the school’s next coach.

Campbell avoided a question about whether Texas A&M approached him or not, but made it clear that he is not a candidate for the job.

“Maybe,” Campbell said when asked if the Aggies reached out to him. “But that’s all good. I certainly know some people there and I love my school. “That’s my alma mater and I want to do everything I can to help them, except coach them, and I will.”

It certainly makes sense for A&M to consider Campbell as a candidate after seeing what he’s done with the Lions in turning the team into a bona fide Super Bowl contender. However, it also makes sense that Campbell I wouldn’t be interested given how well Detroit (7-2) is playing under his direction.

In a follow-up question, Campbell was asked what type of candidate is needed to fill the vacancy at his alma mater.

“Certainly, hiring is important. It has to be someone who understands the state of Texas, understands the history of Texas A&M and can communicate with and develop young people. That’s where it starts. Strong leadership.”

Could it be that coach? UTSAIs it Jeff Traylor?

TO report of the Austin American-statesman Thursday night indicated that Traylor was interviewed by the Aggies this week. Duke Coach Mike Elko is also seen as a candidate for the College Station job, according to the report.

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