Fresh off a tough road loss at Presbyterian on Saturday night, Campbell head coach Mike Minter joined the WRAL Sports Sunday program to discuss the Fighting Camels, the local college football landscape, and life in the National Football League.
“We are gonna create an enviornment where you are going to be successful in life,” promised the Fighting Camels head coach.
The interview segment started by showcasing the sights and sounds of coach Minter at Campbell football practice, along with some footage from his playing days with the Carolina Panthers.
Building on a confident nine-year NFL career on the field, Mike Minter never backed away from a challenge, including resurrecting a program that was near the bottom of the FCS nearly four years ago.
“I’m leading our troops to the promised land,” Minter yelled from the sidelines, which was replayed as a flashback clip from when the Carolina Panthers won the NFC Championship game en route to an appearance in SuperBowl XXXVIII.
Leading his troops was a common theme for the NFL veteran: both on the field and in the Campbell community.
Alongside WRAL host, Jeff Gravley, Minter discussed his goals at the program, the on-going development of new players like starting quarterback Kameron Bryant, plus how he thinks a pedigree of NFL-ready talent can rise here in Buies Creek.
“Two things I wanted,” Minter proclaimed, describing his initial goals when taking the Campbell job in 2012.
“Win a championship, and send guys to the National Football League. And this year, we feel that will happen.”
When asked about the early success this season for Campbell, posting their first 2-0 start in modern program history, coach Minter was very straight forward about his message for players and their families. His vision was simple, but important.
“Unlocking other people’s greatness,” Minter stated. “Truly, that’s why I’m in the business.”
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The Fighting Camels are also in a unique position where for the first time ever, more than 20 NFL scouts have visited practice this season in the hopes of finding talent ready for the next level.
While those seeds may take time to fully develop, coach Minter is pleased with the transformation in talent here at Cambell, both on and off the field, taking place right in front of his eyes.
“I believe that everything starts with a vision,” Minter said, further explaining that vision in detail on Sunday. “I want the enviornment where people will say, ‘Man, I’m going against somebody (at Campbell) that’s going to the NFL.”
The Fighting Camels (2-1) return to action next Saturday for another road game, this taking place at Butler, kickstarting a tough stretch of Pioneer Football League contests. Campbell was predicted to finish 4th in the preseason coaches poll.