Cannot argue with the man's success. And one on one, he was actually a pretty nice guy.
Behind the scenes, he was a cut-throat son of a ...gun...and as the leader of the Evil Empire, he was both a stabilizing force for the CFL, at times, but some of the issues and antics were destabalizing as well.
But overall, he has had quite the career. Nine Grey Cup victories, 5 as coach (in a row),the second alltime winningest coach in 'Smo history, a Grey Cup appearance on average, every two years, a huge part of the 34 year play-off streak--whether you think the 'Smos tactics were always on the up and up or not-- and one of the most influential people in the CFL during that time.
And some think he might be bailing as the 'Smo star is fading; that maybe he should have retired last year, while on top.
But I think that by hanging on a year, he has taken one more opportunity to give to the 'Smo organization.
If he had resigned last year, and the team missed the play-offs this year, there would have been much greater turmoil and disatisfaction. This way, now the new team will not face that same pressure, and they can move on to rebuild on their own terms, not by fighting off ghosts.
I think that final move, to take that last bullet for the team, tells us a lot about the man.
I think we all hate the man out of respect--if that makes sense--and while we won't miss seeing the 'Smos in the play-offs every year, we will miss Hugh Campbell!!