Dave Campo was hired today as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, a low-profile guy taking on one of the highest-profile jobs in pro sports.

Campo, the Cowboys' defensive coordinator since 1995, has been with the team since Jerry Jones bought it in 1989. Campo is among the group of assistant coaches Jimmy Johnson brought with him from the University of Miami.

"I feel like I'm family in this organization," Campo said.

He's only the fifth coach the Cowboys have had--and the first three all won Super Bowls.

But Dallas hasn't been a contender for championships lately. The Cowboys have won one playoff game since the last title in 1996, and they are 24-24 the past three seasons with two first-round playoff losses.

Dallas was 8-8 this season, mainly because of problems with the offense directed by recently fired coach Chan Gailey. Campo's unit allowed just 13 points in four of the losses, which is why he believes a quick turnaround is possible.

"I could quote a lot of statistics here, but let me give you just one: The Tennessee Titans were 8-8 last year, and they're playing in the Super Bowl," Campo said.

New England quarterbacks coach Jack Reilly, who had the same job in Dallas in 1997, is the front-runner to lead the offense. He's expected to bring back the system Dallas used during its championship years.