Deadspin wrote an article that reveals Campbell was completely unaware of what was transpiring:
I spoke to Campbell last night, after all this went down. He had spent the pastIt is great to see though that despite the outrageous misstep on the part of the Army here, Campbell has played his cards right through this whole situation. Stating that, “I’m a soldier first and foremost and I go where they order me to go", it's clear this is a young man who does not deserve the kind of treatment he's going through right now.
week at West Point, and says the Army's decision “left me in the complete dark.
No one said a thing to me on campus last week about anything changing. Nothing.”
On the Dan Patrick Show this morning it was reported Campbell said these orders came from further up the chain of command than West Point, more like Capitol Hill, that they had apparently changed the 2005 policy which allowed soliders "with unique talents and abilities" to choose a different route, in exchange to recruit in the process. However what I'm still lost and trying to figure out is why Campbell is then not reporting back to serve as a troop on the battlefield, but rather assuming the role of graduate assistant with the Army football team or the West Point Prep School team...really?? According to Campbell anyhow this is the case, however as (unfortunately) proven recently, Campbell is not necessarily given the full details of what he will be doing at any given time by the Army.
If this comes down to a staffing issue I feel that the matter grows into something larger than it already is. Athletes have been allowed to function under this policy in the past, to play professional sports while recruiting for the Army, and generally that's the best PR the Service could ever receive! For the sake of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jonathan P. Liba anyways I hope that Campbell is wrong in his understanding, as the Colonel reportedly wrote how Caleb was ordered to return for "full-time traditional military duties." I'm pretty sure there's many capable graduate assistants out there the Army could pursue, but hey maybe that's just me. One blog makes some great insight into the whole situation and sums it up quite nicely:
Two baseball players and a hockey player went pro under the policy beforeThe U.S. Army looks bad after this one, and really there's no reason they shouldn't either!
Campbell did. Perhaps no one noticed, so there wasn’t a controversy, so there
wasn’t a reason to examine the policy and revise it. I suppose they now will
have to give up their pro sports careers, too. It’s only fair.