October 18, 2005
Albany - Albany State held its first basketball practice of the year this week, and Rams coach John I. Davis has a very good reason to be looking forward to the season.
"The most exciting thing about this season is we have coach Cameron back," says Davis.
Assistant coach Chris Cameron left the team in May to take a similar position at Xaiver University in New Orleans, but is back with the Rams after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.
Cameron says, "I lost everything. My house was right on the campus of Xavier University, and I lost everything. Haven't had the opportunity to go back and see what's left. I was affected pretty bad."
The former Dougherty High School standout says he was lucky to have somewhere to go.
"I feel blessed to be able to come back and be in a situation where I do have somewhere where I can go back and live, somewhere where I can go back and work."
Even though he had a number of applicants for the job, Davis didn't immediately fill Camerons position, and says everthing happens for a reason.
"For some reason we didn't hire anybody else. And to look up four monthes later, and his office and his keys, and everything is intact. So he's back with us and we're excited about that."
Cameron says, "The office is the same, the job was still available. It's just something that you don't see on an ordinary basis."
While the office may be the same, Cameron's title is different, as he's now the Assistant Head basketball coach.
Cameron has often been named as a likely successor to Davis at Albany State.
Xavier University is planning to re-open for classes in January.