Longhorn legend and former running back Earl Campbell, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner, broke his silence about the Texas football program and told Fox 26 Sports it’s time for head coach Mack Brown to go.
"Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen," Campbell said. "I'd go on record and say 'yes I think it's time.'
These comments come in the midst of struggle on the 40 acres as the Longhorns are 2-2 and talk of Brown’s job security has surrounded the program.
Recent revelations have appeared that a former and current UT regent spoke to Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban last January about possibly taking over for Brown. Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, however, has come out in the past month showing full support for the 62-year-old Brown despite the turmoil around the Longhorns.
Campbell believes the veteran head coach no longer has age to his advantage and has reached his peak in his coaching career.
“Some people get too old,” Campbell said. “If players get too old to play a game, why cant a coach get too old to coach it.”
"[It’s] very hard because Coach Brown is a very good man. I just hope he doesn't stay...he's done some great things. The program, he brought it back, and we don't need it to get run down where somebody has to start all over again."
Campbell’s comments come after the University of Southern California fired their head coach Lane Kiffin on Sunday after a steady decline since their No. 1 ranking at the beginning of the 2012 season.
“I’d just say this, I take my hat off for USC for what they’ve done,” Campbell said. “They didn’t mess around with it. They just said ‘lets do it now.’ I think at some point our university’s people are going to have make a decision.”
The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back also gave a name to replace Brown. He stated Tennessee Titan’s defensive coordinator and Texas former defensive back Jerry Gray could take over for the aging Brown.
“If we’re going to make a change I would like to say that we got one in the house, Jerry Gray, who’s getting in the College Football Hall of Fame,” Campbell said. “I think that would be a good place to start.”