Former Longhorns’ Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell believes it’s time for UT coach Mack Brown to be replaced.
Campbell, the 1977 Heisman winner and member of the college and pro football halls of fame, told Houston television station KRIV, Fox 26, on Sunday that the Longhorns need a coaching change.
“Nobody likes to get fired or leave a job, but things happen,” Campbell told KRIV. “I’d go on record and say, ‘Yes, I think it’s time.'”
Brown has posted a 152-45 record at Texas, and his Longhorns won the 2005 national championship. But he’s come under increasing fire in recent years. UT is 24-19 since 2010 and 2-2 this season with blowout losses to Brigham Young and Mississippi.
Campbell’s comments came on the heels of Southern California’s firing of coach Lane Kiffin after a 62-41 loss to Arizona State on Saturday night.
“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 ‘let’s do it now.’
“I think at some point our university’s people are going to have make a decision.”
Campbell suggested that Texas consider former Longhorn great Jerry Gray as a candidate. Gray was hired by Brown to be UT’s secondary coach in 2011, but left shortly after accepting the job to become the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.
“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,” Cambell said. “I think that would be a good place to start.”
Campbell told KRIV it was difficult for him to say it is time for Brown to step down.
“”Very hard because Coach Brown is a very good man,” Campbell said. “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, maybe Jerry Gray.”
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