Ricky Williams, left, and Earl Campbell greet each other before UT's game against New Mexico at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sept. 8, 2012. (Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

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Earl Campbell on Charlie Strong: ‘Let him stay, leave him alone’

Posted October 11th, 2016


Mark University of Texas icon Earl Campbell down as huge Charlie Strong supporter.

During an interview with KVUE, the Longhorn legend said irate fans should leave UT’s third-year coach alone while Strong continues to work and that UT is not an “embarrassing program.”

“You’re not going to win all the ballgames,” Campbell said on KVUE. “I think (what) the guy on ESPN said was right. (Kirk) Herbstreit or whatever his name says, let him stay, leave him alone. You don’t need to hear about him getting fired and all that. He needs to just work like he’s doing and trying to put the program together. I think in his case, Rome was not built in one day. But they sure tore it down.”


Campbell said that if his sons Christian and Tyler wanted to go to UT, he would do “everything I could to get them to go to Strong.”


“They’re going to be men,” Campbell said. “They’re going to know what’s going on more than just football. They know how to respect, know how to treat people. Those are things that our alumni and our fan base need to look at.

“We are not an embarrassing program. We have young men that are going to go on and do some great things.”

Campbell, nicknamed the “Tyler Rose,” won the 1977 Heisman Trophy and finished his UT career with 4,443 yards. Last week during the Texas-Oklahoma buildup, former OU coach Barry Switzer said on the American-Statesman’s On Second Thought podcast that Campbell was the best player he’d ever faced from Texas.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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