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Earl Campbell: ‘I think it’s time’ Mack Brown was Kiffin’d

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While the fallout from USC’s firing of Lane Kiffin has yet to be fully dissected and the repercussions fully realized, there’s one Heisman-winning former Texas Longhorn who thinks UT should take the same gallows approach to its current head coaching situation.

In an interview with Fox 26 Sports in Houston, Earl Campbell was asked about the current state of his alma mater’s football program and the speculation surrounding why and how Mack Brown should survive.  The Hall of Fame back, to his credit, wasn’t shy in letting his unfiltered opinions show.

“I’d go on record and say yes I think it’s time,” Campbell said when asked about moving on from Brown.

Even more strikingly, Campbell lauded USC for its move to shed itself of its head coach and how swiftly they made that decision.

“I’d just say this, I take my hat off for USC for what they’ve done. 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.”

Over the past few months, there’s been a sense that two of the most prime jobs in college football would be open at season’s end. USC was the first domino that fell; if the Tyler Rose’s comments are any indication, the second one should fall in short order.

“So sometimes a change is good. I think this is what we’re up against at the university. Nobody wants to say that, but somebody has to break the ice and say ‘yes it’s time.’ ”

While Campbell’s words carry almost no weight when it comes to Brown’s future, they do amplify the fact that a growing segment wants to take a sledgehammer to said ice and discuss a post-Mack future sooner rather than later.

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11 Responses to “Earl Campbell: ‘I think it’s time’ Mack Brown was Kiffin’d”
  1. be4bama says: Sep 30, 2013 9:43 AM

    BREAKING NEWS……..SABAN is leaving to coach Texas and USC at the same time.

  2. wingsdjy says: Sep 30, 2013 9:45 AM

    Is ‘Kiffin’d’ a new verb? Gotta say I love it!

  3. scoops1 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:30 AM

    I will not dispute any comments by Earl

  4. gatorprof says: Sep 30, 2013 10:47 AM

    The rot at UT runs deeper than just the head football coach. The arrogance of the athletic department as a whole is the real problem. They destroyed the Big 12.

  5. waynefontes says: Sep 30, 2013 11:07 AM

    Not only is Earl Campbell one of the greatest running backs of all time, but even he knows that it’s time for a change in Austin.

    Mack Brown, if nothing else, you outlasted the Lane Kiffin Error at USC.

  6. noaxetogrind says: Sep 30, 2013 1:31 PM

    I have no problem with Earl opining that he thinks it’s time for a change. I do question if he is a candiate for the concussion study. He was quoted in another article on this story as saying “if a player can get too old to play why can’t a coach get too old to coach”. He also was stumping for his buddy Jerry Gray to get the job. I am also one who thinks it’s time for a change in Austin but I don’t think it is because Mack Brown has lost his faculties. The nature of the business is that sometimes change is good for both parties. Age discrimination, just like racial or gender bias is the province of the ignorant.

  7. mogogo1 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:55 PM


    Regardless how exactly Earl phrased it, I doubt he believes Mack Brown is senile. What he was referring to is a guy who has been on the job for so long and became so secure that he stopped giving his all. Brown and his staff totally lost touch. The QB position was changing and they were still recruiting the best QB prospects to play defensive back…they took top recruits and molded bad teams because of failures in coaching.

  8. willatx says: Sep 30, 2013 2:05 PM

    Yes there is a lot of arogance at Texas, however there should be. Texas by far has more money than any school in the SEC or any other college confrence. The problem is they’re not getting their money’s worth out of Mack. There is kid I watched last Friday night, he’s the tail back for Henderickson highschool, right here in Mack’s back yard. Stoops has already got him, he commited to them last year as junior. He came to the freshman game rocking his OU sweatshirt. LOL! wake up Mack!

  9. floridacock says: Sep 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    Arrogance is not the product of money, it’s the product of winning, which Texas does not. Humble pie time

  10. gatorprof says: Sep 30, 2013 3:29 PM


    Sorry, winning isn’t required to be arrogant. Some might call such entities, stupidly arrogant. Here is a definition.

    noun \ˈer-ə-gən(t)s, ˈa-rə-\

    : an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people

    An example of someone who is very arrogant, but hasn’t won squat is Lane Kiffin.

  11. noaxetogrind says: Sep 30, 2013 9:47 PM

    @ mogogo1,
    Fair enough but Earl did say quote “a coach can be too old”. He didn’t say that “I think this coach has become too comfortable” or for some reason “this coach has lost his touch in recruiting”. It is admirable that you are word smithing for him but I am simply going off of his direct quote which made a direct reference to Mack’s age. My quess is that if Jerry Gray were in the same position he wouldn”t be referring to him being “too old”. Again, I agree it is tme for a change. No team has done less with more but I don’t think it is because of Mack’s age unless there is a medical condition we are not privy to.
    @ willatx,
    Being arrogant is not a good thing so I wouldn’t brag about Texas having the right to be, and money doesn’t buy class. I have several Longhorn friends and your comments are not representative of the Horns that I know.

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