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.