Originally posted on College Spun  |  Last updated 9/29/13
Early this morning, USC head coach Lane Kiffin was officially let go by the Trojans just five games into the 2013 season. If Texas running back legend Earl Campbell had it his way, his Longhorns would follow suit and replace coach Mack Brown in similar fashion. Campbell, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner, spoke with My Fox Houston earlier today after hearing the news out of Southern California. In reference to Brown’s tenure at UT: “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.’ “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.” As for a reason, other than the Longhorns’ lackluster 2-2 start? “Some people get too old,” Campbell said. “If players get too old to play a game, why can’t a coach get too old to coach it.” Campbell also suggested that the program replace Brown with current Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. While many fans might agree with Campbell’s opinion on replacing Brown, I’m not sure his reasoning is completely sound. Brown and Nick Saban are both in their early 60s, yet it’s clear that nobody is calling for the Tide head coach to be fired due to old age. It’s more likely that some UT supporters just think it’s time for a change in Austin.
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