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Earl Campbell says Texas should replace Mack Brown

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Former University of Texas running back Earl Campbell, Heisman Trophy winner in 1977 and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, told FOX 26 Sports it is time for UT to replace head coach Mack Brown.

"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."

The Trojans fired head coach Lane Kiffin on Sunday.

Texas is 2-2 after beating Kansas State last Saturday 31-21.

"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."

Brown is 62.

"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."

Gary, a former two-time All American defensive back at Texas, is the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.

Campbell said it is not easy for him to call for Brown to be replaced.

"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."

Brown and Texas won the National Championship in 2005. His record with the Longhorns is 152-45.

Campbell recalls when Darrell Royal, the school's all-time leader in wins (167), left after the 1976 season.

"I was part of a class in 1974 and I played for Coach Darrell Royal," Campbell said. "We had the same players, but our junior year, I don't know, we just couldn't do anything right. Then he left our football team and retired.

"Coach Fred Akers came in, who coached me as a freshman at running back. We had the same players, I'm telling you. Coach Royal leaves. Coach Akers comes in. We win the Heisman and we lost to Notre Dame for the National Championship.

"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.' "

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