After Charlie Strong was fired following a 16-21 record over three seasons, one Texas Longhorns legend spoke up today saying he disagreed with the move. Earl Campbell told my colleagues at CBS Sports Radio, Gregg Gionnatti and Brian Jones, that Texas made a mistake.
“I believe that Coach Strong – and I’ve said this many times, and I’m a firm believer in this – that if it wasn’t for Coach Strong, the University of Texas would have the same problems Baylor got,” Campbell said on Gio and Jones. “But because of Coach Strong, (we don’t). When he got the job, it was like 15 guys. He got them out of there and eventually cleaned the team up. That’s why we wasn’t like Baylor. But the guys he got rid of, those are real football players. But he chose to do it the clean way.”
Like I said many times, had Texas kept Strong, the Longhorns would have won 10 games in 2017. They still might, but regardless, Campbell is also believes that, saying, “I was predicting this year we was going to have a better year, but I honestly think next year is going to be the year. But unfortunately, he’s gone so somebody else is going to reap his benefits.”
Campbell won the Heisman Trophy at Texas in 1977 and went to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He led the NFL in rushing yards in 3 seasons, from 1978-1980.
Earl Campbell said he hopes to develop a relationship with new Texas head coach Tom Herman, saying, “I plan on meeting him and working with him, just like I did with Coach Strong. I tried my best to work with the other coaches as well.”
Since losing to Alabama in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, the Texas Longhorns are 46-42.
To listen to the entire interview with Campbell, check it out below:
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