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Hall of Famer says Texas Longhorns should pick black quarterback

Hall of Famer and former running back Earl Campbell suggested Tuesday that the Texas Longhorns, his alma mater, would rise to national prominence if they replace their current quarterback with a black one.

Campbell made the remarks in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, He noted that he doesn’t mean to offend the current Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who is white, and went on to imply that teams with black quarterback are predominantly successful.

“Until the University of Texas realizes you have to have a black quarterback, and nothing against Ehlinger, you got to have a talented, black quarterback. All these schools that are winning, even in the pros, have black quarterbacks. When guys are not open, something can still happen,” Campbel said. To back up his claim, he pointed to Oklahoma Sooners’ Jalen Hurts, and Alabama Crimson Tide’s Tua Tagovailoa, who is Samoan-American, former Texas quarterback Vince Young and former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Comments: On Twitter, users criticized Campbel’s comments as “racist.”

Worth noting: National news outlets, except for Fox News, still haven’t reported on this story.