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Friday, December 19, 2014

Barry Switzer wanted to jerk Johnny Manziel’s facemask

Hey Barry Switzer, get in line.

Johnny ManzielThe legendary Oklahoma Sooners coach became the latest in a long line of football royalty to blast Johnny Manziel for his behavior on the field.

During a radio interview with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, Switzer said that he couldn’t believe the Heisman Trophy winner’s behavior during the Rice game last weekend. He specifically didn’t like the way Manziel dismissed Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin on the sidelines, and says he would have grabbed the quarterback by the facemask if that were his player.

“I’m certainly disappointed in his actions. For him to react the way in front of Coach Sumlin the way he did, for him to act so arrogant and so above that approach …€“ I wanted to jerk his facemask. I wanted to grab him up,” Switzer admitted.

“Of course you get fired for doing that (now), but in the old days you could get away with it. I could get away with it 30 or 40 years ago. And that’s exactly what Woody Hayes would have done or (Bear) Bryant.”

Switzer then went on to lament “kids these days.”

“It’s just the world we live in. Kids just come sometimes with a misplaced value system. When I see this happen I wonder where the core value system comes from, if he has a core value system. This young man needs a damn hell of a lot of development.”

There seems to be a lot of irony with Switzer’s comments. One of Switzer’s most notable players at Oklahoma was Brian Bosworth, who was one of the wildest, strongest personalities college football has ever seen. Switzer also coached the mid-90s Dallas Cowboys, who were full of some of the biggest trash talkers and party animals.

These comments tell us one of two things: Switzer has become one of those grumpy curmudgeons in his old age, or Manziel really is that disrespectful of a character. Maybe it’s a little of both.

For what it’s worth, Sumlin said Manziel wasn’t ignoring him on Saturday.

Helmet smack to College Football Talk



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