Barry Switzer: I would never recruit a white quarterback

barry-switzerOklahoma football coaching legend Barry Switzer is having himself a banner week. On Wednesday, Switzer ripped Johnny Manziel for being an “arrogant little prick” while at the same time praising him for his incredible ability. Roughly 24 hours later, the 76-year-old was talking about how he would never recruit a white quarterback.

Toward the end of his interview with Nashville Sports Radio on Thursday, Switzer was asked to elaborate on some of the positive things he has said about Manziel’s game. He somehow got into how he would never recruit a white quarterback.

“I love his ability,” Switzer said of Manziel. “I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I’d recruit a white quarterback to play for me is his mom and daddy would both have to be black, and that’s the only way I’d do it.

“My offense is a quarterback-fullback offense — a wishbone offense. I’d have to have a Jamelle Holieway, JC Watts and Thomas Lott (former Oklahoma QBs). Those guys are gonna be my quarterbacks — great runners, great ball carriers and be able to pass. Those guys could throw and run.”

Following his aside, Switzer then went on to talk about how he would have a long talk with Manziel if he was an NFL representative that was considering drafting him.

I think — and I’m just guessing here — that Switzer was trying to say that Manziel has proved his theory about black vs. white quarterbacks wrong. I’m pretty sure Switzer was admitting that Manziel can do all of the things he previously believed only black quarterbacks were capable of. Either way, you can see why someone would interpret the comments as racism.

The interview is below, with the relevant portion beginning at about the 17:25 mark.

Barry Switzer: Johnny Manziel is an ‘arrogant little prick’ with ‘staggering’ ability

Johnny ManzielLegendary Oklahoma Sooners coach Barry Switzer has never been shy when sharing his opinion on Johnny Manziel or anything else related to football. The three-time national champion coach loves Manziel’s game, but he hates his attitude. He reiterated that during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Morning After” show in St. Louis on Wednesday.

“I don’t like Johnny Manziel’s antics,” Switzer said, according to host Tim McKernan. “He’s an arrogant little prick.”

Back in September, Switzer said he wanted to jerk Manziel’s facemask after the way he dismissed Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin on the sidelines. But once he was done insulting Manziel for the way he carries himself, Switzer offered some of the highest praise of Johnny Football’s game that we have heard.

“I’ve never seen a college football quarterback do what he does,” he said. “It’s staggering … he’s the most dominant college football quarterback I’ve seen in a long time.I ‘ve compared Manziel to Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. He takes over a game like those guys did.”

Having won three championships at the college level and a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, Switzer has certainly earned the right to share his opinion. While Ron Jaworski does not think any team should draft Manziel within the first three rounds, Switzer said the Rams would be silly to pass on him at No. 2 overall.

In some cases, arrogance can work in a player’s favor. As long as Manziel continues to show that he is more focused on improving his game living it up, he’s a risk worth taking for several NFL teams.

H/T SI Wire

Barry Switzer remains the best … responds to Sports Center trivia question for which he’s the answer

Barry Switzer fur coat

Barry Switzer remains the best. Not only is it pretty awesome that the dude is on Twitter, but it’s even better when he responds to trivia questions for which he is one of the answers in great ways.


Switzer, of course, is the answer to the question along with and Jimmy Johnson. Both men won their Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, though Switzer won in college at Oklahoma while Jimmy did it at Miami.

The other cool aspect of this is that Barry looks like he’s going to get a T-shirt for answering:

We just hope that Switzer rocks the T-shirt under his fur coat (skeet blanket is optional).

H/T Chris Bahn, Bart Hubbuch

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

Barry Switzer: Fashion icon

Barry Switzer fur coat

It takes a certain kind of man with a certain kind of swag to pull off the fur coat at an indoor practice look. What that picture does not show you is that former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer complemented the fur coat he wore to the Sooners’ practice Sunday with jeans and New Balance sneakers, according to Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard.

Barry Switzer is the full package, ladies and gentlemen. You just can’t touch him.

Photo credit: Twitter/Pete Morris
H/T Reddit

Barry Switzer: Penn State Coaches Had to Know About Jerry Sandusky

Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer is saying what many people believe about Joe Paterno and his coaching staff at Penn State: they had to know about Jerry Sandusky. What gives Switzer’s word slightly more credence is that he was the head coach of a big-time college football program for 16 years and was a coach in other capacities for an additional 20 years.

“Having been in this profession a long time and knowing how close coaching staffs are, I knew that this was a secret that was kept secret,” Switzer told The Oklahoman. “Everyone on that staff had to have known, the ones that had been around a long time.”

The question is: To what end did they know? Did they know that Jerry Sandusky was investigated in 1998 for alleged sexual assaults? Or did they just think his attachment to kids was a bit strange? We’ve also heard the opposite from people who believe Sandusky was just a good guy who was charitable.

If the coaches, including Joe Paterno, knew that Jerry Sandusky had a history of alleged sexual assaults and still did little after the alleged ’02 anal rape witnessed by Mike McQueary, then the conclusion that there was a systemic coverup is fair. But if they did not know about past abuse investigations, and just thought something was odd, then Paterno’s behavior was somewhat more understandable.

H/T Eric Bickel

More on the Penn State Scandal:
Jerry Sandusky Could Face Criminal Charges in San Antonio
Why Did Campus Police Director Call Off ’98 Jerry Sandusky Investigation?
Paterno Likely Did Not Know in ’02 What We Know About Sandusky Now
Urge to Rip Joe Paterno Leaves Society Ignoring Most Important Lesson

Barry Switzer Wants Texas to Keep Mack Brown Because They’ve Been Sucking

Mack Brown has enjoyed plenty of success at Texas, including a national championship and streak of nine straight double-digit win seasons. But since losing Colt McCoy after the ’09 season, the Longhorns have struggled. They went 5-7 last year — their first losing season since John Mackovic was fired in ’97 — and they’ve gone 4-2 this season. Going 4-2 doesn’t sound bad, but Texas got obliterated by Oklahoma 55-17 and lost to Oklahoma State 38-26. That’s enough reason for former Oklahoma coach to want Texas to keep Mack Brown. He’s even sharing laughs about Texas’ struggles with Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens.

At a luncheon on Wednesday, Pickens described an email he received from Switzer after Oklahoma had beaten Texas 55-17 earlier this month.

Pickens says Switzer wrote to him suggesting that Oklahoma State shouldn’t “beat them as bad as the Sooners did because we want to keep Mack Brown as coach — we want somebody that both of us can beat.”

Switzer was sitting in the audience and encouraged Pickens to share the story.

Yeah, laugh all you want guys, but let’s look at the history. Mack Brown has gone 6-8 against Oklahoma. He’s gone 12-2 against Oklahoma State with his only losses to them coming the last two seasons. Oklahoma may have the edge on Texas, but I don’t think laughing about wanting to keep Mack Brown around is the best idea.

Helmet knock to The Big Lead