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Barry Switzer explains why he actually did Hook ‘Em Horns gesture

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Barry Switzer was a three-time national champion as coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, so you’d think you’d never see him even consider doing a “Hook ‘Em Horns” gesture. Right?

Wrong, but Switzer at least had a good reason for the picture he posted on Friday. Switzer’s tire blew out on a crowded freeway, and he got a little bit of help changing it from a Texas graduate.

A good enough reason, we suppose, since it sounds like it was a pretty hectic situation. Considering how hard Oklahoma fans go with the opposite gesture, Switzer may have some extra explaining to do here, but he seems pretty secure in his reasoning.

Barry Switzer sends unintentionally vulgar tweet about Cowboys job

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Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer took to Twitter on Wednesday to reminisce about when he was offered the job that led to him becoming a Super Bowl champion, but it appears he may have gotten a little too excited during his reflections.

It all started when Switzer wrote that Thursday marks 25 years to the day since Jerry Jones called to offer him the Cowboys job. That drew a response from Tim Cowlishaw, who said he and fellow Dallas-based reporter Ed Werder were in disbelief at the time. Switzer then complimented Cowlishaw and Werder on both being “pretty fair” while covering the team during the 1990s, but things got weird in a hurry.

“If Jerry had not made that call never got to know your a– or Ed! Always thought you guys were pretty fair!” Switzer wrote. “Only eat Ed’s a– out one time let him tell you about it! Hope all is well with you two!”

Switzer almost certainly meant to say that he “chewed” Werder out once, because what he wrote means something entirely different. The 81-year-old has never been a stranger to making headlines with a wild quote, but we’re fairly confident what he wrote on Twitter came across wrong.

Barry Switzer not happy about ‘Horns Down’ penalty policy

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Barry Switzer is not happy about the “Horns Down” penalty policy that will be in place for the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday.

Oklahoma was informed that players will be penalized for doing the “Horns Down” gesture in their revenge game against Texas. “Hook Em Horns” is the hand signal given by Texas fans to mimic the look of a steer. Adversaries will flip their hands downward as a sign of their opposing feeling towards Texas.

Switzer, who coached Oklahoma from 1973-1988, says the penalty is “bulls—.”

“That’s bulls—,” Switzer told The Athletic’s Jason Kersey of the rule. “‘Horns down’ is part of the history of the game. It’s a natural reaction. It’s like someone gives you the finger. You give them the finger back, right? Well, if someone does a ‘Horns up,’ you do a ‘Horns down’ back at them.”

We agree with Switzer, but the league feels otherwise. Unfortunately they are taking some of the fun out of the game with such a penalty.

West Virginia wide receiver David Sills was penalized for doing a “Horns Down” when playing Texas this season, and that was bad enough. It’s unfortunate to see a gesture that is so innocuous become a penalty.

Barry Switzer has funny reaction to Bob Stoops news

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Before Bob Stoops got to Norman and turned Oklahoma back into a power, it was Barry Switzer who last had the Sooners contending every year. Switzer still has close ties to the program, and he sure did not see the news about Stoops coming.

Switzer channeled President Donald Trump when reacting to Wednesday’s shocking news that Stoops would be retiring.

Switzer’s reaction is completely understandable. Who even saw this coming? Stoops is 56, has had tremendous success at Oklahoma, and his program is in a good position entering the season. Why would he suddenly decide to retire, just a few months before the season begins?

Like Switzer says, it does seem like “fake news.”

Barry Switzer urged Cowboys to draft DeMarco Murray with superb quote

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DeMarco Murray was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in large part thanks to a hearty endorsement from former Cowboys and Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer.

Murray, 27, was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round in 2011. 70 players had already been drafted by the time Dallas selected him, so it’s not exactly like there was a huge demand for him. But Switzer knew how good he was and repeatedly shared that message with Jerry Jones leading up to the draft. He also campaigned for Murray on draft night at the behest of Jones.

SI’s Austin Murphy wrote an excellent piece about Murray and shared this great anecdote:

“So I’m watching the draft that year, the third round’s coming up, and my phone rings,” Switzer recalls. “It’s Jerry, in the war room. He says, ‘Barry, tell these guys what you told me.’” Switzer obliged thusly: “You all are the luckiest sons of bitches in the world because this kid is a first-round talent falling into your lap, and if you don’t take him, you’re as crazy as that time you didn’t take Randy Moss.”

That, apparently, was all the Cowboys needed to hear about Murray. They drafted the former Oklahoma Sooner anyd have been rewarded by back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons from the league’s 2014 leading rusher. Now it’s a matter of whether they will pay to bring Murray back next season, and from the sounds of things, he is willing to give them a hometown discount.

There were a few other great nuggets from Murphy’s article: Murray sported a Rick James look in high school; Pete Carroll wanted to recruit him as a cornerback; and to get the attention of Oklahoma’s coaches while in high school, Murray threw down a crazy dunk.

Barry Switzer admits covering up misdemeanor crimes for Oklahoma players

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Legendary Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer can fully understand why an NFL team might try to cover up a crime that has been committed by a player. Why? Because Switzer admitted to doing the same thing during his 16 seasons as head coach of the Sooners.

On Thursday, former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo revealed that he and other NFL executives covered up “hundreds and hundreds” of domestic violence incidents during his 30 years in the league. Switzer later told USA Today that covering up embarrassing incidents and misdemeanors was standard procedure in college football when he coached.

“I’d have local county people call me and say, ‘One of your guys is drunk and got in a fight and is jail down here,'” Switzer explained. “And I’d go down and get him out. Or I’d send an assistant coach down to get his ass out. The sheriff was a friend of the program. He didn’t want the publicity. He himself knew this was something we didn’t need to deal with in the media or anything with publicity.”

In other words, Switzer was the real-life Bud Kilmer from “Varsity Blues.” Switzer said that “most colleges” ran things the same way his program did, noting that cover-ups are nearly impossible now with social media and the internet. But don’t worry, Switzer insisted he and his staff took the law into their own hands.

“I’d get his ass up at 5 o’clock in the morning for two weeks in a row and run his ass, up and down the stairs, the stadium steps,” he said, referring to players who were guilty of a crime. “And the (assistant) coaches would be so pissed off that they had to get up and do it that they wore their ass out because they had to be the ones that run them. And a couple of the guys that were star players, I ran their asses off. So I had to be there at 5 o’clock in the morning.”

Well, that makes it all better.

It should be noted that Switzer didn’t say anything about covering up domestic violence, which is what Angelo admitted to. We all know big-time football programs cover stuff up to protect their star players. A lot of that still goes on even with cell phone cameras and Twitter. Switzer’s just more candid about it than some others would be.

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

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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.

Witness:

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.

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