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Ex-Oklahoma coach Switzer: 'I'd never recruit a white quarterback'

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Barry Switzer's criticism of Johnny Manziel has become a media event of its own.  (USATSI)
Barry Switzer's criticism of Johnny Manziel has become a media event of its own. (USATSI)

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Barry Switzer's back!

Switzer's edgy review of Johnny Manziel, calling the former Texas A&M quarterback an "arrogant little prick," has put the former Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys coach back on the media circuit. In an interview with WNSR in Nashville on Thursday, Switzer's discussion of Manziel evolved into an explanation of his recruiting tactics in college football.

The original question was intended to put Switzer in the shoes of an NFL coach with the option of selecting Johnny Manziel in the upcoming NFL Draft. Here's what happened next:

"I love his ability; Johnny can play," Switzer said. "I've always said I'd never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I'd ever recruit a white quarterback to play for me was if his mom and daddy would have to both be black, and that's the only way I would do it."

"My offense is a quarterback-fullback offense," Switzer continued. "I'd have to have a Jamelle Holieway, J.C. Watts [or] Thomas Lott. Those guys are gonna be my quarterbacks, they're great runners, they're great ball carriers and ... able to pass, complete some, and those guys could. Those guys could throw and run."

Switzer returned to answering the question by citing the interview process as an opportunity to get a good read on Manziel. This is not the first time that Switzer has addressed race in relation to Johnny Football. In August 2013, Switzer identified Manziel as the first white quarterback he'd recruit to run the option.

And for the record, there is one white quarterback who has spoken out since Switzer's comments.

You can listen to the interview below. The "white quarterback" conversation begins around the 17:00 mark.

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