Tag:Barry Switzer
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:54 pm

PHOTO: Oklahoma unveils Barry Switzer statue

Posted by Chip Patterson

Before Saturday's game against Texas A&M, Oklahoma unveiled their third satue honoring a former coach. Barry Switzer was added to the ranks of Bennie Owen and Bud Wilkinson, being immortalized with a statue that is located just east of the Switzer Center.

Switzer is the Sooners' career coaching victories leader, compiling a 157-29-4 record from 1973-88. While head coach, Oklahoma won three national championships and 12 conference titles.


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Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 12:05 pm

Switzer and Pickens want Mack Brown around

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on the football field isn't something that's going to die any time soon, but it seems that some members of the schools are finding ways to get along with one another off of the field. All it takes is one common bond, and it seems that bond is hating Texas.

Two people who definitely seem to share this bond are former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer and the Godfather of Oklahoma State athletics, T. Boone Pickens. Both were at a luncheon on Wednesday, and while there Pickens shared an email he received from Switzer after Oklahoma's 55-17 victory over Texas earlier this season.

In the email Switzer told Pickens to make sure that Oklahoma State didn't beat Texas "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, never exactly a shy person, encouraged Pickens to tell the story. The next week Oklahoma State beat Texas 38-26 and Mack Brown hasn't been fired as of yet.

So it seems Switzer's master plan is working.
Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:33 am
Edited on: June 24, 2011 4:21 pm

Barry Switzer: Wine Baron

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Barry Switzer has never been shy about his childhood or what his father did to make money. I mean, this is a man who named his autobiography Bootlegger's Boy after all. Well, now it seems that Switzer is getting into the family business, but he's doing it legitimately this time around. As Berry Tramel informs us, Switzer has launched Switzer Family Vineyards. 

Switzer went into business with Andrew Hoxsey, one of the leading winemakers in California’s Napa Valley. Jeff Coyle — the son of two-time OU all-Big Eight end Ross Coyle (1957-58) — now is vice president of Republic National Distributing Co. and helped broker the deal.

“We’re going to work about 500 cases a year,” Coyle said. “We sold 112 (wholesale) in three days.” The wine is being marketed in Oklahoma and Texas. A single Iowa steakhouse ordered 56 cases. Outlets in Nebraska have inquired, too.

Coyle said the trucks delivering the wine just now are reaching Oklahoma.

Switzer says that he truly developed his love of wine while working for the Dallas Cowboys, where he would spend the night before a game having dinner with Jerry Jones and drinking expensive wine. 

As for Barry's childhood experience with his father, the label on each bottle of wine from his vineyard gives a deeper glimpse into how Switzer was raised.

“My rural home in Arkansas was a shotgun house built in 1893. You could shoot a shotgun through the front door, out the back, not hit a thing. Hallway down the middle with three rooms on each side. No electricity, no plumbing, heat from a wood stove, light from coal oil lamps. There was something special about that old house, and I think there is something special about our wine. I know, since I happen to be a bootlegger’s boy. Enjoy! Barry Switzer.”

The house I grew up in was basically the same way, except that if you shot a gun through the front door it wouldn't hit anything until it got to my bedroom in the back. Now I'm wondering why my parents were trying to get me killed. Oh, and we had electricity and plumbing, but that all seems rather trivial now that I realize I was in the line of fire.

Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:43 pm

Bob Stoops loves you, Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Whenever there is a big program looking for a head coach it seems inevitable that at some point Bob Stoops' name will come up as a candidate at the school.  It always sounds as if he's about to leave Oklahoma too.  Last year he was leaving Oklahoma for Notre Dame before Brian Kelly ended up getting the job.  This year he was on his way to Florida before Will Muschamp was hired.

On Tuesday Stoops talked to the media for the first time since the Sooners won the Big 12 championship and, as you'd expect, he was asked about the Florida rumors and why he stays at Oklahoma.

Well, it's simple, really.  He loves you, Oklahoma.

“I like everything about it here,” Stoops said. “First and foremost, the community, the area. All of that. But I would say maybe tied with first and foremost is our president and athletic director. I think too much of the time, when people talk about opportunities you have, to work with David Boren, his track record is pretty incredible, his leadership in the university, and his strength in building our program has been pretty good, too. Same thing with our athletic director as well. Joe Castiglione, there’s not a guy that works harder in the country. 

“Guys have a vision to help you build and improve your program, because it doesn’t just happen with me. 

“I have two of the best leaders in the country to help me do that. ... Your working environment is the biggest factor.

“I’m a regular guy, like anybody. I like the community. People are down to earth and approachable and friendly. My family enjoys that. I guess what everybody else enjoys about living in a great community. It’s a great place to live.”

Of course, that doesn't mean he's never going to leave.  While Stoops is only 29 wins shy of passing Barry Switzer for most wins in school history, and has said that he'd like to match the three titles both Switzer and Bud Wilkinson, he realizes he can't see the future or what will happen.  He says he's still young enough to know that things could change at the school, and that if they do, he may leave at some point.

So I guess that means he'll be rumored to be heading somewhere else next season.
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