There is Stoops, Wilkinson, and Owen……but as there is only one Oklahoma, there is only one Barry Switzer
Legendary football coach Barry Switzer turned eighty years old today. The former Sooner head coach and Dallas Cowboy Super Bowl winning field boss celebrates in Nashville, Tennessee tonight with his family for this milestone day in his life.
Leading Oklahoma to three national college football titles, in 1974, 1975, and 1985, Switzer was run out of Norman after the Sooner program went through troubled times in the late eighties. Coach Switzer was hired in to lead the Dallas Cowboys in 1994 and his Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX in 1995. He retired from coaching in 1997 after four years in Dallas. He has not coached since his retirement in the past twenty-two years.
For the record, Switzer’s Sooners were 9-5-2 against the Texas Longhorns, including a 3-0-1 mark against former Sooner player and Texas legendary coach “Daddy” Darrell Royal. A final record of 157-29-4 for OU, making him number two at Oklahoma just behind Bob Stoops who has won 190 games and lost 48. Switzer coached thirteen seasons in Norman as the head coach and another eight as an assistant coach. The Arkansas native and former Razorback lineman lives in Norman today.
Switzer was and still is the “KING” in Oklahoma.