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The King turns 80 today…..there is only one Barry Switzer…..

There is Stoops, Wilkinson, and Owen……but as there is only one Oklahoma, there is only one Barry Switzer

Barry Switzer leads OU on the field….Photo: Tulsa World



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.

Photo credit: The Oklahoman


About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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