Barry Switzer

Football Royalty

Barry Switzer was the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1973-1989. Born in Crossett, Arkansas, on October 5, 1937, Switzer started playing football in the sixth grade in El Dorado, Arkansas. His college career began with a football scholarship from the University of Arkansas in the fall of 1955. His college coaching career placed him in the College Football Hall of Fame. During his 16 years as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, he compiled a 157-29-4 record and won 12 Big Eight Championships and three National Championships. In 1994, Switzer was named head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, winning Super Bowl XXX in 1996.

Despite all his success, Barry will tell you about a childhood that placed him in an unconventional multiracial world of black market whiskey and sports.

Today, his home is in Norman not far from The Barry Switzer Center dedicated April 24, 1999.

Interview with Barry Switzer

Program Credits:
Barry Switzer — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

Honest Media
Mel Myers — Audio Editor

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Date Created: August 17, 2009

Date Published: November 18, 2010

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

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