Skip to comments.Former Oklahoma and Cowboys coach Barry Switzer: ‘I’d never recruit a white quarterback’
Posted on 03/02/2014 5:45:00 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer has been a pretty harsh critic of Texas A&M quarterback and possible No. 1 draft pick Johnny Manziel. On Thursday, Switzer took that criticism to a new level. In an interview with WNSR Sports Radio in Nashville, Switzer was asked if he were an NFL coach, would he draft Manziel? Switzer begins by saying he loves his ability, Johnny can play, but out of nowhere Switzer brings race into the equation. "I've always said I'd never recruit a white quarterback, Switzer said. 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. 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." The controversial comments come just one day after Switzer referred to Manziel as an arrogant little p----. What makes the comments even more puzzling is one of the quarterbacks he did recruit was Troy Aikman, who had a good laugh about it on Twitter.
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Easy on the Johnny Red, Barry.
He stays drunk so much he couldn’t see a white quarterback standing in the sunshine.
Someone considered him relevant to let him speak into a mic? The best thing he ever did was split a Super Bowl win with Jimmy Johnson by winning one with Johnson’s players.
I have a book by Charles Thompson who is interestingly a Black Quarterback who played for Switzer.
He basically says that Oklahoma under Switzer was just about as corrupt as a program can be. It was all there, drugs, girls provided for sex basically, you name it, Switzer did it.
Barry’s a good coach and was innovative and effective. He is old. Let it go.
“Id never recruit a white quarterback,
10 years from now: “I’d never recruit a straight quarterback”
Oh....he be in trouble....
Pray for the poor Centers then.
If I were a Center I would eat Baked beans, hard boiled eggs and a 6 of light beer by Miller the night before every game.
Then let that gay Backturd QB put his hands on my butt.
Tebow can't buy a job and he IS a running fullback type qb....
as always, Switzer is a arse....
I sat next to him on a plane about 10 years ago. He was not drunk, but there was something just quite right about him either. Like every now and then a gear just appeared to jump a tooth. Strangest two hours I ever spent.
Wasn’t belligerent or rude - just odd.
Was he carrying a gun?
Wow. So he would pass on Montana, Manning, Brady, Marino, Bradshaw, etc. etc. etc. What’s he sposed to be some kinda guru or sumpthin?
Probably not - we were on a plane
don’t forget Luck, Romo, Manning II, Brees
Oh I know. There are so many to name. A totally ignorant statement.
Well if he was acting strange, maybe he was drunk and might have forgot about the restriction about carrying guns. He has a history of trying to carry guns on planes and allowing his football team to have machine guns at OU. Maybe TSA has cured him of that habit.
An ex-Dallas cowboy fan told me the pool of quarterbacks with criminal convictions was much smaller back then. :)
Switzer was the Bill Clinton of college football. If he broke rules and got away with them, he’d just break more rules and dare you to catch him.
Id never recruit a straight quarterback
Wouldn’t want to be the center.
And are we supposed to care what Switzer has to say?
24 Switzer was the Bill Clinton of college football. If he broke rules and got away with them, hed just break more rules and dare you to catch him.
My memory is slipping, but I seem to recall that Switzer was caught in an adulterous relationship with the wife of 1 of his coaches at OU back in the 1980s. Someone made a joke about it incorporating those PSA commercials popular at the time, i.e., "It's 11:00 ... do you know where your child is?" To wit ...
OU and Barry Switzer are coming to town for the big game. Do you know where your wife is?
Other than this being about the quarterback position, Switzer is the rule, not the exception. He was probably just drunk enough to be honest about it.
Yes, that is the book. I got it in the bargain bin but it was surprisingly very readable.
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At some time, a few big-time Division I college coaches decided to not give great white, high school running backs a chance, but to instead bulk up and play them at fullback or tight end. Then the same happened with cornerbacks, to have them bulk up and play strong safety if they were lucky, or linebacker. It’s now virtually against the law for a big-time college program to have a white running back or cornerback. That of course then translates into the NFL. I am not a racist at all, but I am tiring of the discrimination against great white athletes. When will it go too far, too far for many to tolerate this form of racism?
There is no question that Blacks seem to dominate most sports which require speed and power. In football there are some positions which require strength rather than power. That is why you see a lot of White offensive linemen.
I do think they have gotten overboard with giving preference to Black players. I can recall when the Southeastern Conference was all White, they did perfectly well against the integrated teams of the rest of the country.
Not that Danny Woodhead is a great player. He’s pretty good. But there are a LOT of white backs like him or even better who aren’t given a chance above Division II college, which I think he was. Look up video of Peyton Hillis at Arkansas. Remarkable athleticism and very fast. Yet he was their third back. He had to bulk up so he could play fullback, and give up some speed (though he was great during the few games he got to start for Denver as a rookie and during that season with an awful Browns team). Toby Gerhart was told coming out of college that if he wasn’t white, he would be a first-round pick. And every time he’s gotten to play because of Adrian Peterson being out, he’s shown fine talent - even a 67-yard run, which doesn’t happen in the NFL unless you are fast.
Blacks totally dominate sprints and hurdles, tho every now and then a White kid will win. Richmond Flowers may have been the best hurdler in the world in his day. Valeri Borzov won the 100 meters in the Olympics as did Alan Wells of Scotland. Wells did have the advantage of the American boycott in 1980 but all the Jamaicans etc. were still there.
I was a pretty good hurdler in college and I would often be the only White guy in each heat.
HE’S A RACIST!!!!!!!!!!
Bootlegger’s Boy by Switzer is a great book.
Yes,.... I was gonna say.
He carries some baggage and he’s flawed. Barry carried baggage when it use to matter, before carrying it was cool.
That would be Larry Lacewell
Larry Lacewell (born February 12, 1937) is a former American football player, coach, scout, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Arkansas State University from 1979 to 1989, compiling a record of 69584. Lacewell was later the longtime director of scouting for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.
White Men Can’t Throw!!
Well now since half a century of virtually every American sprinter (male or female) being black, I think people are irritated and fed up with having been lied to. It's just a matter of fact that on average blacks are faster than whites. It's too ridiculous trying to debate the subject as mathematically it would be impossible to have the kind of dominance in athletics blacks have if the races were equal in athletic ability. And pointing out the odd fast white guy won't work as an argument. People have to face reality.
Nothing innovative about cheating....was a big embarrassment when he coached the cowboys. foot in mouth disease!!!
Look Barry had the best football team money booze and hookers could buy. He also wore a fur coat to recruit. That’s innovative baby! Barry is still the King! Allegations of corruption, that’s just old news. Give em the bone Barry!
I remember when people said that a black man would never play QB in the NFL.
Barry is basically saying that he would take Geno Smith over Johnny Manziel at QB. That’s the issue, not whether blacks can, on average, run in a straight line faster than whites.
Fritz Pollard played QB in the NFL in 1921. George Taliaferro played QB in the NFL in the early 1950s.
I was responding to many people whose comments I’ve read in the past decade who firmly believe white players are being unfairly discriminated against in favor of black athletes. They’re not. Although I must say it’s true that many good white athletes are not considered prime prospects strictly for that reason. But if they’re good, they’ll show up somewhere.
Romo? Ha ha. People keeping trying to put him in the group of elites. He can have all the good stats on paper he wants, he still cannot win when it counts.