Archive for the ‘Oklahoma’ Category

Sporting News’ Top 50 Greatest Coaches Fails By Excluding Barry Switzer

July 31, 2009

In his “Sporting News Panel Gets It Wrong,” Steve at BRN gets right to the point with Osborne’s place at #34 on the Top 50 Greatest Coaches list. It’s not so much his spot at #34 but rather what’s ahead of him.

There’s one other reason why I have to disregard this list.

Someplace, somewhere in the Top 50 has to be Barry Switzer. He has to be.

(Even as a Husker fan, I’d pay top dollar for a replica of that shirt)

Consider his college resume:

  • Switzer coached at the University of Oklahoma 16 years from 1973 until 1988.
  • He compiled a 157-29-4 record with a winning percentage of 83.4% – 4th best ever.
  • He won or shared a Big 8 Championship every year from 1973 to 1980 and ended his career at OU with a total of 12.
  • He coached Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims.
  • He won 3 National Championships (1974, 1975, 1988.)
  • He won 13 post-season season games.
  • He coached 54 All-Americans.
  • He was the 1974 Walter Camp Coach of the Year.

And since we’re all hung up on the list:

  • His record vs. #13 Joe Paterno was 1-0.
  • His record vs. #24 Bobby Bowden was 2-0.
  • His record vs. #27 Woody Hayes was 1-0.
  • His record vs. #34 Tom Osborne was 12-5.
  • His record vs. Darrell Royal was 3-0-1.

That was college.

This is the NFL:

  • In 4 seasons, Switzer was 45-26 with the Dallas Cowboys.
  • He took the Cowboys to the NFC Championship in 1994 – his first season.
  • He won Super Bowl XXX in 1995 vs the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Switzer is only one of three coaches to win both a college and an NFL championship – Jimmy Johnson and Paul Brown are the others.

Ara Parseghian, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Bo Schembechler, Tom Osborne, Bud Wilkinson, Woody Hayes, Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson, Joe Paterno, Knute Rockne, and Bear Bryant are the college football coaches that made the list. Insulting.

If you want to make a legitimate list, then throw your opinion of a man’s character out the door and make a legitimate list. If you want to make a popularity list, then make a popularity list and send it to TMZ.

Is there an ‘F’ in Stoops?

January 5, 2009

A recent study released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) detailing graduation rates for this year’s college bowl teams has been posted on several websites.

At the top of the list of programs graduating a high percentage of players are the usual suspects. Notre Dame, Navy, Air Force, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern are all at the top of the list. Nebraska is near the top graduating 78% of its football players.

The three programs graduating the lowest percentage of players are (in order) Arizona, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. All three graduate less than 46% of their players. Congrats to the Stoops brothers for making sure they put the “student” in “student-athlete.” Having some of the lowest graduation rates makes some sense for programs placing a high percentage of underclassmen in the NFL.

That might explain how Oklahoma is ranked so low. But Arizona? That program’s been doomed since Sports Illustrated featured the “Desert Swarm” defense on the cover of its 1994 college preview edition.

On a positive note, Mark Stoops, currently Mike’s defensive coordinator, looks like a perfect fit at Hawaii, should that job ever open up.

Dancing With The Sooners

October 30, 2008

If this guy has any part of the festivities this weekend in Norman for the 1971 Game of the Century reunion, then ESPN can thank YouTube for its spike in ratings.

Feel like doing a little reminiscing about the Nebraska/Oklahoma games of the past?

Click here for ESPN Classic’s flashback on five of the more memorable Nebraska/Oklahoma games.