Barry Switzer

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Barry Switzer

Barry Switzer (born October 5, 1937 in Crossett, Arkansas, USA) was an American football coach.[1] He coached both professional and college football for 32 years.[2] Switzer is one of only three head coaches to win both a college football national championship and a Super Bowl.[3] He has one of the highest winning percentages in the history of college football.

After high school, Switzer went to the University of Arkansas. He played football there from 1956 to 1960. After graduation, Switzer join the US Army for a short time. After the Army, he returned to the University of Arkansas to work as an assistant coach.

After the 1966 season, Switzer became an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma. He became head coach there in 1973. During his first two years as head coach, Oklahoma did not lose any games and won the national championship two time. They won the championship a third time in 1985. Switzer left Oklahoma in 1989. His record there was 157 wins, 29 losses and 4 ties.

In 1994, Switzer became the coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He led them to a win in Super Bowl XXX during the 1995 season. Switzer retired from coaching after the following season.

In 2001, Switzer was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame.[4] On September 9, 2007, he began working with the FOX television network on its NFL pre-game show.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Barry Switzer (1937–)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. 19 May 2007. "Barry Switzer: Living the good life". ESPN. ESPN. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. Vin Getz. "Head Coaches That Won Both College Titles and NFL Championships (or Super Bowls)". Sports List of the Day. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  4. "OU Football Tradition; Hall of Famers". University of Oklahoma Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved 22 February 2016.