Posted February 28, 2014

Barry Switzer: ‘I’d never recruit a white quarterback’

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Barry Switzer coached Oklahoma to three national championships. (Getty Images)

Barry Switzer coached Oklahoma to three national championships in 16 seasons. (Getty Images)

A day after calling Johnny Manziel “an arrogant little pr—,” Barry Switzer has dropped another eyebrow-raising opinion regarding quarterbacks. The larger-than-life personality who coached Oklahoma to three national titles and the Dallas Cowboys to a win in Super Bowl XXX, told WNSR in Nashville that Manziel would not have been a Sooner because Switzer wouldn’t recruit a white quarterback.

The former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach made the comment during an interview on WNSR in Nashville on Thursday as part of a response to a question about whether he would want Manziel in his backfield.

Switzer was asked: “If you are a coach in the NFL at this point in time — we know your opinion on Johnny and his mental state on and off the field, but we also know how much you think of him as a football player — is this a guy, in Johnny Manziel, that you would draft or you would want your team to draft, and would you have him as your starting quarterback on your roster?”

After explaining that he’d talk long and hard to Manziel about his attitude, Switzer again praised the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner before adding what could be considered controversial rationale for why he would not have been a Sooner.

“I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. 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,” Switzer continued. “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.”

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Switzer did recruit a white quarterback in the ’80s, Troy Aikman, who went on to be his quarterback in Super Bowl XXX. Aikman transferred to UCLA after having his freshman season (1985) cut short with a broken ankle. With Aikman out, Switzer’s decision to return to the Wishbone with Holieway running the show led the Sooners to the national championship that season.


42 comments
Donderos3@aol.com
Donderos3@aol.com

A Donkey's Rear End When He was Coaching College/Pro & Still Remains A Rear End In Civilian

Life. I Can't Remember Any Intelligent Comment's From This Has Been.

RandallFlagg
RandallFlagg

Well lets examine the facts here: Switzer would had never won a super bowl had he not been playing with the team Jimmy built. He also knows nothing of the sport or it's history.

iraherzog
iraherzog

Hey Barry you moron, Starr, Staubach, Montana, Namath, Stabler, Elway, Manning x2, Brady...I can go on....

wizzzio
wizzzio

college is messing up the nfl by getting running Qbs that cant throw the ball!...They get a running qb and the fastest recievers!...That doesnt work in the nfl!...they get hurt way too much!


Robert96
Robert96

Disgusting.  I regret reading what he had to say.

duckfan59
duckfan59

And teams wouldn't recruit an old drunken hillbilly coach so I guess it's even.

bobwww
bobwww

He needs to be thoroughly condemned for that racist comment.  Pfffffff..  but it will probably be cast aside and ignored as unimportant.

number18
number18

Barry would never recruit a quarterback Smarter than he is,hence no White QB,s.Simple.

CharlesHYount
CharlesHYount

who the hell cares what switzer would do,time has passed him by!

JimCatCabbage
JimCatCabbage

Barry said what? That once he went black, he never went back? HE needs to be in "Dumb and Dumber To"

NickDahlheim
NickDahlheim

This coming from a guy who once brought a loaded gun into the security line at an airport.  Barry Switzer = DUMB.  And this comment is befitting a stupid, prolly racist jock yokel.

Jeff63
Jeff63

Flip it. What happens if Switzer says, "I’ve always said I’d never recruit a black quarterback. The only way I’d ever recruit a black quarterback to play for me was if his mom and daddy would have to both be white, and that’s the only way I would do it."

What happens? Nothing, and that's the problem with this country. Nobody's interested in eliminating racism; they only want payback.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

He also recruited a guy named Steve Davis (RIP) who delivered two national titles.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Just shut up already, Barry.  You're looking dumber every time you open the yapper!

njbaldguy
njbaldguy

Switzer's boss should have never hired a white guy.

RobertM
RobertM

I am African American and this is profoundly and clearly racist. Period. This is almost as bad as African American players using the n-word with each other and thinking that it is ok or any different when they use it vs a white person. The comments by African Americans saying anything to justify in the least either of these phenomenon are sad and amazingly perverted to me a 47 yr old man that played organized/school sports in the 70's and 80's. I also was there at the beginning of hip hop and realize how it has been used to perpetuate this perversion. 

cooksalem
cooksalem

There clearly had to be a better way for Switzer to put it, but the point he was trying to make is that for certain offenses you probably want a QB who has no chance to play that position in the NFL.  The ideal QB for those offenses is a fast runner who's also durable enough to take some hits and keep playing.  The big power running QBs like Tebow and Colin Klein don't fit that role.  Pocket passers, including blacks like Teddy Bridgewater, don't either.  Guys who meet the fast runner test but also want to throw 30+ passes a game, like Johnny Football, don't fit those offenses.  If you want a QB who is a fast runner who also can take some hits and keep playing, and doesn't mind not throwing a lot, what recent white college QBs qualify?  Taylor Martinez is the only one I can think of.  Having said that, Switzer needed to come up with a less crude way of making his point.  It wasn't until Doug Williams won a Super Bowl that a lot of "experts" said black QBs would never make it in the NFL.  By now we should be way past racial typecasting in sports.

PurpleCity52
PurpleCity52

Black, White who cares anymore?.... I swear SI needs better topics

ReggieQue
ReggieQue

I respect the honesty.  However if a coach ever said "I would never recruit a black punter" we never would have been able to have enjoyed the career of Reggie Roby.

John4
John4

Barry Switzer, you ignorant racist unimportant fossil.  Didn't you recruit Troy Aikman?  Yes, you did.  Didn't Troy later become a three time SB champ?  Yes he did.  Oh, don't want to recruit anyone like that.

For decades haven't minorities essentially said that they wanted to be viewed for their abilities and NOT for the color of their skin?  Yes, and fortunately that is happening. Now, we (actually, Barry Switzer) has come so far as to not want whites for certain football positions?  You cannot be serious.

(Interestingly, for what positions would ol' B.S. Barry Switzer recruit whites)?

AlaGator
AlaGator

Once again, it's always OK to be racist toward whites.  Let's hear a coach say something like that about black athletes, or blacks in general.  BTW, Barry.  Tell us something we didn't know already.

GatorDa
GatorDa

Barry, you are a joke.  Talent not color.. 

JackHoff
JackHoff

I agree w/ Barry, I mean seriously guys has their ever been a good or even great white QB?

SDPB
SDPB

He had such good luck with black qb's, some went to jail before graduating.  Color?  Anybody say color?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

But that's not racist, at all.

Of course not.

Pre-judging and trashing white people's abilities (especially athletic prowess) because they're white is just opinion -- or (if you've got a racial axe to grind) harsh reality.

DBLETAP
DBLETAP

Just....wow.

 *smh*.

RandallFlagg
RandallFlagg

@bobwww  only because his comment is favorable to any race besides whites. If his comment was favorable to whites then he would be branded a racist.

SHOGUN
SHOGUN

@CharlesHYount  who the hell cares what you think - you're not important to the world bucko

SHOGUN
SHOGUN

@John4  dude shut up - neither barry switzer nor SI nor anyone reading this cares what you think - posing questions like you're some kind of god. Go yank a horse ye cudlow.

RobertM
RobertM

@John4  As a black man I could not agree more with your comment. He should be seriously condemned for saying something so blatantly racist and offensive. This should offend all of us.

JeremyFortner
JeremyFortner

@AlaGator  Racism isnt okay. period...Im just glad he will never get his opportunty to discriminate against any qb

esgalan2
esgalan2

@AlaGator : Judging by the comments on this forum , racism toward whites doesn't seem to be okay.....

duckfan59
duckfan59

@SHOGUN @John4Shogun: You're a hoot. That's twice you've played the "nobody cares what you think" card. Well, apparently you cared enough to comment. And who cares what YOU think? If you don't care what people think why are you reading and commenting on an open forum.

Jeff63
Jeff63

@esgalan2 @AlaGatorRacism isn't ok, period. The problem is that it's largely ignored in this story, even though it's the most prominent part of it.