Sooner fans won't have to be in Oklahoma to hear Barry Switzer on the radio anymore. At least those who have XM Satellite Radio. This fall, Switzer will co-host XM Sports Nation This Morning, a live call-in show that will focus on college and pro football.
"This was a good opportunity for me,” said Switzer, who returned from Washington, D.C., on Friday after meeting with XM officials in time to attend Oklahoma's scrimmage Saturday. "They made it attractive financially, so I'm going to do it.” T.J. Rives — the play-by-play voice for South Florida — will team with Switzer on Sports Nation This Morning, which will air from 5:30 to 7 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays starting Aug. 20. Rives will do the show by himself Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. "With coach Switzer's schedule, it would've been challenging for him to do a daily show,” said XM executive vice president of programming Eric Logan, who grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Northwest Classen High School. "But we wanted to find a way to make it work. In the 1970s and 1980s, living in Oklahoma, you grow up loving Oklahoma football. "Coach Switzer will be great because, as you know, he's never short of an opinion.