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Barry Switzer calls for a Selmon brothers statue at OU

Jenni Carlson: Three former Sooners represent everything that is good in college athletics.
by Jenni Carlson Published: August 16, 2011

Lucious Selmon is forever part of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

Now, Barry Switzer wants him to be forever part of the OU campus.

On the night that Selmon and five others were inducted into the state’s sports shrine, the legendary Sooner football coach did a little more than introduce a former star. He made a pitch for an on-campus statue honoring not only Lucious, but also brothers Dewey and Lee Roy.

“The Selmon brothers are unique,” Switzer said. “Never before and never since have three brothers ever started and played side by side in the history of major-college football.

“Hopefully, someday, a heroic statue of the Selmon brothers in uniform will be on our campus at the University of Oklahoma.”

A Selmon brothers statue on campus?

Sign me up.

The truth is, there should’ve been one a long ago.

These three represent everything that’s good in college athletics, much less everything that’s good in Sooner lore. Of course, they were three of the best defensive linemen to ever wear the crimson and cream, but more than that, they are three of the best representatives that the school has ever had.

First of all, they are products of Oklahoma, born in Muskogee and raised in Eufaula. They were three of Lucious and Jessie Selmon’s nine children. They were farm kids, taught God-fearing, hard-working ways.

That rearing was obvious when they got to Oklahoma.

As good as they were — consensus All-Americans all while playing on some of the greatest teams in OU history — they were unassuming stars. They took care of their studies. They kept their noses clean. They embraced every opportunity give them.

They became not only great players for the Sooners but also great ambassadors for OU.

Still are.

Just last year, Dewey was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America’s Academic All-America Hall of Fame. He was only the third Sooner inducted, joining Jack Mildren and brother Lee Roy.

“He represents the very best of the Sooner spirit,” OU president David Boren said of Dewey at the time.

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione then said, “Dewey Selmon and his brothers set an enduring standard that will always inspire student-athletes in our program.”

Those are the reasons why there should be a Selmon brothers statue at OU.

Listen, I understand there are some people who are going to worry that if you start putting up statues of great Sooners, there will be no end to it.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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