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Barry Switzer & Pat Jones back for Coaches Cabana

by Berry Tramel Published: August 26, 2014
Barry Switzer (left) and Pat Jones shake hands after the 1988 Bedlam classic in Stillwater. (Photo by Paul Hellstern)
Barry Switzer (left) and Pat Jones shake hands after the 1988 Bedlam classic in Stillwater. (Photo by Paul Hellstern)

Barry Switzer and Pat Jones are back for their Coaches Cabana shows this college football season, and Switzer always is fired up about it.

Switzer watches the OU game each week from his cabana behind his house and interacts with fans who also are watching. Jones watches the OSU game and five other schools have similar shows with former coaches or players.

“I love doing it,” Switzer said. “Cox (cable) wants to do 25 schools next year, if we do the numbers they think we can do.”

Also doing coaches cabana shows are Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas, LSU and Nebraska.

This year, Switzer said Cox is giving the shows a mosaic channel so that four telecasts appear on the screen. The cabana show is one, with other games alongside.

For instance, on Switzer’s show, the OU game will appear on 2/3 of the screen, with three telecasts next to it, one of which will be Switzer, along with co-host Mark Rodgers, former OU quarterback Thomas Lott and other assorted guests.

“Hopefully we’ll go to Time Warner and Comcast, take it to them,” Switzer said. “The top 25 or 30 schools. It’s becoming bigger and bigger.”

Switzer’s show will appear on Cox channel 1330. Jones’ show will appear on Cox channel 1329.

Switzer describes coaches cabana as “kind of a reality show.”

Other hosts are former quarterback Clint Stoerner at Arkansas, former assistant coach Milt Tenopir at Nebraska, former coach Jackie Sherrill at Texas A&M, former quarterback John Fourcade at LSU and former quarterback/safety Bill Bradley at Texas.


by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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