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Barry Switzer: Tom Osborne tells his favorite Switzer stories

by Mike Sherman Published: December 31, 2012
BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel’s final interview with Tom Osborne posted today. It’s a good read especially for lovers of the OU-Nebraska rivalry.

You can read the entire interview here.

Shatel couldn’t let Osborne, who is retiring as Nebraska’s athletic director on Tuesday, get away without asking for his favorite Barry Switzer story. I’ll bet Osborne has better ones, but here’s the two he shared with Shatel:

“I remember we beat them (in 1982) when Scott Strasburger intercepted a pass. The crowd came onto the field. I went out to shake Barry’s hand and I never saw him. To this day, I don’t know what happened to him, if he got knocked down, or what.

“One time we went out fishing, for a fishing show. And it was colder than heck, it was down near the Oklahoma-Texas border. Barry liked to fish, but he wasn’t really into it. After about two hours, he pulled the plug on it. I think we had a terrible show. He didn’t want to stay out there anymore.”

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Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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