Galen Hall arrived in Norman in 1966 as part of Jim Mackenzie’s Sooner football staff. Hall stayed 18 seasons, the final 11 as Barry Switzer’s offensive coordinator. Hall was a quarterback at Penn State, when Joe Paterno was an assistant there, then played one year with the Redskins and one year with the Jets. Since leaving OU, Hall has been head coach at Florida and in the United States Football League, the European League and the XFL. He returned to Penn State in 2004 as Paterno’s offensive coordinator. Working for a guy like Joe Paterno is awesome. Probably the only guy I’d work for. I like what he stands for, for what this institution stands for. Graduating players, very much into helping develop young men. I’ve known Joe since the late ’50s. He really hasn’t changed a lot since then. Still very demanding, still on top of things. Still very much in tune with what’s going on today. I like State College. It’s very pretty. It’s unique in that it’s a town that sort of stayed the same. I’ve never been someone who likes a big-city environment. I grew up in Williamsburg (Pa.), 35 miles from here. Williamsburg was such a small town, everything was very community-oriented. Everyone was very involved. Back when I was growing up, the school you heard the most about was Pitt. Pitt had a good run of winning programs. Penn State hadn’t gotten into the national attention. That all changed when Joe took over in ’66. I played two years of pro ball. It was plenty for me, because I realized I didn’t have the ability to play there. I tried it; probably wasn’t good enough to continue. I enjoyed it, but I always wanted to be a coach. My dad was a coach. He died about five months before I was born. I lived with my grandfather. He filled the role of my father. The people in our community who were the leaders were the coaches. Just felt like teacher/coach was a profession I wanted to follow. My favorite moment as a coach probably was when I was named head coach (not interim) at Florida. That day we beat Kentucky to win the (SEC) championship. First championship in school history. At Florida, as an outsider, you didn’t realize it, but the talent in the state, that program was destined to be pretty good. That’s one you could just see, if they got everything together and on the right track... Wanting to be a head coach, I don’t think that was my reason for leaving Oklahoma. I looked at it as an opportunity to change. I recently had been remarried. It was an opportunity to start over. I really wasn’t looking to be a head coach. The thing I miss the most about Oklahoma is the relationships. Barry (Switzer). Merv (Johnson). Bobby Proctor, Mike Jones. You miss the people. And the Saturdays at Oklahoma, they were a lot of fun. We won a lot of ballgames. Jim Mackenzie came in there (in 1966), and they took a chance on hiring me. It was Joe Paterno and Rip Engle (Penn State’s coach before Paterno) that probably opened the door for me to go there. Jim and Frank (Broyles) had talked to Joe and Rip. I think the ’71 Nebraska game was probably the most electrifying game I was ever part of. That was a train wreck getting ready to happen, from about the middle of the season. Everyone saw we were going to clash, the buildup to that game. That probably got ’em at Oklahoma thinking, "hey, the program’s back.” I coached in Germany. It really wasn’t different. Hours were probably the same. Coached and practiced about the same. The reception we had in Dusseldorf was outstanding. I enjoyed it. I hated to see that (European) league fold. Deep down inside, players probably haven’t changed much. I think there’s a lot more distractions now, with the Internet and outside influences. But once they get on the field, the players are the same as far as wanting to compete. As long as Joe wants to keep going on, I’m up for it. After he got his hip fixed, his health is holding up.