Happy Birthday wish from Don Key, former OU player for whom the teams Don Key Award was named after a kidney injury ended his career: "(Happy Birthday to) a much loved coach. I am deeply humbled by the great honor you bestowed upon me as I faced the greatest of sorrow and defeat. I appreciate that you looked past each 'player' to see each 'man.'"
1979: Switzer at the stadium
In this 1979 photo, Switzer poses prior to the Sooners' season. The Sooners finished 11-1 that year with a win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl. OU's only loss was to Texas. PHOTO BY DON TULLOUS, The Oklahoman Archive