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Oklahoma football: Jay Boulware is fourth former Texas player to coach at OU

Boulware, who was born in Oklahoma City and still has lots of family in the area, joins an exclusive club of men who've seen the Red River Rivalry from both sides.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 10, 2013

/articleid/3764601/1/pictures/1978423">Photo - Jay Boulware, assistant football coach at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Photo provided
Jay Boulware, assistant football coach at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Photo provided

Wright spent 13 seasons at Texas in various positions before joining Stoops' first OU staff in 1999.

“When I went to Texas, he was a there,” Boulware said. “He knew me back in the day. ... He knew me when I had snot on my nose and didn't know how to put one foot in front of the other.”

Boulware, Wright, Helms, Bobby Warmack, Rex Norris, Clarence James and current Longhorns head coach Mack Brown — Switzer's offensive coordinator in 1984 — are believed to be the only seven men to have coached at both OU and Texas.

And, of course, there's Darrell Royal, an Oklahoma gridiron star from 1946-49 who became Texas' greatest head coach and stadium's namesake.

Asked if he'll feel weird Oct. 12 in the Cotton Bowl, Boulware firmly answered in the negative.

“It's not gonna be weird at all,” Boulware said. “If you see my little 5-year-old daughter ... every time I look at her, she gives me a big old hug and kiss.

“This is how I feed my family. So when I look at that little girl, and then I like across that field, all I'm thinking about is this is how I feed my family.

“It's gonna be real easy for me to go out and try to beat them down a little bit.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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