Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Barry Switzer's presentation of Pat Jones brings down the house

State football legends go back way before Bedlam rivalry.
Oklahoman Published: August 6, 2012

“People were looking over at me,” Gundy said. “I told them, ‘I experienced this first hand throughout my entire career.”

Jones said he chose Switzer because they've had a relationship for four decades that dates back to his high school career in Little Rock. That's when Jones began following Switzer's career, first as a player at Arkansas, then an assistant coach, eventually the head coach at OU.

They were on opposite sides of the sidelines during Jones' 16 years at OSU, including 11 as head coach when the Cowboys compiled a 62-60-3 record.

Over the years, the two men with Arkansas roots have developed a relationship.

“Me and (former OU assistant coach) Merv (Johnson) know Pat better than anyone here,” Switzer told the crowd.

And they're a good fit. Both have contagious personalities.

The former Bedlam coaches have been involved in projects, including television commercials.

“It was pretty easy,” Jones said. “All the producer had to say was, ‘Have fun with it,' and that wasn't too difficult for Barry and myself. Yeah, we competed hard over the years, but we've always played around a little bit with each other.”

That's why Jones felt extremely comfortable asking Switzer to be his presenter for Monday's ceremony.

“It's kind of neat,” Jones said. “This award for me is for the state of Oklahoma football not Oklahoma State football. Barry is part of that formula for me.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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