but those who know him it is the joy of his personality that he brings.
So as we prepare to unveil his statue and make merry
let's all stand and salute a great coach and better friend named Barry.
Former Switzer players, assistant coaches, his wife, two sons, daughter and nine grandchildren, who call him “Grumpy,” attended Saturday's ceremony.
“Years after they left this campus he'd give his players the shirt off his back if they needed it,” said OU president David Boren. “That's Barry Switzer. That's the great heart he has. It's not just because of his strategic grasp of football but it's also because every player knew he loved them.”
Neinas for years helped connect schools with football coaches and athletic directors, including bringing Bob Stoops and Joe Castiglione to OU.
“Barry asked me one time if I would serve as a character witness for him,” Neinas said. “I said, “Barry, that's the easiest job I've ever had. Everyone knows you're a character.' Barry brings joy wherever he is... a friend to the world. Arkansas born and bred but now he is Oklahoma red.”
The statue is of Switzer is from his early years as head coach.
“I had so many family members in town I was a nervous wreck just trying to get everything organized the past few days,” Switzer said. “Once we got here, settled down and the ceremony got started I realized how special a day it is.”