Former OU coach Barry Switzer won't be in his usual hangout for the OU-Notre Dame game, tweeting to fans from his cabana for his website, www.coachescabana.com. Instead, he said he will be in South Bend, Ind., after entertaining OU donors on a train trip to the game with former Sooner star running back Joe Washington.
Instead, former OSU coach Pat Jones will be handling the chatting duties with Charley North, a former OU assistant coach.
Switzer started the website last year with Mike Henry and Neal Pilson, a former president of CBS Sports. The idea is to allow fans to interact with a former coach during a game broadcast as a second-screen experience. The website has grown to 14 colleges, including eight from the SEC.
“I did seven games last year,” Switzer said. “Jackie Sherrill and I did the Cotton Bowl. We had 30,000 people on our website. What we do is we interact with fans. You can tweet us or email us, and we answer your tweets. ... You can have the audio turned down on the network and turn our audio up.”
Jones also will be chatting with fans during the OSU-West Virginia game at 11 a.m.
SWITZER DISLIKES MOVIE SCRIPT
Switzer said he disliked the first script for a movie based on his autobiography, “The Bootlegger's Boy,” from Molly Smith, producer of the “Blind Side.”
“The first screen script I got back was Hollywood fiction,” he said. “Ten percent was like the book and the rest of it was so made up I said, ‘Molly, I'm going to tell you. They're a long way off from being able to do what they said they would do.' Molly agreed with me.
“It wasn't even close to being accurate about things that went on in football. It was embarrasing to me. I think they (the writers) will make another stab at it. We're not pushing anything.”
* Fox Sports Oklahoma will air a one-hour replay of the 1956 OU-Notre Dame game as part of its “OU Crimson Classics” series at 10 p.m. Friday. The Sooners won 45-0 in their only victory over the Fighting Irish.
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