That was Nebraska’s last game as a Big 12 Conference member; the Cornhuskers are in their second season in the Big 10.
Osborne will step down as Nebraska’s athletic director on Jan. 1, 2013, and told the newspaper that scheduling an Oklahoma-Nebraska series is something he wanted to achieve before he left.
Switzer and Osborne always maintained a cordial relationship — one of the reasons the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry was always seen as intense, yet respectful — but the former Sooner coach said they don’t speak often.
“I’d see Tom at conventions and on the game field, but I never was a coach who would pick up the phone and call coaches,” Switzer said. “There were certain coaches I did call; they were usually ones that coached with me and were on my staff.
“But if I was just a competitor of theirs, and the only time I ever saw them was when I played them, I never called.”
When asked what he thinks about Nebraska and Oklahoma meeting again in Norman on the 50th anniversary of the “Game of the Century,” Switzer laughed.
“Why would I give a damn about that? I’m probably not gonna be around,” said the 75-year-old.
“No, I’ll plan on making that one. ... In 2021, I’d be 85. I can make that.”