Barry Switzer's Tales from the Recruiting Trail

The Oklahoman sports columnist Berry Tramel sat down with former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer for a series of interviews in February 2010 to discuss recruiting, his favorite players, his legacy and more.
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University of Oklahoma's Billy Sims cuts around Kansas linebacker Hilton Dawson as the Sooners whipped the Jayhawks in Norman by a 38-0 score. Staff photo by Paul B. Southerland taken 11/10/79; photo ran in the 11/11/79 Daily Oklahoman

Switzer: Signing the 1975 class

Barry Switzer says the best rule college football has instituted was banning head coaches from personally attending the signing of letters of intent. Maybe so. The old days could wear out a coach and create all kinds of political problems. But they sure were wild and fun.

Switzer: Recruiting Elvis Peacock

The Oklahoma recruiting of Elvis Peacock did not rise to the level of Billy Sims’ drama a year later, or the pursuit of Adrian Peterson 30 years later. But make no mistake, Barry Switzer’s chase of the Miami, Fla., speedster was no small thing.