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Barry Switzer: "I'd Never Recruit a White Quarterback"

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Barry Switzer called Johnny Manziel an “arrogant little prick” earlier this week. Instead of climbing out of that hole, he dug deeper when talking Manziel claiming he’d “never recruit a white quarterback.”

“I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. I said the only way I’d ever recruit a white quarterback to play for me was if mom and daddy happen to both be black and that’s the only way I would do it.

“I’d have to have the Jamelle Holieways, J.C. Watts, Thomas Lotts. Those guys are going to be my quarterbacks: great runners, great ballcarriers. I wasn’t going to throw it too much, but to be able to pass and complete some, and those guys could. They could throw it and run.”

It’s not clear how this comment relates to Manziel, who led Texas A&M in rushing in both 2012 and 2013. His memory is also not entirely accurate. Barry Switzer recruited Troy Aikman, who is a white quarterback, to Oklahoma. Though Aikman was replaced after an injury by Jamelle Holieway and eventually transferred to UCLA. Switzer also won back to back national titles with caucasian Steve Davis, who compiled a career 32-1-1 record in three years as OU starter. So, perhaps, he just preferred quarterbacks who could run the wishbone.

One could say it’s time for Switzer to limit his public presence to waving at Oklahoma games – he is 76 – though with his active social media presence, one could hardly claim he is losing steam. The comment also seems like something he would have said in his pomp. He has never been one to care much what other people thought.

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