The Norman Transcript

September 5, 2013

Switzer chimes in on Manziel

Former OU coach believes Heisman winner lacks discipline

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer gave his opinion on the antics of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel Wednesday during an interview on ESPN Radio

The three-time time national championship coach was irritated by Manziel’s blowing off of Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin after he’d been pulled from the Aggies’ 52-31 victory over Rice Aug. 31.

Sumlin, a former OU assistant coach, benched Manziel after he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter. Manziel didn’t play in the first half due to a suspension.

"For him to act so arrogant and so above reproach, I wanted to jerk his face mask and I wanted to grab him. Of course you get fired for that now; in the old days you could get away with that. I could get away with that 30 or 40 years ago,” Switzer said on ESPN radio.

The 75-year-old Switzer couldn’t imagine coaching legends like Ohio State’s Woody Hayes or Alabama’s Bear Bryant tolerating anything close to Manziel’s antics, nor did he think his quarterbacks would have reacted that way.

"It's the world we live in … It’s a misplaced value system,” Switzer said. When I see this happen, I wonder where the core value system comes from, if he has a core value system. This young man needs a damn hell of a lot of development."