The Norman Transcript


May 8, 2013

Bosworth doesn’t collect enough votes

NORMAN — Former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth was on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year. However, the two-time All-American did not receive enough votes for enshrinement this year.

The announcement came Tuesday from the College Football Hall of Fame.

Bosworth was a consensus All-American in 1985 and 1986 and was given the Butkus Award, given to college football’s best linebacker, those two seasons.

“He’s certainly deserving,” former OU coach Barry Switzer said Tuesday. “He’s the only two-time Butkus Award winner, and it would have been three if he would have come back for his senior year. He was a great college football player.”

Bosworth was No. 30 on Sports Illustrated’s 1999 list of the top 100 college football players of all time.

However, Bosworth’s sharp tongue and flamboyant style made him infamous. He wore a T-shirt calling the NCAA “National Communists Against Athletes” on the sidelines of the 1987 Orange Bowl after being suspended for the game after testing positive for steroids. The stunt led to Switzer kicking Bosworth off the team and Bosworth entering the NFL supplemental draft that spring.

His autobiography, “The Boz,” was published in 1988 and contributed to Switzer’s downfall as OU’s head coach following the 1988 season.

They buried the hatchet years ago. However, Switzer, who had to wait until 2001 to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, knows he is more forgiving than the College Football Hall of Fame.

“He’ll be in there someday,” Switzer said, “but kinda like me, Boz is going to have to wait for his time. You have to pay a price, I guess.”

— John Shinn

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Cardinals Red Sox Trade Cardinals land Lackey, shore up rotation

    BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday’s deadline....

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joe Castiglione lends hardwood expertise to new football playoff committee

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione serves on the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee and will be the committee chair for the 2015-16 season....

    August 1, 2014

  • Norman football a hotbed for quarterbacks

    While Norman High searches for a new quarterback to take the reins, Norman North is entering the preseason with one of the most talented quarterbacks in the state in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar....

    August 1, 2014

  • Tiger in the hunt after day one at Bridgestone

    AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys....

    August 1, 2014

  • Coaches rank Sooners No. 3

    The preseason USA Today coaches’ poll was released on Thursday. Oklahoma came in at No. 3....

    August 1, 2014

  • Defensive indefernce in Big-D as injury suffles front seven

    OXNARD, Calif. — Rookie pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence’s broken foot didn’t send the Dallas Cowboys scrambling because they’re already in rebuilding mode with their defensive line....

    August 1, 2014

  • Rams’ go with youth in secondary

    ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams secondary doesn’t have veteran leaders, high-dollar talent or big names. Those handling spots on the last line of defense are confident they won’t be a liability....

    August 1, 2014

  • Tigers go all in on Price

    DETROIT — When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder. The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday....

    August 1, 2014

  • Oakland lands Lester, Gomes in exchange for Cespedes

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline....

    August 1, 2014

  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014