In 1984, while he was coaching the Oklahoma Sooners – and one year before winning another national championship – Barry Switzer was talking to his offensive coordinator Mack Brown. When Brown asked Switzer who where thought the best coaching job in America was, Switzer immediately said the Texas Longhorns.
Switzer recently told the Oklahoman that Texas is still the best coaching job in America.
Those would be fighting words for most Oklahoma Sooners fans, but this is Barry Switzer making the comments, so it deserves to be heard out.
“I guarantee you it is,” Switzer said. “Sixteen-hundred high schools play football. You’re the University of. You can have great facilities. You’ve got more money than anybody. They have the passion.”
Think about it. Every year, Mack Brown has the Texas Longhorns as one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. The reason for that is simple. In Texas, football is a way of life. Watch Friday Night Lights and you will see that football is a religion in Texas. The fact is that high school football in Texas is bigger than anywhere in the nation and – no matter what the Texas A&M Aggies think – the Texas Longhorns are the best school in the state for recruits to play at.
The Baylor Bears and Texas Tech Red Raiders may be winning more – right now – but they are not the Texas Longhorns. They never will be. Look at how hard the Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys try to recruit out of Texas. The best high school football players in the nation are down there and the Longhorns have the pick of the crop.
There is a reason when Sooners like Daryl Royal and Mack Brown chose to move down south and coach the Longhorns. After years of watching their Red River Rivals dominate recruiting, it was better to join them then continue to fight them.
Barry Switzer might be right. The Texas Longhorns might be the best coaching job in the nation and Sooners fans can hate them even more for it.