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Switzer: “I Wanted To Jerk (Manziel’s) Facemask” For Acting So Arrogantly

gfx - they said itDon’t count ex-Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer among the members of the Johnny Manziel fan club.  The man who won national titles in college and a Super Bowl in the pros told ESPN Radio yesterday that he was ticked off by Manziel’s money and autograph gestures last Saturday:


“I’m certainly disappointed in his actions…  For him to act so arrogant, I wanted to jerk his facemask and I wanted to grab him.  Of course, you get fired for that now; in the old days you could get away with that.  It’s the world we live in.  It’s a misplaced value system.  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.”


While the majority of people outside of College Station — and some in College Station — share the coach’s view, Switzer might not be the best person to talk about “where the core value system comes from.”  If Brian Bosworth was telling the truth in his 1988 book on Sooner football — and ironically that’s a guy who, like Manziel, became as well known for his persona as his game — Switzer presided over one of the most renegade programs in college football history.  At the time, Switzer denied some of the accusations.



I'm not sure that Switzer's opinion really adds to the opinionfest against Johnny or vindicates his behavior...I tend to think the latter is more likely.


Gotta love a guy so blatantly stupid that he trashes a kid for minor offenses, when he was FAR worse than JF will ever dream of being. I grew up in the 80's watching Big 8 football. Actually liked the Sooners--much more than Nebraska, the other big boy in the Midwest. But there was never a more arrogant, loud mouth POS than Switzer. He was/is as scummy as it gets. As you might remember, he is the guy who bought Marcus Dupree's mom a brand new trailer during the recruiting process, had his WR Buster Rhymes get caught shooting an AK-47 off a balcony at the athletic dorms, had a bunch of his guys busted for selling drugs, etc. etc. etc. Taking his idiotic opinion and writing about just to have another source of Manziel bashing is weak. This site used to be somewhat fair and reasonable. But it is clearly going downhill. Can't wait until JF goes to the NFL and we can get back to actual news articles instead of pathetic yellow journalism piling on a 20 year old kid.

Ag In FM
Ag In FM

When Barry Switzer preaches about core values, then you know ESPN has jumped the shark on the Manziel story.  Yes, Aggies may be oversensitive to the Manziel story but honestly, having Switzer give his opinion on values has to give you pause that there is some truth that ESPN is making Manziel into the ubber villain of college sports.

realistic Ag
realistic Ag

Reading some of the posts by my fellow Aggies, I would hope you will not mesh all of us into the maroon colored glasses pack.  If you ever get a chance to make a game in College Station, I know, without a doubt, you will see the vast majority of Aggies either share some of your opinions on Mr. Manziel, or can  at least have a rational conversation about his exploits.  I was class of '02, my father was class of '70, and we are both somewhat embarrassed by all the unwanted hoopla surrounding Manziel, not to mention his severe lack of leadership thus far.  He needs to realize, pulling junk like he did, and then a true freshman gets ejected a few plays later for fighting, is a direct reflection on his behavior; those kids look up to him, and he needs to hold himself accountable.  Texas A&M is a school of integrity, but at the same time a place where we have been starved for a winning program and  a sense of relevance for over a decade.  Once the old Southwest Conference went down, we were never the same, but the SEC I feel is a place where we will once again raise our program back from the ashes long term, and be part of a "family", so to speak.  Aggies know Manziel makes this team, and without him we would be hard pressed to get 7-8 wins this year.  The overzealous support and irrational arguments are just a knee jerk reaction to the scary thought of falling back to your middle of the pack football program, which we endured in the tu run Big12.  Anyway, I hope you give the Aggie Nation  the benefit of the doubt; just as Finebaum has some of  Bama's "finest", we too have our fanatics. It's what makes College Football great.  Enjoy reading the site, keep up the good reporting.


How dare anyone insinuate that Johnny doesn't walk on water! Why, he is a role model that we all want our sons and daughters emulating.

My support for his model behavior is in no way influenced by his ability to elevate my better than average football team to a national championship contender.


@MrSEC If anyone is more obnoxious than old coach swisher, I don't know who?! What a stinking loudmouth jerk. Johnny's a prince beside him.


@MrSEC If there is anyone more obnoxious than old coach swisher, I don't who. What a stinking loudmouth jerk. Johnny's a prince beside him.


@MrSEC fine w/me, he's just pissy because we drilled his team 3000' ft into the ground in the cotton bowl. He's full of it. Hate that guy.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator


Did you even read what I wrote?  

It made news that Switzer made such over the top comments so I posted it here.  Then I wrote -- and linked to -- the very things you mentioned above, saying that Switzer's probably not the best guy to be calling out Manziel for a lack of core values.

So, no, obviously you didn't read it.  It's a blurb, but like most people today, you looked at the headline, got mad, and posted a comment (without signing your name, of course).

If posting the comment and then pointing out Switzer's background isn't "fair and reasonable," I don't know what is.

Plus, everyone says this site is fair and reasonable... when this site writes about other schools.  When this site writes about their school, then suddenly we're "yellow journalists."

Gets really, really old.

Thanks for reading, er... thanks for reading the headlines on this site,


John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@realistic Ag 

In doing this site, I've found that 90% of the people who comment or email are defenders of their school no matter what.  There's another 10% that view their squad objectively.  I believe the actual split with fanbases is closer to 50-50 or 60-40 in terms of objectivity.

If you notice, I always try to make it clear that not all Aggie fans refer to me as a Nazi or even defend Manziel.  

Before A&M joined the league, I wrote many times that the school and its uber-passionate fanbase would be a perfect fit for the SEC.  Nothing's changed my mind on that one!

Many thanks for reading the site,



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