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Barry Switzer: College Football Players' Misdemeanors Hidden Back Then

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In this 2012 file photo, Barry Switzer during an NCAA Big 12 rivalry Football game in Dallas, Texas. (Albert Pena/CSM/Landov)  

By    |   Friday, 10 Oct 2014 03:49 PM

Former University of Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer has revealed he kept misdemeanor charges against his team’s football players under wraps whenever possible.

In an interview with USA Today Sports, Switzer, who coached in the 1970s and 1980s and won three national championships, said he communicated with local law enforcement officials so they would give him a heads up when his players were in trouble. He never worked to hide felonies, he said.

“I’d have local county people call me and say, ‘One of your guys is drunk and got in a fight and is jail down here.’ And I’d go down and get him out. Or I’d send an assistant coach down to get his ass out,” Switzer told USA Today. “The sheriff was a friend of the program. He didn’t want the publicity. He himself knew this was something we didn’t need to deal with in the media or anything with publicity.”

It wasn’t an unusual way to handle things like that during those years, Switzer said, and added that “most coaches ran it that way.”

Switzer may have been protecting his program, but he said he didn’t protect the player from the consequences of his actions. He or an assistant coach would get the kid up at 5 a.m. for two weeks and run him hard, up and down the stadium steps.

“We could handle things internally in an era 30 years ago that you can’t today. You get a traffic ticket today, it’s everywhere. No one escapes what we have today, the attention and technology we have today,” he told USA Today.

In a separate article Thursday, USA Today revealed that Jerry Angelo, a former NFL executive, said teams did not discipline for “hundreds and hundreds” of domestic violence problems with players in his years with the league.

"We knew it was wrong,'' Angelo told the newspaper. "For whatever reason, it just kind of got glossed over. I'm no psychiatrist, so I can't really get into what that part of it is. I'm just telling you how I was. I've got to look at myself first. And I was part of that, but I didn't stand alone.”

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