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Oklahoma Athletics
MAY 20, 2013

Switzer Center


Switzer Center

NOTE: The Barry Switzer Center and Legends Lobby are closed until further notice due to the renovations of the south end zone at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Located in the south end of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Switzer Center houses football meeting rooms, coaches' offices, the football locker room, equipment room, team meeting room, strength & conditioning complex, sports medicine and the Touchdown Club Legends Lobby.

Outside the building is the Carl B. Anderson All-American Plaza, which features a wall honoring every All-American to ever wear the Crimson and Cream. The name of every letterwinner from each OU sport is also displayed.
 
The Barry Switzer Center was dedicated on April 24, 1999. The center was named after OU's then all-time winningest head football coach (since surpassed by Bob Stoops), who led his Sooner teams to three national championships, 12 Big Eight Conference championships and eight bowl wins in 13 appearances. 
 
Switzer led the Sooners on a 28-game win streak from 1973 (his first season as head coach) to 1975. When the Sooners won the national championship in 1975, it marked the first time in history a team had won back-to-back titles more than once.
 
After coming to Oklahoma from Arkansas in 1966, Switzer was named offensive coordinator and convinced Chuck Fairbanks, then OU head coach, to switch to the wishbone offense. After Fairbanks left the Sooners for the New England Patriots, Switzer was named head coach in 1973 and would head the OU football program for 16 years.


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