Arkansas is at recruiting disadvantage, says Barry Switzer
Barry Switzer, an alumnus of the University of Arkansas, acknowledges how tough of a job Bret Bielema has as the coach of the Razorbacks.
The legendary Oklahoma coach, however, made no excuses when talking about Toledo’s shocking upset over Arkansas this past weekend.
“Well, I don’t know what (talent) Toledo has, but what was it that Robin said to Batman? Holy Toledo!” Switzer said to SECCountry.com after speaking with the Touchdown Club of Atlanta.
Switzer, who is one of three football coaches to win a national championship and Super Bowl, said it’s going to be tough for Arkansas to get on top of the SEC because of the school’s recruiting disadvantages. They have to import the majority of their players from out of state.
“(Bielema’s) got good players at Arkansas and I like his philosophy, but he has a tough job being on the perimeter of the SEC,” Switzer said. “It’s tough recruiting against those big-time programs. That’s a tough job. Arkansas only has around a population of around 3 million people.”
Switzer played for Arkansas in the late 1950s, and on Monday, he acknowledged that he had a chance to coach his alma mater, but he turned down the offer from former Arkansas athletics director Frank Broyles.
“Frank offered me the job and I turned it down because I had a better job at Oklahoma,” Switzer said.
He has no regrets or second thoughts about not coaching at Arkansas.
“Hell no. I don’t have any regrets about turning that job down. I had all of those great teams in the 80s. I knew I had the best program,” Switzer said.
Switzer went 157–29–4 while at Oklahoma, and he won three national championships.