Barry Switzer is one of three football coaches to win a national championship and a Super Bowl, so when it comes to coaching and evaluating talent, Switzer knows what he is talking about.
Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker made national headlines this past week for his comments about the SEC being overrated. Switzer, who coached the Sooners for 15 years, doesn’t agree with Striker’s opinions about the SEC being overrated.
“Players make stupid statements sometimes that they shouldn’t make,” Switzer told SECCountry.com on Monday, after speaking to the Touchdown Club of Atlanta.
“It’s not the right thing to say. There are good teams in both leagues and poor teams in both leagues. The SEC has been a predominantly strong conference. They have a lot of great athletes. All you have to do is look at the draft and see the first three or four rounds and all of the players that come out of the SEC compared to the rest of the country.”
Switzer is right. In this past year’s draft alone, 54 players were selected from the SEC, according to NFL.com. The Big 12, which is the conference Oklahoma plays in, only had 25 players chosen.
So, perhaps all of the talk with the SEC being the top conference is true. The talk is backed up with actual statistics.