Gridiron Prep

Does it count as a form of bipartisanship if the former coach of the Oklahoma Sooners endorses his old rival at the University of Nebraska? ...
by | February 27, 2006

Does it count as a form of bipartisanship if the former coach of the Oklahoma Sooners endorses his old rival at the University of Nebraska?

I suppose not, but it probably won't hurt Tom Osborne's chances in the Nebraska governor's race to have the backing of Barry Switzer. Osborne is a third-term congressman, but much of his appeal in his challenge against Governor Dave Heineman stems from his success guiding the Cornhuskers to football glory.

For Switzer, that's preparation enough to take over a top political job, as he explained to the Associated Press: "I think it's the greatest preparation, being a football coach. We're taking young men for four or five years, 24-7, hundreds of them. And we're trying to develop them to be productive citizens for them and their families the rest of their lives. You think that isn't responsibility? What is the career that qualifies you to be a governor or senator or congressman? Law school? We've got enough of those guys."