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Barry Switzer On Recruits And Money: "Once They're In Your Family, You Take Care Of Them"

Keep that quiet, Barry.
Barry Switzer at Trump Tower.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 7: Former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer talks to reporters at Trump Tower, December 7, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Barry Switzer has a thing for making headlines -- he certainly isn't shy about speaking his mind. Today, the coaching legend appeared on Sirius XM Radio's College Sports Todayto talk about tonight's Oklahoma-Alabama matchup, and he certainly had some interesting things to say.

However, it wasn't his Sugar Bowl analysis that was exceptional -- no, Switzer turned heads when talking about his former coaching days. Specifically, he talked about "helping out" players with money (he apparently won some money when was in New Orleans on New Year's Eve, which prompted the conversation):

Now I'm not sure exactly how Switzer rationalizes that "helping out" recruits and players with money isn't cheating -- paying players is against the rules, no matter how you slice them. And paying to get top recruits (Switzer acknowledged that he had a ton of them) probably didn't hurt his chances of winning, particularly when he won a national title.

Oklahoma fans probably wish that Switzer had never opened his mouth about the subject, but really, dirty recruiting is hardly a shocker to anyone. Not to mention, Switzer hasn't coached at Oklahoma in over 25 years, so even if he is entirely wrong here, it's far enough in the past that we can all get over it.