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OU football: Barry Switzer urges public to 'keep your ass away from others' amid coronavirus pandemic

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Former OU coach Barry Switzer waves to the crowd April 14, 2018.

Norman Mayor Breea Clark posted a video on Facebook of former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer urging the public to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Switzer, 82, described the coronavirus as "the toughest opponent" he's ever faced. He said people washing their hands, sanitizing surfaces and not touching their faces are ways to avoid spreading the virus, but social distancing is the best way to prevent from getting it.

"(The coronavirus) is kicking our butt, but I'll tell you what — I got the game plan to beat it," Switzer said. "The best chance we have to kick its butt is social distancing. That's keeping away from others outside. No more high-fives, no more hugs, no more head-on tackling. Keep your ass away from others." 

The coronavirus brought sports to a halt, as the NCAA canceled all spring and winter championships, the Big 12 has banned in-person team activities until at least May 31, and OU has banned all in-person activities on campus until at least July 31. 

Switzer was Oklahoama's head coach from 1973 to 1988. He led the Sooners to three national championships, 12 Big Eight championships and a 157-29-4 record. Switzer also led the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl win in 1995.

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Vic Reynolds is a journalism sophomore and The Daily's sports editor. Previously he served as a sports reporter covering OU's football, softball and wrestling teams.

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