NORMAN, Okla. -- It wasn't immediately clear why. But at the end of the third quarter of Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech, former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer emerged from the northwest corner tunnel through a cloud of smoke to the cheers of a boisterous -- and somewhat surprised -- Owen Field crowd.
Here was some of the immediate reaction:
— Coaches Cabana (@CoachesCabana) August 31, 2014
"@Jake_Trotter: Barry Switzer just took the field from the tunnel through smoke. Why? I have no idea." Because Barry Switzer that's why.
— Josh Walker (@OneBlessedFella) August 31, 2014
Because it was awesome, Jake! "@Jake_Trotter: Barry Switzer just took the field from the tunnel through smoke. Why? I have no idea."
— Justin Logan (@THEJustinLogan) August 31, 2014
Barry Switzer just introduced himself on the jumbotron then ran out of a smoke filled tunnel #GOAT
— Grayson Niemeyer (@Geedermeyer) August 31, 2014
Barry Switzer enters field to smoke, salutes crowd. AC/DC music blaring. Fireworks go off. A new 4th-quarter tradition? #Sooners
— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) August 31, 2014
When Barry Switzer comes out of a tunnel full of fog you stand up, clap, & scream. There are no other options. #OnlyOne
— Katy King (@katykinng) August 31, 2014
After I tweeted out my confusion, OU sports information director Pete Moris clarified the reason:
We'll have a LEGEND join us entering 4th qtr all year MT @Jake_Trotter: Switzer just took field from the tunnel through smoke. Why?
— Pete Moris (@PeteMoris) August 31, 2014