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The news was confirmed to the Tulsa World by an emotional Barry Switzer on Thursday afternoon.
“I recruited him out of Sand Springs,” Switzer said. “He played for me and captained for me. He coached for me.
“I was close to John.”
Because "he was so good at the people side of football," OU's head coach from 1996-98 won the hearts of players who'd win a championship with the next guy.
At 34, John Blake shouldered the heavy responsibility of rebuilding a wobbly OU program that following Barry Switzer’s resignation had a seven-season record of 49-28-3.