Switzer book being turned into movie
Posted: September 12, 2012 at 1:50 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE Former football coach Barry Switzer will sign a contract next week for a movie adaptation to his book "The Bootlegger's Boy".
Switzer, a three-time national champion coach at Oklahoma and Super Bowl-winning coach with the Dallas Cowboys, announced the news to the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club on Wednesday. Switzer was a player and assistant coach for the Razorbacks and grew up in the south Arkansas community of Crossett.
"It's a story about growing up in the Mississippi delta during segregation, before integration," Switzer said of the upcoming movie, which will take about 18 months to make. "Football is a sidenote."
Switzer said he was approached about a movie adaptation by Molly Smith, producer of the 2009 film "The Blind Side". Smith will work with Switzer on the movie project.
"That movie wasn't about football; it was a human interest story," Switzer said.
"The Bootlegger's Boy" was published in 1990 following Switzer's tenure as head coach at the University of Oklahoma. He later coached the Cowboys for four seasons, winning the Super Bowl for the 1995 season.
He and Jimmy Johnson, also a former Arkansas football player, are the only coaches to win a college football national championship and a Super Bowl.