FIRST-YEAR RI­VALS

The Oklahoman - - RED RIVER EXTRA - Berry Tramel btramel@ok­la­homan.com

Not since 1947 has OU and Texas both sported first-year head coaches. That sea­son, Blair Cherry’s Longhorns beat Bud Wilkinson’s Sooners 34-14 in the famed Cisco Game, when ref­eree Jack Cisco’s call just be­fore half­time prompted a near-riot com­plete with bot­tle-throw­ing.

The tide turned for Wilkinson, though, as he won nine of the next 10 games at the Cotton Bowl. Cherry was around for only three of those other games. The Wilkinson-Cherry ri­valry was not long-last­ing.

But now Lin­coln Ri­ley and Tom Herman meet as first-year head coaches, join­ing a select group of bit­ter ri­vals who hired head coaches in the same year. Ok­la­homa-Ne­braska 1973: OU’s Barry Switzer beat Ne­braska’s Tom Os­borne 27-0 but both be­came leg­ends, each win­ning three na­tional ti­tles. Switzer went 12-5 against Os­borne.

South­ern Cal-UCLA 1976: USC’s John Robin­son beat UCLA’s Terry Don­ahue 24-14. Robin­son had a seven-year record of 67-143, be­fore tak­ing the LA Rams job. When Robin­son came back to USC in 1993, Don­ahue was still at UCLA, en route to a 20-year run.

Michi­gan-Michi­gan State 1995: Michi­gan State’s Nick Sa­ban beat Michi­gan’s Lloyd Carr 28-25. Sa­ban stayed five years, then jumped to LSU. Carr lasted 13 years and won a na­tional ti­tle.

Ok­la­homa-Ok­la­homa State 1973: OU’s Barry Switzer beat OSU’s Jim Stan­ley 45-18. The coach­ing ri­valry lasted six years, be­fore Stan­ley was fired.

South­ern Cal-Notre Dame 2010: Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly beat USC’s Lane Kif­fin 20-16. Kelly re­mains on the job, but Kif­fin was fired in the mid­dle of his fourth sea­son.

Army-Navy 1959: Navy’s Wayne Hardin beat Army’s Dale Hall 43-12. But the golden of ser­vice academy foot­ball was end­ing. Hardin lasted six years, Hall only three.

Ok­la­homa State-Ok­la­homa 1995: OSU’s Bob Sim­mons beat OU’s Howard Sch­nel­len­berger 12-0. Sch­nel­len­berger was fired a month later. Sim­mons lasted six years.

Texas A&M-Texas 1951: Texas A&M’s Ray Ge­orge beat Texas’ Ed Price 22-21. Ge­orge lasted three years be­fore be­ing fired to make way for Bear Bryant. Price last six years be­fore giv­ing way to Dar­rell Royal. Alabama-Ten­nessee 1955: Ten­nessee’s Bow­den Wy­att beat Bama’s J.B. Whit­worth (hired away from Ok­la­homa State) 20-0. Wy­att had a solid eight-year run; Whit­worth was fired af­ter three years to make way for Bear Bryant.

Clem­son-South Carolina 1999: Clem­son’s Tommy Bow­den beat Carolina’s Lou Holtz 31-21. Bow­den lasted 10 years. Holtz re­tired af­ter six sea­sons.

Pitt-Penn State 1950: Penn State’s Rip En­gle beat Pitt’s Len Casanova 21-20. Pitts­burgh fin­ished 1-8, and Casanova im­me­di­ately took the Ore­gon job. En­gle stayed 15 more years be­fore giv­ing way to Joe Paterno.

[OK­LA­HOMAN AR­CHIVES]

Tom Os­borne, left, and Barry Switzer lis­ten to a ques­tion be­fore the Or­ange Bowl of the 1978 sea­son.

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