Oklahoma University football players freebased cocaine the day of a game and steroid use was commonplace when he was on
the team, Brian Bosworth says in his autobiography."The Boz: Confessions of a Modern Anti-Hero," also details other NCAA violations, which the All America linebacker said took place while he was at the school, the Dallas Morning News reported in Saturday's editions.
The News obtained an advance copy of the book, which is planned for release next month, a spokesman for the newspaper said Friday night.
The book also tells of running back Buster Rhymes shooting a machine gun off an OU dormitory balcony to end a snowball fight.
Bosworth said in the book that while he was on scholarship, he lived in a $500-a-month condominium with a big-screen TV and two cars parked outside.
Bosworth, writing that the football program bordered on anarchy, said that Coach Barry Switzer did not discipline players who broke the law or circumvented NCAA rules as long as the team won.
"Some guys, especially some of the city guys, would freebase a lot of cocaine," Bosworth wrote. "One day, I happened to see them doing it on the day of the game.
"If you were a star on the University of Oklahoma football team, you could do just about anything you wanted. You had no rules."
The 23-year-old Bosworth left Oklahoma after his graduation in May 1987, disdaining a fourth year of eligibility, and was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL supplemental draft.
Bosworth, asked by The Associated Press to elaborate on his charges after Saturday's Seahawk workout, declined to talk about the book. Calls to Switzer's office Saturday went unanswered, and phone calls to his home received a busy signal or a recorded message.
Gary Wichard, Bosworth's business manager, characterized the book as giving a true picture of big-time college football, or at least what transpired at Oklahoma from fall 1982 through spring 1987.
A snowball fight in 1984 outside the athletic dormitory that ended abruptly when Rhymes fired "about 150 rounds out of an Uzi machine gun," wrote Bosworth.
"Somebody hit him with a snowball. He got a little upset," Bosworth wrote. "So right in the middle of the fight, Buster went up to his room, opened his door, and let fly with this Uzi above all their heads. Just a few innocent warning blasts."
Sonny Brown, a member of the team that year was contacted Saturday at Houston Oilers' training camp in San Marcos, and asked about the incident. "No, that didn't happen," Brown said. "He might have pulled it (the gun) out and waved it, but he didn't fire any rounds."
Brown, one of four captains during his and Bosworth's final year at Oklahoma, said of Switzer's discipline, "He was loose with the players. He wasn't like a drill sergeant. If we went out of line, he'd let you know about it."
Bosworth was suspended from the 1987 Orange Bowl because a drug test detected the presence of a steroid in his system. Bosworth said he took the steroid under a doctor's care and before the NCAA had ruled the drug illegal. But his teammates weren't as careful, he wrote.
"Steroids were about as common as Anacin in our lockerroom. I'd guess about half the guys on the team took them just to look good . . . and another 20 to 25 percent took them seriously to get strong and put on weight," Bosworth wrote.
He wrote Switzer visited his home "four or five" times, more than the NCAA-prescribed limit of three, "but then so did every other head coach who visited me."
Bosworth said of Switzer he "respected him for a lot of things" and also wrote that the coach "just turns his back" to what his players did off the field.
"He never wanted to know how it was that I was living in a nice $500-a-month condo, watching a big-screen TV, driving a Jeep and a Corvette, and always operating with $2,000 in my checking account," Bosworth wrote.
He said that, while under suspension for steroid use, "I flew down to the Orange Bowl after Christmas - Switzer took care of my ticket, but I still don't know how."
NCAA Legislative Services director Rick Evrard said the ticket would be a violation of NCAA rules.