The University of Oklahoma's interim president is confident that Coach Barry Switzer can shape up a program rocked recently by probation and player arrests.
However, David Swank added: "If he cannot, then we will have to find someone who can."I believe that because of Barry's reputation, he can actually be a guide for improvements, not only at the University of Oklahoma, but across the nation," Swank said. "If he can't, then we're going to have to do something else."
Problems began for the Sooners in December, when the NCAA placed the football program on three years probation for recruiting violations.
In January, a player was accused of wounding his teammate in a dorm shooting, three others were charged with an alleged gang rape in a dorm, and starting quarterback Charles Thompson was charged with selling cocaine to an undercover FBI agent.
The incidents have cast the university into "dark days," Swank said. "An idol has been toppled from its pedestal."
Swank said the easiest reaction would have been firing Switzer, whose teams have won three national championships and 12 Big Eight titles in 16 seasons.
"There are changes that will need to be made, but that does not include Coach Switzer at this time," Swank said.