Patriarch Passes

Former Texas coach Darrell K Royal has passed away at the age of 88.

Darrell K Royal served as Texas' head coach from 1957-'76. He finished with a 167-45-5 record, 11 conference championships and three national championships.

Royal served for more than 50 years as the unofficial patriarch of Longhorn football.

Royal coached the Longhorns from 1957-1976 to a record of 167-45-5. Before going to Texas, Royal played quarterback at Oklahoma for Sooner legend Bud Wilkinson and was the head coach for Mississippi State (1954-55) and Washington (1956) before taking over the Longhorns' once flailing program.

During his 20 years at the helm in Austin, the Longhorns claimed 11 Southwest Conference championships and three national titles - 1963, 1969 and 1970.

Royal retired as Texas coach at the age of 52, much younger than most college coaches even in those days.

Royal was highly regarded around the state and the nation.

Whether it was his football acumen - Royal's staff was the first to deploy and name the "wishbone" offense on the collegiate level - or his folksy humor and one-liners - "only three things can happen when you pass, and two of them are bad" - Royal defined college football in the state for more than two decades and cast a shadow long after he left the sidelines.

His legacy lives on even today. The Texas football stadium, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, is named after him and Royal himself played a large role in Texas selecting current Longhorn coach Mack Brown over Gary Barnett as head coach in late 1997. Royal was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Royal is survived by his wife Edith.

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