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Thanks for that great story, Texas Ten. That is now my second favorite Coach Royal story, next to my meeting him when I was 12 not long after the victory over Navy in Dallas.
"I've heard some of our fans say, 'We were always an SEC school. We just didn't know it," athletic director Bill Byrne said.
Great story. Thank you for sharing it with us. You went to AHS the same time as my sister-in-law. Her 3 brothers were all basketball stars there, although each a couple years younger than you and I. Remember the Little family?
From an Aggie fan here...
Coach Royal was one of the best both in and out of football. My condolences to his family and the millions of football fans (both UT and beyond) that mourn his loss. The sport and society lost a great one.
Many years ago (35?), I had a summer job driving a cart between gates at DFW airport. DKR got on the back of my cart. I asked him to please come sit up front with me. He was nice enough to talk to me for a long time as I'm sure I bored him with my recollections of him and UT football. He was a class act and we were blessed to have him wearing burnt orange.
You were loved DKR and you will be missed.
ESPN's College Football Live did a great tribute to DKR. Very well done. Thanks.
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