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"Today is a very sad day. I lost a wonderful friend, a mentor, a confidant and my hero. College football lost maybe its best ever and the world lost a great man. I can hardly put in words how much Coach Royal means to me and all that he has done for me and my family. I wouldn't even be at Texas without Coach. His council and friendship meant a lot to me before I came to Texas, but it's been my guiding light for my 15 years here.
"Coach gave so much more to the State of Texas and college football than he took away. He forgot more football than most of us will ever know, including me. His impact on the game, the coaches and players, the community and the millions of lives he touched, is insurmountable. He will be missed in so many ways.
"I lost my Dad when I was 54, and Coach filled a real void in my life and treated me like family. Sally and I gained a lot coming to Texas and being a part of this tremendous program but no more than our relationship with Coach and Edith. They were our closest of friends. Our heart pours out to Edith and the family and our thoughts and prayers are with her and the family. We will always be there to lend any and all support that we can as she and Coach always did for us."
"Today is a very sad day. I lost a wonderful friend, a mentor, a confidant and my hero"
Dang, it almost got dusty in my office for a second there. Strong statement from Mack.
Yep, I must have had a gnat or something fly into my eye. Mack's had a rough few weeks and you can almost feel his anguish through those comments.
Great statement from Mack
No doubt about that.
Absolutely! Rest In Peace Coach Royal you have certainly earned it.
Mack Brown is class. There have been some rocks thrown his way lately, but he too has given so much to Texas and to so many more. We may get miffed at Mack from time to time, but we should never forget the kind of man he is.
Hook 'em DKR & MB
Mack is a great guy who rightfully looked up to the Texas Icon; however, he doesn't deserve to hang around Asutin long enough just to pass that Icon on alltime win list without winning games and titles. It was better said by the Texas Icon... “The best thing a coach can hope for is to please the majority. And the only way to please the majority is to win.”
– From the book “Darrell Royal Talks Football” with Blackie Sherrod.
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