Former Longhorns Coach Darrell K Royal is Dead at the age of 88. A man from the plains of Oklahoma, who worked hard to play football at the University of Oklahoma and became a star. Who earn national recognition for being the Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns, winning 3 national championships.
Coach Royal arrived in Austin in 1956. At that time, the University of Texas was a good program but didn’t have any national championships to it’s credit. Coach Royal put Texas on the map, taking a team that went 1-9 the previous season to a 6-4-1 record in 1957 and a berth in the Sugar Bowl. Coach Royal won his first Southwest Conference championship in 1959, which he would win 10 more before he was done on the sidelines. He also led Texas to 16 bowl games, which in the 1950s and 1960s was a huge deal with very few bowls that teams were able to go to.
Coach Royal is credited for making Texas the national power it is today. Coach Royal won his first national title in 1963, a unanimous selection for national champions by the AP and UPI (Coaches) poll. Coach Royal wouldn’t win another national championship until 1969 with a 15-14 victory over Arkansas. The Longhorns would win another National Championship in 1970.
Coach Royal finished his Longhorns career at the age 52, unheard of in today’s college football world. He finished with a 167-47-5 record at Texas and never had a losing season. Coach Royal was Texas, the stadium was renamed after him and his statue looks upon the field. We honor Coach Royal today and on Saturday as the Longhorns take the field against the Iowa State Cyclones.