Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Former Texas football coach Darrell Royal passed
away on Wednesday.
He was 88 years old.
Royal, who is Texas' all-time winningest coach and for whom the team's stadium
is named after, had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
He took over the Longhorns' program in 1957 after spending two years at
Mississippi State (1954-55) and one at Washington (1956), and guided Texas to
a 167-47-5 record, winning two National Championships (1963 and 1969) and 11
Southwest Conference titles in his time in Austin.
Texas also won a share of the UPI national championship in 1970 before losing
to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.
The Hollis, Oklahoma, native finished his coaching career with a 184-60-5 mark
and never had a season with a losing record.
Royal retired from coaching in 1976, but remained as Texas' director of
athletics until 1980, when he became a special advisor to the UT president on
He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
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