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Former Texas coach Royal dies at 88

Thu., Nov. 8, 2012

Darrell Royal, who coached the University of Texas to three national titles and became the biggest college football icon in a state that worships the sport, has died at age 88. On the field, Royal was known for his play-calling genius, taking the biggest of risks in the biggest of games. Off the field, he rose from humble beginnings during the depths of the Depression to become a homespun populist rivaling Will Rogers. Royal was the winningest coach in University of Texas history, compiling a 167-47-5 record in 20 seasons from 1957-76. In recent years, Royal battled Alzheimer’s disease, but he made one last appearance at a game this season, participating in the ceremonial coin toss before Texas’ win over Wyoming.

Austin (Texas) American-Statesman

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