Darrell K Royal, who coached the University of Texas Longhorns to three national titles and became the biggest college football icon in a state that worships the sport, died early Wednesday morning at age 88.
He rose from humble beginnings during the depths of the Depression to become a homespun populist rivaling Will Rogers, except perhaps when it came to Oklahoma antagonist and recruiting rival Barry Switzer.
Royal was the winningest coach in University of Texas history, compiling a 167-47-5 record in 20 seasons from 1957 to 1976. Since 1996, the Longhorns’ 100,119-seat stadium has carried his name, Royal-Memorial Stadium.
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