Darrell Royal

Football coach

On any given autumn Saturday, 100,000 football-obsessed Texans pile into Darrell K. Royal--Texas Memorial Stadium to root for the University of Texas. In 1996 the stadium was renamed to honor Royal, the Longhorns' longtime coach, who died Nov. 7 at 88. Royal became head coach after the 1956 season, at age 32, and over the next 20 years he led the Longhorns to 11 Southwest Conference championships and two national titles (as well as a shared third one, with Nebraska, in 1970). He never had a losing season.

Over and above his success--Royal defeated Alabama's Bear Bryant three times and was...

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