Mar 31, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; General view of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Darrell Royal passes at age 88

A true college football legend has left us. While he was most famously associated with the University of Oklahoma’s most hated rival, he was once a Sooner.

Darrell K Royal has passed at the age of 88. The former University of Texas head coach brought much fortune to the Longhorn football team, including three national championships and 11 Southwest Conference titles.

However, younger football fans may not be aware of Royal’s ties to Oklahoma. Despite Texas naming their football stadium in his honor, Darrell Royal is a native of Hollis, Oklahoma.

After playing football and finishing school at Hollis High School, Darrell Royal joined the United States Army Air Corps. As a member of the third Air Force football team, Royal grabbed the attention of scouts from Oklahoma.

Royal joined the Sooner football team during the Bud Wilkinson era. Royal played both sides of the ball, but is better known for his time as a defensive back.

After spending four years at OU from 1946-49, Royal enjoyed a successful career as the head coach and athletic director at University of Texas.

However, his battle with Alzheimer’s took one of the most well-respected figures in college football today. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Royal family and friends.

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