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Darrell K Royal Collection
Darrell Royal

University of Texas

It is impossible to discuss University of Texas football with mentioning, at some point, legendary coach, Darrell K Royal.  Although born in Oklahoma, Royal was the quintessential Texan, full of life and laughter.  Royal is perhaps the most significant football coach in the history of the University of Texas at Austin. During his twenty years on the Forty Acres, he never had a losing season. He began coaching the Longhorns in 1957, leading his teams to three National Championships in 1963, 1969 and 1970. After retiring from coaching in 1976, Royal stayed on as the UT Austin Athletic Director (a post he had held since 1962) until 1980. Along with football, Royal loved music, making Austin a perfect fit, and he was good friends with Merle Haggard, George Jones and Willie Nelson, among others. Celebrated for both his wisdom and his wit, people referred to Royal as “Coach” on the UT Austin campus and all over the state. Coach Royal passed away on November 6, 2012.  With many thanks to his lifelong partner, Edith, the Stark Center is pleased to be the home of several scrapbooks illustrating the life of these two Texas legends.