Longtime Texas coach Darrell Royal died Nov. 7 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Royal, who was from Hollis and played at Oklahoma, led the Longhorns to three national titles and 11 Southwest Conference titles.
After switching to the Wishbone offense, Texas rattled off 30 straight victories beginning in 1969.
Royal also helped opposing coaches such as Barry Switzer and Bear Bryant implement the offense.
The Oklahoman has compiled quotes and reflection from the legendary coach.
I was so poor that I had a tumbleweed as a pet.
I never looked at athletics as a way out, but it did become apparent that athletics could get me into college. And maybe after that, get me a job as a high school coach in Oklahoma.
There's an old saying. You dance with who brung ya.
I've always felt that three things can happen to you whenever you throw the football, and two of them are bad.
He (Bryant) had helped me when I was young and in coaching. And he'd put in a kind word for me here and there. He helped me, so it was only natural that I'd help him.
I had black players in Canada, I had black players at the University of Washington. You know, it has never made one bit of difference to me what somebody's color is. You want the best players you can get. Once you recruit and get them, they're yours, and you just play the best.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Ol' ugly is better than ol' nothing.
Winning coaches must treat mistakes like copperheads in the bedclothes — avoid them with all the energy you can muster.
The best thing a coach can hope for is to please the majority. And the only way to please the majority is to win.
It got so that I wasn't elated when I won a game, I was just relieved. And if we were defeated, it just took me forever to get over it.
I never changed my attitude toward the coaching part. I would still enjoy that. But I never liked all the controversies. Recruiting was out of hand, there just didn't seem any way to control it. And part of it was that at the time I was protesting the loudest, we weren't winning real big. I thought I sounded like a crybaby. There were just so many problems I didn't seem to be able to do much about.
I'm glad I got out when I did. That's a decision I've never regretted. I wanted out while Edith and I still had some good years left to really enjoy life. I feel fortunate. Now, if only the price of oil would go back up ...
Will Rogers never met Barry Switzer.