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Collected Wisdom: Longtime Texas coach Darrell Royal

Longtime Texas coach Darrell Royal died Nov. 7 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. The Oklahoman has compiled quotes and reflection from the legendary coach.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: November 17, 2012

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.


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