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
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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.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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