Texas Coach Darrell Royal with his team at the 1964 Cotton Bowl against Navy: twitter.com/si_vault/statu…— Andy Gray (@si_vault) November 7, 2012
Current Texas head coach Mack Brown released a statement today praising Royal for his help in guiding his career as a young coach. He especially noted Royal's willingness to be a confidant after his father passed away. It should come as no surprise then that Brown announced today that the Longhorns will honor Royal at this weekend's game against Iowa State. The team will wear "DKR" decals on their helmets. In an even more fitting effort to honor Royal, Brown confirmed to reporters today that the Longhorns will run their first offensive play from scrimmage against Iowa State from the wishbone formation that Royal helped make so popular.
Today we mourn the loss & Sat we celebrate. We'll wear a DKR decal on our helmet & we'll honor coach by lining up in wishbone to start game— Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) November 7, 2012
Virtually everyone associated with college football has weighed in on the passing of legendary former Texas football coach Darrell Royal. In his time at Texas, Royal led the Longhorns to 11 Southwest Conference titles and three national titles. Royal was also a gentleman, so it's no surprise to see that praise for his accomplishments on the field as well as his treatment of his family, players, and fellow coaches.
Former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles told Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News "Darrell was one of the greatest football coaches our sport has known." Chip Brown of the Texas site in the Rivals.com network said Royal was one of "the most humble giants you'll ever meet." Earlier today, Spencer Hall wrote about Royal's quick wit and sense of humor, something maintained until the end, despite battling Alzheimer's at the end of his life. On Burnt Orange Nation, Wescott Eberts summed up Royal contribution to Texas football by saying "no single person was more responsible for the successes of Texas football than legendary head coach Darrell K. Royal" while Barking Carnival remembers him as the man that made Texas football a power.