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    DKR: The Royal Scrapbook

    By Jenna Hays McEachern and Edith Royal
    Published: Aug. 29, 2012

    Just in time for football season, a new book from The University of Texas Press gives an intimate look at Darrell K. Royal, “The Coach.” DKR: The Royal Scrapbook uses an extraordinary collection of never-before-published photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, football ephemera and recollections to reveal the man behind the Longhorn football legend. Written by Austin-based author and University of Texas at Austin alumna Jenna McEachern, with Edith Royal, the book will be published September 1.

    Decades after his last game in 1976, Darrell K Royal remains the winningest football coach in University of Texas history. The driving force behind eleven Southwest Conference and three national championships, winner of Coach of the Year and Coach of the Decade awards and honored namesake of the Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium, Royal is still revered as “a coach who would rather lose a game than engage in unsportsmanlike tactics; who would neither make excuses for losing nor brag about winning; and who by his own example contributes to the building of stalwart character in men,” in the words of the City of Austin’s “Darrell Royal Day” proclamation.

    The 192-page volume offers an intimate, insider’s view of the private life of the man behind the legend through a remarkable collection of photographs and memorabilia lovingly preserved by Royal’s wife of more than sixty-five years, Edith. This irreplaceable family archive offers revealing snapshots of Royal’s life, from his impoverished youth in Oklahoma, through his courtship of Edith and his glory days as a player at Oklahoma and a coach at Texas, to his retirement career as a goodwill ambassador for the university. Accompanying the images are moving recollections from fellow coaches and former players, family members and friends who testify to Royal’s honesty and integrity and the transformative effect that his character has had on the legions of people whose lives he has touched. Access to additional archival material was also generously provided by UT’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

    DKR: The Royal Scrapbook: http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/mcedkr.html

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      Steve Manier said on Nov. 8, 2012 at 8:54 p.m.
      I was living in Austin during DKR time @ UT and have fond memories of his coaching style. Gentle man, innovator of game, made the "Wishbone" the style of Longhorn football. I remember Duke Carlisle, the great, gutsy "Right 53 Veer Pass" to Randy Peschel (my fellow high school classmate), the Cotton Bowl. I admired DKR so much during my time in Austin and after leaving Texas, too. He had high standards, great vision in life and football and I will always cherish the time I got to see him there @ UT. Every time I hear 'The Eyes of Texas are upon you", I stand up and sing along, remembering the glory days of DKR."Hook 'em Horns!"
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      John Clark said on Sept. 6, 2012 at 9:59 p.m.
      Gentleman, family man, sportsman. Although he came to us as a former fierce rival on the field, he quickly personified the competitive spirit and the greatness of this university as its most recognizable representative. He led UT to great accomplishments and widspread acclaim in athletics; but even more important, he did so while instilling in the athletes he coached the virtues of hard work and common decency that he knew were the keys to self-respect and success in life. Few stars in the university's firmament outshine DKR as a molder of young lives and a builder of good will for the University of Texas.
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