Darrell Royal Passes Away

Nov. 7, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — Legendary Longhorns Football Coach and College Football Hall of Famer Darrell Royal has passed away in Austin, The University confirmed today. He was 88 years old.

"Coach Royal was a tremendous Football Coach, Athletic Director and member of the community, and I'm proud to say he was a close friend," said University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers. "More than anything else was a great man, and we will miss him. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Edith and all of the Royal family."

Royal, whom the UT football stadium is named for (Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium), is the Longhorns' all-time winningest coach. He posted a 167-47-5 record from 1957-76, won three National Championships and 11 Southwest Conference titles.

Following is a statement from UT Austin Head Football Coach Mack Brown:

"Today is a very sad day. I lost a wonderful friend, a mentor, a confidant and my hero. College football lost maybe its best ever and the world lost a great man. I can hardly put in words how much Coach Royal means to me and all that he has done for me and my family. I wouldn't even be at Texas without Coach. His council and friendship meant a lot to me before I came to Texas, but it's been my guiding light for my 15 years here.

"Coach gave so much more to the State of Texas and college football than he took away. He forgot more football than most of us will ever know, including me. His impact on the game, the coaches and players, the community and the millions of lives he touched, is insurmountable. He will be missed in so many ways.

"I lost my Dad when I was 54, and Coach filled a real void in my life and treated me like family. Sally and I gained a lot coming to Texas and being a part of this tremendous program but no more than our relationship with Coach and Edith. They were our closest of friends. Our heart pours out to Edith and the family and our thoughts and prayers are with her and the family. We will always be there to lend any and all support that we can as she and Coach always did for us."

— UT Athletics

18 Comments to "Darrell Royal Passes Away"

1.  Nancy Sutherland said on Nov. 7, 2012

We appreciate all he did for the university and we'll miss him.

2.  Debbie Yarotsky said on Nov. 7, 2012

I remember attending a UT baseball game and Darrell Royal sitting in the stands with Charlie Pride and Wilie Nelson. Sad day for Longhorn fans.

3.  David Ivey said on Nov. 7, 2012

A Texas, Austin, and Longhorn larger than life legend who's coaching accomplishments are not likely to be equalled. Condolences to his wife Edith.

4.  Judy Sansom said on Nov. 7, 2012

Coach Royal, a true legend, will be missed. Thanks for the wonderful memories, Coach!!

5.  Luci Anderson said on Nov. 7, 2012

RIP, Coach. Great man on and off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, he'll always be remembered as part of my childhood.

6.  Peggy Carter Scott said on Nov. 7, 2012

I graduated from Austin High School with his daughter. He was a great man and will be dearly missed. Prayers for Edith and the rest of the family.

7.  Louise Geil said on Nov. 7, 2012

He shall remain a beloved legend in college football history for many decades yet to come.

8.  Joey Viera said on Nov. 7, 2012

Some of my fondest memories were inside of DKR stadium. I can't imagine where our community would be now without his leadership. His family should know many of us are very grateful for all he did on earth and I for one am deeply sadden to hear a good man has passed on.

9.  Dottie Lee said on Nov. 7, 2012

Another sad loss for The Greatest Generation. We will never see the likes of them again.

10.  Tracy said on Nov. 7, 2012

God Bless You Coach Royal \m/

11.  Sarah Decker Stangl said on Nov. 7, 2012

A great man and leader whom we will all remember. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all and for the incredible memories over the years. Our family wish the Royal family prayers and condolences during this time.

12.  Tyler said on Nov. 7, 2012

RIP Coach Royal.

13.  Wes and Jo Sherman said on Nov. 7, 2012

Coach Royal will always be the heart and sole of integrity and leadership to all who knew him even briefly. Our prayers and condolences are extended to Edith and the family. We have lost a legend and will cherish his memory for ever.

14.  Mike Sullivan said on Nov. 7, 2012

Coach Royal,
We will always love you and Edith and you mean so much to so many. Thank you for all you have done for so many of us all.

15.  Johnny Boyd said on Nov. 7, 2012

Last night we elected a President. This morning we lost a legend.

16.  Mike McCord said on Nov. 7, 2012

Even though I didn't graduate from UT, I still feel a profound sadness at hearing of Coach Royal's passing. He seemed to be a class act all the way. He gave all coaches a role model to live up to. My thoughts & prayers are with his family as well as the entire UT family.

17.  Gary Speer, Sr. said on Nov. 7, 2012

Condolences to Coach Royal's family. We appreciate his positive influence on college athletics.

18.  MICHAEL MC LEAN said on Nov. 7, 2012

WITH THE PASSING OF COACH ROYAL;THE EYES OF TEXAS WILL BE ON YOU