Darrell Royal, a former Oklahoma QB/DB who would later guide archrival Texas to three national titles during a 20-year tenure in Austin, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88.
A native of Hollis, OK, Royal played for the Sooners from 1946 to 1949 under legendary coach Bud Wilkinson. Royal still holds school records for interceptions in a game (three) and career (18) and also went 16–1 as a part-time starting QB.
But it was as a coach that Royal truly made his mark on the sport. After arriving at Texas in 1956 at the tender age of 32, he guided the Longhorns to three national championships (1963, 1969 and 1970), 11 Southwest Conference titles and 10 Cotton Bowl championships.
Royal, a 1983 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, was honored by the Longhorns when they renamed their football stadium Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in 1996. Royal is survived by his longtime wife, Edith. Darrell Royal profile