Ex-University of Texas coach Royal dies at age 88

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 1:56 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The University of Texas says former football coach Darrell Royal, who won two national championships and a share of a third, has died. He was 88.

UT spokesman Nick Voinis (VOY'-nes) on Wednesday confirmed Royal's death in Austin. Voinis did not immediately provide further details.

Royal suffered from Alzheimer's disease and recently fell at an assisted living center where he was receiving care.

Royal coached Texas from 1957-1976, won 11 Southwest Conference titles and introduced an innovation known as the wishbone offense to major college football in 1968. He led the Longhorns to two national championships in 1963 and 1969, plus a share of a third in 1970.

The University of Texas released this statement Wednesday:

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.

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.

 

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