A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he coached at Mississippi State and Washington before he moved to Texas.
He coached at UT from 1957 to 1976 where he compiled a record of 167-47-5. The Horns won national titles in 1963, 1969 and 1970. He retired after the 1976 season.
Royal had a million of quality one liners, such as, "God gives talent, size, speed. But a guy can control how hard he tries."
The people of Fort Worth, and TCU, probably remember this one in 1962 when he said of the Horned Frogs: "They're like a bunch of coackroaches. It's not what they eat and tote off, it's what they fall into and mess up that hurts." Royal was referring to a loss the previous season when his No. 1 ranked Longhorns were upset 6-0 by a 24-point underdog Horned Frog team.
Much as Bear Bryant is to Alabama so is Royal to Texas. He was a giant of a figure, and his legacy has been nearly impossible to follow for the many others who have tried.
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