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Former Texas football coach Darrell Royal dies at 88

November 07, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Darrell Royal in 2007
Darrell Royal in 2007 (Associated Press )

Former Texas football coach Darrell Royal, who won two national championships with the Longhorns, has died. He was 88.

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

In 23 years as a head coach, he never had a losing season, with his teams boasting a 167-47-5 record in his 20 years at Texas, the best record in the nation over that period (1957-1976).

Royal won 11 Southwest Conference titles and national championships in 1963 and 1969, going 11-0 each time.

Royal, who was instrumental in developing the run-based wishbone offense, is often quoted as saying: "Three things can happen when you pass and two of 'em are bad."

Royal also served as Texas athletic director from 1962 to 1979.

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