POSTED: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 12:40am
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 6:53pm
Tyler, TX — Next Tuesday, a Texas icon will be memorialized on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.
Of course, I am talking about former UT head football coach Darrell Royal. It's been years since I had even thought about him.
But, upon his death, I started to read tributes to him. Some of the things I read I already knew. Others, I didn't.
The one thing that did strike me is that a lot of things have changed in college football since DKR stood on the sidelines. First of all, integrity and dignity.
Today's college football has not spiraled down to the look at me show the NFL has, but it's getting there.
When I was a kid playing sports, we were taught the lesson he taught at UT. When you crossed the end zone line, or did something good, "act like you've been there before."
I always thought "cool" played a whole lot better than "look at me."
Royal was the first to hire a coach dedicated to making sure players were successful in the classroom as well as the
It is also amazing that as a head coach at all the schools where he was the head man, he never had a losing season.
He has critics. Some said his teams started to slide when he would not recruit black players. He recruited Earl Campbell. I think that worked out ok.
Darrell royal was smart enough to see the hand writing on the wall. He saw how ridiculous the sport had come to where you had to go to beg a kid at his house to go to your school instead of of a kid putting on a tie and being glad to go to the coach at one of the best universities in the world to get a free education.
So, thanks coach, for putting this state on the map for great football.
And thanks for whipping Arkansas and Notre Dame's butt in the perfect season back when I was a kid.
You made me proud I was from Texas.
That's my point of view, what's yours?