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President Johnson said of DKR " I am not a football  fan, but I am a fan of people, and I am a Darrell Royal fan because he is the rarest of human beings."




From Tessa Nichols thesis  ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES AND WOMEN'S SPORTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS 1918-1992 Donna Lopiano is quoted as saying "I would rather work with Darrell than any other men's athletic director around....Darrell Royal is a humanist... What impressed me the most was his concern over the welfare of students." 

R.C. Slocum the Aggie head coach said about DKR " He's been around Presidents, but he has lived part of his life with the common man, and he never lost touch with the guy on the street. That has impressed me about him more than anything else."

Coach Royal told one of his star quarterback that "if he ever waived off a play"  sent in by me, "he had better score with it." 


Press the Kicking game

Coach Royal Obsession With The Execution Of The Kicking Game occurs After TCU Returns Two Punts For Long Yards. From that moment on He Personally Gives The "Kicking" game Speech Before Each Game. The Speech Starts With  "Press The Kicking Game For It Is Here The Breaks Are Made."

In the book "Darrell Royal Dance With Who Brung Ya " by Mike Jones and edited by Dan Jenkins DKR is quoted as saying about poor punt coverage " "You would  have thought we'd be on it like a hen on a june bug. Punt returns can kill you faster than a minnow can swim a dipper."

A link to the Briscoe Center site concerning DKR is belowl

1968 9-1-1

The 1968 Texas-OU game still holds the record for fan arrest at 800 arrest and 700 uniformed police keeping the peace.

Horns break 5 team and conference offensive records. 

Spring training of 1968 is as close to hell as you can get for UT players.

Coach Royal knows his job is in jeopardy after three  6- 4 seasons.  In the Spring of 1968 he  develops a "conditioning" program that  will determine  who is on "his" team. After Spring training  15  players  either quit or are injured.  He uses the survivors of Spring training 1968 to form the nucleus of a team that will win 30 games in a row and two national championships. 

Emory Bellard played for the Texas team in 1945 before breaking his leg. In 1967 he returns to Texas. From his mind an option offense named the Wishbone is formed. 

Royal delegates more authority to the assistant coaches.

9 more players quit. 

DKR says abount  his 1968 team "Some of them are so green you could hide ’em on top of a lettuce leaf.”  

Final Ranking 3rd Nationally  

Top of the Charts Mustang Sally

Bill Bradley moves to defense and creates the "Texas bump-and-run"and sets the Texas game record for interceptions (4).

The 1968 team holds the Texas single game record for most first downs in a game (38) against Baylor.

1968 Is The Start Of A 42 Home Game Win Streak That Is The 7th Longest In NCAA Football History.

Even though Texas lost 1 game and ties another the NCAA still recognizes Texas as a National Champion.  

Coach Royal was the ou quarterback for a option offense in the 1950's.  Ou called their offense the "OU Split". Like the wishbone it required the quarterback to "read" the tackle on a option play.  

Since Royal understood the option intricacies, In 1971 (against the advice of Emory Bellard)  Royal shared the subtleties of the Wishbone with OU. It was the wrong decision for the Texas Longhorns.




Against OU Lloyd Wainscot downs a punt on the 1 yard line, tackles the quarterback in the end zone,  strips the ball from the quarterback, and accumulates 18 tackles. 

Wainscott is named to the All American team and Gilbert is the leading rusher in SWC history.







James Street takes over the wishbone offense after the Texas Tech game.

Leon O'Neal becomes the Longhorns first black player but he leaves after his freshman year.











1969 11-0  

First game on Astro Turf: Texas 49, Texas Tech 7 (9/27/1969) Attendance: 65,200

link to the 1969 season is below




Happy Feller sets a career NCAA mark with 128 extra points and 198 point by kicking.  


The Wishbone Offense Is Built around Only 6 Plays.

Julius Whittier Is The First Black to make the varsity football team At Texas.

The Lottery For The Armed Service Draft  Is  Instituted The Monday Before The Arkansas Game. My Number Is 113 Which Means I Will Be Drafted If I Quit or flunk out of School. I study harder. 


Hayden Fry Says "Texas Is The Greatest Football Team That I've Ever Seen And Probably Will See." The 1969 Team Set The Single Game Texas Rushing Record With 611 Yards Against His SMU Team. 

The Longhorn Field Surface Is Converted To Astro Turf.

Vietnam, Walking On The Moon, Protest, Racial Issues, Drugs, And "Flower" Children Are The Backdrop For The 1969 Team.



It Is The 100th Year Of College Football and the Longhorn team is on fire





DKR says about playing Arkansas "They’re gonna come after us with their eyes pulled up like BBs.”  Even with 4 fumbles and 2 interceptions Texas still beats Arkansas. Royal states in Jimmy Banks book The Darrell Royal Story  that he felt the Longhorns had played poorly and that he personally had failed to prepare them properly.

Notre Dame Plays In Their First Bowl Game.






Texas is National Champion in the 100th year of College Football.



Two years after the above photo Lester (car accident) and Steinmark (cancer) had passed away

A testimonial to Freddie Steinmark by some of the members of the 1969 team is in the link below.

First two images below are compliments of Harris Argo    

1970 10-1

#30 reigns - Some for good reasons and the other for bad reasons.  #30 was the All American Steve Worster, #30 also represented the 1967 recruiting class called the "Worster Bunch" that was composed of 32 seniors who played in all 30 games of the winning streak who loss to Notre Dame. As the Cactus says "It was a season of high pressure, excitement, and in the end , heartbreak."   

Asked by a reporter about the team to follow the national champion team of 1969, Coach Royal said "There would be a dropoff, but we wouldn't be stillborn."

Final ranking- co-national champions

The 1970 Team Holds The Texas Record For Most Rushing Yards Per Game (374.5 Yards); Most Rushes In A Game- 90 Against Arkansas; Most First Downs In A Season By Rushing- 200; Most Rushing Attempts In A Season- 715;Most Net Yards Gained Rushing In A Season ( 3,745) 


National Championship teams require good recruiting, a competent coaching staff, players with faith in the system, trust and respect for teammates, combined with talent, team chemistry, a strong work ethic, and a little luck.


The 1970 recruiting class definitely has some luck on their side. In 1970 Texas is outplayed by UCLA, but manages to win on the last play of the game.

1970 highlights of UCLA game - no sound

Cotton Speyrer's touchdown reception from Eddie Phillips  to beat UCLA is at minute "2:26" in film below

Memories Of The Catch: Texas Vs UCLA 1970

Stephen Ross  Sept 22, 2010 writing for Barking Carnival says:

I on the other hand would prefer to re-live the thrilling Ying of the Bruins first trip here.

It was 1970, and Austin was a still a small college town...................

I was a sophomore at UT, working at KHFI-TV (now KXAN) as the floor manager for the nightly newscasts. Back then there were only two TV stations in town and it was easy to get hands-on experience in the business. I spent most of my time trying to talk the sports director, Mel Pennington, into letting me go to games as a photographer, but that job went to more senior members of the news room, so I was able to take part in the student draw.

I was working on a great string of draws for student tickets -- until the UCLA game. I got tickets on the south goal line 5 rows up.

Still it was the best of times for UT football. Texas was defending National Champion. Work had begun on stadium expansion that would add an upper West side deck while connecting Bellmont Hall to the stadium as well.

When work began on the west side expansion of Memorial Stadium in 1970, capacity was at 65,500.

The press box was torn down and a temporary wooden structure was used for 1970. Some upgrades were already installed, such as new aluminum benches and seats througout the stadium.

Texas would enter the game #2 in both the AP and UPI polls, behind Ohio State, while UCLA would come into town ranked #13. Tommy Prothro was the Bruins coach, and he was considered to be among the best on the business. Before moving to UCLA he had taken periennial loser Oregon State to two Rose Bowls, and he was 35-13-3 at UCLA.

That didn't matter to Longhorn fans -- or the oddmakers, who had installed Texas as a 22-point favorite for the October 3, game. Afterall, Texas had a 22-game win streak built around the new offensive attack that no one had figured out how to slow down, much less stop. 

When UCLA came to town, Darrell Royal's Longhorns had won 22 games in a row by an average score of 39-13.

But it didn't take long for the players and fans to realize this Saturday was going to be different. On the second play of the game, Texas halfback Billy Dale was blasted by a UCLA linebacker just as QB Eddie Phillips pitched him the ball on the option. UCLA recovered the fumble and the fight was on.


Prothro was the first coach to attack the Wishbone with a "mirror" defense, essentially playing man-to-man on every member of the offensive backfield. He would disguise where the man was coming from and Royal admitted after the game that he and his staff were caught completely offguard by the manuever. It caused the creation of a classic Royalism.


Of UCLA and Prothro, DKR said, "UCLA brought some good people into town and they came in a bad humor. Tommy Prothro didn't come in on a load of wood either."

Texas survived the initial turnover, giving up only a field goal, and the 'Bone worked well enough to produce a 13-3 halftime lead for Texas.

That lead didn't last long after halftime, since among the people Prothro brought with him to Austin was Dennis Dummit, a QB with a cannon for a right arm. He completed 19-30 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. The Bruins owned the 3rd quarter with two drives of 90 and 95 yards for those scores. UCLA led 17-13 going into the 4th quarter.

UCLA contained the Wishbone for most of the day, especially QB Eddie Phillips. They harassed him on the option, and sacked him on passing downs enough so he ended the day with 17 yards on 20 carries. The one part of the triple option that still worked was the fullback option.

Despite UCLA's new defensive front, Steve Worster rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries.

Neither team managed much offense early in the 4th quarter, but Texas finally started a long march towards the south goal. But on 4th and 4 right in front of where I was seated, Jim Bertlesen slipped trying to get to the outside and UCLA took over on downs with a little over 2 minutes to go.

The air went out of the stadium, and there was only 52 second left when Texas got the ball back, with no timeouts. There was a break in the action after the UCLA punt, and the PA announcer, sensing that the game was slipping away, made an announcement about the Longhorns 22-game winning streak. He in essence was asking for applause for what the team had accomplished.

Then a wondrous thing happened. The entire student section on the east side stood on the new aluminum benches and began to stomp and cheer.

It quickly spread throughout the stadium -- even to the west side. Over 65,00 people were standing and stomping making more noise than I had ever hear in Memorial Stadium. A friend who was in the press box working for the Daily Texas said that suddenly the wooden structure began to wobble as if there was an earthquake. The noise continued as Texas broke the huddle.

After making one first down, Eddie Phillips was chased out of the pocket, and as he was going down for a 9-yard loss he fumbled the ball out of bounds. Good thing, since it stopped the clock.

Facing 3rd and 19, Royal called "86 pass, Ted crossing, Sam post."

Jim Bertlesen broke the 'bone and ran a short hook to help clear the middle. Tight End Tommy Woodard (Ted) ran a deep middle route, while Cotton Speyrer (Sam) ran the post. The ball barely went over Woodard's head (he was double covered) and as it reached Speyrer the UCLA defender in the prevent tried for the interception while another UCLA defender near bye was caught leaning the wrong way.

With just 12 seconds to go in the game I suddenly had the best seat in the house.

The noise factor doubled and those still in the press box began to fear for their lives as that structure began to shake like a bowl of jello. I don't remember a whole helluva lot of what I did that night, but I do remember that I was in no shape for class on Monday and it took all the energy I had just to drag my ass to work that afternoon.

The win gave Texas the new SWC record for most victories in a row at 23. But the post-game atmosphere was strikingly reminiscent of that in Lubbock last week. Royal was bombarded with questions about the offensive troubles until he finally said,

"There are some people around here who think all we have to do is put on an orange uniform, crawl out there in the Wishbone and say, 'Bang, you're dead'."

Baylor has a chance to win, but Texas gets some breaks and wins.

In 1970 The National Champion Is Still Crowned Before The Bowl Season Begins So The Cotton Bowl Loss To Notre Dame Does Not Cost Texas The National Championship.  This Also Occured In 1964 When Alabama was Crowned National Champion Even Though Texas Beat Them In The Orange Bowl.

Coach Royal Says Of The Longhorn Fans After Notre Dame Broke Texas 30 Game Win Streak. " We're Beginning To Develop Some Difficult Fans. They Don't Understand There's No Such Person As King Kong And That When You Start Thinking There Is, You Can Get Ready To Wipe Your Bloody Nose."

While Luck Is Needed To Win Some Games, Talent Wins Most of the Games. Arkansas And Oklahoma Witness The Talent Of The 1970 Texas Team. OU's Wishbone Is Dismantled By Texas Defense, And The Texas-Arkansas Shootout In Austin Is A Mismatch. Arkansas, A Team Ranked In The Top 10, Is Decimated 42-7. The OU And Arkansas Games Are The Finest Performances Of The 1970 Team. After The Arkansas Win, Coach Bear Bryant Said That The 1970 Team Is The Finest Team He Has Ever Seen. 

Thirty Five Years After The 1970 National Championship Season  Eddie Phillips Says In 2005 During His Induction Into The Hall Of Honor "I Am Ready To Give Up The Reins As The Last National Championship Quarterback To Vince Young."

Eddie's Comments Capture The Collective Thoughts Of The 1970 Team, And On January 4th 2006 The Spirit Of The 1970 Team Transfers The National Championship Crown To The 2005 Longhorns.    


1971 8-3   Injures Riddled This Team But They Still Win The SWC. 

Royal said before the Cotton Bowl game that Penn State was the most physical and strongest team the Longhorns had faced.  He was right.   Eastern football reigned supreme for the first time in a long time.  The Longhorns led at half time but fumbles and defensive miscues the second half cost the Horns the game.   As the "Cactus" states the "Cotton Bowl loss climaxed a year of hope and letdown."  

 Royal Wishes Jerry Sisemore's Mother "Had Been More Considerate And Just Had Triplets." 

Final ranking 18th nationally

Texas is the only school to play in 4 consecutive Cotton Bowls.

Royal says about President Johnson " I learned from him that you can be a common man-and, at the same time, be a great man.

Royal Says  After The 1967 Recruiting Class Graduates " We'll Be Back With Ordinary People."

Season ending injuries occur to David Arledge, Eddie Phillips, Jimmy Moore, and Don Burrisk. Missing some action are Stan Mauldin, Rick Davis, Bobby Callison, Jim Bertelsen, and Donnie Wigginton. Greg Ploetz, Ray Dowdy, and Glen Gaspard play thru injury. 

Eddie Phillips and Donnie Wigginton with Royal

Coach Rogers From UCLA Says That Eddie Phillips "Was The Best At Running That Style Of Offense I've Ever Seen."  Royal Says That  Eddie's Ability To Delay The Pitch "Was Art." 

 The article discuss's Gary yeoman's successful journey separate from his famed father.  

Phillips Gets Hurt And Wigginton Successfully  Leads  The Team. Coach Royal After The A & M Game Says That " I Think Donnie Wigginton Should  Be Given Consideration For The Most Valuable Player In The Conference." He Lead The Conference With 84 Points.  


Lonnie Bennett Is The First Black Athlete To Score In A Varsity Game. 

Coach Royal teaches OU head coach Chuck Fairbanks the intricacies of the wishbone against the advice of Emory Bellard. 

Bellard takes the Head coaching job at A & M

Captains 1971 - Woodard, Mauldin, Phillips, Bertelson

Texas is embarrassed by Penn State and Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell. After the game Randy Braband says to the media "You grubby buzzards, get out of my way."

It is  the first time the Texas Wishbone did not make a touchdown. 


1972  10-1 


In the book The Darrell Royal Story  the author states Coach Royal is offered a head coaching job in the Pro's but declines saying "I don't want a big ol' house and a lot of those things". "I've never learned to live real fast and real luxuriously, anyway, so I thought about those offers and it still came back to the same answer: I don't want to fool around with happiness."

President Johnson invites Jerry Sisemore, Alan Lowry, Randy Braband, Julius Whittier, and Roosevelt Leaks to his ranch for lunch

A team that Royal claimed is  "as average as every day's wash" finishes 3rd in the nation. Horn win their 5th consecutive SWC championship.   OU is the only loss. The stadium construction is completed and 15,000 more fans are attending the home games.  Life is  good!!! 

Freshman are allowed to play on the varsity.

Russell Erxleben Is One Of Only 2 Longhorns Listed As A 3 Time All American. He Is Tied For The Longest Field Goal In NCAA History Of 67 Yards, And He Still Holds The Record For Yards Kicked Per Punt Of 42.4 Yards.

Alan Lowry And Jack Collins Hold The Longhorn Record For The Longest Punt In Texas Football History (82 Yards).

There Is Only One Touchdown Pass In 1972 And Julius Whittier Catches It. 

National Championship teams require good recruiting, a competent coaching staff, players with faith in the system, trust and respect for teammates, combined with talent, team chemistry, a strong work ethic, and a little luck. With a little luck this team could have been a national Champion.



Alvin Matthews becomes the first black coach in Longhorn history. He coaches the defensive backs.



Meat on the Hoof written by Gary Shaw and AP articles that quoted six players on the Texas team stating that they felt there was some racism among the Coaches causes Coach Royal some heart-ache. The AP article and Gary Shaw's book were eventually discredited but the damage was done. I read two great articles from Gene Bledsoe and Marvin Kubin that negated much of the harsh rhetoric in Gary Shaw's book. I commend both of them for their proactive letters supporting Coach Royal.

"A Texas attempt at a "Quick Kick" adds spying as a new scandal to SWC college football. Greg Dahlberg Was A Standout All-Around Athlete At Lee High School. He Earned 11 Varsity Letters At Lee In Football, Basketball, Baseball, And Track. As A Longhorn He Lettered Three Seasons At Texas On Football Teams That Won The Southwest Conference Title All Three Years And Won The National Championship In 1970.

Dahlberg Was Inadvertently Part Of "Spygate" In The O.U. Texas Football Game In 1972.   Coach Royal Had Installed The Quick Kick Into The Playbook For The First Time In Four Years The Week Leading Up To The O.U. Game. With OU Holding On To A Slim 3-0 Lead Late In The 3rd Quarter, Texas Was Pinned Inside Its Own 10-Yard Line And Coach Royal Decided To Quick Kick. Greg Was The Designated Center For This Kick And When He Entered The Game, OU Players Immediately Began To Yell "Quick Kick, Quick Kick." Texas Didn't Change The Play At The Line Of Scrimmage, And The Kick Was Blocked. Lucious Selmon Fell On It In The End Zone And OU Went On To Win The Game. The Charges Of O.U. Spying On The Longhorns During Practice Plagued The OU-Texas Game  Until Coach Royal Retired In 1976. 

Longhorn were in the Cotton Bowl again but that was a bad omen.  The Horns were 1-4 playing there in recent years. Horns felt Jinxed but this game would prove otherwise.  DKR's team won and the losing streak at the Cotton Bowl was over. 

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Terry Melancon intercepted two passes against Alabama

The season culminates with a win over #4 Alabama and a magnificent game by Randy Braband. He says He Is Going To Write A Book About The 5th SWC Championship In A Row For Texas. He Says "We're Going To Call It Five In A Row, Or Cab Driver, One More Time Around The Block."


 1973 8-3

Texas is ranked #1 is the preseason poll. Final ranking  is 14th nationally.  OU crushes the Horns. 3  OU interceptions and  3 touchdown passes over the the Horns led to a convincing loss. 

Texas is named the best college program from 1968-1972 with  with a 45-4-1 record.  

The 1973 team Holds The Texas Record For Highest Average Yards Per Punt Return  ( 18.8);  Fewest Punt Returns Allowed (6); And Fewest Punts In A Season (30).

Ivey Suber's Mother Tells  Coach Royal That Barry Switzer Offers Her Son A New Wardrobe, A New Pontiac, And A $1000 If He Will Sign With OU. Switzer Denys  Allegations.

Leaks Is 3rd In Voting For The Heisman. He Rushes For 342 Yards Against SMU And The headline In A  Newspaper Article States "Roosevelt Leaks All Over The Field."

Mike Presley says " Miami could not stop us. We stopped ourselves.  But it's kind of good to get that National Championship stuff out of our heast.. I think we probably realize the situation better now, and we can get down to winning the SWC. That is what we want to do."


According to the book The Darrell Royal Story by Jimmy Banks Coach Royal told the team they must give 100% effort to beat Alabama.  He said "You might be able to fool the guy next to you, or even the rest of your teammates, but you can't fool yourself. Tha's why I want you to make that commitment to yourself, not to everyone else."  Terry Melancon intercepted two  passes to cement the victory over Alabama. 

Marty Akins Is The Starting Quarterback.





Coach Royal Praises Bill Wyman By Saying " I Don't Think We Have Ever Had Any Player Who Has Been More Consistent Than Bill Wyman."






OU Hires Coach Jim Helms Away From Texas. following is part of an article about Jim Helms negative impact on Texas vs. OU. This is part of an article written by Bill Little in 2013


The worst, however, was yet to come. Just before the season had started, archrival Oklahoma had raided Royal's coaching staff with the hiring of Jim Helms, a former Longhorn running back who had just spent the last several years as a coach at Texas. The last minute hiring fueled the resentment at UT toward Sooner coach Barry Switzer, since Helms had been a part of all of the spring and fall preparations for the season.

Whether or not Helms' knowledge of Texas' plans made a difference quickly became a point of contention, particularly after Oklahoma hammered the Longhorns, 52-13, and Helms was presented the game ball in the Sooner dressing room after the contest.

What followed, however, is one of the untold stories of a remarkable turnaround -- and a lesson that would play itself out years later in another place and time. Texas was 2-2 as an angry Royal came into a team meeting the following Sunday.

Royal began by questioning the team's desire and commitment, but before he had gone far into the speech, Arnold, who would become an all-SWC defensive back that year, interrupted him.

"That's not right, coach," Arnold said from the back of the room. "They changed everything we had prepared for -- stuff they had done last year and this year. We played as hard as we could. We were going full-speed to the wrong places."

The uneasy silence in the room was broken when defensive guru Mike Campbell spoke up. The 52 points OU had scored were by far the most ever against a Campbell-coached Texas defense.

"He's right, Darrell," he said. "They seemed to know everything we were doing before we did it."





Jay Arnold Is A Star After The Texas Tech Game With An Interception, And A Fumble Recovery In The End Zone. He Has Another Interception The Next Week Against Wake Forest.







Longhorn weight lifting changed forever in 1973. Jay Arnold says "We were part of the 'old school' when it came to physical and strength training." "We would lift and condition in the spring and off-season, but put the weights away during the season. Oklahoma did it differently. They were working on weights all year long. We changed after that game, and never looked back. We were in an era of enlightened transition as far as that was concerned."


Cotton Bowl Nebraska 19 Texas  3

It was Tom Osborne with his first bowl victory.  Roosevelt Leaks, Texas’ All-America fullback, was not a factor.   Seconds before the half, Nebraska was denied a golden opportunity.  Moving from their own 20, the Huskers used less than four minutes to reach all the way to the Texas one.  The clock was down to 1:29, more than enough time to punch the ball across.  First and goal turned into second and third down, and the ball hadn’t moved.  Each time, the Huskers were turned away by a solid Texas wall of defenders, inspired by linebacker Wade Johnston.  The final blast came from Maury Damkroger and Johnston was there to stuff him again short of the goal line as time ran out. The second half  Nebraska received inspired leadership from backup quarterback Steve Runty who led the Huskers to two third quarter scores.  


1974  8-4  DKR


Final ranking 17th nationally

Rosy's Devastating Knee Injury Requires Reconstructive Surgery And No One Thinks He Will Play Again.  Doug English And All American Says That "Rosy Was On His Way To Being The Best Ever." 

The 1974 Team Holds The Texas Single Game Record For Points Scored Against A Conference Opponent - 81 Against TCU And Most Touchdowns In A Game.


The Yearling's Are  Disbanded And Integrated With The Varsity. 




Joe Bob Bizzell Is The First Freshman To Start Under Royal.






Earl Campbell, Gralyn Wyatt, Travis Couch , Alfred Jackson, Brad Shearer, And George James  Start At Least One Game As  Freshman in 1974 Year.

Parker Alford Is Killed In A Car Accident. (See "Gone To Soon" On This Website.) 

Mike Presley Starts At Quarterback Against Wyoming

Coach Patterson Says That Brad Shearer "Goes Till He Hears Glass Shatter." 

The unlikely duo of Earl Campbell And Doug English Team Up To Block A Punt Against Arkansas.

Mike Dean Kicks A Record 56 Yard Field Goal Against TCU.

Leaks Mentors Earl Campbell And The Results Are Obvious. Rosy is As One Of The greatest  Longhorn Running Backs Of All Time. 

Fred Akers Takes The Head Coaching Job At Wyoming. 

Baylor goes to the Cotton Bowl.  Texas plays Auburn in the Gator Bowl - Auburn 27- Texas 3   Longhorns have 4 fumbles and 3 interceptions. 

1975  10-2  

Final ranking 6th nationally

This Team Holds The  Texas Seasonal Record For Most Forced Fumbles (46).

Three way tie in SWC with A & M, Hogs, and Texas. Offense was in the top 3 nationally.

Houston joins the SWC 

Marty Akins Injury slows the teams offense  Marty Wins 26 Games And Is  The The Only Three Year Starter During The DKR Era. 


Royal Gets His 100th  SWC Victory

Don Breaux Is Hired as an assistant Coach To Add More Of A Passing Dimension To The Longhorns. 

Switzer Throws Barbs At DKR.  In The Book Long Live The Longhorns Barry Switzer Is Quoted As Saying Some Coaches "Would Rather Sit Home And Listen To Guitar Pickers" Than Recruit. Referring To Royal's Penchant For C&W Music

Earl's Brother Tim Campbell Is  Defensive Player Of The Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl against Colorado , and his brother Earl Campbell is offensive player of the game.  

1976 5-5-1  


Final record for DKR at Texas 167-45-5

Three highly recruited quarterback competed for the starting quarterback position. Ted Constanzo, Mike Cordaro open the season but Mark McBath finally won the starting job. 

Even with a raise to $50,000 a year,  Spy Gate,  U Of H Breaking  Texas 42 Home Game Winning Streak, Earl Campbell's bad hamstrings, and recruiting violations made 1976 a tough year for the Longhorns.  Doug English said in  the book "Darrell Royal Dance With Who Brung Ya"  "Suddenly, Darrell looks up and a game that he's worked his whole life in -a game of who works the hardest and prepares the best wins- has become a game where the ones who cheat the best, the ones who spy the best, who lie the best are all gaining ground."   Royal was " not going to listen to an 18 year old kid tell him that that he's got to buy him a new pickup truck to come to the University of Texas". 

Royal said the 1976 was a perfect year to leave the profession.  He said " I always wanted to leave somebody's house when they wanted me to stay a little longer.  It's a good idea to leave a little ham on the bone."   

Royal always said that when he retired winning the last game would have extra meaning.  No one wants to go out a loser. He got his wish when Texas beat Arkansas the final game of the year in 1976.  Tony Constanzo said after the game he knew he was living a "snapshot in history". 


In Reflection - dkr

SpyGate, cheating, losses to OU, pandering to recruits, articles that suggested he was a racist, and his first  non-winning season  all sapped Royal of his passion for the game.  Coach Royal conceded that winning did not excite him anymore, and he found it difficult to recover mentally from losses.  He also said "Climbing is a thrill. Maintaining is a Bitch."  

Of the factors mentioned above the evolution of recruiting disgusted him the most. Royal said;

It was not right to court athletes for the privilege of giving them a college education to play football. He said "it's all backwards, the kids should be coming to us, not us going to them."

"The parents and recruits who initially were looking forward to the courting of their sons by the major collegiate football powers goes from welcoming coaches with open harms to closing doors on them."  He also said "we know we abuse the prospect and the family during recruiting, but it's a two-way street. The families and the prospects abuse us."

"You can't win against cheaters" so he supported the use of a lie detector test.   


While Gary Shaw's book was proven to be fictional (I know because I played for Coach Royal from 1967-1970 ), Coach Royal made some a very important points on why players rebel against him and his style of coaching.  Here are a few quotes and some paraphrased comments  from Coach Royal found in the book titled "The Darrell Royal Story" by Jimmy Banks.

  • Royal said "Any time you have somebody sitting on the bench you've got a potential family of enemies. Every year there are potentially a "100 enemies" sitting on the bench.

  • "A guy would have to be a stone idiot to love going out there and just running into someone else. What is natural about two guys backing off and running into each other ? It's not natural." The players play this unnatural sport because they want " individuals, but also for their team, their school or their home town." Players want a letter jackets because it is a form of recognition.

  • "I often tell parents. If you send me a good one. I'll send you a good one back. But if you send me a weak one, I'll probably return a weak one. I don't take credit for the strong character of our championship teams; the mommas and daddies deserve that credit. But neither do I want to be blamed for some player who comes in here lighter than a June frost and can't stand the competition."

  • "All the glory can't be heaped just on the team. The personal, individual aspect has to come in there."

After retirement life was good!!! 

Coach Royal By The Numbers

Coach Royal ended his career with a record of 167-47-5. His teams won 109 SWC games, 11 SWC championships and won or shared four national championships. During his tenure there was a 30 game win streak, a 42 home game winning streak, a record 6 SWC titles in a row, 6 Cotton Bowls in a row, 77 All SWC players, and 26 All Americans. His teams finished in the top 10 ten times, and he guided Texas to 15 postseason games winning 8 of them. He was "coach of the decade" for the 1960's, one of only two coaches honored twice as the American Football Coaches Association, and he never had a losing season.


Assistant Coaches

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Darrel Royal, Willsey, Swarthout, Campbell, Jones, Schulze, Pittman, Shira

Darrel Royal,  Willsey, Swarthout, Campbell, Jones, Schulze, Pittman, Shira

In 1964 Coach Zapalac was hired from Oklahoma State. He was at Texas for 12 years. For 5 of those years at least one of his offensive lineman made the All American list.   

 Coach Campbell was A great  defensive mind.  He was blunt and to the point and his players never misunderstood his message.  Doug English said  of Coach Campbell " It wasn't a chess game.  You had to whip the guy over you."  Coach Campbell excelled in determining what the opposing  offense did best and then neutralized that strength. Dan Mauldin, the hero of the 1965 Orange Bowl, said of Coach Campbell "I just like to watch Coach Campbell coach... of all the professors at the University of Texas , he knew his field better than they knew their's."

Coach Manley and Coach Royal were child hood friends in Hollis, Ok. They played high school and College ball together, and Royal was Leon Manley's player coach in the CFL. Coach Manley spent time coaching at OU, Northeast Louisiana, and 20 plus years working with Coach Royal. 


A link to a  great article written by Kirk Bohls about Ken Dabbs induction into the  Hall of Honor is below.

Leon finished his career as the defensive coordinator for three different Texas head coaches in three different decades


                   Coach Royal resting place with a replica of the "T" ring next to his side.