James Cooke knows a lot about the Statute of Limitations. Please read footnote if you think this article is serious
James Cooke was one of the Longhorn managers from 1967-69. During those years James committed one of the most heinous and felonious crimes in the history of college football. Now that the statute of limitations has expired, James admits that he stole the last game ball used in the 1969 OU game. He said the football is “used” but still branded with “University of Texas”. He also now confesses that there is video that he has concealed from the world showing the referee tossing the ball to Little Rail after Jack Mildred was tackled on the last play of the game. James says with remorse “Texas was the home team in 1969 so I ran to the southeast corner of the field to make the “switch”. He justifies his theft years after the fact by saying “I kept the game ball (it was no big deal back then)….. and I wanted it as a keepsake, not because I thought it had value to collectors. Nobody was collecting back then.”
If stealing the OU game ball is not bad enough, he also stole the ball for the Navy game. Why-I now know. James chose to risk his reputation and a life sentence in jail for a second felony for something that has no economic value because he and Little Rail wanted to give the Navy ball to Jim Blaylock .
God rest his soul but Jim Blaylock scared me more than Royal. James Cooke wanted to give the game ball to Mr. Blaylock because he knew Jim had a special heart, but for many of us on the team the image shown is as close to a smiling heart as we ever saw.
James now wants to atone for his sinful ways and donate the OU game ball last touched by the late great Jack Mildred to someone special or to UT.
Speaking about atoning for past sins, I think it is time for all managers to purge your demons by visiting the deep crevice of your closets and make the football heritage of Texas whole again. Give back all those “lost” footballs thru the decades and maybe we can sell them to fund a new “T-room at the stadium. Everytime I see Gary Mcintosh smile I think the worse for many lost game balls. And then there is Juan Conde who allegedly ( I hate that word) has in his possession the 1969 Big Shootout Arkansas game ball. I now called on Juan to return that ball to the University of Texas so it reside in glory in the pending new Hall of Honor.
* For all of you who tend to take comments literally ,please know that most of James Cooke’s article is a satire and can only be appreciated with a sense of humor. (accept the part about Juan :)
Alan Luskey and Brad Shearer friends for a lifetime
In 2014 25 years after starting the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Honor with Danny Carrill0 (another student trainer for the Horns), and Mike Vara, Roy Don Wilson and Harris Argo were inducted into this Hall of Honor.
In the Fall 1975 Harris was Student manager for Coaches Joe Howell and John Gabrisch. On the way to play Churchill the coaches asked Harris if he wanted to be a student trainer: Harris said “what’s a trainer?” Harris was then introduced to Coach Henry Birdwell the Athletic Trainer at Holmes High school and he gave Harris his first assignment: The Holmes Husky Girls varsity Track team, yes he was hooked.
In 1977 Coach TR St. Charles arrived from Vandy. At some point in his first year, Coach TR asked Harris about his plans after high school. Harris responded that he wanted a business degree and a fine job. T R said "what about being an Athletic Trainer." Harris in the present reflecting on his life journey says “ I might not have found my passion/career” if he had not asked that question.
Harris graduated from Holmes in 1979 and on his 18th birthday, he received a call from Michael "Spanky" Stephens, the Head Athletic Trainer at The University of Texas accepting me as a student trainer for the Longhorns.
Harris had the honor/pleasure of working as a student trainer for Spanky Stephens and Eddie Day, the Assistant Athletic Trainer at The University of Texas from 1979-1984. He worked football all 5 years and cross country and track for 2 years.
From August 1984-1985 he was The assistant Athletic Trainer of the Houston Gamblers of the U.S.F.L. under Roy Don Wilson.
From 1985-1991 he was the Athletic Trainer at Dulles H.S. in Sugar Land where he had the pleasure of working with Piper Wagner, who after graduating from Dulles, played Golf for the Horns.
From 1991-2000 he worked in the Rehab department of Athletic, Orthopedics, and knee center for Mark Provenzano, MD, and as October 2018 he has worked with s The Orthopedic Sports Clinic, with Mark Provenzano, MD, Carl Palumbo, MD, Juan Bustos, MD and Neil Badlani, MD.
April 18, 2014 ·
Juan knows photo opportunities. Check it out from 0:00 to the 1:11 on the attached link.
In 2009 when Coach Royal was still alive he said to Juan Conde "we are the only two left that were on all three national championship teams" (1963, 1969, and 1970).
In 2018 Juan is the only one remaining .
Juan is behind President Nixon
In the early 60's , Juan was assigned by Coach Royal to issue equipment to the incoming freshmen and to take care of their everyday needs while Mr. Jim took care of the the sophomores, juniors and seniors. Juan followed the freshmen through the four years they were at Texas. He loved his job and made lifetime friends with all the football players.
As the assistant equipment manager, he was the attendant for many great players including :
1 Heisman Trophy Winner - 1 Maxwell Award Winner- 2 Lombardi Award Winners
3 Outland Trophy Winners- 36 All Americans- 1 NFL Hall of Fame Member
10 College Football Hall of Fame Members- 8 Texas Sports Hall of Fame Winners
8 Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame Members- 25 Texas High School Hall of Fame Members
2 UPI Lineman of the Year
2015 Texas Football Letterman golf tournament at Circle C. (Left to right) Juan Conde, A.D, Jim Hess, Rodney Doutel, Jeff Crozier.
AND HE WAS PART OF SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GAMES IN LONGHORN FOOTBALL HISTORY INCLUDING :
1963-Texas 7, Baylor 0 1963-Texas 28,Oklahoma 7
1964-Texas 28, Navy 6 1965-Texas 21,Alabama 17
1968-Texas 26,Oklahoma 20 1969-Texas 15,Arkansas 14
1970-Texas 20,UCLA 17 1970 Cotton Bowl-Texas 21,Notre Dame 17
1973-Texas 17,Alabama 13 1977-Texas 13,Oklahoma 6
1977-Texas 57,Texas A&M 28 1982-Texas 14,Alabama 12
Coach Royal was not only about football, he also liked to have fun. He loved country music. Pictured from left to right - Darrell McCall; Hector Guerra; Louie Murrillo; Darrell Royal; Edith Royal; Juan Conde & Jerry Jeff Walker. We all had a fun night!
Picture made at the Silver Dollar South - Circa 1980
The Dark side Of Juan Conde- Allegations that he stole the 1969 Big Shoot-out game. He defends himself but…..
5:08pm Dec 6
Juan says, unfortunately I do not have the 1969 Texas/Arkansas Shootout game 🏈 ball. As you recall, the weather at Arkansas on that particular day was miserable, cold, rainy and some sleet. So I had to replace many wet footballs 🏈 with dry footballs. I placed the wet footballs in a duffle bag. So there were many game 🏈 used in the game. After the game, I took them to the locker room and placed them with the rest of the equipment. The thought never entered my mind about keeping a game ball even though there were several. I was too excited about us winning the game. When we returned to Austin, Mr. Blaylock and I put all game equipment in the equipment room, including the wet game 🏈. That's the last I saw them. Now I wish I had kept one. Also, Bill Little, the Texas SID, for the longest time, though I had kept the plaque President Nixon presented to Coach Royal. I told him I didn't have it. I told Bill I heard President Nixon, while holding the plaque in his hands, tell Coach Royal since the plaque had not been engraved yet he was taking it back to Washington to have it engraved. That's the last time I saw it. And to think, of the twenty plus years I was the assistant equipment manager, I could have amassed many, many collectible items pertaining to Texas Longhorn 🏈 football, but unfortunately, I didn't.