COTiger LSU Fan Colorado Member since Dec 2007 10697 posts
re: Former Texas Coach Darrell Royal Dies At 88 (Posted on 11/7/12 at 7:59 pm to TejasHorn)
Although Darrell is often given credit for coming up with the wishbone formation it was his O coordinator Emory Ballard who went on to become a HC @ A&M & Miss St who received the lions share of the credit for making the wishbone a viable offense.
Barry Switzer did a great job of incorporating it into the Sooners offensive philosophy.
Big12fan Texas Fan Dallas Member since Nov 2011 1814 posts
re: Former Texas Coach Darrell Royal Dies At 88 (Posted on 11/8/12 at 6:31 am to H-Town Tiger)
quote: I was surpirsed how young he was when he retired. He was not that much older than Bowden or Paterno. Any orangeblood types know why he hung it up so early?
Royal's daughter was killed in a bus accident in 1973. This incident caused him to reassess where he was in life and he admittedly was less aggressive as a coach at a time when college recruiting was becoming more aggressive. By 1976, he knew it was time to move on with life. Essentially, he decided to "stop and smell the roses" as it were. He lost a son in a motorcycle accident in the 1980's.