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Darrell K. Royal Memorialized in Austin

By Jim Vertuno
|  Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012  |  Updated 1:31 PM CDT
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Darrell K. Royal Memorialized in Austin

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Former University of Texas coach Darrell K. Royal stands at the entrance of Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.

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Texas honored former football coach Darrell Royal with a public memorial on campus Tuesday that was expected to draw several thousand people.

Royal coached the Longhorns from 1957 to 1976. His teams won 11 Southwest Conference championships, national championships in 1963 and 1969, and a share of a third in 1970. He also introduced the wishbone offense to college football in 1968.

Royal died in Austin on Nov. 7. He was 88.

Tuesday's memorial was held at the Frank Erwin Center basketball arena.

On Sunday, Royal's widow held a previously scheduled auction of some of the family's personal memorabilia. It raised more than $100,000 for the family and the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease.

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