Texas' Royal remembered as humble champion

Texas' Royal remembered as humble champion
November 13, 2012, 3:16 pm
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Texas coach Mack Brown speaks during a public memorial for former Texas football coach Darrell K. Royal , Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Austin, Texas. Royal, the coach who led Texas to two national championships and revolutionized college football with the introduction of the wishbone in 1968, died Nov. 7 at age 88. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Former Texas coach Darrell Royal was remembered Tuesday as a humble champion who built a powerhouse football program and a Longhorn brand known around the world.

About 1,200 people attended a memorial service for the coach who led Texas to national championships in 1963 and 1969 and a share of a third in 1970. Royal also revolutionized college football when he introduced the wishbone offense in 1968.

Royal died in Austin on Nov. 7 at the age of 88. He was buried at the Texas State Cemetery in a private service on Monday.

Among those attending the public memorial were former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer and former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow. Country singer Willie Nelson sang ``Healing Hands of Time.''