UT staff, friends honor life of Coach Darrell Royal


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist DEREK RASOR


Posted on November 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 7:41 PM

AUSTIN -- University of Texas students, staff and friends are honoring the life and legacy of Coach Darrell K Royal.

"You can talk to anybody about Texas football or the University of Texas, and the first thing they'll tell you, they all talk about is Darrell Royal," said UT Band Director Dr. Robert Carnochan.

"He was a great guy. He didn't know a stranger. He was one of the most charming men I've ever met. My mother had a huge crush on him," said UT professor Martha Tilley.

Several special plans are being made, and the director of the UT band is planning a special tribute at the next game.

"There's some plans for early next week that are in the works right now, and we're trying to modify our half-time show to pay tribute as well, " said Dr. Robert Carnochan.

Luci Banes Johnson, daughter of President LBJ, has a been long-time family friend of the Royals'.

"Darrell was a hero to football, but he was also a hero in the game of life. He had standards, and he lived up to them. He had family, and he adored him," said Johnson.

"It's a presence that probably won't be replicated anytime. You just don't come up with Coach Royals everyday," said Tilley.

"He's gonna be with us and this place forever. It's gonna be indeliable. It's never gonna go away," said Carnochan.

There will be a public memorial for Royal at noon on Tuesday Nov. 13 at the Frank Erwin Center. There will be a private burial at the Texas State Cemetary.