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Legendary Longhorns coach, Darrell Royal, dies at age 88

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09:55 AM ET 11.07 | The University of Texas has confirmed that the Longhorns' legendary former head football coach has passed away at the age of 88. University spokesman Nick Voinis on Wednesday confirmed Royal's death. Royal was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and had recently suffered a fall at an assisted living center where he was being cared for. No further details have been reported at this time. The university honored Royal in 1996 by renaming their football stadium "Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium." Royal is the legend among Texas fans who led their beloved Longhorns from 1957-1976. During his time as the team's head coach, Royal won two national titles and a share of a third. He totaled a 167-47-5 record during his 20 years at Texas, which the best record in the nation over that span of time. Royal never had a losing season during his time with the Longhorns. He added 11 Southwest Conference titles.

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November 7, 2012  11:18 AM ET

Rest in peace, sir. A great coach and a good man. (met him in 1964)

November 7, 2012  11:25 AM ET

Condolences to all Longhorns...

November 7, 2012  11:32 AM ET

RIP DKR....great man.

November 7, 2012  11:32 AM ET

RIP

November 7, 2012  11:38 AM ET

He was one the of greats building blocks of colleage football.

November 7, 2012  11:39 AM ET

RIP

November 7, 2012  11:43 AM ET

Got the call last week and was able to pay last respects.

Maisal did a good job here...

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November 7, 2012  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Got the call last week and was able to pay last respects. Maisal did a good job here...[url http://tinyurl.com/9wdzob2 [/url]

Been out too long...

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November 7, 2012  11:58 AM ET
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Condolences to all Longhorns...

+1

November 7, 2012  12:09 PM ET

Alzheimers sucks. I'm sure he is in a better place. RIP.

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November 7, 2012  02:04 PM ET

RIP, DR, you was and always will be one of my favorite college football coaches!!!!!

November 7, 2012  02:12 PM ET

RIP, Coach, and I hope his family is at peace as well. Alzheimer's took my grandfather; I know first hand about the kind of toll it can take on a family.

November 7, 2012  03:07 PM ET
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RIP, Coach, and I hope his family is at peace as well. Alzheimer's took my grandfather; I know first hand about the kind of toll it can take on a family.

+1....

My Dad had it and it is tough for everyone. Bless his family as well, for they now have peace.

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November 7, 2012  04:34 PM ET

Never realized how much coach Royal looks like Joe Gibbs.

Peace out to ya....RIP!

 
November 7, 2012  05:32 PM ET

It's good to go out remembered so well by so many!

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