But I do have time to pencil in golf, and we’ve got four excellent courses.
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|Birth:||6th July, 1924|
|Profession:||Coach, Football Player|
Darrell K Royal born at Hollis, Oklahoma.In 1942, during World War II, Royal finished Hollis High School, where he had played football. Royal joined the United States Army Air Corps, where he played football for the 3rd Air Force team during 1945 and was spotted and recruited by scouts for the University of Oklahoma Sooners football program. Royal played quarterback and defensive back at the University of Oklahoma under his mentor, coach Bud Wilkinson from 1946 to 1949. While attending Oklahoma, he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
Royal was most noted for his prowess as a defensive back, where his 18 career interceptions and his three interceptions in the 1947 game against Oklahoma A&M are still Sooner records. Royal's part-time contributions at quarterback had a similar impact, despite having to share time with Jack Mitchell and Claude Arnold at the position. He threw a 43-yard pass against the North Carolina in the 1949 Sugar Bowl. Royal holds the fourth-best winning percentage in school history with a 16–1 mark as a part-time quarterback starter. His 11–0 mark as a starter in 1949 ranks as one of the best seasons in school history.
Royal served as an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Tulsa and Mississippi State. He coached the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, and in 1954, he returned to Mississippi State for his first collegiate head coaching job. He spent the 1956 season as head coach at the University of Washington. Royal took over as head coach at University of Texas in December 1956, and achieved success almost instantaneously.
In 2000, Royal was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
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