Currently alive, at 97 years of age.
1924 – Darrell K. Royal, born on the 6th of July in Hollis, Oklahoma, USA. He is a College Football Hall of Fame member, and is the most successful football coach, in terms of wins, in University of Texas Longhorn history.
1847 – He is most noted for his prowess as a defensive back, where his 18 career interceptions and his 3 interceptions in the game against Oklahoma State are still Sooner records.
1849 – His 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 North Carolina in the Sugar Bowl.
1955 – He served as an assistant coach at North Carolina State, Tulsa and Mississippi State. He coached the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, and he returned to Mississippi State for his first collegiate head coaching job.
1956 – He spent the season at the University of Washington.
– Took over as head coach at University of Texas in December, and achieved success almost instantaneously.
1962 – 1980 – Served as athletics director for UT.
1963 – 1969 – 1970 – With him at the helm, UT won three national championships won or shared 11 Southwest Conference championships, and made 16 bowl appearances.
1972 – His coaching tactics were the subject of criticism in Gary Shaw’s exposé of college football recruiting and coaching practices, Meat on the Hoof, which was published.
1976 – He retired from coaching.
1983 – He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.