Texas to pay Royal tribute against Iowa State

Sports

November 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – When No. 19 Texas takes the field on Saturday against Iowa State, the Longhorns will be paying tribute to former coach Darrell Royal with helmet stickers bearing his “DKR” initials and the first play on offense, which will be run from the wishbone formation Royal introduced to major college football in 1968.  Royal died this week at age 88, and the school will honor the coach who won two national championships, a share of a third and 11 Southwest Conference titles from 1957 to 1976.

It will be an emotional day for Texas coach Mack Brown, who was very close to Royal and often talked about their friendship and the mentor’s role Royal had in his life.