Texas Longhorns coaching legend Darrell Royal passed away on Wednesdayat the age of 88. While the Longhorns are mourning the loss of the man who led them to three national titles, the current Texas regime is conjuring up ways to honor the coach during this Saturday’s game against Iowa State in Austin.
Royal was known during his time coaching as a man who was in love with the ground game. He is responsible for introducing the wishbone offense to college football in 1968 and the offense will remain a big part of his legacy.
That is why the decision from Texas to run their first play on Saturday out of the wishbone offense is a brilliant and perfect tribute to the true Texas legend.
Longhorns head coach Mack Brown announced the decision on Twitter along with the news that Texas will be wearing patches to honor the late Coach Royal.
Today we mourn the loss & Sat we celebrate. We’ll wear a DKR decal on our helmet & we’ll honor coach by lining up in wishbone to start game
— Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) November 7, 2012
It is a very classy gesture and show of respect to a very classy former ball coach. Wherever Coach Royal is when Texas lines up for their first play, he will be smiling, sticking his hand above his head and giving the proudest “Hook ‘Em” of his life.