Football field named for former Texas coach

Saturday, November 8th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Hollis - Darrell Royal became a football legend while coaching the Texas Longhorns to three national titles.

But Royal's first taste of gridiron magic was on the field of his hometown high school in Oklahoma -- a school that's finding new ways to honor its favorite son.

Hollis' football turf was rechristened Darrell K Royal Field last night. Hollis joins the University of Texas in placing Royal's name on football real estate. Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium houses the Longhorns, who were coached to great glory by Royal from 1957-76.

At Hollis, Royal quarterbacked the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1942 and the mythical state championship. At Oklahoma, Royal was an All-American on Bud Wilkinson's unbeaten 1949 team that ranks with the greatest in Sooner history.