Former MSU Football Coach Darrell Royal dead at 88

November 7, 2012

Former Mississippi State football coach and College Football Hall of Famer Darrell Royal has died. He was 88.

From 1957-76, Royal became a legendary coach for the Texas Longhorns, whose stadium carries his name, and was that university’s all-time winningest coach, with two national championships in 1963 and 1969, 10 Cotton Bowl championships, and 11 SWC titles.

In 23 years as a head coach, he never had a losing season. During both his 1954 and 1955 seasons at MSU, he went 6-4 overall each year. Royal believed in a strong running game, and in 1968, he installed the wishbone, which continues today as a common offensive formation.