Darrell Royal, the former Texas football coach known as much for his folksy, simplistic approach to life as for his creative wishbone offenses and two national championships, died Wednesday in Austin, Texas. He was 88.

The cause of death was listed as cardiovascular problems. Royal had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years.

Royal went 167-47-5 at Texas from 1957-76 and won AP national championships in 1963 and '69. His 1970 team, which was unbeaten before losing in a Cotton Bowl rematch to Notre Dame, was credited with a national title by some news agencies and polls.

The son of a cotton farmer, Royal had a knack for delivering pithy quotes.

"Football doesn't build character, it eliminates the weak ones," was one of Royal's famous lines.

The national title season in 1969 included what was dubbed the "Game of the Century," a come-from-behind, 15-14 victory by the top-ranked Longhorns over No. 2 Arkansas to cap the regular season.

Miscellany

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