Royal-T: Remembering Coach Royal and the Season of ’63

Royal poses with son

Royal poses with son

On display at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports is an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Longhorns football national championship and the life of legendary coach Darrell K Royal.  In addition to normal hours, the Stark Center will be open for two hours before each Longhorns football home game.

Royal Walks with Longhorns at Cotton Bowl

Royal Walks with Longhorns at Cotton Bowl

Football ticket holders are invited to see the exhibit starting two hours before each game until kick-off.  The Stark Center can be accessed via Gate 25 by taking the north side ramps up one level. The exhibit will also remain on display and can be seen during regular hours (Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). During the week, access the Stark Center via the east elevator (Level 5) in the North End Zone concourse (Gate 16).

The exhibit features photographs, letters, and other memorabilia from Royal’s life and the 1963 National Championship team including the ’63 roster and team photo recently signed by former players, images from scrapbooks kept by Royal’s wife, Edith, and a collection of well-known Royalisms.

Read Dr. Terry Todd’s remembrance of Coach Royal and the beginnings of the football weight training program here.

See the gallery for photographs of 1963 team former players attending a special preview of the exhibit Friday, September 23rd before the Longhorns kicked off football season with a 56-7 victory over New Mexico State.

1963 Championship Team

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Photo of the 1963 National Championship Team.
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_bobbygamblin.jpg]4260Bobby Gamblin
Bobby Gamblin signs his jersey on the 1963 team photo.
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_danmauldin.jpg]3650Dan Mauldin
Dan Mauldin signs his jersey on the 1963 team photo.
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_davemcwilliams1.jpg]3290Dave McWilliams
Dave McWilliams signs his jersey on the 1963 team photo.
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_davemcwilliams.jpg]3080Dave McWilliams
Dave McWilliams signs his jersey on the 1963 team photo.
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_edith-danmauldindianamauldin.jpg]3020Edith Royal, Dan Mauldin, Diana Mauldin
Edith Royal with Dan and Diana Mauldin
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_edith.jpg]2890Edith Royal
Edith Royal talks with
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_erniekoy-charlietalbertjantalbert.jpg]2780Ernie Koy, Terry Todd, Charlie Talbert, Jan Talbery
Ernie Koy and Terry Todd visit. Charlie and Jan Talbert in background.
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_erniekoy.jpg]2680Ernie Koy
Ernie Koy poses with team photo. He played fullback on the '63 team but was unable to be in the photo.
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_hixgreen-lammons.jpg]2640Hix Green, Pete Lammons
Hix Green signs his jersey on the 1963 team photo. Pete Lammons poses for a photo.
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_petelammons.jpg]2600Pete Lammons
[img src=http://www.starkcenter.org/wp-content/flagallery/1963-championship-team/thumbs/thumbs_rodneykelley.jpg]2590Rodney Kelley
Rodney Kelley signs his jersey on the 1963 team photo.