Ex-Ark. Coach Gets Lifetime Honor
HOUSTON (AP) _ Former University of Arkansas coach Frank Broyles received a lifetime achievement award Thursday night from former Texas coach Darrell Royal, whose Longhorns beat the Razorbacks in the ``Game of the Century″ in 1969.
The award was presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association during ceremonies at the Bear Bryant Award dinner. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel won the Bryant honor as the national college football coach of the year.
Broyles and Royal were fierce competitors during the glory days of the Southwest Conference, including the showdown game on Dec. 6, 1969, when No. 1 Texas beat No. 2 Arkansas 15-14 for the national championship.
Their friendship has endured the years.
``It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever had to do because there’s no one that’s been of service to college football and athletics in general over a longer period than Frank and he’s still at it,″ Royal said in presenting the award.
Royal and Broyles each announced their retirements in dramatic fashion after Texas beat Arkansas to end the 1976 season.
``We both decided, but we didn’t talk earlier about retiring,″ Royal said. ``We met before the game and Frank said, `Well, I’m retiring after this game.′ I said `So am I, Frank.′
``That’s the first time we talked about it. Everybody thought we did it and planned it. Heck no. We just had all that rich fudge we could eat and it was time to quit.″