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    1973 Darrell Royal Game Worn University of Texas Longhorns Coach's Jacket - From Historic Cotton Bowl Victory! To demonstrate how much respect the two collegiate coaching legends had for each other, Bear Bryant once claimed to have spent $10,000 a year in phone calls to Texas in order to talk to University of Texas head coach Darrell Royal. With careers that basically mimicked each other's, both coaches had rebuilt their football programs to prominence, and then guided the teams to an impressive collection of conference titles and National Championships during the 1960's. But as the decade came to an end, so did the success of the two teams and the two coaches. But Royal changed his offensive strategy, and with the help of his assistants, the Longhorns came up with an offense that became known as the "wishbone." From that point on, everything began falling into place, as Royal led his team to a pair of National Championship victories in 1969 and 1970. It was about that same time that Bryant began to regain confidence in his Crimson squad, and he became very comfortable with the way he could exploit other teams' man coverage with his passing game.

    And as fate would have it, both teams' early 1970's successes set up an epic contest between Royal's Horns and Bryant's Tide in the 1973 Cotton Bowl Game. It would be the last time these two coaching legends would ever face each and one that would go down as one of the best games in collegiate football history. From early on, it appeared that it would be Bryant's day, as 70,000 Cotton Bowl spectators watched his Alabama Tide go into the locker room after the first half with a 13-3 lead. After the intermission, things started to go the Longhorns' way and with 7:42 left, the Horns were put in position for their game-winning drive. With a little more than four minutes left in the game and faced with a third down, Royal called a quarterback bootleg and QB Alan Lowry scampered 34 yards for an amazing and deciding touchdown.

    When the final gun sounded, Royal was carried off the field by his team and the image of the iconic head coach wearing that memorable burnt orange button-down jacket with both fists in the air would be forever instilled in the minds' of Longhorns fans everywhere.

    On the Texas sidelines that day, as he had been for most of coach Royals' big games, was his long time friend and famed Texas country music singer/songwriter Jerry Max Lane. After the game, amidst all the celebration, coach Royal removed the jacket he had been wearing when carried off the field, rolled it up and tossed it to his longtime friend. His only comment "here you go Max Lane." And this is where the jacket has remained until now in Mr. Lane's care.

    The jacket is as beautiful as it is significant, while it displays the team's tackle twill helmet patch with "Coaching Staff" displayed in chainlinked thread under the "UT" monogram. Jacket exhibits fine condition, while the proper "Whiting [size] 44" tag is in the neckline. In addition, the left pocket has "Royal" on an affixed swatch in white chainlinked embroidering, with "TEXAS" arched in white tackle twill lettering on the back. The true "Holy Grail" for any Longhorns alum, and one of the most historic coaching pieces ever to hit the auction block. LOA from Darrell Royal. Pre-Certified by PSA/DNA (autograph on LOA). Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph on LOA).


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    May, 2012
    3rd-5th Thursday-Saturday
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