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A Royal coaching icon overlooked,
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This review is from: Gridiron Generals: Hard Hitting History of College (DVD)
The History Channel's review of the greatest college football coaches of all time was entertaining enough. The program, however, failed to mention one of the games often overlooked mentors. Texas' Darrell Royal is seldom mentioned among the best sideline strategists. I've often found that baffling. In a nearly quarter century of coaching, Royal never had a losing season and he is responsible for introducing the Wishbone to the game. Royal also won 3 national titles and did I mention he never lost to Alabama and the great Bear Bryant in six meetings? Nevertheless, it was an acceptable review of some of the game's best. Sheer longevity alone put Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno in the mix. No disrespect to either. I think Bowden and Paterno served the game well, but I consider Royal every bit as good a taskmaster as the afore mentioned coaches. And Eddie Robinson, while certainly a pioneer and deserving of mention, was the only non Division I coach included. What about Florida A&M's Jake Gaither? Or how about the real all-time winner in D3's Joe Gaglardi of St. Johns? I do realize there are others not mentioned that were equally deserving. Royal's mentor Bud Wilkenson comes to mind. Overall I liked the program, but just wished it included a very deserving Darrell Royal.