Book Festival 2012: Royal & McEachern
After some bumpy moments this season, some people wonder how much longer Mack Brown will be head football coach at the University of Texas. Longhorn coaches come and go, but for some, there’s only one “coach”: Darrell Royal. He coached the Longhorns for 20 seasons, including three national championships.
Head football coaching is tough on the coach and family, and Royal’s wife, Edith, has plenty of tales to tell. She and author and former Longhorn cheerleader Jenna Hays McEachern have created a scrapbook of Royal photos, mementos and family stories. Edith Thomason and Darrell Royal met as teenagers in Oklahoma and got married in 1944. She and McEachern spoke with KUT’s Jennifer Stayton about the memoir and how the Royals stayed married all those years.
We got mad at each other, just like everybody else. I remember one time when he took up golf, and he’d forget to come home and come get me to take me to some big important party that I thought I had to go to. So I visited one of my psychiatrist friends, and I said, ‘I just don’t think I want to live with this man any longer, he just neglects me, and he forgets about me, and he just thinks about playing golf all the time.’ He said, ‘Edith, just stick with him long enough, and you’ll just come to the point where you just love that he goes to the golf course.’ And he was absolutely right.
Listen to their full interview by clicking the player above.