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Bonding with Darrell Royal

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There's no one moment that properly encapsulates the bond Brown and Darrell Royal shared. The legendary former Texas coach was instrumental in convincing Brown to take the job, and he remained a trusted adviser. Few took Royal's passing in 2012 harder than Brown, and he led the charge in honoring DKR in every possible way. It was a truly special relationship, one that helped further unify the program.