Strong Men, Backed by Strong Women

Mack Brown former Texas Coach now at North Carolina

Mack Brown accepted the North Carolina head football job earlier this week, only after consulting his wife, Sally. “She agreed to go with me to coach at three places — Hawaii, the Bahamas or Chapel Hill.” 

Having seen Mack on Nov. 12 at the Little Rock (Ark.) Touchdown Club luncheon to honor local high school leaders, I could see there is plenty of meat still left on those 67-year-old bones. But like so many coaches, he’s not doing much without the support of a steadfast wife. 

Darrell Royal (L) with wife Edith, flanked by Barbara and Frank Broyles, during the 1976 Cotton Bowl Classic festivities in Dallas

Reminded me of Darrell Royal’s Edith and Frank Broyles’ Barbara, prominent leaders in their coaching careers at Texas and Arkansas. (1976 photo). Strong men were backed by equally strong women. The two couples figure prominently in my forthcoming historical narrative “Beyond The Big Shootout — 50 Years of Football’s Life Lessons.” 

Book goes to press early in January, available in early 2019. See this website for advance purchase information.

Mark S. McDonald

Mark S. McDonald

Longtime newspaper hack, who began publishing his own books about 15 years ago and now manages Dust Devil Publishing team to build books for selected clients ... Product of football factories in Spring Branch (Houston) and Midland ... started two years in the O-line at UTEP ... earned a journalism degree then ran the newspaper gauntlet for 28 years. Survived starvation in newsrooms in El Paso, Abilene, Dallas and San Antonio. Lived to tell the sordid tales.

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