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Friday, October 22, 2004
Darrell Royal, Joe Jamail to be honored

Associated Press

AUSTIN -- The University of Texas plans to honor former football coach Darrell Royal and attorney and donor Joe Jamail by placing statues of them in its football stadium.

The 8-foot-tall bronze statues will be placed at the southeast corner of Royal-Memorial Stadium overlooking the football field, said Patricia Ohlendorf, the university's vice president for institutional relations and legal affairs.

The school plans to have the statues in place in time for the day after Thanksgiving matchup between the Longhorns and Texas A&M University.

The statue of Jamail, a UT graduate and one of the school's largest benefactors, will be a second casting of one that stands in the law school. The Houston-based law firm Vinson & Elkins is paying for the new sculpture.

The statue of Royal, who coached the Longhorns to three national championships in 20 years, will be a gift from Jamail. It will depict him walking the sidelines in his younger days.

"Joe wanted to pay for Darrell's because of their long friendship and deep affection," Harry Reasoner, a partner with Vinson & Elkins, said in Friday's online edition of the Austin American-Statesman.

The statues' placement has troubled some members of the university committee who say they were upset that such a high honor would be bestowed without wider discussion and debate. Other critics said it would be inappropriate to have two statues of Jamail on campus.