Letters to the Coach: Loyd Wainscott


Where to begin…I could start with his honesty during recruiting. He told me I would get room, board, books, tuition and the opportunity to get a good education—nothing more, nothing less. Once I got to The University of Texas he was the model of the perfect gentleman and leader—strong, decisive, classy and always in control. He set the standard for us to follow the rest of our lives. Every week he was able to prepare us as a team, and individually, for the upcoming game, regardless of the opponent.

I will never forget the game in which I played, and scored well in films, and he raked me over the coals. I didn’t understand why he was so hard on me. When we talked, he made me realize that I had not given my all in my performance. He told me, “If you give 100% every game, you’ll be an all-American for The University of Texas.” He had a way of bringing out the best in his players and making them play to their full potential.

He never forgot us during the summers, either. All during the summer he would send short, inspirational notes to us while we were at home. One liners. “If winning’s not important, why the hell keep score.” Short; to the point. I looked forward to his every word. He will never know how many times in my life I have leaned on his life lessons. Short, to the point, and relevant my whole life.

My favorite Coach Royal story occurred during the A&M game my senior year, my last home game for The University of Texas. The game was over. In the middle of the fourth quarter, I sacked the quarterback and as I got up, I straddled him and threw a “Hook’em Horns” down toward his face. I ran to the huddle and the next thing I knew, someone was tapping me on my shoulder. The guy who played behind me was telling me, “Coach Royal wants to see you.” I ran to the sideline and Coach Royal grabbed me by my face mask and shook it and said, “How many times do I have to tell you, you NEVER antagonize the opponent. Now get out there and do it right so I can take you out of the game and let people show you their appreciation for your career.”

My last home game, and he was still teaching me.

Thanks, Coach.

Loyd Wainscott