Fare thee Well Frank Broyles

Frank Broyles, who led Arkansas football to their only national championship, died Monday in Fayetteville, Ark. He was 92. Broyles passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Broyles coached in that golden age of the Southwest Conference when he and Texas head coach Darrell Royal exchanged heavy weight punches. In Broyles 19 years in charge at Arkansas, either the Razorbacks or Horns won or shared the conference title fifteen times. 

Frank Broyles

Frank Broyles

Broyles won 70% of his games at Arkansas including his 1964 team that won the national title. From November of 1963, the Hogs won 22 straight. Broyles' 1965 team went undefeated before LSU dashed their chance at consecutive titles in the Cotton Bowl. 

A standout quarterback at Georgia Tech, Broyles took a brief break from college to join the Seabees at the end of World War II. After the War, Broyles received his degree from Tech and had a short stint in the NFL. Broyles then went into coaching. He held assistant coaching jobs at Baylor, Florida and Georgia Tech and led Missouri to a 5-4-1 record as head coach in 1957 before Arkansas hired him.

Broyles left coaching after the 1976 season and went into the athletic department at Arkansas. Once there he oversaw one of the most impressive facilities upgrades in school history and hired Nolan Richardson to lead the basketball team. Broyles also went up to the broadcast booth where he had a distinguished career doing play by play for some of the biggest games in college football. 

He oversaw the Hogs exit from the Southwest Conference and entrance into the Southeastern Conference in 1992. Broyles retired from Arkansas in 2007, ending 50 years with the university. 

Godspeed Coach. You did good. Real good. 

Posted on August 14, 2017 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.