FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Frank Broyles was remembered as a championship coach, father, mentor, athletic director and guide for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease during a memorial celebration Saturday at Arkansas’ Bud Walton Arena.
Broyles, who led the Arkansas Razorbacks to their lone football national championship and later served as the athletic director for more than four decades, died Monday at the age of 92.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a member of the undefeated 1964 Arkansas football team, was among the speakers at the memorial.
“I wasn’t really important to coach Broyles in what we’re celebrating here today,” Jones said while looking toward Broyles’ family members. “Coach Broyles was totally essential to my life, though.”
That 1964 team, which also included former college and NFL coach Jimmy Johnson, was named the national champion by the Football Writers Association of America. Alabama was the AP national champion that season.
Broyles won almost 71 percent of his games in 19 years with the Razorbacks. He became the athletic director in 1974 while still the football coach, eventually retiring from the gridiron to focus on administrative duties following the 1976 season.