When Frank Broyles opens his mouth, football comes out, with a touch of reason. He’s more Southern than grits, with the perfect, stereotypical drawl, a tyrant say some, a good guy say others, a humanitarian say most, a Renaissance man say all. At 84, he may be more vital now than he’s ever been.
Over the past half-century, collegiate athletics has known no greater face or voice than Frank Broyles. He served as Arkansas football coach from 1957-76, winning the national championship in 1964, losing the famous “Nixon Game” by a point in 1969. After seriously considering a life as a professional bridge player, in 1976 he became the Razorbacks’ powerful athletic director, retiring in 2007. For nine years, while still in office at Arkansas, he sat alongside Keith Jackson as ABC’s chief college football analyst.