“Frank Broyles, Arkansas Legend”

From the Desk of Your AD

One year ago, August 14, 2017, the Razorback Nation lost its guiding light. After more than a half century serving the University of Arkansas as a football coach, athletics director and goodwill ambassador, Frank Broyles passed away at his home in Fayetteville at the age of 92.

As we pause to commemorate the anniversary of his passing, we also take time to celebrate the extraordinary life and his many legacies that continue to endure. Coach Broyles is one of the true iconic figures in the history of Arkansas and intercollegiate athletics. His passion for this program, this state and the Razorbacks was truly remarkable. His influence spread far beyond the borders of Arkansas, even to those who did not have the privilege to know him personally. While I regret that the timing of my arrival in Arkansas didn’t afford me an opportunity to meet Coach Broyles, I have enjoyed spending time with members of the Broyles family and learning more about Coach through the personal stories and memories they have shared.

To help preserve his truly inspiring story, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics commissioned a tribute film to commemorate Broyles’ life and legacy. “Frank Broyles, Arkansas Legend” was produced and edited by Jim Borden and researched and written by Larry Foley, Professor and Chair of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. Former University of Arkansas quarterback Scott Bull, who played for the Razorbacks under Coach Broyles from 1972-75, is the narrator for the film. Last April, the 14-minute film won a Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival King Foundation Award – the top award given during the BEA’s Festival of Media Arts.

On this day of reflection for the Razorback Family, I hope you will enjoy this award-winning tribute to a true difference maker. Coach Broyles’ legacy lives on and continues to shape every aspect of the Razorback Nation.