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Texas Longhorn forward Aaliyah Moore (21) flexes her muscles after a shot is made against the Utah Utes during the second round game of the 2022 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX on March 18,2022.The late University of Texas football coach Darrell K. Royal had already won all three of his national championships when he offered some advice to a new hire in 1976.“This job’s not that hard,” the soon-to-be-retired Royal told then–rookie women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt. “You just have to be number one or better.”Conradt went on to build Longhorns women’s hoops as surely as DKR built football; she and Royal are the only coaches who’ve been honored with statues on the UT-Austin campus. They were also irreplaceable—including by their own late-career selves. Royal won his last national title in 1970 and went 5-5-1 in his final season; it took the Horns 21 years and three coaches before Mack Brown began to set the program right. Conradt,…

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