Feb. 10, 2011
"Emory had been a fine high school coach when he came to Texas, and he had a great football mind. He was the one who recommended to me that we try the Wishbone. Not only was he an outstanding coach as far as X’s and O’s were concerned -he taught well. He was an excellent teacher of the game. To say he was an important member of our staff at that time is an understatement. He was a true friend, and that didn’t change whether he was in Austin, College Station or Starkville."
"I first met Coach Bellard when our Tulane team played his Mississippi State team during his last season there. He was a true gentleman, and was everything a coach should stand for. From a historical standpoint, few men have ever done what he and Coach Royal did with the Wishbone. They created a formation that brought an entirely new concept to the game of football. More than that, he was a great ambassador for the coaching profession, from the high school coaches to the assistants to head coaches who followed him. He had great ideas and was always willing to help young coaches by sharing them. He will always have a special place when it comes to Longhorn football."