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Former Texas Baseball Head Coach Augie Garrido passes away at age 79

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College baseball’s all-time wins leader and five-time National Championship coach was 79 years old.

Augie Garrido, one of college baseball’s legendary coaches who claimed five National Championships, the final two at Texas, passed away early Thursday morning at the age of 79. Garrido’s storied 48-year baseball coaching career spanned six decades, including his final 20 seasons at Texas. He will be remembered as one of the most successful coaches in not only baseball, but college sports history. His achievements were many, but his legacy reaches far beyond the playing field.

“This is a very, very sad day,” said University of Texas Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte. “We lost one of the greatest coaches of all time, a truly special Longhorn Legend and college athletics icon. There will never be another Augie Garrido. He was a once-in-a-lifetime personality whose impact on Texas Athletics, collegiate baseball and the student-athletes he coached extended far beyond the playing field. If you were fortunate enough to have spent time with Augie, or if you followed him in any way, he had a great effect on you with his brilliant combination of wisdom, wit and charm. He was just an incredible coach, molder of men and a great person. He will be missed, but the memories of him and his awesome accomplishments will carry on forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jeannie, and his family.”

Garrido finished his career in 2016 as college baseball’s all-time wins leader (1,975 wins). He is the first baseball coach to lead two different schools to national titles (Cal State Fullerton and Texas) and is one of only four coaches in the modern era of NCAA baseball, football and men’s or women’s basketball to do so (Nick Saban, Rick Pitino and Urban Meyer). Garrido guided squads to National Championships in four different decades, and is one of only three coaches in history to win five or more NCAA titles (1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005).

He led his teams to the College World Series 15 times, made 33 NCAA Regional appearances, and won 16 NCAA Regional Tournament titles and 25 conference championships, while being named National Coach of the Year six times (1975, 1979, 1984, 1995, 2002, 2005).

“Augie was a giant in our game,” Texas head coach David Pierce said. “His impact on baseball, on the Forty Acres, and on me and so many others will live on forever. My thoughts are with Jeannie, his friends, his family, and all those who were lucky enough to have met him, played for him, or learned from him. His presence will be sorely missed but his legacy will never be forgotten.”

Hired in 1996 to continue the proud tradition of Longhorn baseball, Garrido did just that. After three years of laying the foundation of his program, 2000 was the year he brought the Horns back to the College World Series for the first time since 1993. He went on to lead Texas to eight College World Series appearances, winning the school’s fifth National Championship in 2002 and sixth in 2005. The six titles are the second-most for one school in NCAA baseball history.

“When we were looking for a baseball coach, we already knew that Augie was the guy we needed, and he did not disappoint,” former Texas Men’s Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds said. “We had watched him in the College World Series and we knew what he meant to college baseball and the special person he was. He was absolutely the right guy at the right time. He and his kids set the standard that caught fire within the athletics department when they won the National Championship in 2002, showing all of our sports what could be done at the highest level. Men’s basketball went to the Final Four in 2003, and football capped it with the National Championship in 2005. He and Jeannie have been part of our family for more than 20 years. Augie was a great coach, but most of all, he was a dear friend. We lost a great man today. He will be truly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with Jeannie, his family and his many friends.”

The Horns were runners-up twice (2004, 2009) and posted a pair of third-place finishes (2003, 2014). On the conference level, Texas won seven Big 12 Conference Championships (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and five league tournament crowns (2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2015). UT posted at least 50 victories six times in Garrido’s 20 years, topped by 58 wins in 2004. He finished his Longhorn career with a record of 824-427-2 (.658).

The Vallejo, Calif. native brought his own unique style to the game of college baseball and Longhorns athletics. He was known for the mental and physical development of his student-athletes and teams. His many honors, records, championships and victories are well documented, but the psychology with which he fostered that success may be what best defined him.

As a result of his unique style, the Major League Baseball Directors of Player Development once ranked Garrido as one of the top three baseball teachers in the nation. To deserve that distinction, Garrido coached three Golden Spikes Award winners, four National Players of the Year, six College World Series MVPs, 53 All-Americans (66 total honors), 14 all-league MVPs and 143 players who have gone on to professional baseball during his career. His 15 first-round picks in the MLB Draft include Longhorns Beau Hale (No. 14) in 2000, Omar Quintanilla (No. 33) in 2003, both J.P. Howell (No. 31) and 2005 American League Rookie of the Year Huston Street (No. 40) in 2004, the duo of Drew Stubbs (No. 8) and Kyle McCulloch (No. 29) in 2006, Chance Ruffin (No. 48) in 2010, Taylor Jungmann (No. 12) in 2011 and Corey Knebel (No. 39) in 2013.

A 1961 graduate of Fresno State, Garrido played three seasons for the Bulldogs and earned all-conference recognition, while also taking part in the 1959 College World Series. Along with his UT predecessor Cliff Gustafson, he is one of only 11 men ever to both play and coach in the CWS. Upon graduating, Garrido signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians and played six years in their minor league system before retiring in 1966 to accept a coaching position at Sierra High School in Tollhouse, Calif.

Three years later, Garrido’s collegiate coaching career would begin as he accepted the head job at San Francisco State in 1969. He then spent his next three seasons at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo (1970-72) before taking the reigns of the Cal State Fullerton program in 1973 where he embarked on the first of many highly-successful campaigns with the Titans. In two stints totaling 21 years as head coach there, Garrido produced a remarkable record of 929-391-6 (.703), while netting seven CWS appearances, one runner-up finish and three national crowns. In between his times at CSFU, Garrido led Illinois to a pair of Big 10 titles, including the school’s first in 26 seasons, and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.

Garrido’s name is held in high regard when people speak of his accomplishments in the College World Series. He is tied for second with five National Championships (trailing only Rod Dedeaux’s 10 at USC) and 15 appearances (trailing Cliff Gustafson with 17), and ranks third in victories (41) and series games played (63) among all-time coaches. He is also one of only eight men in history to coach two or more different teams in the CWS and only the third Longhorns head coach (Bibb Falk & Cliff Gustafson) in the 122 completed years of Texas Baseball to lead the Horns to Omaha. He was one of three coaches named to the College World Series Legends Team in 2010.

Along with his collegiate baseball coaching career, Garrido, who was selected for induction into both the Texas Sports and Titan Athletics halls of fame in 2005, also served as an assistant coach on Team USA in 1990, took his 1979 National Champion Fullerton team to Taiwan on a Goodwill Tour and managed in the Alaska Summer League. In the fall of 2008, Garrido was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor, and in the summer of 2013 he was inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame. In January 2016, he was enshrined in the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In May of that year, Garrido received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations for his lifelong commitment to hard work and sacrifice. He was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame that July.

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Baylor

Texas narrowly escaped with a victory against Baylor on Saturday, and there are several areas that the Longhorns must clean up to stay atop the Big 12

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Another week, another close ballgame that came down to the final drive for Texas. The Longhorns found themselves behind the eight ball when Sam Ehlinger exited the game with an injury in the 1st quarter, and Baylor ended up giving Texas all they could handle. Regardless, Texas is now 6-1 and sits alone atop of the Big 12 conference standings. The Longhorns will gladly welcome the bye week as they prepare for the final stretch of the season. Let’s take a look at the good and the bad from a 23-17 win over the Bears:

The Good

Texas finally has a 100-yard rusher

For the first time in the Tom Herman era, Texas had a 100-yard rusher. Freshman Keaontay Ingram finished the afternoon with 110 yards on 19 carries. It’s hard to believe it had been 20 games since the Longhorns had someone surpass the 100-yard rushing mark, but it is only appropriate Ingram was the one to break the streak. Ingram continues to see an uptick in touches and has proven to be the best running back on the roster.

Collin Johnson continues to dominate

Texas now has a good problem on their hands. Collin Johnson is playing himself into position to be a potential high NFL draft pick, and I don’t think you will find many people who are upset about it. Johnson has cemented himself as a number 1 receiver after turning in another great performance on Saturday, hauling in 11 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. The biggest improvement he has made from his first two seasons is his physicality. Johnson has proven to be reliable going over the middle of the field while also also improving his ability beat corners off the line of scrimmage.

The Bad

Punting

It’s hard to find a lot of negative when you look at Ryan Bujcevski’s stat line: 47.8 yards per punt and 3 punts inside the 20. Unfortunately, the stats do not tell the full story. Texas continues to have major issues getting punts off in a timely manner, and I am beginning to think it is more on Bujcevski than the protection unit. The Aussie takes far too long to get the ball off his foot once he receives the snap. Baylor nearly had a block yesterday, and it is a minor miracle the Longhorns have not had a punt blocked this year.

Opening drive scores

The Texas defense has had a tough time stopping opponents on their opening drives this season. In the 7 opening drives opponents have had against the Longhorns this year, 5 have ended in either a touchdown or field goal. Todd Orlando has stressed the importance of starting fast on defense, but a trend has emerged.

Cameron Dicker comes back to earth

Cameron Dicker carried over his momentum from his game winner against Oklahoma, going 3 for 3 on field goals in the first half, including a 47-yarder to end the half. The second half was a different story. Dicker missed a 34-yard attempt late in the 4th quarter that would have given Texas a 9-point lead. He followed it up with a miss from 51 yards. It has been a roller coaster ride for Tom Herman as he tries to manage the punting and kicking unit, but it’s hard to expect anything less since he is having to trot out a true freshman punter and kicker.

The Ugly

Zero second half points

The Longhorns had 5 drives in the second half — 2 ending in punts, 2 in missed field goals and one with an interception. Similar to the Kansas State game, the Texas offense moved the ball at times in the second half but were hurt by the inability to finish drives. Tom Herman and the offensive staff have shown improvements in making halftime adjustments, but the staff failed to put Shane Buechele and the offense in a position to finish off drives against a Baylor defense that ranked at or near the bottom of the Big 12 in nearly every major statistical category.

Sam Ehlinger’s injury

Texas fans now have a greater appreciation for Sam Ehlinger after watching the offense try to operate for almost 4 full quarters without him. Shane Buechele is considered a quality passer, but he fails to bring the running dimension to the offense that Ehlinger brings. The Longhorn offense is built around Ehlinger, and if he were to miss any extended period of time, it would not be good. If he is healthy enough for Oklahoma State, he needs to play. The Texas offense is not good enough to plug in the backup and rest the starter, even against a team like Oklahoma State.

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Seahorn’s Five Thoughts: Baylor

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Things didn’t go according to plan from the jump with Sam Ehlinger suffering a shoulder injury during the first series of the football game. Yet the Longhorns managed to gut out a win against the pesky Bears of Waco and move to 6-1 on the season. The Longhorns have now won 6 in a row and still have a chance to accomplish the goals they set out for at the start of the season. The main thing right now is for them to get healthy and nurse some bumps and bruises before heading to Stillwater to take on the Cowboys.

Here’s what I’ve got on my mind after today’s tight contest against Baylor.

  • It Wasn’t Pretty… but it was a Win

This game had a hard left turn in the first offensive series for Texas, with Ehlinger suffering a shoulder injury that would eventually rule him out for the rest of the game. This meant backup quarterback Shane Buechele was called in cold to guide the ship for the rest of the contest. Buechele hasn’t received a game snap all year long, and was thrown right into the pressure cooker. Thankfully the junior quarterback has several starts under his belt and he was able to lean on that experience to help get the Longhorns across the finish line today with a win today.

Don’t get it twisted, though. Ehlinger going out early completely changed the dynamics of this ball game and how the Texas offense typically operates. The designed quarterback runs were out the window, Ehlinger’s ability to improvise and hurt a defense with his feet was gone, and most importantly, the steady hand that has guided the Texas offense all year long was gone. Nobody really knew what to expect when Buechele was thrust into action this afternoon. He made some nice throws, led some solid drives, but he also had one interception on a ball that he overshot on a post, resulting in points for Baylor.

On the flip side of things the Texas defense had a solid day at the office, but with the offense handling some adversity, they had a tall task of slowing down a capable offense. The secondary had some forgettable moments today (particularly on third down and long), but at the end of the day they were able to hold the Baylor offense to 17 points and 328 yards of offense. When you take into account that a good chunk of that came on the final drive when the Bears started in the shadows of their own goal posts, then it’s not too bad in the grand scheme of things.

This wasn’t a style-point game like many hoped it would be and it wasn’t always pretty, but it was still a win nonetheless and you will take them however you can get them.

  • Keaontay Ingram Goes Over the Century Mark

Coming into the contest, Texas had yet to tally a 100-yard rusher, but that came to end via freshman running back Keaontay Ingram. Ingram led the Texas rushing attack to the tune of 110 yards on 19 carries (5.78 YPC) and he dazzled with some really nice runs, showing off his vision and patience in the process.

Ingram flashes remarkable traits and often seems to get positive yardage when it looks like he has no room to run. There were times where I could see penetration from the Baylor front before Ingram got to the LOS and he still managed to squeeze through the hole and pop out on the other side. Mind you, this is all transpiring after Tom Herman said that Ingram isn’t playing at 100% from the injury that caused him to miss a game earlier this year.

The future is bright for #26 in burnt orange, who looks better every week.

  • Dicker the Kicker is Mortal

Freshman kicker Cameron Dicker showed today that even after draining a game-winning kick against Oklahoma last week and making three field goals afternoon, he is in fact capable of missing. The freshman from Lake Travis started the day 3 for 3 before missing two kicks (both his shortest and longest attempts) that would have put the game out of reach for Baylor.

It may sound like I’m nitpicking here on a freshman, but when points were at a premium like they were today, you have to push one of those through and give yourself a little more wiggle room.

  • The Secondary has Some Sore Spots That Need Addressing

The Texas defense only allowed 240 yards passing today against a pretty good offense, but they were also fortunate in some cases that it wasn’t more. This is going to feel like I’m calling some guys out, but when Baylor needed a big play or was in a crucial spot they seemed to always go at whoever PJ Locke or Davante Davis was covering.

Both Davis and Locke have spilled blood for the program and have been solid citizens, but it seems obvious at times that teams are picking on them. I’ve been quietly wondering if the defensive staff would start working in some alternative options, but as the season has moved forward they’ve continued to roll with their guys.

I don’t have access to how practices play out, so I’m not sure if guys like Josh Thompson or Anthony Cook aren’t doing enough to unseat the veterans, but I know what I see on Saturdays hasn’t been great. Eventually it could get this team beat if the right opponent presents itself.

  • The Injury of Sam Ehlinger

I hate ending on a sour note, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad bit concerned about the injury that kept Ehlinger out for essentially the entire ball game. When Ehlinger emerged from the locker room, most thought he was just getting the cut on his hand addressed, but others noticed he was not really moving his shoulder as he moved around. Herman addressed the media after the game and disclosed that Ehlinger suffered an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder, and that they were hopeful that he could be throwing by the end of the week.

The silver lining is that Texas is heading into a bye week, so Texas has an extra week to get 11 healthy. If he does have to miss a game, they have an extra week to get Buechele reps and game ready for road test against a team that Texas has struggled with in recent contests.

The down side of things is that injury of this nature could take several weeks to fully heal, and with Ehlinger being as important as he is to the team, you may not want to risk further aggravating the injury. Needless to say, this is going to be something to monitor closely as the matchup gets closer.

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#9 Longhorns survive Baylor scare, win 23-17

Texas survives a late comeback attempt by Baylor to improve to 6-1

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The Longhorns survived.

Backup quarterback Shane Buechele replaced an injured Sam Ehlinger on the opening drive of the game and Cameron Dicker missed two critical field goals, but the Longhorns managed to hang on and beat Baylor for their sixth straight win. Texas failed to score points in the second half after taking a 23-10 lead into the locker room at halftime. Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter to bring the Bears within 6 points of the Longhorns. Baylor held the last drive of the game, starting at their own 3 yard line, and with :06 left had marched to the Texas 17-yard line. With :01 left, Brewer’s final pass sailed out of the end zone incomplete, and the Longhorns won their 4th straight game over the Bears.

Texas running back Keaontay Ingram rushed for 110 yards on 19 carries, leading all players in rushing. Buechele completed 20/34 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown, throwing one interception — the first for the team since the 4th quarter of the Maryland game. Collin Johnson had a big day in the air, catching 11 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown.

Head coach Tom Herman praised his backup quarterback, despite the fact he hasn’t seen the field since the Longhorns’ bowl game against Missouri last season.

“Shane Buechele is the most engaged; he’s the most prepared; he’s the most positive coaching backup quarterback I’ve ever been around in my life and I’ve been around some really good ones. Really, really good ones.

Ehlinger’s injury was classified as an AC sprain on his throwing shoulder, and he will have an MRI to make sure that there is no ligament damage. Herman is hopeful that rest, treatment, and the upcoming bye week will aid in Ehlinger’s recovery, allowing him to be available for Oklahoma State in two weeks.

The Texas defense held Baylor to 88 yards rushing and 240 yards passing.  Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer finished 20/39 for 240 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Denzel Mims led the Bears in receiving with 3 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.

The Longhorns improve to 6-1 overall with the win and 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference.

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Staff Predictions: Baylor vs. Texas

Texas looks to continue its winning ways against an underrated Baylor team

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The Baylor Bears travel to Austin to try and end the Longhorns’ current streak of success. Since Art Briles left, the Baylor program has not been the same — but Matt Rhule appears to have the Bears heading in the right direction. The Baylor offense will give the Texas defense some problems, but having a full crowd at DKR after a big rivalry win will make it very difficult for the Bears to pull off the upset.

Daniel Seahorn (2-4)

Can this Texas team put a big Oklahoma win behind them and avoid a hangover against the Bears from Waco? I for one am anxious to see how this team handles success as the season wears on, particularly after a win over a conference rival that was exhausting physically and emotionally.

The Longhorns are the better team on paper and should be on Saturday.  The Bears aren’t going to roll over, though. They have an offense that is able to give a defense some problems. The Longhorns control their destiny after the win over the Sooners, and now more than ever need to be following their mantra of going 1-0 each week. Focus on the task at hand with the Bears, and everything else will take care of itself.

I like the the Longhorns to be victorious this week, but I expect the Bears to be more competitive than they were last year in Waco.

Prediction: Texas 45, Baylor 27

Jameson McCausland (4-2)

The trend with Texas this season is playing up and down to their competition. If that continues on Saturday, Texas will find itself in a close ballgame late in the 4th quarter. The 2018 Baylor Bears are not as bad as some think. They are extremely thin at certain positions, but Matt Rhule has brought in some nice pieces to build around, namely QB Charlie Brewer.

The Baylor defense is terrible, and that is putting it nicely. This is a unit that is worse than the Oklahoma unit Texas put up 48 points on a week ago. I expect big games from Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram, and I will predict a long touchdown for Devin Duvernay. Baylor will hang around for most of the game, but I expect the Texas offense to simply be too much.

Prediction: Texas 38, Baylor 21

Aaron Carrara (5-1)

Post-Oklahoma, Tom Herman mentioned how nice it was for his offense to carry the team instead of having to rely on the defense to get the job done. The Longhorns will need Sam Ehlinger and the offense to put up points and carry the team against a Baylor offense that is equally as capable as the Sooners. Texas has the edge in defense, which is why I think they get the job done on Saturday. I expect Texas to have success in the air against the Bears, but I would be surprised if they aren’t run-heavy against a defense that allows almost 200 rushing yards per game. Keaontay Ingram was 14 yards shy of the century mark against the Sooners, but he could be in for a big day on Saturday. Todd Orlando’s defense needs to play better than they did in the 4th quarter against Oklahoma, or it could be an interesting game. Baylor is no slouch and Texas knows it, but Tom Herman has done a fantastic job of preaching and ingraining the 1-0 mentality week after week with his players.

Prediction: Texas 38, Baylor 31

Harrison Wier (2-4)

Baylor is no slouch. Texas fans may not know it, but Texas certainly does. If the Longhorns allow the Bears to stay in the game, things could get interesting late. I ultimately believe Texas will come away victorious due to lack of productivity from the Bears defense this season.

Todd Orlando has a great opportunity to use this game as a confidence-builder for his unit. The Baylor offense is extremely capable of putting up points on anyone, and if Texas holds, it could do wonders for the unit’s confidence after giving up 21 unanswered points to Oklahoma last week. The Texas offense has been consistent and dominant lately, and that should not change on Saturday. I expect big games from Sam Ehlinger and the Texas running back corps.

Ultimately, Texas should be too much for Baylor. Matt Rhule has the Bears heading in the right direction, but the program is just not quite there in terms of competing with the rest of the conference. Texas will impose its will at times and hopefully not take its foot off the gas.

Prediction: Texas 42, Baylor 31

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