Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s February 14th — 45 down, 322 to go.
And 15 till Leap Day.
YESTERDAY: No. 24 Texas fell to No. 14 Iowa State in Ames. No. 6 Kansas escaped No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman. No. 21 Baylor wasn’t so lucky against Texas Tech. Over at NBA All-Star Weekend, Minnesota’s Zach LaVine won his second straight dunk contest while Golden State’s Klay Thompson prevailed in the 3-point shooting contest. And from the news world, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died and the Republicans held another debate.
TODAY: It’s Valentine’s Day. By the time you’re probably reading this, thousands of racers will be running the Austin Marathon. The sixth-ranked Texas women travel to No. 21 Oklahoma (1:30, FS1, 104.9). The NBA All-Star Game is played (7:10, TNT).
TOMORROW: The high school softball playoffs begin around the state.
Feb. 14 has a sports history. On this date, South African model Reeva Steenkamp was murdered by South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (2013); Clyde Drexler was traded from the Trail Blazers to the Rockets, who went on to win that year’s NBA title (1995); Joe Gibbs, after winning three Super Bowls with the Redskins, won his first Daytona 500 as a NASCAR owner (1993); speed skater Bonnie Blair became the first American woman to win three Winter Olympics gold medals (1992); Mike Tyson and Robin Givens were divorced (1989); Britain’s Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won ice-dancing gold at the Winter Olympics with their memorable “Bolero” routine (1984); and Wilt Chamberlain broke the NBA career scoring record, at 20,884 points (1966).
Last year on Feb. 14, the Yankees decided to retire Andy Pettite‘s uniform number. And the Austin Marathon was run.
Today’s sports birthdays: Jadeveon Clowney (23), Alshon Jeffery (26), Drew Bledsoe (44), Jim Kelly (56) and Dave Dravecky (60). Steve McNair would’ve turned 43 today. Other notables: Simon Pegg (46) and Michael Bloomberg (74). Oh, and Florence Henderson (Mrs. Brady) is 82.
Today’s trivia: Who did the Rockets beat for that 1995 NBA title? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
Top of the menu: Augie Garrido. And Cliff Gustafson.
Those two venerable baseball coaches — with 3,416 career wins seven national championships between them — are the combined faces of Texas baseball. Gus, who turned 85 on Friday, won a Southwest Conference title as a Longhorns player and then coached Texas to 22 SWC titles, 17 College World Series appearances and 35 All-Americans in his 29-year career as coach here. And Garrido, who turned 77 on Feb. 6, is college baseball’s all-time leader in wins and has won five national titles in 15 CWS appearances. Actually, Garrido serves as the face of two programs in Texas and Cal State Fullerton. In his time at Texas, Garrido has coached three Golden Spike Award winners, four national players of the year, six CWS MVPs and 53 All-Americans.
Garrido begins his 20th season with the Longhorns this coming Friday. He recently sat down with our own Ryan Autullo for a wide-ranging Q&A in today’s Statesman, a discussion that spanned everything from this year’s team (“Do you have a championship contender this year?”) to last year’s team (“Have you diagnosed why last year didn’t meet expectations?”) to his long-time girlfriend (“Ever gonna get married?”) to just what it means to be a college baseball Zen master. He answered every question.
Augie’s got two more years on his UT contract and he told Autullo that he intends to see that through. His next win — which may come as soon as Friday, when the Longhorns open their season at home against UNLV — will be his 800th victory at Texas.
Texas’ baseball stadium is named for another pair of UT coaching legends — Billy Disch, who led UT to 20 SWC titles from 1911-39, and Bibb Falk, who like Gus was a Texas player himself before leading the Horns to CWS titles in 1949 and 1950. Exactly how will Texas handle honoring Gustafson and Garrido?
Modern-day Texas baseball is a who’s who of All-Americans and future MLB players. Here’s a Breakfast quiz for you: Can you name which of these Horns baseball players were coached by Gustafson and which were coached by Garrido?
Answers are below the quiz.
- 1. Mike Capel
- 2. Scott Coolbaugh
- 3. Ron Gardenhire
- 4. Brooks Kieschnick
- 5. Corey Knebel
- 6. Dustin Majewski
- 7. Keith Moreland
- 8. Calvin Murray
- 9. Omar Quintanilla
- 10. Shane Reynolds
- 11. Andre Robertson
- 12. Bruce Ruffin
- 13. J.D. Smart
- 14. Curtis Thigpen
- 15. Ricky Wright
Answer key — 1. Gustafson; 2. Gustafson; 3. Gustafson; 4. Gustafson; 5. Garrido; 6. Garrido; 7. Gustafson; 8. Gustafson; 9. Garrido; 10. Gustafson; 11. Gustafson; 12. Gustafson; 13. Gustafson; 14. Garrido; 15. Gustafson.
So, what else is being written out there about the Longhorns?
Charlie Strong, down three assistant coaches, filled one of those openings on Saturday when he hired Toledo’s Anthony Johnson to coach the running backs. Johnson was a UT running back himself, under Mack Brown. All the staff shakeups (DBs coach Chris Vaughn and WRs coach Jay Norvell both left on Thursday) aren’t a good look for Strong, our own Kirk Bohls wrote. Also in today’s Statesman, we wrote about Paul and Imani Boyette, whose football/women’s basketball crossover union is the perfect Valentine’s Day read. And we had coverage of Saturday’s 85-75 loss at Iowa State, a rare off-night for the UT defense.
AROUND THE BIG 12: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel wrote about what remains a Big 12 absolute — there’s just no stopping the Kansas Jayhawks. There was no stopping the Texas Tech men on Saturday; the Red Raiders knocked off No. 21 Baylor, 84-66. Here’s how they did it. The Daily Oklahoman’s coverage of Saturday’s 76-72 loss to Kansas centered around an afternoon of missed opportunities and a closer look at Isaiah Cousins‘ last-second shot that failed to fall. And the paper also wrote about the newest Oklahoma State football player — Barry Sanders Jr., now a Cowboys running back just like his old man. And the Cincinnati Enquirer explored the University of Cincinnati’s hopes at joining the Big 12.
AROUND THE FORTY ACRES:
Football: Charlie Strong, down three assistant coaching positions, filled one of them on Saturday when he hired Toledo’s Anthony Johnson to coach the running backs. Johnson was a UT running back himself, under Mack Brown.
Women’s basketball: Joyner Holmes, a UT signee from Cedar Hill, has been named one of 10 national semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy Girls’ High School Player of the Year. The winner will be announced on March 10.
Golf: Junior Beau Hossler, who took over the No. 1 ranking in the country last week, also has been named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List. The 25 golfers on the list will be pared to 10 semifinalists on April 13.
Softball: Texas (4-0) has yet to lose in its season-opening Texas Classic, beating Arkansas on Thursday, North Carolina on Friday and sweeping North Carolina and Arkansas in a Saturday doubleheader. The Horns close the Classic out today at noon against North Dakota State (McCombs Field, LHN). … Earlier this week, UT announced sophomore pitcher Erica Wright was ruled out indefinitely because of a rib injury. No timetable for her return.
Track and field: The women’s 1,600-meter relay team posted the fourth fastest college time ever on Saturday at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas, and the men’s 1,600 relay set a new school record. Over at the Husker Invitational in Seattle, Ryan Crouser broke his own school record in the shot put. … Women’s sprinter Courtney Okolo was named the Big 12’s athlete of the week after winning her first 400 of the season at the Husker Invitational on Feb. 5.
Soccer: UT’s 2016 signing class was ranked 15th nationally and best in the Big 12 by Top Drawer Soccer. The Horns signed nine players, including two goalkeeper transfers.
On Feb. 14, 2005: A group of college students launched YouTube. The very first upload? A video by co-founder Jawed Karim titled “Me at the zoo.” Some 29,157,473 hits later, it’s still on the site.
On Feb. 14, 1970: The Who‘s legendary “Live at Leeds” album was recorded.
On Feb. 14, 1912: Arizona became the 48th state.
Trivia answer: The Houston Rockets swept the Orlando Magic in four games to win the 1995 NBA championship.
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