UT Head Coach Augie Garrido, middle, pauses for the national anthem at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Friday April 15, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Golden: It’s the beginning of the end for Augie ball at Texas

Posted May 3rd, 2016

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In today’s Golden’s Nuggets, Cedric touches on a Bevo-related item – Augie Garrido’s tenure as the UT baseball coach. Here’s what he had to say:

The Texas baseball team gave fans hope with series wins over Big 12 leaders Texas Tech and TCU, but like I told Kirk Bohls on last week’s “On Second Thought” podcast, I was skeptical that this team could find a consistent gear to propel itself into the NCAA tournament.

After the home sweep at the hands of Oklahoma State — Texas never led all weekend — it’s easy to figure out that we’re witnessing the beginning of the end of the Augie Garrido era. From having been around him for many years, I can assure you that stepping aside is the last thing on his mind right now because the Horns can still get in by winning the Big 12 tournament.

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The realists among us must point to the 20-24 record, the 9-9 conference mark in the Big 12 that’s down this year and the 101 RPI that won’t impress anybody as reasons to believe the administration might take a hard look at cutting Garrido a check for $300,000 to buy out the final year of his contract.

Season No. 20 has been no picnic for a man I admire, and who one day will have a statue erected in front of the stadium. He certainly doesn’t want to end his career with a dud like this one, but it isn’t unfair to suggest the end could be closer than any of us could have imagined at the beginning of the season.

The numbers, they are ugly:

  • Since starting the season 4-2 at home, the Horns are 9-14 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
  • Texas’ 3.78 team ERA is the worst for a Longhorns team since 2008 (4.48).
  • Over their last 90 Big 12 games — that’s the equivalent of 30 series — the Horns are 40-50.

Augie would be the first to admit that the team’s performance has been sub-par for whatever reasons (lack of production, injuries, etc.), but for a program that was built on the words “Omaha is mandatory,” just getting to the NCAAs has become a real struggle of late.

For the rest of Cedric’s nuggets including his thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys’ draft haul, the potential NBA Western Conference finals and Floyd Mayweather’s 50th fight, click here.

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