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Augie Garrido: "I'm Mad as Hell"

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT


The last time the University of Texas baseball team went an entire season without winning a single conference series was 1956. With only a pair of conference weekends left in the 2013 season, the Longhorns have yet to win a Big 12 series. Texas is 0-and-6 with three game sets vs. Kansas State and TCU remaining.

In the midst of one of the worst seasons of his career, Texas head baseball coach Augie Garrido sat down one-on-one with KEYE TV's Adam Winkler. Here are the topics discussed in part one of the interview:

296 teams play division one college baseball. As of May 1, Texas ranks 267th nationally in runs scored. Garrido has won more games than anyone else in the history of college baseball, and he's done it with a "small ball" brand of baseball. With the Longhorns struggles, would Garrido consider changing his offensive philosophy?

"You have to have discipline and you have to have mental toughness to be able to stick to the offense as a whole," Garrido told KEYE TV sports. "You have to be unselfish and not worry about your batting average, so you can stay in the moment and help the team. Help the team any way you can. We lost our focus on that."

43 games into the season, is it frustrating that the team lacks focus?

"It's challenging," admitted Garrido. "I would be frustrated if I didn't know what to do, but I'm doing something every day. I have an emotional job at the personal level where I feel like the fans do. That's how I understand them.

"I'm damn disappointed. I'm mad. I'm mad as hell," said Garrido, in his 17th season at Texas. "But that's just personal. Professionally, I have to find a way to get this corrected. As the Texas coach, my professional responsibilities are to find solutions. I can't find them if I'm blaming someone else. I can't find them if I'm not positive and I can't fake that."

Garrido is 74 years old. How many more seasons like this or seasons in general for that matter can he put up with?

"There won't be another season like this," Garrido said sternly. "Because we'll solve the problem."

So Garrido has no plans to retire?

"I'll be here to solve the problem unless [Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds] fires me," Augie confirmed. "I'm not moving away. I've been through this six times. The reason the highlights are there are because of seasons just like this. It was never going to happen again. It did. So if there's a highlight film, it's built on all of what happens here in the cellar."

Texas hosts Kansas State Friday through Sunday for its final home Big 12 series of the season.

By Adam Winkler


Augie Garrido: "I'm Mad as Hell"


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