Is this Augie’s farewell season?

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Texas head coach Augie Garrido is all smiles before the start of their game against Texas State in a non-conference game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Tuesday evening April 21, 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

For the longest time, Texas Baseball has been a powerhouse, not only in the state of Texas, but across the nation. As of 2013, the Longhorns rank 1st in the NCAA in total wins with 3,246 (the next closest being Florida State with 2,568) and in winning percentage, .740. This made Augie Garrido, the winningest college baseball coach of all time, a perfect fit for the Horns when he was hired in 1997. Since then, the Horns have strived winning 800 games and 2 national championships in 20 seasons.

In recent history, the Longhorns have struggled to recreate their past success. With the exception of 2014, where Augie’s squad went 43-19 and finished 2 wins away from another national championship, The Longhorns have finished around .500 each year.

With that said, the 2016 baseball season is on pace to be Augie’s worst on the 40 Acres. With many Longhorn fans calling for Augie’s head on a silver platter, Mike Perrin, Texas’s Athletic Director, as quit a decision to make in the offseason. Texas’s administration has shown no fear of new faces over the last few years. With 2 new athletic directors and the replacements of Texas Legends Mack Brown and Rick Barnes, is it about time for Texas to complete the clean sweep of the big three head coaches?

I believe the answer is yes.

Although Augie has done so much for the Texas program over the last 20 years, the question is not wether Augie deserves another season to prove himself, but will he get the opportunity. With the recent theme of the athletic department of starting over and the ever-growing voice of the average fan via social media, it is hard for me to believe that Augie will be given another season. With that said, enjoy every last passionate speech and red-faced argument with the ump that Augie has left and don’t be surprised to a new face in the dugout the next time the Longhorns open the season.


Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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