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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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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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