UT Baseball Coach Sits Out Four Games
University of Texas Baseball Coach Augie Garrido told reporters and fans he made “a serious mistake” when he was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in downtown Austin in the early morning hours of January 17. In a news conference this afternoon, Garrido thanked U.T. Athletic Director Deloss Dodds for standing by him through the episode.
“I’m a little bit emotional and a little bit nervous, because of what Deloss said,” Garrido said, fighting to control his emotions at a January 23 news conference. “It’s a little bit harder, when you start to get personal, and you know the people you’ve had an effect on in a negative way.”
University athletic officials suspended Garrido with pay after the incident. That suspension will continue through the first four games of the 2009 baseball season. He admitted his actions were counter to the university’s standards.
“I have violated-on my own, with my own decision-the mission of the university. I’m solely responsible for that,” the coach continued.
Garrido has been the head baseball coach at Texas for 13 seasons, leading them to the 2005 National Championship. He has amassed more wins than any other baseball coach in NCAA history.