UT baseball coach Garrido arrested, suspended by university UT baseball coach Garrido arrested, suspended by university By
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Sunday, January 18, 2009
University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido, the all-time victories leader in NCAA Division I, was suspended indefinitely with pay Saturday after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in downtown Austin.
Garrido, 69, was driving a Porsche Cayenne west on Sixth Street when officer Robert Gilbert, who works with the Austin Police Department's DWI enforcement team, noticed the car's headlights weren't on, according to police Cmdr. Donald Baker.
Baker said Gilbert initiated a traffic stop just before 1 a.m., and that Garrido got out of the car as Gilbert approached.
Baker said Gilbert noticed the smell of alcohol and ruled that Garrido was impaired after a field sobriety test was administered. According to the police affidavit, Garrido told Gilbert he had consumed five glasses of wine and was intoxicated.
Garrido refused blood and breath tests, Baker said.
Texas men's athletics director DeLoss Dodds said in a statement that Garrido's suspension was pending "until further information can be gathered. This is a difficult and regrettable situation that we are taking very seriously. I spoke with coach Garrido and he's devastated and realizes he made a serious mistake. He deeply regrets putting the university in this position and will act quickly to do what's right."
Garrido, the highest-paid coach in college baseball, received a $160,000 raise this offseason that will bring his annual salary to $800,000. The five-year contract, which begins in September, calls for Garrido's salary to be increased by at least $50,000 per year, meaning he is scheduled to become the first college coach to make $1 million or more by September 2012.
The contract also states that if Garrido was dismissed from his job, he would receive $300,000 per year for each year left on the contract. However, he would not receive that money if he resigned or was terminated for cause under the university's "standard of conduct" provisions.
Garrido, who has led Texas to two national championships in 12 seasons, told officers he had been at Eddie V's on East Fifth Street and J. Black's Feel Good Lounge on West Sixth Street before his arrest.
Garrido did not answer his phone Saturday afternoon and his voice mailbox was full.
"He feels bad right now, but he's doing good," said the Longhorns' associate head coach, Tommy Harmon. "He addressed the team earlier today along with DeLoss Dodds."
Harmon will take over the team along with pitching coach Skip Johnson, who was at a pitching camp all day and hadn't spoken with Garrido as of Saturday afternoon.
"Augie is the head coach, and other than that there isn't somebody who's in charge," Harmon said. "Skip and I will take over while coach Garrido is out, and we'll divide everything up and we'll run things as usual."
The last time Garrido missed games for the Longhorns was in 2006, when he had symptoms of dehydration. Harmon took over coaching duties for a victory over UT-San Antonio.
Harmon said the Longhorn coaches work with the players just two hours per week in January, one of the slowest times of the year. That increases to 20 hours per week on Feb. 1 when practice starts. The Longhorns' first game is scheduled for Feb. 20, against the University of Illinois-Chicago at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Garrido has a career record of 1,668-777-8 in 40 seasons. Since coming to Texas in 1996, he is 517-253-1, including trips to the College World Series in five of the past nine years. Garrido also won three national titles with Cal State Fullerton.
However, the Longhorns have fallen on hard times lately, being knocked out of an NCAA regional in each of the past three seasons.
Garrido said last week he was looking forward to the 2009 season. He said he wasn't feeling any pressure after the past few years.
"You're going to see a different attitude with the team this year," he said. "We've got guys who really are going to give everything they have every game. You see it every practice. You see it in our leaders."