University of Texas Baseball Coach Arrested for Texas DWI in Austin

UT Baseball Coach DWIAugie Garrido, the head baseball coach of the University of Texas, has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest for suspicion of drunk driving in Austin. According to the Austin Police Department arrest report, Garrido was driving his Porsche Cayenne on west 6th Street around 1:00 am Saturday morning without using his headlights. He failed a field sobriety test and refused to submit to a breath or blood test. Garrido admitted to having five glasses of wine before the arrest.

Students have mixed reactions to the Texas DWI arrest. Some believe in second chances and respect Garrido’s coaching skills, while others hope that he is not given special handling just because he is a coach at a major institution.

Garrido, 69, has the most wins of an NCAA Division 1 college baseball coach (1,668) and has earned five national championships during his 39-year career. He is beginning his 12th year at the University of Texas, and has taken the Longhorns to five College World Series and two national championships.

The UT athletic director, Deloss Dodds, said the university is taking the situation seriously. Garrido has been suspended with pay. His salary was raised by $160,000 for the current season to $800,000, and his contract extends to 2012 with incremental raises of at least $50,000 per year. According to his contract, Garrido would be paid $300,000 for each year left on his contract if he is let go. However, if he is found to have violated the university’s ‘standard of conduct’ clause, he would receive nothing.

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