AUSTIN — Disappointing seasons sure are disappointing, especially when they come on the heels of another disappointing season. When four of the last five seasons have been disappointing for Texas Baseball, well, I think you get the picture.
Since Texas’ last regular season Big 12 Championship in 2011, the Horns have one Big 12 trophy, a conference tournament championship in 2015, and have advanced to Omaha only once, finishing third in 2014.
For a program with the highest standards, not being in the thick of it for the regular season championship is a letdown. For Texas fans, that is not even the worst part.
Texas failed to make the tournament in 2012 and 2013. A strong late season rally in 2014 earned their way in, and the conference tournament, the only way, got them into postseason play in 2015. In 2016, they stayed home again for the third time in six years.
Teams with 35 appearances in Omaha and 57 NCAA tournament appearances and more wins than anyone in Division I baseball history do not miss the postseason entirely at a 50% clip.
UT has made it to half of the College World Series that have been played, yet have only gone once in the last five years. Texas has not played to the standard it should hold itself to since 2012.
2016 was no different in missing the high expectations that Texas baseball has. The Horns finished 10-14 in conference and 25-32 overall. They failed to put together a winning streak of more than three games the entire season. It was Texas’ first season finishing under .500 overall since 1998. They had no chance to make the postseason unless they made another miraculous Big 12 Tournament run. And they didn’t.
Head coach Augie Garrido wants to come back. He wants to right the ship that he has sailed since 1997. He is under contract for one more season after receiving a two-year extension in July of 2014.
It is one thing to right a ship sailing off course. It is an entirely different thing to try and remove water that has already made it onto the ship, and that is what Garrido is asking to do when he wants to coach in 2017.
Since 2012, Texas has seen one of the most disappointing stretches in the entire program’s history. As with actual maritime vessels, in baseball, the responsibility lies upon the captain.