Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

Progress at a high price

Texas flag. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The story of former Texas football player Greg Ploetz is an inspiring one, a portrait of great accomplishments brushed alongside aching sadness. In a world that insists upon black-and-white absolutes – right and wrong, good and bad, love and hate – Ploetz’s tale will always be painted in gray strokes.

Summer thoughts

Andrew Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

Two of my daughters graduated high school the other day, so my thoughts are all over the place, and if you walk by me and say hello, I might start crying. Using this notes column as a bit of therapy…humor me…

Augie was pure Texan

Augie Garrido. (Texassports.com)

Augie Garrido never pretended to be a Texan. In fact, he never pretended to be anything other than what he was, which was many things that at first glance did not seem to be Texan at all.

His voice was certainly not anything like his predecessor, Cliff Gustafson, who might be the very definition of “Texan.” He drank wine and talked about psychology and hung out with Kevin Costner.

Texas too much for No.12 OU, 79-74

Mo Bamba. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — Texas plugged into a hyped-up crowd to run down No. 12 Oklahoma in the second half Saturday, beating the Sooners 79-74 in a raucous – and full – Frank Erwin Center.
Trailing 40-35 at halftime while shooting just 40 percent from the field, the Longhorns blitzed the Sooners in the second half, outscoring Lon Kruger’s team 44-34 to earn the win. Matt Coleman and Kerwin Roach led the second-half rush to push the Longhorns to a 15-8 overall record and a 5-5 Big 12 mark.

Dear Tom…

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

Since you’re taking a few days off after the Texas Tech game, I figured you might need a little reading material to pass the time. Since we both want Texas football to win again, and since I’ve been watching football since about 7-8 years before you were born and therefore I am a Football Expert, I figured I’d write a little note of encouragement, sprinkled with advice as you start looking toward 2018.

You’re welcome.