Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

Slow Down… Just Breathe

Jerrod Heard. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Stop.Just, stop.

Stop eating so fast. Stop checking your phone. Stop riding so close to that guy’s bumper. Stop listening to talk radio. Stop snapping at everybody. Stop. Every year at this time, since I started this gig in the spring of 2006, I write this column. The Texas Longhorns have a predictable way of causing their fans to consider jumping off tall buildings.

Should Augie Stay?

Augie Garrido. (

Most of you, I would suspect, will not agree with what I’m about to say. If you are on this site, you probably are serious about your Longhorns, you have high expectations for UT sports teams, and you want the school to always strive to do the right thing.

Which is why Augie Garrido should be allowed to finish his contract next year as the Texas baseball coach.

Big Fish or Bigger Fish… realignment talk

Mike Perrin. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The headlines use the word “flirting” when discussing possible discussions between the Big 12 and a list of suitors who would love to maneuver themselves into a Power Five conference.

It certainly makes perfect sense for the non-Power Five schools to flirt their way to the big buffet table of money: revenue generated by the big dawgs in the big conferences is obscene. Everybody wants a big piece of the green pie.

Norvell and Heard speak

Jay Norvell. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — Sifting through the carnage of Saturday’s 50-7 meltdown at TCU, Texas offensive play-caller Jay Norvell was surprisingly positive at his Tuesday media availability. Of course, he doesn’t really have a choice.