Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

Augie was pure Texan

Augie Garrido. (

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.

Buechele or Ehlinger? Yes…

Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger (Justin Wells/IT)

November has arrived, and though everyone more clearly understands the strengths and limitations of Texas quarterbacks Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger, no one appears to have a clear idea of who should be THE man behind center for the Longhorns with four games left to play.

BLACKWELL: Walks With My Son

Miles Blackwell

We walked through the dark and around the graveyard, where I always park when I’m going to a Texas game in Austin. I have kids, so I’m cheap, and parking next to the graves across the highway is free.
My son Miles, who was 12 then, knows the routine.