University Of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido, (above, left) the all-time Division One victories leader and a 5 time national champion (twice with Texas, 3 times with Cal State Fullerton) has been suspended without pay after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early this Saturday morning. Garrido, the subject of Richard Linklater’s 2008 documentary “Inning By Inning : A Portrait Of A Coach”, was not seen by this writer at Friday’s Scott Weiland show*, and while there’s no direct connection between his choice of entertainment options and being hassled by the local p.o., at the very least the Longhorns skipper could’ve received a lift home from the former STP/Velvet Revolver frontman. The Austin American-Statesman’s Tom Plohetski has more details.
Garrido, 69, was driving a Porsche Cayenne west on Sixth Street when officer Robert Gilbert, who works with the Austin Police Department’s DWI enforcement team, noticed the car’s headlights weren’t on, according to police Cmdr. Donald Baker. Baker said Gilbert initiated a traffic stop just before 1 a.m., and that Garrido got out of the car as Gilbert approached.
Baker said Gilbert noticed the smell of alcohol and ruled that Garrido was impaired after a field sobriety test was administered. According to the police affidavit, Garrido told Gilbert he had consumed five glasses of wine and was intoxicated.
arrido, the highest-paid coach in college baseball, received a $160,000 raise this offseason that will bring his annual salary to $800,000. The five-year contract, which begins in September, calls for Garrido’s salary to be increased by at least $50,000 per year, meaning he is scheduled to become the first college coach to make $1 million or more by September 2012.
The contract also states that if Garrido was dismissed from his job, he would receive $300,000 per year for each year left on the contract. However, he would not receive that money if he resigned or was terminated for cause under the university’s “standard of conduct” provisions.
Garrido, who has led Texas to two national championships in 12 seasons, told officers he had been at Eddie V’s on East Fifth Street and J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge on West Sixth Street before his arrest.
* – mostly because I wasn’t there.