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Erin Andrews interviews Austin Wood.

Omaha

The Horns expect the game at Rosenblatt Stadium to be different than at Disch-Falk Field.

When Texas takes the field for its first College World Series game Sunday, the Longhorns will be back on a traditional baseball diamond.

Their home stadium, Disch-Falk Field in Austin, is anything but.

Texas’ field was redone in the offseason and is now covered entirely by FieldTurf. That includes the base paths, which are colored brown.

The new surface plays much slower than a field like Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium, which is just fine with coach Augie Garrido, who gave the new surface his blessing when it was proposed.

Great video is about the beginnings of Cal State Fullerton's baseball program.

Head coach Augie Garrido is quite a guy.

First and foremost, Lois Garrido always taught her son good manners.

No matter the circumstance, Augie Garrido's Texas-born mother always insisted upon proper etiquette.

If a friend was showing off a brand-new baby whose face could stop a clock, stress the positive and say, "That may be the ugliest baby I've ever seen," he repeated, "but bless your little ol' heart."

This is the 63rd College World Series and Texas has been to the CWS 33 of those years.

How hard is it to win it all in Omaha?

LSU is the favorite.

LSU never really leaves Omaha. It's more of an extended lease the Tigers have with Rosenblatt Stadium. They don't get eliminated from the College World Series. When they leave, it's more like a sabbatical.

In their 16th College World Series, playing their 50th all-time CWS game here, the Tigers settled into their second home nicely on Saturday. The result was predictable for newbie Virginia in LSU's This Old House (Rosenblatt Stadium). The 9-5 mashing in a first-round CWS game proved that LSU is purple, yellow, loud and dangerous again.

 

The Rest

So, what's it like to cover UT baseball vs. UT football in this town? From Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls:

In Austin, I can't talk to Colt McCoy for more than 15 minutes a week in the fall, but I've sat in an Omaha hotel room interviewing Barry Larkin and Chris Sabo for an hour.

I don't have Mack Brown's cell phone number, but then-beat writer Rick Cantu and I sat and joked with Augie Garrido in the Longhorns' Rosenblatt dugout for 30 minutes as he made out his lineup before the first pitch of the CWS championship game against South Carolina in 2002.

Access to the players and coaches is all but unrestricted. Why? Because college baseball is starved for exposure and appreciates better coverage.

Everyone wants a piece of Colt McCoy. Or at least a piece of his clothing. (See the photo caption.)

Football season is coming... Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine is here. The magazine will be out on newsstands Monday, June 15th.

From an online chat with the ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd:

Trevor (Texas): How many Texas Longhorn games are you going to attend this year? I'm shooting for at least 4, including the Red River Shootout which I attended last year. Hook'Em!

Colin Cowherd: I may go to one - Texas-Oklahoma. I have Texas winning the national championship.

Trevor (Texas): What QB is going to be selected first in the NFL Draft next year?

Colin Cowherd: Bradford at Oklahoma has the size. I still love Colt McCoy at Texas though as a gamer. I just love watching him play.

When asked if the win over Texas last season was his most memorable, Tech coach Mike Leach had this to say:

"It was definitely a good win," Leach said. "But, I coached a 13-year-old all star team and we beat Cheyenne one time and I thought that was a bigger win."

That must have been some all star team.

Bob Stoops talks about Justin Chaisson:

"We have thoroughly reviewed the facts and disposition of any and all allegations against Justin as determined by the independent assessment of the district attorney’s office and the court system.  Based on their investigation of the facts, all allegations of the use of any weapon have been dismissed and are not the basis of any charge against or plea by him.  Our decision is appropriately based on the independent determination and action of the district attorney’s office and the court system.

 "We take these matters of conduct very seriously.  Justin fully understands our expectations and his responsibilities of exemplary behavior and professional counseling.  He knows the consequences if he does not meet those requirements. "

Dallas Sooners love Bob. Stoops visits with Barry Tramel about this year's team at a fund raiser in Dallas.

Tulsa World writer Guerin Emig responds to Big12.com's request for the best game of the year.

My first inclination was to go with Sooners-Longhorns. For three quarters, it was the college game of the year regardless of conference.

And what bothered you about the fourth quarter? We especially liked the ending.

The Battalion is running a great profile piece on Jerrod Johnson from 2008.

He is the future of Texas A&M football. For a school that prides itself on its gridiron tactics, the Aggies haven't won a national championship in 70 years and haven't won a conference title in 10 years. It's been pinned on Jerrod Johnson to bring A&M back to greatness. With a new coach, an unfamiliar, pass-heavy offense and more than 80,000 people screaming for victory every home game at Kyle Field, the pressure can be overwhelming.

Aggie defensive coordinator Joe Kines is excited about next season.

"We’re very excited about where we are this summer," said Kines, who was in town this week for the 36th Annual Angelo Football Clinic at Angelo State University. "We’ve got a really strong freshman class coming in, a lot of young players, eager players. If you look, that’s about where we are right now in the rebuilding process. We’ve got some youngsters who are going to have a chance to come and contribute early."

As usual, the Aggies are looking back. Robert Cessna reminisces about A&M's 1986-87 seasons. Does he remember why Jackie Sherrill had to leave A&M?

I Am The 12th Man thinks MIke Sherman is clever.

Barkng Carnival has Phil Steele's college football offense preview.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach wants to rework the nonconference scheduled games to eliminate all the cream puffs.

According to ESPN's Tim Griffin, this is the golden age of quarterbacks in the Big 12.

And we really mean this... Congratulations to the Aggies.

In a momentous 20-minute span Saturday, the Texas A&M men’s and women’s track and field teams won a third of the school’s all-time NCAA team national titles.

Too bad some of that speed isn't on the football team.

There are some smart players at Oklahoma State. The collected wisdom of Boone Pickens:

Some are awed by me. I never will forget, two years ago, some big ol’ kid came through the athletic department. Holder said, "This is Boone Pickens." The kid said, "Are you alive? Your name’s on the stadium. I didn’t know they put your name on the stadium unless you were dead." I said, "I came back." The kid said, "I can’t believe this. I didn’t know you were alive."

Texas junior forward Damion James will be back next season. His return is a big boost for the team. Barking Carnival ponders the meaning of his stay in Austin.

Don't mess with Texas. Texas basketball, that is.

"People are always sleeping on the Longhorns," said Pittman, laughing. "It doesn’t bother us. We’re used to it. In some ways, it’s a good thing."

But not a smart thing.

Especially not this season.

The eyes of the college basketball world that aren’t focused upon Texas certainly should be. Other than the Jayhawks and Wildcats, no team in college basketball will boast the depth of the Longhorns.

And only a few will be able to match them in talent.

Need a football fix? Out Of The Blue: A Film About Life & Football at Boise State is a documentary about the Boise State team that went 12-0 and beat Oklahoma 43-42. This is a great way to pass the time until all the football magazines are out on the newsstands.

 

And finally...

Condolences to the Jayhawks. Former Kansas AD Bob Frederick has died.

Bob Frederick, who took criticism for hiring an obscure assistant named Roy Williams as Kansas basketball coach and later helped create the Big 12 Conference, died Friday night following a bicycling accident. He was 69.