It was possible that Augie Garrido, the winningest head coach in NCAA baseball history, could have entered the 2015 season as a lame duck. Garrido was entering the last year of his contract and had made his desire to return for a few seasons after that crystal clear.
Fortunately, what could have been an awkward-at-best situation has been solved as Steve Patterson announced a two-year extension for Garrido that will keep him at the helm of Texas baseball at least through the 2017 season. The extension gives Augie at least three more seasons and gives the administration, the coach, the players and the fans an idea of how Garrido's endgame may play out in a few years.
Ideally Augie will be carried out of Omaha on his players' shoulders after winning a third straight national title.
Texas was the second to last team eliminated from the NCAA tournament in 2014 and is considered a strong favorite to return to Omaha in 2015. Giving Garrido an extension that gives him space to continue building the program but sets a reasonable expectation for a leadership turnover in the relatively near future made a ton of sense. It's not the flashiest of news but it's a solid single nonetheless.