At an emotional news conference Friday, Texas coach Augie Garrido apologized for his drunken driving arrest last Saturday and announced he would be suspended for the Longhorns’ season-opening four-game series against Illinois-Chicago. He will be allowed to attend practices during his suspension, which will be paid.
"I made a serious mistake," Garrido said at a news conference with Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds. "I drank alcohol, I got behind the wheel of a car, and that’s a bad decision . . . I sincerely apologize. It’s heartfelt, it’s honest. One of the great privileges I have is that the university is going to give me the chance to prove that. I won’t disappoint. I won’t."
The news conference puts to rest any speculation that Garrido, the winningest coach in Division I history, might be forced out at Texas. He had been given an indefinite suspension immediately after his arrest Saturday.
"I hired Coach 13 years ago," Dodds said. "We’ve been through a couple years that were pretty tough there at the beginning and I stood by him. I stood by him when we were winning Big 12 championships and NCAA championships, and I stand by him today."
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