Augie Garrido said "life doesn't give us what we pray for. It doesn't give us what we wish for. It doesn't give us anything other than opportunity, nothing more, nothing less, and that's enough. In fact, it is a great gift."    Don Burrisk understood Augie’s quote and made the most of his opportunities.

 We have lost a special person this week, but I know by faith alone that Don’s spirit can now celebrate for eternity a lifetime filled with fellowship, friendships, and a loving family freed from the ravages of cancer.

Safe Havens

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Safe Haven Friends -

Don is far right

Every year Mark Halfmann invites members of the 1970 recruiting class for a week-end of fellowship at his ranch. Recently I attended one of these reunions. Don Burrisk was there. Mark Halfmann told me “Don always made a couple of his dip recipes that were eaten by the guys quickly. According to Mark, “Don won the attendance award for making Longhorn events…...” “ He was a great friend and teammate. “ 

For Don, Mark Halfmann’s ranch was a safe haven. A port in the storm that allowed him to enjoy the present without dwelling on the past and dealing with the future. It was a time when friendships and fellowship took precedence over his struggle to defeat cancer. Don was in his “zone” at the reunion.

 Tributes will go here








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All kinds of Horns are heading to the Sugar Bowl game against Georgia


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Intersecting the Past with the Present -Texas vs. Georgia. We have been here before ... sort of - by Gaylon Krizak

Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

Translated from French: The more things change, the more they stay the same.


Photo is not of the players on the 1949 Orange Bowl team, but is used as a reference for images of some of the players Gaylon refers to in the full article.

For instance, take this storyline: Texas and its second-year head coach are picked for a major Jan. 1 bowl game, where the Longhorns – good, but far from great, most of the season – are matched with a Georgia team that, on the surface and in the eyes of most national analysts, appears vastly superior and enters the game as a clear favorite.

Sounds familiar? It should, since it describes the 2019 Sugar Bowl to a tee. But, exactly 70 years ago, it also accurately summed up the 1949 Orange Bowl.

The only thing missing in December 1948 was social media, although a glance at today’s Twitter or Facebook probably would have summed up the general mood surrounding the matchup between the Longhorns and Bulldogs (albeit with language considerably more genteel, given the era).

Georgia set the stage for the less-than-ideal pairing when coach Wally Butts made this demand of the Orange Bowl selection committee: his 9-1 Bulldogs, champions of the Southeastern Conference, would not take on another SEC team, despite hopes from the public that one of the league’s runners-up, Mississippi (8-1) and Tulane (9-1), would get the other bid. As part of the unruly 12-team SEC in which teams had played as few as five conference games and others as many as nine, neither the Rebels nor the Green Wave had played Georgia during the regular season; the Bulldogs went 6-0 on league play and were awarded the championship over Ole Miss (6-1) and Tulane (5-1).

In the end, according to the Nov. 29 Miami News, feelers went out to “four or five” schools with the top choices being Texas and Santa Clara, unranked and 7-2-1, having handed No. 4 Oklahoma its only loss. The Broncos reportedly were “waiting in the wings … ready and willing to accept” had the Longhorns turned down the invitation. There actually was a chance that would happen. Several players were married and did not want to accept the invitation. Athletic director D.X. Bible resolved the problem by offering to fly all the wives to the Orange Bowl and adding for all of them a side trip to Cuba to tour Havana.

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Before rings were popular the Bowl committees gave charms.

Early Monday afternoon, Nov. 29, Texas officials phoned the Orange Bowl committee and formally accepted. Reaction was swift and sharp and overwhelmingly negative. Walter Stewart, sports editor of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal and outspoken Mississippi advocate, accused Butts of “looking for a soft spot on which to place the rear of his trousers.” Jimmy Burns, sports editor of the Miami Herald, was even more provocative, first quoting an unidentified Ole Miss official as saying that Butts was “taking an undefensible [sic] position” and that “unless (Butts) is afraid that Ole Miss would beat Georgia,” the official couldn’t understand Butts’ stipulation.

But Burns’ deepest dig came when he wrote: “It is disheartening … that we have to reach in the bottom of the barrel and take a third-rate eleven as an opponent for Georgia.”

Blair Cherry’s second Texas team (like Coach Herman) was the Longhorns’ first since 1943 without Bobby Layne at the helm, and its growing pains were evident fairly quickly: after a 33-0 rout of LSU to start the season, the Longhorns had to go on the road to face a veteran North Carolina team eager for revenge after a 34-0 loss in Austin the previous season. The Tar Heels hammered Texas 34-7, its worst loss in 10 years; two weeks later, the Longhorns fell to Oklahoma for the first time since 1939, 20-14. Wins over Arkansas and Rice to open Southwest Conference play were followed by a 21-6 home loss to SMU. Tight victories over Baylor and TCU appeared to right the ship somewhat, but that illusion vanished on Thanksgiving in a 14-14 tie with winless Texas A&M in Austin that felt for all the world like a loss; it ended an eight-game Texas winning streak in the series and was the Aggies’ first non-loss in Memorial Stadium.

At 6-3-1, the Longhorns figured their season was over. Thanks to Butts and the Bulldogs, that wasn’t the case. Team co-captain Dick Harris, a four-time consensus All-SWC lineman, was charged with phoning some of his teammates to gauge their interest once the Orange Bowl’s attention heated up over Thanksgiving weekend.


“You could feel at our first practice that everybody was ready to retrieve a little bit of the dignity the Aggies had taken away from us.” Still, with Paul Campbell replacing Layne at quarterback, the Longhorns averaged fewer than 19 points per game.

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Coach Cherry, however, had a plan to address that. According to Maysel, the Texas coach surmised – either by a study of game films or because a friend had tipped him off to Georgia’s plans – that the Bulldogs would employ an unusual 4-4 alignment on defense; Cherry and his staff mapped out a cross-blocking scheme to combat it.

By game time – around 2 p.m. Eastern on New Year’s Day – one thing at least had been determined: there would not be a second game in Miami that night. For a while after the Texas-Georgia matchup had been announced, wrote Maysel, “(i)ndignation ran so high in Miami that an attempt to organize a second bowl game was started, but it fell through.” An unidentified “local group” reportedly tried to lure Santa Clara to face either Penn State or Tulane; only Santa Clara confirmed contact, and talk of a renegade game eventually faded away.

Once the game started, it more closely resembled a Big 12 shootout from 70 years later than it did a single-platoon contest. There were 10 touchdowns scored and the lead changed hands five times as the teams set an Orange Bowl record for combined points that stood for 17 years.

The final score: Texas 41, Georgia 28. That was reflected in the final stats, which saw the Longhorns total 19 first downs to the Bulldogs’ nine and roll up a 402-217 advantage in total yards. Landry, in his final Texas game, picked up 117 of UT’s 331 rushing yards.

“THIRD RATE! THIRD RATE! THIRD RATE!” rose the chant from the Texas locker room afterward as Cherry singled out his co-captains for their play. “All of our boys played well,” Cherry said in the Jan. 2 Austin American, “but you have to give a lot of credit to Landry and Harris.”

Butts in his postgame remarks was quick to pick up on one of the Longhorns’ key motivating factors: “The next time you writers call a team third rate, you’re going to have to play them yourselves.”

Burns, with whom the remark originated, dutifully ate crow: “The next time the committee picks a team from that conference, this writer will remain silent.”

A line that, 70 years later, would have made a helluva Tweet in 2018.

 1952 - Notre Dame states that during the game they do not want to sit on the East Side (sun side) so Texas agrees to allow Notre Dame to share the West Side (shade side) with the Longhorns . Look at the picture and see which team got the shade and which team got the sun on the West side. Longhorn colors are bright orange. Longhorns lost the game to a cooler Notre Dame team.

Title IX changed the landscape of College Sports


The History of Title IX is in the link below

In 1972 the Title IX civil rights act of 1964 was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. The amendment required all universities who receive federal funds to offer equal opportunities for men and women in athletics and academics. Universities were given 6 years to come into compliance with the new law. 

Interestingly, The NCAA initially raised money to fight the implementation of  Title IX, but by 1981 the NCAA was fully supportive of women's sports at the University level.  Many may not know but from 1972-1982 the AIAW (not the NCAA)  acted as the  official college governing body for women athletics. It was the AIAW that crowned the  National Champions in women's sports. 

In A History of Women in Sport Prior to Title IX the author Richard Bell states the NCAA became concerned by what it perceived to be the potential weakening of its position as the dominant and controlling body of intercollegiate athletics. If Title IX was to apply to intercollegiate sports at all levels and women were to be elevated to a status equal to the men, its financial assets and political power were threatened. The first approach of the NCAA, when faced with the threat of equality in intercollegiate athletics, was to attempt to limit Title IX’s application. The NCAA tried to offer its interpretation of Title IX (Acosta & Carpenter, 1985). It encouraged a narrow interpretation of the law, excluding athletic departments from the scope of Title IX. The NCAA argued that because athletic departments did not receive federal funds, they should be excluded from compliance. Nonetheless, when the NCAA sought to limit the application of Title IX, it began to address the issue of control of women’s athletics in earnest.

The NCAA was a powerful adversary for the AIAW because of its wealth, political influence, and long history. The NCAA decided to introduce women’s championships for intercollegiate sports by offering the institutions sponsoring women’s sports a proposition that ultimately led to the demise of the AIAW. The NCAA offered to: (a) pay all expenses for teams competing in a national championship, (b) charge no additional membership fees for schools to add women’s programs, (c) create financial aid, recruitment, and eligibility rules that were the same for women as for men, and finally, (d) guarantee women more television coverage. The NCAA had earmarked three million dollars to support women’s championships. The AIAW could not compete with the NCAA inducements and the loss of membership, income, championship sponsorship, and media rights forced the AIAW to cease operations on June 30, 1982 (Festle, 1996). The AIAW sued the NCAA for allegedly violating the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, but was unsuccessful when the courts ruled that the market for women’s athletics was open for competition, therefore no anti-trust laws had been violated (Schubert, Schubert, & Schubert-Madsen, 1991).


According to the book Life of a Coach (The Story of Pat Weis) by Mickie Edwards the AIAW rules stated that a female athlete could transfer freely to any university because neither scholarships or financial assistance would be extended to the woman student athlete.  


In 1977 Bari Brandwynne excelled in golf and wanted to be a Longhorn. Her dad was a bandleader at Caesar's in Vegas and two singer celebrities- Mac Davis and Don Cherry- called Coach Weis to discuss Bari's great talent. Coach Weis sent Bari a letter stating that U.T. could not recruit her or pay her way to the campus for an interview. Bari understood the AIAW rules so at 17 she drove to Austin with her two dogs and met with Coach Weis. Bari became the youngest Longhorn golf member on the team.

By  1980 the AIAW had renounced the "no" scholarship offer for women, but that decision came too late. Legal, commercial, and market forces decimated the AIAW membership ,and the NCAA became the governing body for all men and women college sports.  The Longhorn women's athletic program disagreed with the decision to dismantle the AIAW stating the NCAA's decision to dis-allow  student athletes in the governance of the organization and  "using its financial monopoly in men's sports to acquire women's sports" was wrong. UT was concerned that the NCAA was too commercially driven and considered student athletes as "investment property" and that women would not get fair representation in the male dominated NCAA. In Tessa Nichols thesis titled ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES AND WOMEN'S SPORTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS 1918-1992 , she states that  Lopiano commented in a interview that football spending was an "embarrassment of riches" and that football revenues should be "shared  among all the sports". 

Donna Lopiano was interviewed for an article in the 1983 UT Cactus that discussed  the demise of the AIAW. Here are some of her comments in bullet form:

  • The switch from the AIAW to the NCAA cost her department $153,000. Her major objection with the NCAA dealt with the stresses of recruiting that coaches did not contend with under the direction of the AIAW.

  • Lopiano was proud that UT President Rogers when she said the tower should be lit for Longhorn success in women's athletics.

  • Lopiano said the coaches she hired knew how to build a winning program with an educational priority. She said that in 9 years only 5 scholarship athletes left the program due to academics. She also said that only 50% of all freshman from the general UT population graduate from UT ,but 95% of the student athletes graduate.

  • Lopiano says that President Lorene Rogers was instrumental in the financial success of the women's program, but she also said that AD Darrell Royal who was unfairly maligned by the press for his lack of support for the women's sports also played a key role in the successful financial health of women's athletics. Lopiano said that DKR did the right thing in not being pressured to fund both women and men's sports because if he had "both departments would have gone under". Donna Lopiano and DKR understood that the women's program had to financially support itself by finding alternate sources of funds. In 1983 those alternative sources of funds included $500,000 from optional student athletic taxes, $250,000 from gate receipts and program advertising, $250,000 from the option seating football program, and $850,000 from the interest in the auxiliary enterprises account.

  • In 1966 the Intercollegiate budget was $700 by 1983 the budget was $1,000,000 with receipts of 1,850,000 dollars.


Finally in May of 1993 - 21 years after implementation of Title IX-  UT settled all lawsuits for non-compliance issues related to Title IX by adding women's soccer, softball, and rowing to its list of sanctioned NCAA sports. 

1993 Freshman year Danielle Viglione led the SWC in scoring and with the support of the NCAA and title IX women were on the way to equity legislation with the men’s athletic program. The preliminary NCAA plan required annual reports comparing the treatment of men’s and women’s sports programs.