WEDNESDAY CHIP SHOTS

All the mojo of Augie Garrido's team will be tested by UC Irvine strikeout king Andrew Morales ... Why extending the RRS at Fair Park through 2025 was the only option ... Where is Mack Brown's former staff? ... And other random musings in Wednesday's CHIP SHOTS.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: UC Irvine RHP Andrew Morales, the 71st pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, is the Anteaters' ace and will test every bit of the Longhorns' current mojo when the teams meet in Omaha on Saturday.

Morales (Saturday's projected starter for UCI) has a 1.53 ERA. He's 11-2 and is tied for the nation's lead in strikeouts with 136.

He started two games in the Corvallis Regional, both wins for the Anteaters, including the decisive victory over No. 1 national seed Oregon State.

Then, he started the second game in a sweep of Oklahoma State in Stillwater in which he pitched a nine-inning shutout, giving up 5 hits with 8 strikeouts in a 1-0 victory.

OSU had been one of the hottest teams at the plate going into that Super Regional, and Morales just shut them down.

Don't get caught up in UC Irvine losing 8 of its last 9 games, including 6 straight, before regional play, including Morales' only two losses this season (vs Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State).

That skid seems like a lifetime ago. Morales is a beast. And he appears locked in.

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GREATEST GAMEDAY ATMOSPHERE CONTINUES: Texas, OU and Dallas officials announced this week the Red River Shootout will continue at the State Fair of Texas through 2025 (the previous contract was through 2020).

I hope this game never moves as long as I'm alive.

It is the greatest game day atmosphere in football and maybe in all of sports. I don't say that lightly. I've covered Super Bowls, NBA Finals, The Masters, Wimbledon, the BCS national title and some great rivalry games such as Michigan-Ohio State.

What makes it great?

The division of the fans at the 50. The deafening sound from each side magnifies every good play and every bad play. I've had former players on both sides say that a 4-yard run feels like a 10-yard run.

A 10-yard run feels like a TD run. Conversely, negative plays are magnified as well. A sack feels like a fumble because of all the sound and intensity in the Cotton Bowl.

If negative momentum doesn't get turned in that atmosphere, you end up with lopsided scores (although they shouldn't have been as lopsided as OU's routs in the Mack-Stoops era).

To move that game to Jerryworld or home and home, you'd lose that unique seating effect that truly sets the Red River Shootout apart.

Thank you Dallas officials. Give me your thoughts on what truly makes that game special or favorite Texas-OU games, moments.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: I asked my 104.9 The Horn co-host Chad Hastings if he knew where Duane Akina was coaching now, and he didn't know. So here's a quick refresher on where the Texas assistants under Mack Brown are coaching now:

Greg Robinson - Defensive coordinator at San Jose State under new coach Ron Caragher, who won three conference co-championships at the University of San Diego.

Manny Diaz and Oscar Giles - Diaz is the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech under Skip Holtz and Giles is the defensive line coach at La Tech.

Duane Akina - After a brief flirtation with Sonny Dykes at Cal, Akina was hired as defensive backs coach at Stanford by David Shaw.

Bo Davis - After spending about a week at USC under Steve Sarkisian as D-line coach, Davis got a call from Nick Saban to replace Chris Rumph. In a circle of life moment, it was Rumph who replaced Davis at Bama when Davis left to come to Texas.

Stacy Searels - is now coaching the offensive line at Virginia Tech under Frank Beamer.

Larry Porter - is the running backs coach under Larry Fedora at North Carolina.

Major Applewhite and Darrell Wyatt are not coaching currently. Both have made the rounds to spring practice at various schools. Applewhite visited Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and North Carolina during spring ball, keeping his tentacles in coaching circles.

Wyatt was a finalist for the Sam Houston State head coaching job that went to K.C. Keeler.

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HOLGORSEN AND HARSIN: Thursday morning on 104.9 The Horn, we will be interviewing West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen at 7:15 am CT and Bryan Harsin - now the coach at Boise State - at 9:15 am CT.

Download "THE HORN Austin" app on your smart phone and check it out.

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PHIL WAS 0-FOR-42 IN MAJORS: It took more than 10 years before Phil Mickelson broke through with his first major win at The Masters in 2004.

So as the U.S. Open at Pinehurst gets going on Thursday, let's go slow on any criticism about Jordan Spieth not being able to finish on Sundays at the ripe age of 20.

Spieth may not be driving it in the fairway enough right now to win the U.S. Open.

I may join the growing flock of people picking Rory McIlroy this week because he ended his engagement to tennis-playing ex-girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

Since the breakup, McIlroy has already claimed his first victory since 2012 (the BMW PGA Championship - the European Tour's flagship event on May 25).

He may or may not now be dating Irish model and singer Nadia Forde.

McIlroy is a young, successful pro golfer. He should be dating anyone he wants. Have you seen Jim Furyk's wife? (Let's just say successful golfer + money = dating anyone golfer wants.)

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Kawhi Leonard: That is all ...

(Well, that and 76 percent shooting in the first half. ... And Danny Green not only playing well on the road, but playing defense. ... All that, and Tony Parker is averaging just 13.5 points in his last 11 games after averaging 21.7 points in the Spurs' first 10 playoff games.)

My pick before the series was Spurs in 7 with neither team winning two games in a row.

But now I'm giving the Spurs a shot to win a close one in Game 4, because LeBron is not getting the help he needs to carry the Miami Cavaliers vs the Spurs' deep bench.

Paging Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, Norris Cole and Birdman ....

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BEST SPURS' FAN TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER: Hands down, it's proud UTSA Roadrunner (after two years at UT) Michelle Beadle.

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HOPE I'M WRONG: I want to think "Dumb and Dumber To" (due out in November) has a chance to be great, but after watching this trailer , I think we may be staring at Caddyshack 2.


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I NEED TO KNOW: LHN recently did a tournament bracket to decide the greatest Longhorn athlete ever. It came down to Earl Campbell and Vince Young.

Who wins in your opinion and why?

Would that be your final?

Fire away ...

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