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Habe on the Horns: Pierce takes reins of Texas baseball program after protracted search

David Pierce was formally introduced Thursday as the new baseball head coach at the University of Texas (graphic courtesy of texassports.com).

David Pierce was formally introduced Thursday as the new baseball head coach at the University of Texas (graphic courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN — If the 48 hours running up to David Pierce’s official introduction Thursday as the new baseball coach at the University of Texas were a bit of a whirlwind, just wait until the Longhorns suffer their first significant losing streak or — God forbid — begin to play below the lofty expectations carries by the program.

That’s when the heat will really get turned on the 53-year old coach with just five years of head coaching experience ... and that will be the time we see the real mettle of David Pierce.

Pierce, formerly of Tulane and Sam Houston State, has his hands full reshaping a group of players who have underachieved

The Habe is Steve Habel, Horns Illustrated’s senior editor. He was the magazine’s first staff member, in 1994, and has covered Texas sports ever since. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .