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Son of former Longhorns baseball coach Gustafson dies of liver disease

1/4/2008

HOUSTON -- Deron Gustafson, the son of former Texas baseball
coach Cliff Gustafson who was part of a financial controversy that
led to his dad's resignation, has died. He was 46.

Deron Gustafson's death Thursday at a Houston hospital was
confirmed by the Texas sports information department. He had
suffered from liver disease in recent years, his father told the
Austin American-Statesman. He checked into an Austin hospital Dec.
22 and was told his liver was working at 15 percent capacity, his
father said.

He was transferred to Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital and
had hoped to get a liver transplant.

Deron Gustafson played for his dad at Texas from 1981-83 and was
a volunteer assistant for 13 years. The pair ran a baseball summer
camp that in 1996 came into question from UT officials because of
finances.

An audit revealed a bank account with nearly $285,000 in revenue
from summer camps. NCAA rules prohibited volunteer coaches from
getting paid for work at summer camps.

Cliff Gustafson acknowledged paying his son through the account
but said he wasn't aware of any regulations preventing him from
having the account. He said any money paid to his son "were
considered gifts, which I am allowed to give to my children.''

After questions about the summer camps arose, Cliff Gustafson
resigned. At the time, he was the winningest coach in Division I
baseball history with a record of 1,466-377-2. He led the Longhorns
to national championships in 1975 and '83.

Deron Gustafson played a season at Ranger Junior College before
joining the Longhorns. He was on the '83 championship team, hitting
.306 in 18 games as a backup second baseman.

He is survived by his wife, Julie; a daughter, Crosby; his
father and his mother, Janie; and his sisters, Jill Balderama and
Jan Shepperd.

Services are scheduled for Monday in Austin.