Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: The best path for Texas toppling No. 6 West Virginia? Feed Mo Bamba early, often

Show up ready for a fight. Dump it inside to Mo Bamba. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Want to bet that Shaka Smart repeated those first two sentences a few thousand times in practice this week? The Texas coach knows a little bit about psychological warfare. The game within the game has … Read More

Bevo Beat

Golden: National championship hero Brian Robison enjoying Vikings’ post-season run

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes: One former Longhorn enjoying the NFL playoffs: Replays of the Minneapolis Miracle showed longtime Vikings defensive end Brian Robison running down the sideline, arms aloft, as Stefon Diggs loped into the end … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Karen Aston’s Horns must build upon eye-opening UConn loss

UConn exposed Texas Monday night. As a Final Four contender. Question is, what are the Horns going to do about it? Are they going to take a near-win over the nation’s best team as fuel to take this season to special places or will they struggle against lesser teams they … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns squander opportunity vs. Baylor

Texas found a shot maker not named Dylan Osetkowski. At least for a half. Turns out it wasn’t enough. With star guard Andrew Jones’ health status a growing concern, the Horns dropped a 69-60 decision at Baylor on Saturday, blowing a great chance to pocket a second straight road win … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Jericho Sims finding his way in the paint for Longhorns

There will be times when Texas’ Mo Bamba won’t be able to play because of foul trouble. Freshman forward Jericho Sims showed Saturday that he just might be a suitable replacement in a pinch. His job is to bang on both ends, get rebounds and add a couple of buckets … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Mo Bamba should embrace the role of cleaning up the garbage for Texas basketball

Mo Bamba will be great one day, but it won’t be at Texas. For now, the Horns could really use his services in a role that’s much needed on offense. Garbage man. Before you type up that letter to the editor demanding that I be sent to the nearest car … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tommy Nobis may have left us, but the memories of No. 60 on, off the field won’t

60. That number was synonymous with greatness at the University of Texas in the decade of the same. Tommy Nobis is the gold standard for defensive players on the Forty Acres. Hard-nosed, tough-minded and feared by the opposition, he was the guy that offensive coordinators circled on game film when … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Will these forward-thinking hires move the needle at all on Texas vs. Texas A&M?

In the span of one week, the state’s two biggest universities made massive athletic hires. Will that lead to a football showdown before the end of the world? In time. After Texas A&M landed football coach Jimbo Fisher, Texas President Gregory L. Fenves made the most important hire of his … Read More

Bevo Beat

On Second Thought Ep 82: Danny Davis on Malik and Baker, TexAgs.com’s Olin Buchanan on Jimbo Fisher

Texas beat writer Danny Davis joins Episode 82 of the On Second Thought podcast to give his takes on the NFL decision facing Longhorn linebacker Malik Jefferson, OU quarterback Baker Mayfield’s Heisman journey, and Texas volleyball’s challenge at the Palo Alto Regional. Also, TexAgs.com columnist Olin Buchanan calls in … Read More

Golden: Take the money and turn pro, Malik

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on Bevo-related and college football-related items. Here are his takes: Any chance Tom Herman convinces Malik to stay? Tom Herman can use these bowl practices not only to figure out what younger players have the most potential to contribute in 2018, … Read More

Bevo Beat

On Second Thought Ep 81: Brian Davis on Tom Herman’s Year One; Dennis Dodd on the CFP

Beat writer Brian Davis joins Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls for On Second Thought Episode 81 and breaks down the roller coaster that was Texas’ 6-6 regular season. The guys also examine Tom Herman’s first season and discuss the fallout that is occurring with the expected departure of some name … Read More

Golden: What will Tom Herman’s plan be for QBs for Texas’ bowl game?

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes: Herman needs a QB plan for the bowl game: Time will tell if the Texas’ 6-6 coach can come up with a better plan between now and the bowl game. That … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns need fewer bricks to build a top-level team

Texas handled Lipscomb as expected. Those pesky rims remain a challenge from distance. With apologies to the dude who did some really cool tricks on his bicycle, the most eye-opening part of Saturday’s 80-57 win over Lipscomb was Airship Rudy — the omnipresent inflatable dirigible that has dropped finger-lickin’ coupons … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Can Texas score a big road win in rowdy Morgantown? Recent history says no

Want to know the surest sign of despair for Texas football over the last four years? It’s when the coaches and players start talking about getting the seniors to a bowl game. That used to happen after six or seven games. These days the Longhorns have made it a habit … Read More

Bevo Beat

On Second Thought Ep 80: WVU coach Dana Holgorsen on hillbillies, Rick Cantu on HS playoffs

In Episode 80 of the On Second Thought podcast, Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls break down the tough road trip facing the Texas Longhorns who travel to West Virginia Saturday. Mountaineers’ coach Dana Holgorsen calls in to address Breckyn Hager’s “hillbilly and moonshine” comment and his team’s chances of qualifying … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: UT will have several chances at justifying ranking, but it needs to start defending

Coach Karen Aston isn’t sure her Texas Longhorns are completely deserving of their lofty preseason ranking but nothing they did in the opener will discourage the voters. Huge expectations. Huge debut. Texas 95, Stetson 59. So why not just skip all the pleasantries and pencil in the nation’s second-ranked team … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka Smart may have his best team yet at Texas

Alright, Shaka. Bring on Kansas. OK, not yet, but soon. Actually the Jayhawks will be here four days after Christmas, so it’s closer than you think. Don’t look now, but for the first time in what seems like forever — Texas has lost seven straight to KU — the outcome … Read More

Bevo Beat

On Second Thought Ep 79: Texas hoops coaches Shaka Smart and Karen Aston; Holton Hill discussion

In a jam-packed Episode 79 of the On Second Thought podcast, hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls examine the fallout from Holton’s Hill’s suspension with a must-win game coming up against Kansas.They’re also joined by Texas basketball coaches Shaka Smart and Karen Aston. The men open the season Friday against … Read More

Golden: Starting Jerrod Heard at QB versus Kansas would serve two purposes for Texas

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: On Jerrod Heard as the Longhorns’ quarterback: Why not Jerrod Heard? Kirk Bohls asked Tom Herman as much at Monday’s media availability. With Shane Buechele banged up and ineffective behind that patchwork offensive … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas may or may not be bowl worthy, but the offense definitely isn’t

FORT WORTH — Close your eyes and ask yourself this question: Is Texas a bowl team? If you answered yes, then congratulations, you’re a diehard Longhorns fan and a credit to the burnt orange nation. You’re also extremely nervous going into these last three games because it’s very possible that your … Read More