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The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 5 Clemson

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 6 … Read More

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The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 11 Auburn

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 11 … Read More

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Big 12 media days takeaway: I’m a big fan of these new halftime rules

FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Tuesday: Walt Anderson, the Big 12’s supervisor of officials, brought smiles to the faces of sportswriters from Ames down to the 512 when he announced that halftimes will be 20 minutes long across the board this fall. That should cut down … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: At Baylor, Matt Rhule’s game plan goes far beyond field

FRISCO — Matt Rhule has a job ahead of him in Waco. He will handle it. Rhule will win at Baylor because he’s a good football coach. Recruits will find their way back to Waco as time helps to heal the wounds of the past. As the Bears prepare for … Read More

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Big 12 media days takeaway: Bob Bowlsby remains at the top of his game

FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Monday: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby showed up with his game face on. When asked about any concerns of a round-robin schedule leading to a possible championship game rematch in a short span, Bowlsby was strong in his defense: “For the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Lincoln Riley, welcome to the great Oklahoma Sooners pressure cooker

FRISCO — Lincoln Riley, welcome to the pressure cooker. We’re not talking about the pressure cooker that came with calling plays, but the pressure cooker that comes with being the youngest coach in major college football. Add in that part about replacing a legend at a traditional college football power … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 62: MLB Network’s Kevin Millar on the 2004 World Series, current season; Jarrett Allen in NBA

In Episode 62 of the On Second Thought podcast, former Major League player Kevin Millar joins Cedric and Kirk to tell some of his favorite stories from the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series. The guys also break down the NBA draft and ponder LeBron James’ … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Does 33-year-old Trey Hardee have one more Olympics in him? He sure hopes so

Trey Hardee could retire right now and no one would blame him. He’s won two world decathlon championships, a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and has been blessed with a beautiful wife and daughter. But the former Texas All-American isn’t finished even at the relatively advanced track-and-field age of … Read More

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Golden: No time to panic when it comes to Jordan Spieth

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: This is no time to panic when it comes to Jordan Spieth. After all, he has already won two PGA majors and won’t turn 24 until next month. Golfers can play … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 61: New Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley joins Ced and Kirk; Kevin Durant’s ring

New Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley discusses taking over the program after the surprising departure of longtime coach Bob Stoops. He also talks about taking on a much larger role in the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry with new Texas coach Tom Herman. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas coach, former athletes seek to keep youth engaged in sports

Kevin Millar spoke of the five times he was eligible for the MLB draft and never got selected. Texas basketball coach Karen Aston explained why she laughed after a gut-wrenching defeat to her most bitter rival. World decathlon champion Trey Hardee lamented … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With an NBA title, Kevin Durant will move up the Longhorns hierarchy of greats

Kevin Durant, NBA champion. It’s happening just like he hoped it would when he left Oklahoma City to sign with the stacked Golden State Warriors last offseason. Durant has been nails this postseason, delivering time and time again for a team that was championship quality months before he signed on. Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 60: Bob Stoops’ legacy, NBA Finals, Danny Davis on UT baseball

In Episode 60 of the On Second Thought podcast, Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls discuss Bob Stoops stepping down as the head coach of Oklahoma. They also rank Kevin Durant in the pantheon of great athletes to come through Texas. Also, Texas baseball beat writer Danny Davis puts on … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Bob Stoops’ departure is a blow for OU, the Big 12 and college football

Bob Stoops will coach again, no doubt about it. He insists his stepping down at Oklahoma had nothing to do with his health. Plus he never used the word “retirement” in his statement released by the university. The real reason wasn’t evident Wednesday, but it will … Read More

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Golden: Kevin Durant ‘playing as if his last meal was on the line’

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: Kevin Durant has been all over the place in the NBA Finals — making threes, dunking, blocking shots, leading the break, rebounding. And winning. He was always great in Oklahoma City, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Durant’s dominance has made NBA Finals a mismatch

Kevin Durant has been all over the place in the NBA Finals — making threes, dunking, blocking shots, leading the break, rebounding. And winning. The Texas ex  was always great in Oklahoma City, but many of us remember many Thunder games when he would camp out in the corner with … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 59: Reese Leitao fallout, Yahoo! columnist Adrian Wojnarowski previews the NBA Finals

In Episode 59 of the On Second Thought podcast, Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls discuss Texas’ decision to accept tight end Reese Leitao  on the football team despite his arrest on drug charges. Award-winning Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski breaks down the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Leitao decision signifies change in Texas football philosophy

Reese Leitao deserves a second chance. But not at Texas. When the Jenks tight end got caught with 20 Xanax pills and $1,300 in cash and, according to the arrest affidavit, admitted to selling drugs, he would have forfeited any chance to play for me had I been the University … Read More

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Golden: Longhorns won’t be overmatched, have great chance to win in California

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: On Texas’ chances in the NCAA baseball regional: The Texas Longhorns have a great chance to win out West. The NCAA has historically tried to save a few bucks when determining … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: From philanthropy to podcast, Emmanuel Acho’s post-NFL life is as busy as ever

Emmanuel Acho is using his head these days. No helmet required. After stepping away from the NFL in 2015 following four seasons, Acho, 26, is branching out into other areas, including the education of players against the dangers of head injuries in football. As first glance, the former Texas linebacker … Read More