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Big 12 media days takeaway: The Cowboys’ venue was the real star this week

FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Tuesday: The Star made a big impression on me in my first visit to Dallas Cowboys Central. Not sure if this is the House That Romo Built, but I loved the spaciousness of the venue and the Big 12’s organization. The … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Harbaugh 2.0? That might be accurate label for Texas’ Tom Herman

FRISCO — Tom Herman swept through the Metroplex on Tuesday and wowed ‘em. He was literally the last man standing, still taking questions from a dozen or so reporters some 20 minutes after coaches and players from West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Kansas State had already left their tables … Read More

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Big 12 media days takeaway: Gary Patterson’s a must-interview coach

FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Monday: Gary Patterson continues to be the most singularly interesting and compelling figure in the Big 12 because he speaks his mind with total conviction. Whether he’s hoping quarterback Kenny Hill does well to silence his critics or questioning parents who … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If his defense continues to leak, Kliff Kingsbury figures to sink at Texas Tech

FRISCO — Kliff Kingsbury never makes opening remarks at Big 12 media days, preferring to get right to questions. Given his lackluster record the past four football seasons at Texas Tech, some were openly wondering if he might need to make closing remarks Monday. He addressed his tenuous job security … Read More

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The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 15 Louisville

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. 15 … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Finally, Skip Johnson gets his chance to shine as a head coach (at Oklahoma)

Skip Johnson has arrived. So what took him so long? Until Monday, when he was named the 10th head baseball coach in Oklahoma history, Johnson was a career assistant despite a highly successful run as a junior-college coach. To be honest, he was held back by school administrators who didn’t … Read More

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Bohls: Ed Orgeron, get over yourself

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s tossing schools like Texas out of Louisiana satellite camps. Ed Orgeron, get over … Read More

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Bohls: Bob Stoops chose his timing to step down to protect Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma staff

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On the timing of Bob Stoops stepping down at Oklahoma: Say what you want, but I think Bob … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Scottie Scheffler is taking his big game to golf’s biggest stage

Scottie Scheffler is anything but an underachiever. But until he achieves exactly what he wants — and that’s a lot — the already-accomplished Longhorns golfer won’t be satisfied. Which is why he approaches this week’s tournament with a modicum of guarded confidence after an outstanding season at Texas. That would … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas athletics is (a) dead (b) struggling or (c) about to thrive

Save for track and field, the book is almost closed on this latest Texas athletic season. Thankfully. So it’s time to give out our awards of bests and worsts. Yes, there were some bests. There really were. Eddie Reese is a consummate winner who needs a statue and should be … Read More

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Bohls: This time, Vince Young finally tops my ballot; Herman sensational at recruiting

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On Vince Young inclusion on the TSHOF ballot: Our 17-member selection committee for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame convened in Waco … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Who are the winners and losers from Bob Stoops’ retirement?

Bob Stoops stunned the sports world on a lazy June afternoon when he stepped down by his own choice as the most successful Oklahoma head football coach in history. Despite some serious misgivings about his decisions to keep troubled players like Joe … Read More

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Bohls: Reese Leitao forfeited his privilege to play for Texas with drug plea deal

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On Mike Perrin’s decision to let Reese Leitao keep his football scholarship: Texas made the wrong decision by … Read More

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Bohls: It’s a ‘huge gamble’ for Fenves, Herman to let Reese Leitao join team

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On the impending decision to let 2017 signee Reese Leitao enroll at Texas: (Greg) Fenves and Longhorns football coach Tom Herman are weighing … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Remember sacrifice bunts? Texas baseball has shifted away from small-ball

The Texas baseball team may rank last in the Big 12 in batting average, but it ranks first in double takes. That’s as in hitters, staring down at signals delivered from the third base coaching box and incredulously giving a second glance in disbelief. Earlier this season, Kacy Clemens came … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Durant no psychic seer, but can see a title

When it comes to the NBA playoffs, Kevin Durant has made one thing perfectly clear. He’s a lousy prophet. The Golden State sharpshooter all but guaranteed Spurs do-it-all Kawhi Leonard would play in Game 3 despite a badly sprained ankle suffered in the series opener of this lopsided Western Conference … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Expecting Mo’ wins, Shaka Smart has revamped his Texas men’s program

Over the course of the past five weeks, Shaka Smart landed a hot-shot, four-star point guard who could be the next T.J. Ford and as of Thursday, a five-star big man who might be the first pick of the 2018 NBA draft. Together, 6-foot-11 power forward Mohamed Bamba of Harlem, … Read More

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Bohls: Texas ‘not optimistic’ on landing transfer QB Malik Zaire

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On Texas’ chances to land transfer quarterback Malik Zaire: Texas is still in on Malik Zaire, but a source told me Tuesday … Read More

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Bohls: Malik’s got work to do to live up to 2018 NFL draft hype

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: Malik’s got work to do to live up to 2018 NFL draft hype: Did you notice the sixth pick in Todd McShay’s 2018 NFL … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas ex Isaiah Taylor waiting for his time to come with Rockets

The hand-written sign scrawled in tape above his small locker in the visitors’ dressing room at the AT&T Center before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals said it all. “Rookie No. 2.” Isaiah Taylor laughs and shrugs when a reporter mentions it and said he had “no clue” about … Read More