Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Joyner Holmes does impersonations of superstars, good ones

Karen Aston’s had her eye on Joyner Holmes for more than a moment. Try eighth grade. “Yeah, I think that’s when she started looking at me,” Holmes said. Aston wasn’t the only one who had eyes for this gifted basketball player. And why not? That same year, didn’t Cedar Hill … Read More

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Bohls: Steve Buechele proud of son’s first year at Texas; Matt Coleman a ‘centerpiece’ for hoops program

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo-related items: On Texas Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele’s thoughts on his son’s freshman season: Texas Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele said Tuesday he was … Read More

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Bohls: What do Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney think about Tom Herman and Texas?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo- and Big 12-related items: Dabo Swinney’s and Nick Saban’s thoughts on Texas and Tom Herman: “Greatness is for everyone,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said … Read More

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Bohls: Charlie Strong sounds happy, and why not? He’s back home at South Florida

TAMPA, Fla. — The smile’s as broad as ever. And genuine as well. Charlie Strong is home. Home in the Sunshine State, where he spent 15 years of his career, starting as a Florida graduate assistant in 1983. Home, where he helped the Florida Gators win a pair of national … Read More

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Texas center Zach Shackelford named freshman All-American

TAMPA, Fla. — Texas center Zach Shackelford was named to the Freshman All-America team by the Football Writers Association of America Monday morning. Shackelford, a first-year player out of Belton, started nine games for the Longhorns in 2016, including the season-opener against Notre Dame, and helped make junior tailback D’Onta … Read More

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Bohls: Red McCombs positions himself in Tom Herman’s corner — ‘This guy is the real deal’

TAMPA, Fla. — The message came up on my phone on Friday as a missed call, and the name gave me pause. “Red McCombs wants you to call him.” Uh oh. We’d been down this road before, but when one of the biggest Longhorns benefactors talks, you’d better listen. This time, … Read More

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Bohls: Tom Herman is assembling an ‘army’ of a staff at Texas

Tom Herman came off very defensive Thursday. In the new Texas football coach’s first press conference since he was introduced in late November, Herman was caught off guard when an intrepid reporter playfully questioned why his grocery cart at a local supermarket this week didn’t include more vegetables. A chuckling … Read More

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Bohls: New offensive coordinator Tim Beck is ‘not God’s gift to play-callers’

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo related items: His take on new offensive coordinator Tim Beck: Tim Beck wasn’t the offensive answer for Ohio State or Nebraska, but he keeps … Read More

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Bohls: Houston’s counting on Major Applewhite’s pedigree, potential now

HOUSTON — The Cougars could have had their pick of a lot of deserving candidates, some of whom would have been big-splash hires. But Les Miles was too old, too offensively challenged, too set in his ways. And Lane Kiffin had more baggage than an airline loses in a year … Read More

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Bohls: I nailed some Texas predictions, but was Trent Domingue-wide on others

Time to fess up. This used to be a lot more fun when Mack Brown was the coach and we in the media could at least count on a bowl game now and again. Not so much the last two years. Regardless, here’s the review of the preview where we … Read More

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Bohls: With Applewhite, Houston makes a major — and correct — choice

Houston stopped the bleeding on Friday. After a contentious, tumultuous few months that included the disheartening loss of their rising star of a head coach, the lack of a much-deserved invitation to join a Power 5 conference from the dysfunctional Big 12 and stunning defeats by lowly SMU and finally … Read More

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Bohls: Look past her ribbon and nails — Texas’ Ebony Nwanebu is on-court tough

Almost everything about Ebony Nwanebu disguises who the Texas women’s volleyball player actually is. On the court, the Longhorns junior is as powerful an outside hitter as there is in her sport. Her coach calls her “world class” and says “her future is at a high end.” Her aggressive play … Read More

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Bohls: Mackovic, Brown rolled the same pair of dice for Texas against Nebraska

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of Texas’ upset victory over No. 3 Nebraska in the first Big 12 championship game. The following column ran the next morning on Dec. 8, 1996.  ST. LOUIS — The only downside to the miracle that unraveled in the Trans World Dome … Read More

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Bohls: Was John Harbaugh close to becoming the head coach at Texas?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo related items: How close was John Harbaugh coaching at Texas? Heard an interesting rumor that Baltimore Ravens head coach John … Read More

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Bohls: Crazy love for Nittany Lions

I know, I know. Penn State lost twice, big to Michigan on the road and to a good Pittsburgh team that also whipped Clemson. But I’m a big believer in conference champions AND head-to-head meetings. And that’s why my Associated Press Top 25 ballot puts the Nittany Lions No. 2 … Read More

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Our Take: Bohls, Golden weigh in on the good, bad and ugly that was 2016 Texas

Another season has come and gone for Texas — the second in a row without a bowl game and third in a row without a winning record — and American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden weigh in on where the Longhorns are and where they’re going: 1. WHAT WILL … Read More

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Bohls: Shaka Smart’s Longhorns are enduring groaning pains

With the clock ticking down on Texas’ first home loss of the season Tuesday night, it became readily apparent to the small crowd on hand that the Longhorns were missing just one valuable piece of the puzzle. Yeah, last year’s starting lineup. A Texas team that said goodbye to all … Read More

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Bohls: With Foreman exiting, it becomes Chris Warren III’s chance to shine

As expected, D’Onta Foreman turned pro on Wednesday. Tom Herman probably turned fifty shades of red, not that he expected anything different. It’s not every day that a new football coach loses a 2,000-yard rusher. Of course, the new Longhorns coach never really had Foreman since Herman just took the … Read More

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Bohls: Tom Herman’s Horns could win it all, but not in 2017

In all likelihood, Tom Herman will not win the national championship in 2017. Nor does he have to. But he’d better over the life of his five-year contract. If he does win it all in his first season at Texas, he’ll get a nice bonus and will be seen water-skiing on … Read More

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Bohls: Alabama ol’ reliable; OU has work to do

Except for the one week a month ago when seven Top 25 teams fell on the same day, the top 10 has been very stable this season. Of course, we can always count on Alabama robbing all the suspense and being on top. Just seems like there’s this large chasm … Read More