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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: With a return to the Masters looming, Jordan Spieth is only looking ahead

Jordan Spieth is so over it. Done. Finished. Moved on already. Now if only the rest of the civilized world will. The questions still come as he knows they will. From city to city. From one reporter after another. From inquiring, caring fans. “Jordan told me he was fine a … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Joyner Holmes is still a freshman, but we’re watching her grow with every game

Joyner Holmes will be great one day. She gave us a glimpse against North Carolina State on Sunday. The Texas freshman made the two biggest plays of her young career and the Longhorns lived to play another day in the NCAAs. “Our little ol’ freshman came up big today,” coach … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Vegas gambled on golf, returns home

Jhonattan Vegas is back home. Kind of. It’s not his native Venezuela, where he grew up as the son of a hard-working father who’d been a caddie and taught his sons the proper way to swing a golf club on a makeshift, 9-hole course built for American oil company workers. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Can Stan Drayton do for Warren, Texas’ backs what he did for Elliott and Hyde?

Stan Drayton is a tough guy coaching a tough game, but mention the relationships he has forged with his players over the years and Texas’ new running backs coach becomes a softy. Drayton’s a winner, Allegheny College’s star running back in the 1990 Division III national championship season, and later … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mack Brown’s words ring true for the Texas women, who have big goals to go

The Texas women’s basketball team dispatched overmatched Central Arkansas in short order, but before Friday afternoon’s game, it was show and tell time. Prior to the first-round NCAA Tournament game, a prominent visitor to the home locker room at the Erwin Center told the third-seeded Longhorns they can win a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Confidence? Check. Big 12 cred? Not yet, but Texas baseball is getting closer

Texas baseball hasn’t arrived. Not yet. Not even close. It hasn’t even printed out a boarding pass. But the Longhorns are making big strides in getting there. What’s as comforting as anything has been the notion that these players seem to get it. They know they’re not there until, well, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas may have found something in sweep of UCLA

Texas A&M is next on the schedule. Just last week that might not have been met with the most positive of attitudes after the Texas Longhorns went out to Stanford and lost three of four. But that was then. Coach David Pierce’s crew may have found something over the past … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Craig Naivar has plenty of experience at DKR, just not as a Texas coach — till now

Craig Naivar will not be making his first appearance in Royal-Memorial Stadium next Sept. 2. Or even his second. No, Texas’ season opener against Maryland will mark maybe the 70th time that the Longhorns’ new safeties coach and special teams coordinator has set foot in the stadium to watch the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka Smart’s first offseason to-do should be some mirror-watching

The two most important words of Shaka Smart’s upcoming offseason? Never again. Results like these aren’t supposed to happen at the University of Texas. Just ask his buddy Charlie Strong, who got run off after three sub-.500 football seasons. Smart isn’t likely to go down that same road, but he … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Tom Herman is more yelling-and-telling than kiss-and-telling

Tom Herman has his football team exactly where he wants it. Motivated. Focused. Alert. And scared spitless. Herman says what he means and means what he says. And he says a lot. His new players don’t walk on eggshells. They run on them. As fast as they possibly can. Herman … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Shaka Smart still learning on the job

Welcome to Austin, Shaka Smart. The real Austin. The one that likes to keep it so weird, it prints T-shirts to declare it to the outside world. If the recent trends of failure persist, they might have to start issuing garments that say, “Keep losing.” The second-year head basketball coach … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: For Oscar Giles, coaching at Texas is just like coming home — because it is

Oscar Giles was raised by football coaches. From playing for Pat Walker at Palacios High School and David McWilliams at the University of Texas to working for Mack Brown at Texas and many others, he has taken lessons under their watch to become the coach and the man he is … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Myles Turner looks back at his days at Texas with fondness, not regret

SAN ANTONIO — Myles Turner was chilling in the visitors locker room at the AT&T Center on Wednesday with teammates Paul George and Al Jefferson prior to a game with the Spurs. “I love it down here,” Turner said. “Down here” was a reference to the state of Texas, where … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Five reasons why Tom Herman will turn Texas around sooner, not later

Tom Herman will win at Texas. At least that’s what he’s saying. “We will work day and night to make sure we bring Texas football back to its rightful place,” Herman told the Erwin Center crowd at halftime of Saturday’s Texas-Kansas game. After some raucous applause, he headed back to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Major Applewhite is ready to put his own stamp on Tom Herman’s old UH program

As a head football coach, Major Applewhite is a blank slate. So he set the record straight Wednesday. Yes, he plans to continue most of the ways of his predecessor, Tom Herman, who left Houston for Texas. What’s he going to change? “Not much,” Applewhite said. “We believe in the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ lost season rests at Shaka Smart’s door

Shaka Smart believes it’s his job to breathe life into his team. Of course it is, but the question has to be: Who is breathing life into Shaka? “Nobody, really,” he said after Texas’ fifth straight loss, this one coming 77-67 to a soon-to-be-top-ranked Kansas team which clinched its 13th … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jake McKenzie a full-fledged pitcher

Jake McKenzie is something of a rarity on the Texas pitching staff. That’s for any number of reasons, chief among them the junior right-hander’s lack of height and velocity and a background mostly as an infielder. He’s very short at 5-foot-10 although he yearns to be 5-11 and joked that … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Kansas shows Texas has a long way to go

Andrew Jones was steaming. You couldn’t actually see the steam rising out of his freshman ears, but you didn’t have to. He was upset. So what impressed him about Kansas’ basketball team? “They’re efficient, and they make plays,” the Longhorn guard said. “But they’re not unbeatable. If we did the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Hall-of-Famer Eric Metcalf nearly ended up at The U, not UT

WACO — Long before he before he earned three All-Pro nods in 13 NFL seasons. Long before he was voted the 1987 Southwest Conference player of the year. Long before he earned five All-America honors and a couple of national long jump titles. And long before he competed in the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Hot seats? Tim Beck knows them well, and this offense is now at his beck and call

Tim Beck recognizes a hot seat when he sees one. He’s sat in plenty of them before. And he’ll be sitting in another one in the Royal-Memorial Stadium press box, come September. Maybe not immediately, but he knows it’ll warm up soon enough. Nature of the beast. “Yeah, I’m holding … Read More