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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Just how good are the Texas women, really? We’re about to find out

That wasn’t hurt you saw on the faces of Karen Aston and her Texas women’s basketball players Monday night after the Longhorns let Baylor off the hook. It was anger. Bordering on rage. That’s a good thing, by the way. Channeled in the right way, a passion to win can … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas falls but Rice’s Graham sees big upside

Texas made a believer out of Wayne Graham. Even in defeat. And that’s saying something, considering the nearly 81-year-old, legendary Rice baseball coach brought the Owls their first national championship and 22 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Not to mention 1,116 wins. That includes two victories this weekend at wind-swept Disch-Falk … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: A truly lost season for Smart, Longhorns

Shaka Smart is all about accountability. And he needs to practice what he’s forever preaching. “The only way that changes is to be better,” Smart said. “Be solid on defense, take care of the ball and make your free throws down the stretch. We’ve been in a lot of close … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Pierce hopes new-look Disch-Falk Field is a home run for Texas baseball

If the Texas Longhorns are to get back to baseball’s national elite, then their bats must be louder. That’s the approach the new head coach is taking. Upon taking over for the legendary Augie Garrido, David Pierce brought with him a belief that this team must become more offensive in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas guard McCarty is small but has a big game

Brooke McCarty has three hobbies. Basketball. Shopping. Sleeping. Yeah, McCarty loves power naps and sleeping ranks ahead of some things college kids rarely miss out on like going out or watching television. One of the more popular athletes on campus, McCarty isn’t exactly a sports fanatic. When I asked her … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Morgan Cooper hopes to ace this next challenge for Longhorns, himself

Morgan Cooper remembers it like it was yesterday. Well, he remembers some of it. The first time David Pierce gathered his baseball team at Disch-Falk Field, Texas’ new head coach addressed the players and asked for something along the lines of name, rank and serial number. Basic info like a … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Former Longhorn Malcom Brown emerges as quiet force for Patriots

HOUSTON — Malcom Brown talks trash on the football field. Who knew he even talked? The former University of Texas star has been known to do a little a chirping in his first two seasons with the New England Patriots, according to teammate Rob Ninkovich, who informed me of this … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Recruiting wins are always nice, but for Texas, football wins are better

HOUSTON — Tom Herman didn’t win a national championship on his first national signing day at Texas. He didn’t even bring in a top-10 national recruiting class. What’s taking him so long? That’s the nutso world of college recruiting. Everybody wants it all right now. Herman will win at UT … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Odds favor Andrew Jones making a difference for Horns

Andrew Jones operates with an unrelenting desire to overcome the odds. Tell him he can’t. He will. Tell him he isn’t good enough. He will prove you wrong. “I’ve always played with a chip on my shoulder because I never really had the hype,” he said. “People were always like, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: So far, Texas’ Jarrett Allen has been nerdy, quirky off the court, spectacular on it

Jarrett Allen isn’t your every-day, garden-variety college basketball player. Especially off the court. On it, he’s a rising star, Texas’ 6-foot-11 freshman forward who wowed ‘em at Kansas and who faces a lifetime decision about the NBA in the next few months. Allen’s the center of attention from many. Off … Read More

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Are Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns about to hit rock bottom?

Shaka Smart’s ship is taking on water and the money games haven’t even started yet. But they’re coming up. Like right now. Smart’s Texas men are in big trouble with the Big 12’s biggest icebergs are coming up on the schedule — No. 10 West Virginia at home on Saturday, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: If Andrew Jones keeps this up, the Texas men may have found their point guard

Texas doesn’t have a proven point guard, but one could be emerging. Andrew Jones is far from a finished product, but he’s the pushing the needle in a positive direction. Want to know the first rule of Point Guard 101? It’s treating the ball like a family heirloom that bounces: … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas needs Jarrett Allen to be its on-court alpha dog — now

This time last year, Jarrett Allen was the Shaq of the Southwest Preparatory Conference. A big man putting up big numbers for a team that won conference titles. Now as the center for the Texas Longhorns, Allen is still the big man in the paint, but he is just getting … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Strong’s UT failure has Power 5 implications for black coaches

Charlie Strong didn’t get it done at Texas, but he got another chance. That’s huge on several levels. You see, there was a time when a black coach rarely got a second chance to prove his worth as a head coach. Apparently, times are slowly changing for the better in … Read More