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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Ken Herman

Herman on Tom Herman: Maybe this new guy will have a sense of humor when faced with adversity?

Our new local football coach seems to be a persistent fellow when he has his eyes on a star recruit. And Tom Herman also seems to have a sense of humor in the face of adversity. That first trait should help him succeed in Longhornville. That second trait could serve … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: D’Onta Foreman’s decision to jump to the NFL was a no-brainer

D’Onta Foreman ran over, through and past every opponent he faced this season. But he saved his best move for last. Taking his talents to the NFL was a no-brainer. When he told an assembled crowd of media and Texas teammates of his intentions Wednesday, I’m going to guess to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Mack Brown on Tom Herman, his old grad assistant — ‘He’s a great hire’

Tom Herman has friends in high places. He’s going to need them to make this Texas turnaround happen in quick fashion. One of the biggest, former Texas coach Mack Brown, didn’t have to check the internet or ask his buddies at ESPN about Texas’ latest coaching news because he got … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Charlie Strong is a good guy, he just wasn’t THE guy for Texas

Charlie Strong’s a good guy. He just wasn’t THE guy. And that’s a shame. It didn’t work for a variety of reasons, but race wasn’t one of them. Oh, I’m sure it was for some fans and boosters, who didn’t want it to work because of Charlie’s skin color. And … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Is Tom Herman the right man for right now for quick-moving Texas?

Texas got its man, but is he the right man? Tom Herman, the former Longhorns grad assistant, is returning to where it all started for him. He once was a faceless, anonymous guy riding down Congress Ave. on a float, sitting next to Ricky Williams during a 1999 victory parade. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: TCU puts the finishing touches on Texas’ Charlie Strong era

Charlie Strong: Jan. 5, 2014-Nov. 25, 2016. If Kansas was a funeral, then TCU was the burial. The Strong era came to an unspectacular end before a sparse crowd at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Friday. Many stayed away because they had already seen enough after the Kansas jaw dropper. The truth … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: His final lopsided loss should spell the end of Charlie Strong’s tenure

Decisive. That was TCU’s rout of Texas in Friday’s season finale was. And that very fact should make the decision by school president Gregory L. Fenves to make a coaching change that much easier. The Texas administration made nothing official on Friday night after the Longhorns’ lopsided 31-9 loss to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ finale should be Charlie Strong’s, too

The final regular-season game for Texas on Friday is no longer simply a game. It is a watershed moment that could have far-reaching implications. The significance of the Texas-TCU outcome and what follows in the hours afterward will shape and define the reputations and careers and legacies of a football … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Gary Patterson, TCU are fully expecting a frenzied Texas atmosphere

FORT WORTH — Gary Patterson has won at TCU. His Horned Frogs aren’t having the greatest season, but he has enough coaching skins on the wall to overcome the occasional valleys that come with college football. He has won 148 of his first 200 games at … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Yet another Texas fumble — its handling of Charlie Strong’s exit

Charlie Strong is out as head football coach after losing to Kansas. Charlie Strong is back as head football coach if he beats TCU. Take your pick. Asked what the chances are that school president Gregory L. Fenves could change his mind and bring Strong back for a fourth year, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman coming on, but is he coming to Austin?

Tom Herman’s bags are packed. That much is clear. After all, his Houston Cougars play on the road at Memphis next week. Sorry if you were expecting a different destination this quickly, but the Taylor Swift of college football hasn’t left his first head coaching job. He … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Charlie Strong just did the one thing he couldn’t afford to — lose

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s over. On a bleary day in the American heartland, Charlie Strong’s coaching tenure at Texas took a critical hit. A loss to Kansas won’t get Shaka Smart fired, but we’re talking about football here. Texas football. The Longhorns don’t lose to Kansas. Shoot, college football doesn’t … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: With fewer scholarships to give, Longhorns not under recruiting pressure

Even in this 5-5 season, it doesn’t appear Malcolm Roach would change a thing. “Who wouldn’t want to play at Texas?,” the freshman linebacker said. “I feel like it’s a great place here, and it’s a great fit for me. I believe I made the right decision.” Dozens of the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Job, bowl and season concerns make Kansas an actual must-win matchup for Texas

File this under the heading of “Things you don’t hear every day.” Kansas is a must-win for Texas. You read correctly. It’s a must-win. If Charlie Strong loses Saturday, he might want to cancel that return trip to Bergstrom. There is no coming back from a letdown in Lawrence. “You … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Growing pains? For Andrew Jones, it’s more like growing gains

Shaka Smart can hardly go two sentences without mentioning growth. Growth of the team. Growth of the players. Growth as a program. That happens when a college basketball coach in his second year says goodbye to his star point guard, another defensive-minded guard and practically his entire frontcourt. Hell, even … Read More