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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Herman needs the alumni to help turn Texas around

Tom Herman and his players can’t do it alone. A winning football team needs all hands on deck, from the coaches to the players to the important people that helped build the tradition. During Saturday’s Orange-White spring game, there were several instances where noted alumni were shown on the Jumbotron … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Expect this — Herman’s Texas bunch will play hard; for now, that will have to do

After Saturday’s Orange-White spring football game, Tom Herman is making no promises. That way, there are none to take back. Smart guy, this new, edgy fellow with the intense eyes and the obsessive attention to detail. Took Charlie Strong a while to learn that around here. We all remember when … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas looks to be getting defensive at just the right time

A mass of humanity bore down on Toneil Carter at the goal line. The meeting at Texas’ only healthy running back came a minute after Tom Herman decided that Saturday’s Orange-White spring game would come down to one play. Two yards separating a win from a loss. By the time … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns miss chance for statement sweep vs. Oklahoma

David Pierce can smell a turnaround. He sees that Texas is slowly turning a corner, but the Horns missed out on a chance to make a huge statement this weekend. The good news? The unranked Longhorns took two of three games from the No. 16 Oklahoma Sooners to pull to … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: To be DBU or not to be DBU, that is the question for Texas’ defensive backs

They’re not using those three letters on the Forty Acres these days. Texas is still DBU, having produced some of the best defensive backs in all of modern college football, but lately it’s been DB-Pu. Now this current crop of defensive backs have decided they aren’t worthy of the title … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tim Crowder has turned his love of training into a post-NFL career

Pro timing day at Texas is about like all the others across the country. Senior players push themselves to the limit to try and impress the assembled NFL scouts who have traveled to scope out prospective draft picks. Last week’s event at the indoor practice facility brought out some nice … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: There’s a fortune (OK, Jordan Spieth’s historic two errant golf balls) in Rae’s Creek

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Glynn Courtney would love to get his hands on them. Not just because he’s an avid golf fan and a former minor tour player at that, but he makes his living in golf memorabilia. And is there a more valuable piece of recent golf history than the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: With 13 titles under his belt, Texas’ Eddie Reese has become America’s swim coach

Eddie Reese has a contract. He’s just not sure what’s in it. “I think it goes through this year,” Reese mused this week. “I’m not sure. It could be more than that.” And then, the Texas men’s swimming and diving coach added, “You should never get a one-year extension based … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: He’s an NFL long shot, but David Ash is back and giving football one last shot

A friend recently approached David Ash after hearing the former Texas quarterback had decided to resume his football career. “You’re going to die,” his friend said. So are you, Ash thought. I get it. You only live once. Ash won’t be young forever and the chance to play pro football … Read More

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