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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Finally, Skip Johnson gets his chance to shine as a head coach (at Oklahoma)

Skip Johnson has arrived. So what took him so long? Until Monday, when he was named the 10th head baseball coach in Oklahoma history, Johnson was a career assistant despite a highly successful run as a junior-college coach. To be honest, he was held back by school administrators who didn’t … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Does 33-year-old Trey Hardee have one more Olympics in him? He sure hopes so

Trey Hardee could retire right now and no one would blame him. He’s won two world decathlon championships, a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and has been blessed with a beautiful wife and daughter. But the former Texas All-American isn’t finished even at the relatively advanced track-and-field age of … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Scottie Scheffler is taking his big game to golf’s biggest stage

Scottie Scheffler is anything but an underachiever. But until he achieves exactly what he wants — and that’s a lot — the already-accomplished Longhorns golfer won’t be satisfied. Which is why he approaches this week’s tournament with a modicum of guarded confidence after an outstanding season at Texas. That would … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas coach, former athletes seek to keep youth engaged in sports

Kevin Millar spoke of the five times he was eligible for the MLB draft and never got selected. Texas basketball coach Karen Aston explained why she laughed after a gut-wrenching defeat to her most bitter rival. World decathlon champion Trey Hardee lamented … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas athletics is (a) dead (b) struggling or (c) about to thrive

Save for track and field, the book is almost closed on this latest Texas athletic season. Thankfully. So it’s time to give out our awards of bests and worsts. Yes, there were some bests. There really were. Eddie Reese is a consummate winner who needs a statue and should be … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With an NBA title, Kevin Durant will move up the Longhorns hierarchy of greats

Kevin Durant, NBA champion. It’s happening just like he hoped it would when he left Oklahoma City to sign with the stacked Golden State Warriors last offseason. Durant has been nails this postseason, delivering time and time again for a team that was championship quality months before he signed on. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Bob Stoops’ departure is a blow for OU, the Big 12 and college football

Bob Stoops will coach again, no doubt about it. He insists his stepping down at Oklahoma had nothing to do with his health. Plus he never used the word “retirement” in his statement released by the university. The real reason wasn’t evident Wednesday, but it will … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Who are the winners and losers from Bob Stoops’ retirement?

Bob Stoops stunned the sports world on a lazy June afternoon when he stepped down by his own choice as the most successful Oklahoma head football coach in history. Despite some serious misgivings about his decisions to keep troubled players like Joe … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Durant’s dominance has made NBA Finals a mismatch

Kevin Durant has been all over the place in the NBA Finals — making threes, dunking, blocking shots, leading the break, rebounding. And winning. The Texas ex  was always great in Oklahoma City, but many of us remember many Thunder games when he would camp out in the corner with … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Leitao decision signifies change in Texas football philosophy

Reese Leitao deserves a second chance. But not at Texas. When the Jenks tight end got caught with 20 Xanax pills and $1,300 in cash and, according to the arrest affidavit, admitted to selling drugs, he would have forfeited any chance to play for me had I been the University … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: From philanthropy to podcast, Emmanuel Acho’s post-NFL life is as busy as ever

Emmanuel Acho is using his head these days. No helmet required. After stepping away from the NFL in 2015 following four seasons, Acho, 26, is branching out into other areas, including the education of players against the dangers of head injuries in football. As first glance, the former Texas linebacker … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Remember sacrifice bunts? Texas baseball has shifted away from small-ball

The Texas baseball team may rank last in the Big 12 in batting average, but it ranks first in double takes. That’s as in hitters, staring down at signals delivered from the third base coaching box and incredulously giving a second glance in disbelief. Earlier this season, Kacy Clemens came … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Durant no psychic seer, but can see a title

When it comes to the NBA playoffs, Kevin Durant has made one thing perfectly clear. He’s a lousy prophet. The Golden State sharpshooter all but guaranteed Spurs do-it-all Kawhi Leonard would play in Game 3 despite a badly sprained ankle suffered in the series opener of this lopsided Western Conference … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Expecting Mo’ wins, Shaka Smart has revamped his Texas men’s program

Over the course of the past five weeks, Shaka Smart landed a hot-shot, four-star point guard who could be the next T.J. Ford and as of Thursday, a five-star big man who might be the first pick of the 2018 NBA draft. Together, 6-foot-11 power forward Mohamed Bamba of Harlem, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas promotional machine is full steam ahead on social media

The enthusiasm is palpable four months before the season opener against Maryland. You’ve seen axes being taken to the old Moncrief-Neuhaus locker room that once housed national champions. You’ve seen the model for state-of-the-art lockers being planned at nearly $10,000 apiece. All on the web. It’s all under the auspices … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas ex Isaiah Taylor waiting for his time to come with Rockets

The hand-written sign scrawled in tape above his small locker in the visitors’ dressing room at the AT&T Center before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals said it all. “Rookie No. 2.” Isaiah Taylor laughs and shrugs when a reporter mentions it and said he had “no clue” about … Read More

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