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On Second Thought Ep: 120 AJC’s Mark Bradley answers: Will Georgia be down in Sugar Bowl vs underdog Texas?

How much did the tough loss to Alabama in the SEC title game affect the Georgia Bulldogs? Has the door opened for the underdog Texas Longhorns to pull a Sugar Bowl upset. Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist gives his perspective from the other side of the fence on this week’s On Second … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: ‘We won’t disappoint the fans again,’ says Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, channeling his inner Tebow

ARLINGTON — For the first time all day, Sam Ehlinger nearly lost his composure. It certainly didn’t come on the field, where he staked an unofficial claim to 2019 first-team all-conference quarterback honors with another sparkling performance against the Oklahoma Sooners.  No, this came in the post-game presser where Ehlinger … Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorns UnFiltered podcast: Oklahoma tops Texas 39-27 for Big 12 title

ARLINGTON — Get immediate reaction from Statesman writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden, Danny Davis and Brian Davis on Texas’ 39-27 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. The Longhorns dropped to 9-4 on the season. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas seniors know a sweep of Oklahoma will cement this program’s turnaround

The Texas senior class has been through a Depression Era of sorts. They may have eaten well in their first two years on campus, but the football rations were minimal. A pair of 5-7 seasons with no bowl appearances to start a college career doesn’t exactly add up to food … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 119: ABC’s Todd Blackledge and coaching legend Barry Switzer on Texas-Oklahoma

In Episode 119 of the On Second Thought podcast, ABC color analyst Todd Blackledge gives his take on Saturday’s Big 12 title clash between Texas and Oklahoma while coaching legend Barry Switzer breaks down Lincoln Riley’s coaching style and the problems with the Oklahoma defense. Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorns Unfiltered: Texas 24, Iowa State 10

Get immediate reaction from writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden, Brian Davis, and Danny Davis from Texas’ 24-10 win over Iowa State. Behind some quality backup play from QB Shane Buechele, the Horns improved to 8-3 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 and can qualify for the Big 12 title … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: If Shane Buechele gets extended duty at Kansas, Texas should be just fine

Shane Buechele could have left for greener pastures. He lost his starting job to a younger teammate in August and was looking at holding a clipboard for the final two years of his college career. Yet he stayed. Why? “Because of my teammates,” Buechele said after Saturday night’s 24-10 win … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 118: Brian Davis on Texas-Iowa State, Houston Chronicle’s John McClain on surging Texans

In Episode 118 of the On Second Thought podcast, Texas beat writer Brian Davis breaks down the upcoming Iowa State game and gives his picks for First Team All-Big 12. Plus, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden find out from Houston Chronicle writer John McClain why the Houston Texans are one … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes is flying high, but what of Jericho Sims’ slow start?

Three games into the season, the Texas men are getting nice production from high-flying freshman forward Jaxson Hayes. Hayes says he has toughened up his game by going up against forwards Jericho Sims, Dylan Osetkowski and Royce Hamm during the offseason. Sims was his toughest matchup. “Jericho really dominated me … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka Smart is banking on Matt Coleman’s maturation as Texas’ floor general

Defense wins championships, but the eyes of Texas will be on Shaka Smart’s offense this season. Attention, Matt Coleman. This means you. Smart said his team played 15 minutes of good basketball in Tuesday’s season-opening 71-59 win over Eastern Illinois and that sounds about right since his newcomers showed some … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 117: Horns visit Lubbock, Horns Down: fair or foul?

In Episode 117of the On Second Thought podcast, hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls break down Texas’ chances at Texas Tech Saturday, the beginning of Longhorn basketball season, the Horns down controversy and what lies ahead for the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, teams headed in opposite directions. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: ‘Close’ doesn’t count for Texas, not with a road trip to Lubbock coming up

After that tough loss at Oklahoma State last week, It was imperative for Texas to bounce back Saturday at home. Show some resilience. Answer the bell. Texas didn’t get there. The ol’ college try was not good enough. The 42-41 loss to 13th-ranked West Virginia before a Royal-Memorial Stadium crowd … Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorns Unfiltered: West Virginia 42, Texas 41

Check out immediate reaction from Texas writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden, Brian Davis, and Danny Davis on Texas’ 42-41 loss to West Virginia at DKR Saturday. The Longhorns dropped to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12 while West Virginia improved to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play. Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 116: WVU coach Dana Holgorsen on the Longhorns and the CFP

In Episode 116 of the On Second Thought podcast, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen joins Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden and discusses his team’s game at Texas Saturday. He also gives his take on the College Football Playoff format. The guys also assess the state of the Longhorns after … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: In Acho vs. Boyd, a Texas ex tackles the loyalty vs. business quandary at ESPN

When does love for one’s football program trump paying the bills? It’s a question that Texas ex Emmanuel Acho has probably asked himself several times over the last few days. Acho, in his first year as a college football studio analyst at ESPN, has a job to do. But sometimes … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: A Herman blowup and a failed comeback equals growing pains in Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — So long, Top 10. It was nice knowing you. Those CFP dreams? Fun while it lasted. The enduring image of Texas’ three-week stay among the national elite came with its fate all but sealed at a raucous Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday night. Defensive end Breckyn Hager … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep. 115: The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson on Oklahoma State’s upset chances against Texas

In Episode 115 of the On Second Thought, Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson breaks down the struggles of the Oklahoma State Cowboys who are out to upset the No. 6 Texas Longhorns in Stillwater Saturday. Also, Statesman fantasy football guru Cat Vasquez gives his breakout picks for the second half … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas should beware Stillwater’s atmosphere, crowd and ‘paddle people’

Oklahoma State is having a down year. Coach Mike Gundy has somehow been unable to stack wins similar to the ones created by superstars Mason Rudolph and James Washington, who have taken their acts to the NFL. The Cowboys are 4-3 overall and losers of three of their last four … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas basketball, throw Gregory Gym a non-conference bone

Bring hoops back to Gregory Gym. We’re not talking about the four-on-four pickup games across the hall, but something along the lines of the NCAA variety witnessed by the estimated 1,000-plus that braved the weather to watch  the campus squads Wednesday night in the Texas Tip-off. Our grandparents remember when … Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorns Unfiltered: Texas 23, Baylor 17

In the latest episode of Longhorns Unfiltered, get some immediate postgame reaction from Statesman writers Kirk Bohls, Danny Davis, Brian Davis, and Cedric Golden on Texas’ 23-17 win over Baylor. The Horns improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12 with the bye week coming up. Read More