Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ uneven performances not isolated, but systemic, under Aston

If Texas players are interested in getting head coach Karen Aston a contact extension, they have a weird way of showing it. Worse yet, there was the appearance of concession in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s loss as Iowa State players began driving to the rim for uncontested layups … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 168: Texas welcomes 7 new coaches; A.J. Abrams on Texas’ basketball shooting woes

In this week’s On Second Thought podcast, we hear from new Texas coordinators Mike Yurcich and Chris Ash on their challenges in 2020. Hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls also discuss the newest position changes with spring football coming up. Plus, Texas hoops legend A.J. Abrams offers a possible remedy … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ Jericho Sims has to get out of his own head with No. 1 Baylor in town

Jericho Sims has gone up against Kansas giant Udoka Azubuike and some other really good posts, but his biggest opponent is the guy staring back at him when he brushes his teeth each morning. The Texas junior sometimes can’t get out of his own head, and while this season has … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 167: Hookem.com’s Mike Craven on Texas signing day; Commish Oliver Luck on XFL

Hookem.com recruiting writer Mike Craven breaks down Texas’ 2020 signing class and reveals where the defensive signees rank in Tom Herman’s tenure. Also, XFL commissioner Oliver Luck previews opening weekend of the new professional football league and discusses if the league was interested in bringing in former Cleveland Browns QB … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 166: CBS’ Jim Nantz on Kobe: “We’re all just numb.”

Broadcast legend Jim Nantz joins Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls on this week’s On Second Thought podcast and discusses the Kobe Bryant tragedy and the upcoming Masters. Nantz  also addresses Jordan Spieth’s slump and reports that his NFL booth partner Tony Romo may be leaving him for Monday Night Football. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka’s Longhorns played just well enough to lose another game

What’s the difference between a 38-point loss at West Virginia and a two-point home loss to LSU? For the floundering Texas Longhorns, it’s a two-word answer. Not much. At this point of the season, style points don’t matter, even for losses. Good teams find ways to win. LSU is a … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Cat’s jersey retirement a nostalgic reminder of how good things used to be at Texas

Will the next Cat Osterman please stand up? How about the next Vince Young? Surely there’s another Jamie Carey or Kevin Durant out there. Texas athletics is still the money-printing machine it’s been for the past three decades, but its national allure isn’t close to where it was in the … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 165: Brian Davis on the Shaka Watch; Texas legend Cat Osterman on her number retirement

In Episode 165 of the On Second Thought podcast, Longhorns beat writer Brian Davis breaks down the Texas meltdown at West Virginia and if coach Shaka Smart is going to survive after this season. Also, Longhorn softball legend Cat Osterman discusses her No. 8 being retired and her next foray … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Hey, Horns, Jericho Sims wants the ball (even if he isn’t saying it)

Jericho Sims wants the ball. He might not say it, but Texas’ junior post has developed a healthy hunger for scoring. After Saturday’s 66-57 loss to No. 6 Kansas, a game in which the Horns made only 1 of 9 3-pointers in the second half, Sims put yet another stamp … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 164: MLB.com’s Richard Justice on the Astros; Dennis Dodd on LSU and Texas national perception

MLB.com columnist Richard Justice gives an inside at what’s going on with the Houston Astros after a signal-stealing scandal led to the firings of manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow. Also, CBSSports.com columnist Dennis Dodd discusses where LSU ranks on the list of all-time greatest teams while examining where … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas women can ride bigs Collier and Holmes to the NCAAs

Let the big girls lead the way and the others will follow. It’s Texas’ best path to the NCAAs. When Charli Collier and Joyner Holmes are controlling the paint like they did Wednesday night against Texas Tech, the Longhorns can play with anybody. Even better for Texas is the presence … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns found right winning formula vs. Kansas State but can they duplicate it?

If ever there was ever  an early-conference game that was deserving of the “must win,” label, it was Saturday’s Texas-Kansas State matchup. Both teams were desperate to scratch out that first conference win, especially Texas which needed to book a “W” to add to their sagging NCAA tournament resume’. Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 163: Cowboys insider Matt Mosley on the McCarthy hire; Texas coaching moves

In the first On Second Thought podcast of the new year, Dallas Cowboys insider Matt Mosley breaks down the hiring of Mike McCarthy and the departure of Matt Rhule from his beloved Baylor Bears. Ced and Kirk also discuss Texas moving on from assistant coach Craig Naivar and examine this … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas isn’t back, but this outgoing senior class has moved the needle forward

SAN ANTONIO — They left this place better than they found it. Players from Texas’ senior class set the emotional tone in their final game and the young ones followed suit Tuesday night. The Longhorns (8-5) didn’t just beat the 11th-ranked Utes. They punked them. Outplayed them. Out-physicaled them. Took their … Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorns UnFiltered: Is Texas back after Alamo Bowl blowout of Utah?

The Texas Longhorns crushed Utah at the Alamo Bowl, 38-10, and finished the 2019 season at 8-5. Does it mean the Horns are back? Statesman writers Danny Davis, Brian Davis, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden examine the significance of this win in the latest Longhorns UnFiltered podcast. Check it out. Read More

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Golden: Texas’ crushing NCAA loss to Louisville was more mental than physical

They left Gregory Gymnasium in stunned silence Friday night. Louisville players were the ones dancing off the court, celebrating with their parents and embracing their coaches. Meanwhile, the Texas Longhorns and coach Jerritt Elliott were the ones hit head-on with the reality of tournament elimination well before the desired destination. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: This Alamo Bowl is much bigger for Texas than visiting Utah

The Alamo Bowl is bigger for Texas. This fan base is dealing with the bummer that comes with its team failing to meet some really high preseason expectations. At the beginning of the season, 129 fan bases were awash in hope and the kind … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas spikers will learn from surviving second-round upset scare

No one promised Texas an easy stroll through the NCAA volleyball tournament even if the bracket appeared friendly on initial inspection. The Longhorns, who are the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament, found out early that looks can be deceiving and it nearly cost them … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 162: Broadcast legend Brent Musburger on the CFP, Tom Herman’s coaching slump

Broadcasting legend Brent Musburger joins Episode of 162 of the On Second Thought podcast and gives his odds on who will win the national college football title from his home in Las Vegas. Musburger also talks about the struggles of the Oakland Raiders — including the Antonio Brown saga — … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Meet Kai Jones, Texas’ junkyard dog

Before he became famous, Sylvester Ritter was a star football player at Fayetteville State University. He didn’t carve out a long NFL career, but he became a pro wresting legend under the name of Junkyard Dog, a moniker that reportedly came from his work in a wrecking … Read More