Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Can Texas score a big road win in rowdy Morgantown? Recent history says no

Want to know the surest sign of despair for Texas football over the last four years? It’s when the coaches and players start talking about getting the seniors to a bowl game. That used to happen after six or seven games. These days the Longhorns have made it a habit … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 80: WVU coach Dana Holgorsen on hillbillies, Rick Cantu on HS playoffs

In Episode 80 of the On Second Thought podcast, Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls break down the tough road trip facing the Texas Longhorns who travel to West Virginia Saturday. Mountaineers’ coach Dana Holgorsen calls in to address Breckyn Hager’s “hillbilly and moonshine” comment and his team’s chances of qualifying … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: UT will have several chances at justifying ranking, but it needs to start defending

Coach Karen Aston isn’t sure her Texas Longhorns are completely deserving of their lofty preseason ranking but nothing they did in the opener will discourage the voters. Huge expectations. Huge debut. Texas 95, Stetson 59. So why not just skip all the pleasantries and pencil in the nation’s second-ranked team … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka Smart may have his best team yet at Texas

Alright, Shaka. Bring on Kansas. OK, not yet, but soon. Actually the Jayhawks will be here four days after Christmas, so it’s closer than you think. Don’t look now, but for the first time in what seems like forever — Texas has lost seven straight to KU — the outcome … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 79: Texas hoops coaches Shaka Smart and Karen Aston; Holton Hill discussion

In a jam-packed Episode 79 of the On Second Thought podcast, hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls examine the fallout from Holton’s Hill’s suspension with a must-win game coming up against Kansas.They’re also joined by Texas basketball coaches Shaka Smart and Karen Aston. The men open the season Friday against … Read More

Golden: Starting Jerrod Heard at QB versus Kansas would serve two purposes for Texas

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: On Jerrod Heard as the Longhorns’ quarterback: Why not Jerrod Heard? Kirk Bohls asked Tom Herman as much at Monday’s media availability. With Shane Buechele banged up and ineffective behind that patchwork offensive … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas may or may not be bowl worthy, but the offense definitely isn’t

FORT WORTH — Close your eyes and ask yourself this question: Is Texas a bowl team? If you answered yes, then congratulations, you’re a diehard Longhorns fan and a credit to the burnt orange nation. You’re also extremely nervous going into these last three games because it’s very possible that your … Read More

Golden’s halftime Nuggets: Horns need an offensive pick-me-up

  FORT WORTH — TCU 17, Texas 7. And it could have been worse. A few thoughts from the first half: Texas offense needs to pick it up We saw worse than nothing from the Texas offense in the first quarter — minus-two yards on only six plays … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 78: TCU AD Chris Del Conte on Texas showdown

In Episode 78 of the On Second Thought podcast, TCU athletic director  Chris Del Conte discusses the success of his program, coach Gary Patterson’s impact, and Saturday’s home against the Texas Longhorns. Statesman fantasy football expert Cat Vasquez gives some free agent advice for owners of suspended Cowboys running back … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tom Herman has no worries leaning on his defense (because he has to)

WACO — Texas proved to be miles better than Baylor on Saturday, but a few inches revealed Tom Herman’s true concerns on one side of the ball. Inches were all that separated his Texas Longhorns from a touchdown late in the third quarter. Herman has never hidden his disdain for … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 77: Grading Texas OC Tim Beck, Waco Tribune-Herald’s Brice Cherry on Texas-Baylor

Is offensive coordinator Tim Beck doing a good job in his first season at Texas? Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls debate the subject in Episode 77 of the On Second Thought podcast and preview Texas’ Saturday matchup with Baylor. Also, Waco Tribune-Herald sports editor Brice Cherry joins the show and … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: It’s gut-check time for Tom Herman and his 3-4 Texas Longhorns

Tom Herman says he knew there would be tough times at Texas. When I asked him Monday about the difficulty that has been this 3-4 start, Texas’ first-year coach paused for a free introspective second or two, then went nostalgic, recalling the time he told his wife about his dream … Read More

Golden: Sit Sam Ehlinger this Saturday even if he passes concussion protocol

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: On starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s health: No one will be shocked if Sam Ehlinger clears concussion protocol in time to play in Waco Saturday. But he shouldn’t. The Texas quarterback needs to sit … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: An overworked Sam Ehlinger is bad for business, Texas

Chris Warren gave a simple answer to a simple question. And it spoke volumes. “Chris, why isn’t the offense holding up its end?” “Because we don’t have a running game,” the Texas running back answered. “I think we’re too one-dimensional and that’s easy to predict, so that’s why we’re not … Read More

Golden’s first-half Nuggets: Horns hanging in there

An upset can happen. After a few anxious moments, your Texas Longhorns have shown they are capable to pulling off a win over the well-regarded Oklahoma State Cowboys and Mason Rudolph can spin it as well as any quarterback in the country. He’s a first-round draft pick in the … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 76: Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, ESPN analyst Greg McElroy

Get ready for an extended On Second Thought podcast this week. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy joins Episode 76 and give his thoughts on Saturday’s game at Texas, his recent shirtless display at a school  pep rally and a possibler coaching future in the NFL. ESPN college football analyst/radio … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tom Herman’s moral victories tour continues, but Texas needs real Ws

DALLAS — Welcome to the 2017 Tom Herman Moral Victory Tour. Enjoy some great games against quality opponents, but a word of warning. You won’t always get the ending you’d want for your consumer dollar. In his first season in Austin, Herman has mastered the art of coaching an exciting … Read More

Golden: Horns not dead yet in Dallas

DALLAS — The Horns got hit in the mouth and didn’t respond until late in the second quarter. I don’t know about you but this felt early on like something out of the early 2000s but Texas got it together to keep it competitive late. Oklahoma owned the … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 75: Legendary OU coach Bob Stoops talks retirement; staff discusses Red River Rivalry game

In the 75th episode of the On Second Thought podcast, legendary Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops joins Ced and Kirk to talk about his transition into retirement and discusses if he might return to the sidelines one day. Also Texas football beat writers Brian Davis and Danny Davis join the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: If this is Derrick Johnson’s last chance at a Super Bowl, it’s also his best chance

It’s Derrick Johnson’s time. After just missing out on a college title at Texas, a Super Bowl ring has become a realistic possibility in what can best be described as the linebacker’s NFL golden years. The Kansas City Chiefs are the best team in professional tackle football through five games … Read More