Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Football now has a return date, but is it too soon, too risky?

Football is back. Well, at least a tiny semblance of it. A glimmer, perhaps. If the SEC says so, it has to be true, right?  And if football is back, could normalcy be far behind?  Not necessarily. And not if the return is force-fed before everyone is adequately … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Swear to God, former Texas basketball coach Leon Black is ‘one of the finer persons ever’

Jimmy Blacklock wanted to set the record straight about his straight-laced college basketball coach. Seems that Leon Black did cuss. At least once. His Texas basketball team had just been overwhelmed by UCLA sophomore Bill Walton and the eventual national champion Bruins at Pauley Pavilion by 50 points, and Black … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: NCAA is gradually looking to help its athletes, but too slowly

The NCAA just can’t help itself. One day after its Board of Governors advocated a landmark proposal that would allow student-athletes to profit off their own identity and be compensated for their name, image and likeness, it took a step backward Thursday by not backing a rule that would allow … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Collin Johnson remains confident in his abilities as the NFL draft approaches

More than a year ago, Collin Johnson made an impactful decision that would drastically shape his young life. Coming off a terrific junior season as Texas’ highly productive outside receiver, he decided to come back to Texas for his senior year. Nothing much has gone his way since. Just don’t … Read More

Texas lets go one of Floreal’s track and field assistant coaches

The University of Texas has decided not to retain one of head track and field coach Edrick Floreal’s assistants, Matthew McGee, athletic director Chris Del Conte told the American-Statesman on Friday morning. “Coach Flo just wanted to make a change with one of his staff members, and he made a … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls, Golden: Sizing up Texas’ new staff, issues for 2020

American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden interviewed Texas football coach Tom Herman on Wednesday for their “On Second Thought” podcast. They weigh in on several key UT football topics: Do you agree with Tom Herman, that there will be a 2020 season? Bohls: … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Once and future rivals, Texas’ Schaefer, A&M’s Blair share competitive DNA

It was years ago, back in 1992 after an insignificant basketball game, and Gary Blair’s dominant Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball team had just thrashed Vic Schaefer’s overmatched Sam Houston State team. Insignificant being a very relative term. The two coaching rivals, who’d both prefer a 2-by-4 against their heads … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Time for Texas to make a bold statement in women’s basketball

It’s time to scare Kim Mulkey over her morning coffee. Seriously. Time to deliver a message to the Baylor dynamo before her first Red Bull. Or maybe Mulkey eats nails for breakfast. Regardless, Texas needs to step to the plate, be Texas for a change, pay market value or above … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Rigid NCAA offers compassionate response, extra years to athletes

Score one for the NCAA. Not sure I can remember the last time we scored any at all for that too-often disconnected, slow-moving body, but the organization that governs college athletics got this one right. The welfare of student-athletes across the landscape got a rare, favorable ruling from the rigid … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Crisis spawns a new, more relaxed, compassionate Tom Herman

In his first conference call with the media since the coronavirus pandemic struck, Tom Herman shed a lot of light on life in the Texas football program moving forward with new rules, new staff schedules, new online classes and electronic visits with his players and, yes, a whole lot of … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas swimmers Conger, Haas take Olympic delay in stride

For the past year and a half, Jack Conger’s life had a peaceful, very regimented order about it. But that all took an abrupt if not totally unexpected turn last week when the Olympic swimmer heard the dramatic announcement from the International Olympic Committee. The news that the 2020 Olympic … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Is Shaka Smart settling in — or is Texas just settling?

The Shaka Smart Redemption Tour continues. Practically everything else in the world has been shut down thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but the never-ending saga that is the Texas head basketball coach continues to lurch forward. Smart will return next season. RELATED: ‘Shaka’s our coach’: Texas … Read More

Texas swim coach Eddie Reese praises Olympics postponement: ‘We’re playing this by ear’

Long-time Texas swimming coach Eddie Reese, a former U.S. Olympic swimming coach, said Tuesday he wasn’t the least bit surprised that the 2020 Games are being postponed. “They had to do it,” said Reese, who has served as head coach of the Olympic swim team three different times. “I really … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Worry is never very far from the minds these days of Texas’ Turati twins

Their hearts are broken. Their minds race with all sorts of unchecked imagination amidst the disturbing fears and overwhelming confusion about the unknown. They wonder if their parents, who are cooped up at home halfway around the world, paralyzed by fear and uncertainty, are maybe keeping troubling information from them … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Scottie Scheffler is soaring in the PGA, but missing his chance at Dell

For Scottie Scheffler, it was to have been a homecoming of sorts. The former All-American golfer at Texas was greatly anticipating a return to Austin where he once starred for John Fields’ team that was a NCAA runner-up in 2016. Heck, the Austin Country Club, where the fifth annual World … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Chris Del Conte has lost his razor, not his sense of humor

Chris Del Conte was in overdrive this week. Even with nowhere to go. As Texas’ athletic director, overseeing some 523 student-athletes, he’s having to go full speed even though the part of the sports world that he directs has crawled to a halt during the sweeping coronavirus pandemic. Of course, … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: When it came to baseball, Texas Hall of Honor’s Travis Eckert a true ‘natural’

Travis Eckert cannot stand to watch baseball. He may have caught part of a World Series game or two in the last few years, but when really pressed to name the last time he watched an entire game on television, he was stumped. “Maybe 15 years ago,” Eckert guessed. “I … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Even if it is an over-reaction, the NCAA wisely chooses to shut public out

The NCAA did the prudent thing. It canceled the fans. With the outbreak of the coronavirus spreading fear and uncertainty in this country, the NCAA Board of Governors did the right thing by announcing it would close the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to the public and hold these … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas rides Merryman, strong bullpen to sweep

David Pierce knows it’s been a good weekend of baseball when his biggest concern coming out it involves finding a No. 3 starter. And the Texas head coach does need to. But he’ll take that kind of problem over a lot of others in early March after his unranked Longhorns … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Streak, maybe the season, is over; when is enough enough for Texas, Shaka?

Enough. We’ve seen enough. I would imagine so has Chris Del Conte. And Gregory L. Fenves. And I’m sure Longhorn Nation has. After a truly impressive, five-game win streak, Texas didn’t have enough Saturday. Not enough grit. Not enough defense. Not enough deep confidence. Not enough bodies. And clearly not … Read More