Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ new offensive boss Yurcich is well-traveled and very well-regarded

Mike Yurcich has been around the block a time or two. This after not always being in the neighborhood of major college football. Not to be harsh, but most wouldn’t call his previous stops at Shippensburg University or Edinboro or Saint Francis the epicenter of the sport. But Texas’ new … Read More

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Bohls: Texas smarting from another loss, this one to the coveted Beard

LUBBOCK — Yeah, I know. The game was in Austin, but it sure didn’t feel like it. Or sound like it, considering Texas Tech fans probably made up about a third or at least a quarter of the best crowd of the year at the rowdy Erwin Center on Saturday. Read More

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Bohls: Tom Herman is bringing in talent by the truckload, but will it lead to a Big 12 title?

Except for Zach Evans, signing day is over. God only knows where the eccentric Galena Park North Shore running back winds up playing college football unless he goes directly to the XFL next season. But for everyone else, recruiting for 2020 is pretty much done. And Texas was a big … Read More

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Bohls: Baylor lock, stock and barrels over Texas women

So much for the heralded Battle of I-35. The skirmish between freeway neighbors Texas and Baylor didn’t materialize Friday night and instead devolved into the Eyesore of I-35, at least for the humbled home team. The second-ranked Lady Bears created a nightmarish experience for the outmatched Longhorns and used a … Read More

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Bohls: Vandegrift’s Greg Brown III eyes a one-and-done college stay, but where?

LEANDER — Cliff Ellis got his first glimpse of Greg Brown III on the court when Brown was a tall, spindly 13-year-old. He looked a little out of place, playing point guard of all positions for his Four Points Middle School team. The personable Vandegrift head basketball coach, in his … Read More

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Bohls: Texas falls to Kansas; yes, it’s another sequel

Sequels are the in thing. Almost seems like you can’t go to a movie house without seeing the next incarnation of a bunch of actors in tight-fitting costumes in the next Marvel superhero film or another Faster and Furiouser or Rocky 22. There’s no escaping them. And the remake narrative … Read More

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Bohls: Offensively inept Longhorns searching for answers, buckets

Kristian Doolittle likes the rims at the Erwin Center. Actually, the Oklahoma forward loves ‘em. Loves ‘em so much, it’s surprising he wasn’t out on the court Wednesday night with a welder’s blowtorch to dismantle them and take them back to Norman. Doolittle has regularly torched the Longhorns in Austin, … Read More

Bevo Beat

Bohls: Roschon Johnson should stay at running back; Texas should keep assistant Craig Naivar

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns at the Alamo Bowl. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On the future of Texas coach Craig Naivar: I’d keep safeties coach Craig Naivar on staff if I were Tom … Read More

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Bohls: If it’s bowl season, then go ahead and count Texas as a big winner

SAN ANTONIO — Texas finally figured it out. Make ‘em all bowl games, real or imagined. All 12 of them before the Longhorns play, you know, the actual bowl games. So their assignment is simple. Come up with some fancy names, starting with the first game on Sept. 5 against South … Read More

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Bohls: An eight-team CFP field works for Herman, Whittingham, Group of Five …

SAN ANTONIO — LSU’s dizzying romp over fourth-seeded but clearly overmatched Oklahoma, and Clemson’s wild comeback win over mistake-riddled Ohio State made for a deep appreciation for Joe Burrow and riveting drama in the nightcap. It also may have made another thing abundantly clear in some corners. Four is enough, … Read More

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Bohls: Ute got to be kidding; nope, Utah is damn good, Texas will find out

SAN ANTONIO — So after surviving a 7-5 season, the Longhorns have traveled to the traditionally strong Alamo Bowl where they will find yet another football program that’s better than them. But that’s not that insulting because their opponent is top-shelf and on the move. It’s hard enough for Longhorn … Read More

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Bohls: Bittersweet December leaves Texas’ Tom Herman wealthy but wanting

SAN ANTONIO — For Tom Herman, 2019 probably can’t end soon enough, which is saying something since he got a $1 million retention bonus this week for just being on the job. What started with a bang in a milestone victory over an apparently complacent Georgia team in the Sugar … Read More

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Bohls: Four months later, my crystal ball for the Longhorns is crystal-unclear

Texas will remember the Alamo this season after a regular season it will soon try to forget. While they can salve their considerable wounds following a disturbing 7-5 season with four losses in their last seven games, the unranked Longhorns try to pick up the pieces and salvage some pride … Read More

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Bohls: Dominant LSU belongs at the top of the rankings

I’ve been toggling unbeaten LSU and undefeated Ohio State back and forth atop my Top 25 Associated Press ballot for the last month or more, but finally went with the Tigers today after their impressive beatdown of Georgia in the SEC Championship game and the Buckeyes’ rough first half against … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Brionne Butler is a chip off the ol’ middle blocker

Brionne Butler is nothing like her mom. Just ask ‘em. For starters, Javonne Grant’s a true extrovert. She’s loud, brash, brimming with confidence. Sure of who she is and where she’s going and where she’s been. Butler is the exact opposite. Introvert. Quiet. Humble. Selfless. Her hobbies? “Food and clothes,” … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Herman to make new hires, but to coach new or old schemes?

So Tom Herman had the guts to pull the trigger. Several times, in fact. Now can he do it again? In four previous years spanning two jobs, Texas’ head football coach had never fired a single assistant, but on Sunday he gave pink slips to two assistant coaches, including his … Read More

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Bohls: Opening a path for Oklahoma, Baylor

Thank you, Auburn. The Tigers kicked entitled Alabama out of the running for a College Football Playoff berth and opened a path for the Big 12 champion as well as potential Pac-12 champ Utah and the eventual SEC runner-up and maybe even a Big Ten runner-up. I bumped the Crimson … Read More

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Bohls: The Longhorns go out with a real bang after a real whimper of a season

The Longhorns let it all hang out on Friday. And almost hung half a hundred on Texas Tech. They ran creative, imaginative plays on offense. Trick plays, even. They played all manner of freshmen on both sides of the ball like slot receiver Jake Smith and wideout Marcus Washington and … Read More

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Bohls: Tom Herman, Chris Del Conte are firm on head coach’s ability to fix Texas

Tom Herman can’t go an entire press conference these days without saying he understands he and his staff have to coach to the Texas standard and their players have to play to the Texas standard. And he’s right. But what all have to come to grips with during the late … Read More

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Bohls: Oregon loss leaves a CFP opening for several

No big change in the Associated Press Top 25 since the SEC took a week off from its busy conference schedule to play a bunch of middle schools and form held for all but one Top 10 team. But Oregon’s stunning loss to Arizona State leaves an opening for several … Read More