Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas baseball is winning ugly, yet putting together a pretty good run

Those hardy souls who braved the finale of the Texas-Arkansas baseball mini-series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field have to be hoping for one conclusive piece of data. Please don’t let Wednesday night’s marathon be a preview of the type of College World Series game this June. But what the near-four hour … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Texas Tech ‘green’ with envy after losing weekend series to Texas

Needless to say, this isn’t the blueprint David Pierce had in mind when he came to the ballpark for the series finale on the Big 12’s opening weekend. The Texas coach emptied his bullpen and used seven pitchers on Sunday. Those throwers walked nine Texas Tech batters. Pierce’s batters got … Read More

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Bohls: ‘I still can’t believe my eyes’ — Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones glides effortlessly into history books

To this very day almost half a century later, I still can’t believe my eyes. Without question, it’s at the top of the best sports memories ever witnessed in person. There was Ben Crenshaw bent over in delirious exhaustion and exhilaration on the 18th green at Augusta after he sealed … Read More

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Former Texas star, Olympian Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones passes away after cancer battle

Johnny “Lam” Jones, one of the most celebrated athletes in University of Texas history as both a football and a track star, died Friday morning after a decades-long fight with myeloma cancer. He was 60. He was known more for his track exploits as an Olympic gold medalist on the … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Another close loss leaves Smart, Longhorns feeling hollow

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At best, it’d be nice to report that Texas has a 50-50 chance to get in the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, that’s not possible for the Longhorns because their season record is, well, 50-50. Come to think of it, so are Shaka Smart’s career numbers since he … Read More

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Bohls: Who knows the fates of Texas, Smart, Hayes? Mr. Bubble, that’s who.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At long last, the Mr. Bubble column returns. Whether you like it or not. Sorry if it makes you cringe, we’re duty-bound to scribble out the annual essay that addresses all the major issues of the day pertaining to that round hoop. So plunge ahead at … Read More

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Bohls: Up-and-down Kerwin Roach II is the poster child of this Texas basketball program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In so many respects, he’s emblematic of the Texas basketball program. Fraught with potential. Highly coveted once. Well-respected for his past. Good guy. Great expectations. Very likable. Inconsistent. Great table manners. We’re talking Kerwin Roach II, but we just as easily could be referring to Shaka … Read More

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Bohls: Texas rides balanced offense, Austin Todd’s heroics to cream LSU

The remnants of shaving cream on Austin Todd’s face and neck said it all. Todd, who’s arguably Texas’ best hitter, wore the very visible vestiges of a crown with pride after driving in the decisive run of a three-run, ninth-inning rally Sunday afternoon for a 7-6 comeback win to bury … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Jase Febres models his father’s jump shot

Jase Febres learned it all from his dad. The proper technique of shooting a basketball, that is. Squaring up the shoulders. Letting go at the top of his jump. Snapping the wrist. Keeping the elbow tucked in. Following through. Orlando Febres passed it down to his son. And why wouldn’t … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Jackson pools talent, work ethic, humor for big success

Tate Jackson is funny. Really funny. But Eddie Reese is funnier. Funnier, of course, than nearly every coach in any sport outside of Mike Leach. Funnier than any other swimming coach in the nation for sure. And yes, funnier than Tate Jackson. Like the one Reese borrowed from swimmer Ryan … Read More

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Bohls: Trio of Texas women’s golfers are primed for their shot at Augusta National

Kaitlyn Papp can’t wait. The event is still two months away, but Papp is already jacked up about the chance to compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship this April, a 54-hole, stroke golf event with an international field of 72 players. So what will the Longhorns star … Read More

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Bohls: Jumping hurdles again should make Texas’ John Burt a better football player

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Tom Herman, Edrick Floreal’s got your back. He’s also got your wide receiver. For now. The first-year Texas track coach plans to return hurdler John Burt back to Herman’s football team a better and faster football player. Read More

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Bohls: Mitrou-Long, Hamm a pair of ‘energy brothers’ for Horns

Texas won a critical Big 12 basketball game against last-place Oklahoma State before an engaged 10,406 fans at the Erwin Center on Saturday afternoon, and the Longhorns have junior Elijah Mitrou-Long and sophomore Royce Hamm Jr. to thank. Come again? Didn’t Mitrou-Long score just six points in 24 minutes? And … Read More

Bevo Beat

Bohls: Why did one guru think Charles Omenihu could drop to the 4th round in the NFL draft?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On what grades one NFL draft guru gives the Longhorns: Checked in with NFL draft expert Lance Zierlein, who’s got his early draft … Read More

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Bohls: It’s either/or time for the Texas men down February stretch

Texas throttled Baylor. This is the start of something big. I can just feel it in my bones. Or it could just be arthritis in my old joints, and this is something like we’ve seen out of this roller-coaster of a team since November. Texas crushed Baylor. It was a … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Danni Williams (and her parents) are really going places

Danni Williams will be with her Texas teammates Saturday when the 12th-ranked basketball team takes on Oklahoma in Norman. So will Regan and Michelle Williams. Danni will return to Austin for a big Monday night showdown with top-ranked Baylor. So will Regan and Michelle Williams. Danni has nine Big 12 … Read More

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Bohls: He’s baaack; Rick Barnes returns to state with offensive-minded, top-ranked Vols

Rick Barnes is coming home. Well, in the neighborhood. The former Texas basketball coach will return to his old stomping grounds, or at least the vicinity, when he brings his firecracker-hot Tennessee team to College Station on Saturday for an SEC battle with Texas A&M. His rampaging Volunteers are the … Read More

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Bohls: Cat not slowing down, aims at Olympics

Cat Osterman had a few words of advice for fellow Texas Longhorn great Huston Street. Retirement, she said, is not all it’s cracked up to be. One legend to another, the softball icon told the baseball star as much in front of 900 people at a terrific RBI Austin banquet … Read More

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Bohls: Seniors Roach, Osetkowski provide redemption, big victory

There’s a mistake on the Longhorn men’s basketball schedule. Senior Day was Saturday, not March 9 in the regular-season finale against TCU. You’ll excuse Kerwin Roach II and Dylan Osetkowski I if they were a bit confused and played a lights-out extravaganza game in mid-January instead of on their curtain-falling … Read More

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Bohls: Lack of basketball smarts, grit sinks Longhorns

At least Texas lost to a somebody. After losing to NCAA nobodies like Radford and VCU, the Longhorns can at least say they fell to a really good team Saturday. Shaka Smart looked crushed. You can just see it in his hurting, soulful eyes, his body language, his downcast spirit. The … Read More