Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

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Bohls: Texas has no answers, and no offense either, in 24-10 loss to Baylor

WACO —  Tom Herman had no satisfying answers. Sam Ehlinger called them great questions, but he had no answers either. “I don’t know.” When Chris Del Conte was asked about the ongoing troubles of the Texas football team, the athletic director in the back of the press conference room told … Read More

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Bohls: There was lots for Aston to like in 85-69 win, but also ton of work to do

There was a lot to like on Wednesday in a very predictable, 85-69 blowout win over UT Rio Grande Valley, a necessary tonic for a scuffling Texas women’s basketball team looking to find itself. Like the 11 3-pointers the Longhorns made, six of them from freshmen Celeste Taylor and Isabel … Read More

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Bohls: Texas football is lacking true identity, real progress in Year 3

So Tom Herman is deep into his third season at Texas, and he’s no closer to establishing a true, consistent identity or turning this program back into a powerhouse it should be than he was in December 2016 when he arrived here fresh out of Houston. And quite frankly, that’s … Read More

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Bohls: OU’s got a real shot at playoffs

Very little shakeup in the Top 10 over the weekend, but after watching Oklahoma’s epic comeback to edge Baylor, I really see a path that could take the Sooners to the College Football Playoffs. With losses by two unbeatens, Baylor and Minnesota, the Sooners can take advantage of that and … Read More

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Bohls: In this Big 12 stretch run, Texas will follow the same blueprint or sing the blues

Tom Herman found his blueprint against Kansas State. Or, rather, relocated it. You know, the formula that was supposed to carry the Longhorns to double-digit wins again and ultimately the College Football Playoff to rub elbows with the powerhouses, a narrative that was shattered early after Texas’ second loss of … Read More

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Bohls: LSU reigns at the top, at least for now

Voting in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll just got a little trickier. Do I displace Ohio State from No. 1 after it totally demolished a bad Maryland team? Do I reward LSU for breaking the curse against Alabama? How about Clemson as it continues to dismantle the horrid … Read More

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Bohls: Texas rebounds against Kansas State but hard-ly ever wins easy

Nine games into its season, there’s one immutable fact about the Texas football team. The Longhorns don’t do easy. Winning, as Tom Herman constantly reminds us, is hard. Really, really hard. So hard, in fact, he really should get T-shirts printed up that declare Texas Does Hard. Even after everything … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Andrew Jones completes long journey back to normal life

Andrew Jones was feeling it Tuesday night. That was easy enough to see. His easy, fluid motion as he ran up and down the court. His burgeoning confidence when he had the basketball in his hands. The unbridled joy with which he played. The first time he hit a three-pointer, … Read More

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Bohls: Herman, fans are wondering which Texas team shows up these final four games

Last we saw the Texas football team, we observed a club pretty much in disarray. The Longhorns were their own worst enemy in Fort Worth, committing four turnovers, failing to capitalize on three possessions in TCU territory and enduring Sam Ehlinger’s worst game of the year. In the month of … Read More

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Bohls: Little movement in Top 25; Memphis-SMU thrilling

Thankfully, we got this past boring weekend out of the way. There was little movement in the Associated Press Top 10 where my top five teams, headed by Ohio State, remains the same. Wasn’t a ton of big games although I thought the Memphis win over SMU was thrilling with … Read More

Bevo Beat

Bohls: Earl Campbell — ‘You have to have a black quarterback’

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: Earl Campbell’s fix for the Longhorns’ offense: Earl Campbell thinks he can fix the Longhorns. Texas’ first Heisman Trophy winner told me last week that … Read More

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Bohls: Texas falls in a dreary loss to TCU, and now faces some harsh realities

FORT WORTH — Surely there’s a good explanation for this mess of a season. But given the soaring expectations for this Texas team after the statement win in the Sugar Bowl, there’s plenty of blame to be spread around at this jaw-dropping, under-achieving juncture. And that leaves a few harsh … Read More

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Bohls: Ken Dabbs talked Earl Campbell into coming to Texas, and then kept talking

You didn’t really talk with Ken Dabbs. You just listened. If you were smart. He was the most spellbinding storyteller since Ernest Hemingway, and he could spin a tale like few others. When the loquacious former Texas football coach/recruiting coordinator and first Westlake head football coach in that school’s history … Read More

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Bohls: Tom Herman understands Texas fans’ anger, expectations

Tom Herman said Longhorn fans should be upset. Not to worry. They’re way ahead of him. That said, the Texas head coach struck the proper tone Monday when he said he totally understood why Longhorn Nation is up in arms after an excruciatingly close 50-48 win over three-touchdown underdog Kansas … Read More