Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ young defense will be the key to the program’s continued ascension

ARLINGTON — Like any smart coach interested in defusing outrageous expectations from the hungry fan base and the ever pesky media, Tom Herman recalled on Tuesday that success doesn’t always come instantaneously. Dabo Swinney, for example, won his first national championship in his seventh year at Clemson, Herman pointed out, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: And, just like that, Oklahoma lands another great quarterback castoff to lead the way

ARLINGTON — Mike Gundy had it pegged. Asked how Oklahoma has possibly managed to dominate the Big 12 the last four seasons running, the flamboyant Oklahoma State coach said, “The last couple of years, they’ve had average quarterback play, and they’ve overcome it.” Uh, yeah, very average. Like back-to-back Heisman … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: Can No. 24 Nebraska keep riding its 2018 momentum?

We’re 56 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We kick off our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked 1st, 2nd, 8th and 13th in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Slam Sam Ehlinger at your own risk — it’s exactly what Texas wants

Thank you, Baker. Appreciate it, Terry. Who’s next?  Anyone else from Lake Travis? The Aggies? National critics? Call this the summer of discontent when it concerns Sam Ehlinger, the coverboy for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and the most experienced quarterback in the Big 12 this side of a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ sports year was (a) outstanding (b) awful (c) somewhere in between

Now that the caps and gowns time have been put up, and the Longhorns have put up their cleats, sneakers, gloves, rowing oars and whatever else needs to be put up, it’s time to do our annual objective audit of the Texas athletic program. There’s a lot of highlights from … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: LSU’s Richardson shows flair and a speed that’s rare

Sha’Carri Richardson had one busy Saturday. Busier than most. And faster than most as well. That’s to be expected from a young woman who was the No. 1 sprinter recruit in the nation in 2018 and is flirting with becoming one of the best female sprinters to ever come out … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Kittley, Texas Tech tracks down first men’s NCAA title

He got hooked on the sport as a third-grader. Hooked for good. Wes Kittley was a wide-eyed 8-year-old when he expressed interest in the County Days athletic contests held in Paint Creek not far from his hometown of tiny Rule north of Abilene. Competitors ranged from sixth to eighth grade, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ shorter Piperi sizes up his shot put title, Olympic hopes

Tripp Piperi isn’t your normal, every-day shot put thrower. He’s much shorter at 6-foot than most in his field, much, much shorter than 6-8 former Longhorn and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser. He’s got a football-caliber vertical leap of 37 inches but hasn’t played football since his sophomore year at … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas Tech’s world-class sprinters look simply ‘Divine’ at NCAA outdoors

Wes Kittley found the best pair of sprinters he’s ever coached at pretty much the opposite ends of the earth. The veteran Texas Tech coach located A.J. Hudson at high school powerhouse Cibolo Steele outside San Antonio. He spotted Divine Oduduru at a junior meet in Eugene, Ore. Everyone else … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Elish pitches and pitches and pitches Texas to victory

And then Miranda Elish rested. But not before her arm almost fell off. Thankfully, it didn’t. That would qualify as outrageous hyperbole, but not any more so than the inconceivable notion that a softball pitcher might throw every single pitch of four games over a two-day span at McCombs Field. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: From triumphs to tragedies, Texas’ Harrison Scott has overcome a lot on, off court

When Harrison Scott arrived on campus three years ago as a wide-eyed freshman from Canada, then-Texas assistant tennis coach Bruce Berque could hardly get a word out of him. “He would barely speak,” Berque recalled. “He was really, really quiet. He started not only speaking up, but I kid him … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

It’s Hammer’s time: Texas’ talented freshman golfer is the Longhorns’ next big thing

Cole Hammer has always felt at home at the UT Golf Club. Even before it was home. This Texas freshman felt so comfortable at the school’s private golf club in west Austin that he committed to becoming a future Longhorn at age 14 even before he won first place in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: There’s always next year, and 2020 looks brighter for Texas baseball

In all likelihood, Texas’ baseball season ends next Saturday. There is a slim possibility of the post-season — maybe a 10-percent chance, the head coach says — but it will likely come crashing to an embarrassing conclusion with the home finale against Oklahoma. Pending a colossal miracle that probably includes … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If Jordan Spieth truly needs a golfing reboot, Augusta National is his place

AUGUSTA, Ga. — With one more day before the start of the 83rd Masters, everybody wants to know. What’s wrong with Jordan Spieth? What isn’t? Let’s see. His driver. His putting. His irons. His long game. His short game. His mental game. Nothing. Everything. But nothing that Augusta National can’t … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Confounding Texas baseball team searching for consistency

With the baseball season well past its halfway mark, the Texas Longhorns renew conference play by traveling to Waco to face the Baylor Bears. And face themselves as well. That’s because this Texas baseball team has frequently met the enemy and it has closely resembled the same one it sees … Read More

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

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Bevo Beat

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

Kirk Bohls

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