Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas looks poised to snap its home losing streak to Cowboys — here’s why

Texas hasn’t beaten Oklahoma State in Austin since … wait for it … since 2008. It’s been a minute. Seems longer. That was two UT head coaches ago. That was two presidents ago. That was at least two Mike Gundy hair-dos ago. That was too, too long ago. The last … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: AP ballot mostly status quo

Seems like there’s been a huge shortage of Top 25 matchups and just big-time games through the first three weeks of the season, meaning very few upsets as well. So the top five in my Associated Press Top 25 ballot remained the same from last week. I think you could … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Why does Texas play Rice? Well, because it’s easy

HOUSTON — JFK had it backward. When the president adlibbed during his ambitious 1962 speech at Rice Stadium about going to the moon, he slipped in a catchy phrase on the fly and posed the question, “Why does Rice play Texas?” The president should have queried, “Why does Texas play … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: What does 12th-ranked Texas have to worry about? Let’s remember 1994 …

I remember the rain. Buckets and buckets of it. Unrelenting. The rain started that Friday in Houston, but by Sunday, it was a full deluge. The Houston area was struck with torrential flooding in October 1994, weather so severe that it cost 17 people their lives and more than $800 … Read More

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Bohls: ESPN’s Herbstreit not backing off Texas’ CFP chances

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit went out on a limb in late August and predicted Texas would not only win the Big 12 but also reach the College Football Playoff quartet in December. He’s still kind of out there, hoping it doesn’t break off.  But it’s a really long and unstable … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas is narrowing the gap, but LSU is clearly already there

Saturday’s frenzied affair at Royal-Memorial Stadium confirmed more than a few notions that were subject to debate going into this second week of the season. Texas is a year away. LSU is, well, maybe four months away. That’s how close the sixth-ranked Tigers could be from a championship. They … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas and Tom Herman — a match made in … Bastrop?

Tom Herman wasn’t pleased to get the question last Saturday night, just a few minutes after he had finally won a season opener at Texas in his third try. Nor was he thrilled with having to address it on Monday, either. “LSU is a great place, a tremendous football program,” … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: The Big 12 vs. the SEC? As Texas-LSU nears, there really is no argument

OK, class, we know school has just begun, but we are springing a surprise pop quiz on you. Is the Southeastern Conference truly the best conference in college football? The correct answer, until proven otherwise, is yes. Still, yes. The SEC rules because it has the best program in the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ defense was anything but a liability, looks liable to be really good

The notion that the Texas offense would have to carry the defense for the first month or so of the new season was so prevalent that one might have thought those on the offensive side of the ball would be outfitted in backpacks. And on this August evening, Sam Ehlinger … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: My 2019 Texas predictions? Horns are a year away, but still pretty darn good

Saturday can’t get here soon enough. Has this August been extra long or is it just my imagination? Tom Herman probably feels that way, given the state of his football team, so please hurry, Louisiana Tech. The third-year head coach of the 10th-ranked Longhorns can’t be overly happy insomuch as … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mack Brown, college football’s Mr. Fix-it, is back on the job at North Carolina

So he was five years removed from his last coaching job, comfortably ensconced in a less stressful but also less rewarding television analyst’s position and already secure with an induction into the prestigious College Football Hall of Fame. Mack Brown was set. But North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham called … Read More

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Bohls: Any Texas season-opening opponent would be preferred over you-know-who

The Longhorns could not be more excited about their season-opener Saturday. Why? They’re not playing Maryland. Sigh. The news doesn’t get any better than that. But don’t think for a second that Louisiana Tech is anyone’s cupcake. It won’t be, a three-touchdown line by Vegas notwithstanding. Tom Herman was bragging … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If you’re worried about Texas’ running backs depth, there’s a reason — you should be

So Texas is a week away from its season opener against Louisiana Tech, and Tom Herman has to be holding his breath about his running backs, outstanding though they might be. His top rusher, Keaontay Ingram, has missed a lot of work in practice with a knee bone bruise. His … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Huston Street is looking forward to PB and J’s and restoring Texas’ winning ways

Troy Tulowitzki has it all planned out. He’ll break out the peanut butter and jelly, make a sandwich or two, throw them and some Fritos in a sack lunch and leave it in Huston Street’s truck in his driveway early every morning. “And if I come home at night and … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Cedric Benson did things his way and met his problems head-on

The end came far too soon, much too sadly and probably, if we’re being honest, a little too predictably. Cedric Benson, a true star in every sense of the word, died Saturday night in a tragic, fiery motorcycle accident in the hills of West Austin.  At age 36. Read More

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Bohls: Don’t sleep on ‘brash’ DB Josh Thompson this year

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 Texas defensive back Josh Thompson: Do not sleep on Josh Thompson in the Longhorns secondary. He’s as brash as he is physical. Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ legacy of NFL quarterbacks isn’t a strong one

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: Longhorns quarterbacks in the NFL: Colt McCoy is running with the first-team Washington Redskins offense. He hasn’t won the job yet over Case … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Top 10, here comes Texas — if Tom Herman knows best, that is

Tom Herman knows a top 10 college football team when he sees one. And apparently he saw one this offseason because Texas’ third-year head coach said Friday that he voted his Longhorns “ninth or 10th” on his coaches’ poll ballot. Herman clearly is in the ballpark because his fellow coaching … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Pierce landing Troy Tulowitzki is a grand slam get for Texas’ baseball program

David Pierce is having a killer summer. And that’s nice since this past season as Texas’ head baseball coach almost killed him. He’s making up for that disastrous 27-27, last-in-the-Big 12 season very quickly. Sure, he has already lost starters at catcher and every infield position but second base. Defensive … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: Move over, Nick Saban — Swinney, No. 1 Clemson have arrived

We’re 32 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We conclude our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual College Football Playoff semifinalists ranked first, second, eighth and 13th … Read More