Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Rigid NCAA offers compassionate response, extra years to athletes

Score one for the NCAA. Not sure I can remember the last time we scored any at all for that too-often disconnected, slow-moving body, but the organization that governs college athletics got this one right. The welfare of student-athletes across the landscape got a rare, favorable ruling from the rigid … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Crisis spawns a new, more relaxed, compassionate Tom Herman

In his first conference call with the media since the coronavirus pandemic struck, Tom Herman shed a lot of light on life in the Texas football program moving forward with new rules, new staff schedules, new online classes and electronic visits with his players and, yes, a whole lot of … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas swimmers Conger, Haas take Olympic delay in stride

For the past year and a half, Jack Conger’s life had a peaceful, very regimented order about it. But that all took an abrupt if not totally unexpected turn last week when the Olympic swimmer heard the dramatic announcement from the International Olympic Committee. The news that the 2020 Olympic … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Is Shaka Smart settling in — or is Texas just settling?

The Shaka Smart Redemption Tour continues. Practically everything else in the world has been shut down thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but the never-ending saga that is the Texas head basketball coach continues to lurch forward. Smart will return next season. RELATED: ‘Shaka’s our coach’: Texas … Read More

Texas swim coach Eddie Reese praises Olympics postponement: ‘We’re playing this by ear’

Long-time Texas swimming coach Eddie Reese, a former U.S. Olympic swimming coach, said Tuesday he wasn’t the least bit surprised that the 2020 Games are being postponed. “They had to do it,” said Reese, who has served as head coach of the Olympic swim team three different times. “I really … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Worry is never very far from the minds these days of Texas’ Turati twins

Their hearts are broken. Their minds race with all sorts of unchecked imagination amidst the disturbing fears and overwhelming confusion about the unknown. They wonder if their parents, who are cooped up at home halfway around the world, paralyzed by fear and uncertainty, are maybe keeping troubling information from them … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Scottie Scheffler is soaring in the PGA, but missing his chance at Dell

For Scottie Scheffler, it was to have been a homecoming of sorts. The former All-American golfer at Texas was greatly anticipating a return to Austin where he once starred for John Fields’ team that was a NCAA runner-up in 2016. Heck, the Austin Country Club, where the fifth annual World … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Chris Del Conte has lost his razor, not his sense of humor

Chris Del Conte was in overdrive this week. Even with nowhere to go. As Texas’ athletic director, overseeing some 523 student-athletes, he’s having to go full speed even though the part of the sports world that he directs has crawled to a halt during the sweeping coronavirus pandemic. Of course, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: When it came to baseball, Texas Hall of Honor’s Travis Eckert a true ‘natural’

Travis Eckert cannot stand to watch baseball. He may have caught part of a World Series game or two in the last few years, but when really pressed to name the last time he watched an entire game on television, he was stumped. “Maybe 15 years ago,” Eckert guessed. “I … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Even if it is an over-reaction, the NCAA wisely chooses to shut public out

The NCAA did the prudent thing. It canceled the fans. With the outbreak of the coronavirus spreading fear and uncertainty in this country, the NCAA Board of Governors did the right thing by announcing it would close the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to the public and hold these … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas rides Merryman, strong bullpen to sweep

David Pierce knows it’s been a good weekend of baseball when his biggest concern coming out it involves finding a No. 3 starter. And the Texas head coach does need to. But he’ll take that kind of problem over a lot of others in early March after his unranked Longhorns … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Streak, maybe the season, is over; when is enough enough for Texas, Shaka?

Enough. We’ve seen enough. I would imagine so has Chris Del Conte. And Gregory L. Fenves. And I’m sure Longhorn Nation has. After a truly impressive, five-game win streak, Texas didn’t have enough Saturday. Not enough grit. Not enough defense. Not enough deep confidence. Not enough bodies. And clearly not … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Cam comes through to keep Texas unbeaten

David Pierce didn’t really care all that much for how Sunday’s baseball series finale with Boise State transpired at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. “Except for one inning,” the Longhorn head coach said, “I thought Boise outplayed us today.” But he was fond of the ending. So was new Longhorn hero Cam … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Hot-shooting Baker provides bee-line for Texas victory

The announced attendance of 8,395 fans at the Erwin Center — dare say maybe a thousand or so dotted the stands in the early moments of the game before the crowd grew to maybe half of the charitable, disclosed figure — were treated to all sorts of weird on Wednesday … Read More

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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American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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