Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Aggies dominate LSU defensively, hang onto No. 5 spot on my Top 25 ballot

Texas A&M survived. That’s what it’s about in 2020. Survive and advance. And the fifth-ranked Aggies did just that, dominating LSU defensively and mustering up just enough offense behind an erratic Kellen Mond in a downpour at Kyle Field to punch out a 20-7 … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: After a crushing loss, Texas must deliberate on Tom Herman’s cloudy future

Not good enough. Once more. So has Tom Herman had long enough? That’s been the overriding story of the Texas coach and his football program over the course of his four uneven seasons, the latest example a stake-to-the-heart, soul-crushing 23-20 loss to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Vic Schaefer makes his coaching debut a strong one for defensive-minded Texas

Vic Schaefer stood at courtside in front of the Longhorns bench on Wednesday, facing what constitutes a crowd these days at the Erwin Center and proudly joined in belting out “The Eyes of Texas” after his debut as the Texas women’s basketball coach. He knows the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Matt Campell’s Iowa State team could be best in school history

This may not be the best Iowa State football team ever. But it is in first place. In late November. Incredible. The Cyclones have flaws. They may not have elite receivers like Hakeem Butler or Allen Lazard. They’ve got a great quarterback having a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Northwestern making its Top 10 move on my AP ballot

Northwestern, come on down. Or up. The Wildcats have been flying under the radar all season long — well, not all that long, considering the league started in late October — in the shadows of Big Ten kingpin Ohio State and, until Saturday, Wisconsin. Heck, even struggling Penn State and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: His struggles behind him, Chris Brown is Texas’ ‘Little Guy’ with the big game

Chris Brown is closing in on the end of his Longhorns career in terrific fashion. Of course, you might know the undersized Texas strong safety by different names. Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash playfully calls him “Little Man,” a tag of affection but also … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Wins (and losses) still count as COVID-19 cases mount in college football

Coaches are a bit on edge these days. And who can blame ‘em? The number of college football games postponed or canceled continues to mount as a new surge in coronavirus outbreaks all over the country threatens more shutdowns and disruptions in a season … Read More

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Bohls: After a breakout Masters, Texas ex Dylan Frittelli is a no name no more

The 84th Masters that unfolded on Sunday really was a Masters like no other. No enthralled patrons in attendance. No roars cascading through the tall pines. No wind to speak of, and no sign of the normally slick, lightning-fast greens. Oh, and no … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Irish inching up while Gators, Bearcats making statements on my Top 25 ballot

The week brought very little shakeup in the Top 10 although Notre Dame looked impressive in showing no hangover after its big upset of No. 1 Clemson in its dismantling of Boston College, while Florida and Cincinnati just keep getting better and better. But on my AP ballot, I moved … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Frittelli calm, clear and convinced he can make a Masters run

Dylan Frittelli is stoked. Calm but stoked. After all, how many chances do you get to try to win the Masters? “It’s just a golf tournament, isn’t it?” Frittelli said nonchalantly after a round of five birdies for a bogey-less 67 and total score of 11 under par to remain … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Dylan Frittelli, ‘the other Longhorn,’ hanging close to Masters leaders

One lazy day in the spring of his junior year at Texas, Dylan Frittelli was lounging around at the Austin apartment he shared with UT backup placekicker Travis Smith when the two engaged in some carefree banter. They were discussing Frittelli’s season when Smith asked how … Read More

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Bohls: Scottie Scheffler off to a strong Masters start in debut, but hungers for more

Scottie Scheffler completed his first competitive round at the Masters on a rain-delayed Thursday and moments later had an emotional response that was quintessential Scottie Scheffler. Quite frankly, he was, well, ticked off. Which is exactly the frame of mind you’d expect from a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Scottie Scheffler’s been there, done that, but wants to win this Masters

Scottie Scheffler will step to the No. 10 tee box early Thursday morning at storied Augusta National and will get a glimpse of the future. His own future, and golf’s as well. Not immediately maybe, but the 24-year-old former Texas All-American is near the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Big 12 defenses are out to shatter the league’s old offense-first stereotype

If you didn’t already realize that 2020 has broken all the records for bizarre, whether it’s television shows about crazed tiger trainers or rappers running (briefly) for president or Elon Musk naming his son after, what, the alphabet, this latest trend all but cements that notion. Read More

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Bohls: Aggies, Cougars, Cats knocking on AP top four door

College football, meet the monkey wrench. Notre Dame just threw one into the only normalcy this sport — this year, perhaps — has known when it held on to outlast No. 1-ranked and seemingly invincible Clemson 47-40 in double overtime in the game of the year. Read More

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Bohls: Texas looks D-termined to keep winning with solid defense

Are you sitting down? Texas won with defense. Let me repeat that. Texas won with defense. Allow that to marinate a bit to fully grasp the main reason Tom Herman’s much-maligned club now boasts a three-game winning streak with a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: No feud simmering, but Texas volleyball team had more fun

Texas’ Logan Eggleston spoke of what good friends she and Baylor’s Yossiana Pressley have become and never once considered Thursday night’s volleyball showdown a chance to even the score and maybe even show up last year’s national player of the year. “She’s an amazing player,” Eggleston … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Neal Brown is shaping West Virginia with an engaged, studious approach

If you’ve followed the Big 12 this fall, you’ve been reminded of this approach all the live-long day. After a subpar season in 2019, the head coach made over a big chunk of his coaching staff. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, his team didn’t have the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas seizes momentum, is more than capable of winning out

Texas is back … In the Big 12 race. Sorry about the tease. But then the Longhorns have been teasing college football for more than a decade, since the night that Colt McCoy suffered the worst pinched nerve in school history during … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Clemson slips to No. 3; Big 12 drops big-time

Sorry, Clemson. You lost your spot at No. 1 on my Associated Press Top 25 college football ballot. Maybe only temporarily. For now, the Tigers don’t quite pass the eyeball test as they once have, partly through no fault of their own. The coronavirus sidelined presumptive Heisman Trophy favorite Trevor … Read More