Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Lack of basketball smarts, grit sinks Longhorns

At least Texas lost to a somebody. After losing to NCAA nobodies like Radford and VCU, the Longhorns can at least say they fell to a really good team Saturday. Shaka Smart looked crushed. You can just see it in his hurting, soulful eyes, his body language, his downcast spirit. The … Read More

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Bohls: Texas exceeded preseason predictions — well, at least mine, anyway

So, to recap four months later. Texas just pounded an SEC team to infuriate Georgia (and Texas A&M) fans everywhere, star wide receiver Collin Johnson is returning to school for his senior season, quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who wears his heart on his sleeve — and apparently his … Read More

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Bohls: Texas played SEC-brand football, curb-stomped Georgia

NEW ORLEANS — Which team was snubbed by the College Football Playoff again? Oh right, that’d be the embittered Georgia team that got curb-stomped 28-21 by Big 12 runner-up Texas on Tuesday night before 71,449 fans and a shell-shocked national audience. The Longhorns have arrived. Whether they remain in … Read More

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Bohls: It’s a Sugar Bowl matchup of Dickensian proportions

NEW ORLEANS — It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and Dickens didn’t even know Texas was joyously dispatched to the Sugar Bowl but unfortunately strapped with the challenge of having to face a ticked-off team that was an eyelash away from a precious playoff … Read More

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Bohls: Shaka Smart, ‘distraught’ Longhorns facing crossroads

The fresh basketball schedule reveals it was just Texas’ eighth game of a season that has barely inched its way into December. A meaningless, mid-week, non-conference game, at that. Except none of them are meaningless anymore. And the pained expressions and the dour, frozen looks on the faces of the … Read More

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Bohls: Sooners got their payback, but Texas has shown it’s on the way back

ARLINGTON — Oklahoma turned Texas upside down. And then the Sooners turned the Horns down. After the last of the multi-colored confetti had blown toward the ceiling of AT&T Stadium and the last celebratory statement had been uttered, even new OU president James Gallogly was seen throwing a Horns Down … Read More

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Bohls: Davis doing his part to help Longhorns’ rise

He thinks back, reflecting on his 13 seasons at Texas, and finally says he has two favorite Texas-OU football moments. No, three. Greg Davis won’t ever forget Major Applewhite’s 97-yard touchdown pass to Wane McGarity out of his own end zone in 1998. “That was special,” Mack Brown’s longtime offensive … Read More

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Bohls: A Big 12 championship game? No thanks. Who really needs a 13th data point, anyway?

One piece of advice for the Big 12. And it’s got not a thing to do with Horns Down or Horns Up or Horns Sideways. Here it is: Dump the Big 12 championship game. That’s right. Get rid of it. Cancel it. Hit the delete button. Adios, mofo, as our … Read More

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Bohls: Overachievers? Texas, Tom Herman have achieved just enough over this season

When Tom Herman expressed his opinion a couple of weeks ago that he thought his Texas football team has “overachieved” this season, ears perked up. When he mentioned it again in last Friday’s post-game press conference after the Longhorns had held off Kansas to clinch a spot in the Big … Read More

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Bohls: For Texas, a W is a W — even when W stands for Wacky

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s fairly obvious to anyone who has paid attention this season that Texas doesn’t do easy. However, the Longhorns will do a Big 12 championship game. Thanks to Friday’s scary 24-17 escape over a last-place, 3-8 Kansas team at Memorial Stadium, Texas competing for the conference title … Read More

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Bohls: It’s Thanksgiving, which for Texas football means there’s no place like … Kansas?

It’s Thanksgiving week. Time for the turkey and all the trimmings. You can catch the Macy’s Day parade in chilly New York on the tube. Put some logs in the fireplace and snuggle. Crack open an adult beverage or two. Go back for seconds. It’s the holiday season, and nothing … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Tom Herman deserves a B-plus grade this season — with a chance for extra credit

The semester’s not over. Final exams remain. But for now, what are the grades for Tom Herman and his coaching staff? The second-year coach was asked Monday to grade himself as a head coach over his first two seasons. “Incomplete,” Herman said. He then added somewhat cryptically, “I’ll grade myself … Read More

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Bohls: Texas throttles Iowa State, making Lawrence, Kan. the center of the Longhorns’ universe

And now Texas will return to the scene of the grime. That will be in Lawrence, Kan., where they heaped dirt on the Longhorns head coach in 2016. Texas will go there for a Friday morning kickoff trying to atone for some stained history although tailback Tre Watson was playing … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Jerrod Heard will be remembered as a ‘good soul’ and terrific leader

He was the answer to everyone’s prayers. And it took just one game, really. One glorious, jaw-dropping game at Royal-Memorial Stadium when he dazzled against California one September night in 2015, and Jerrod Heard’s name would be on every Longhorns fans’ lips the next morning. He was the dynamic quarterback … Read More

Bevo Beat

Bohls: Which school would be a ‘sexy’ matchup with Texas in the Alamo Bowl?

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’ bowl chances: Unless it gets into and wins the Big 12 championship game, Texas is looking more and more like a … Read More

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Bohls: Texas, with all its offensive points and defensive issues, sure passes for a Big 12 team

Don’t look now, but Texas has become the quintessential Big 12 team. High-scoring. No defense. Lots and lots of passing. Doesn’t that scream Big 12? Not that this was Tom Herman’s plan when he got here. Not at all. If anything, this has evolved into the anti-Tom Herman team. After … Read More

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Bohls: Sam Ehlinger loves clutch moments, and Texas loves Sam Ehlinger in the clutch

LUBBOCK — Sam Ehlinger was asked what he’d said to Lil’Jordan Humphrey the moment after the wide receiver out-wrestled the smaller Texas Tech defensive back for the ball and the winning touchdown in the closing seconds. “That I love him,” the beaming Texas quarterback said, “because it’s true.” What’s not … Read More

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Bohls: Is Texas better than last year? Getting to eight wins is the minimum mark to show progress

Eight is enough. At least it was for a TV comedy in the late ’70s. And now eight is essential. That number of victories would be enough to show progress for a Texas football team that’s struggling to return to national prominence. That should be the minimal amount necessary. Anything … Read More

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Bohls: Texas wasn’t done in on a wing or a prayer, but by the Mountaineers’ dare

West Virginia won on a dare. Not with a wing or a prayer. That said, Texas now needs a supplication or two for some help if it’s to climb back into the Big 12 race. Dana Holgorsen gambled late and walked away with a 42-41 win. And then acted like … Read More

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Bohls: Will it be the Texas defense to the rescue … or the regression? In Todd, we trust

Tom Herman was kidding. We think. On Monday, when a reporter asked the Texas head coach to elaborate on his defense’s perplexing tendency to get off to slow starts, having allowed points on opponents’ first possessions six times in eight games, Herman couldn’t resist. “I don’t know, it’s funny you … Read More