Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman, Texas are wise to feed the hot hand in the running game

Apparently, Texas’ running game is a full-fledged democracy. Equality for all. It may not exactly be majority rule, however, because Tom Herman casts the only real deciding vote on who carries the ball. And while it was sophomore, converted quarterback Roschon Johnson who got the starting nod in the romp … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Another Top 25 vote, but not another conference yet

Another week, another Power 5 conference committing to play and another confusing go-around to fill out an Associated Press Top 25 college football. It doesn’t get any easier. But, hey, we’re dealing with Bill Belichick making funny sandwich commercials these days, so anything is possible. We were instructed NOT to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: This time, Texas’ Cole Hammer aims to nail his U.S. Open performance

Cole Hammer admitted he’s having a blast. “It’s been a fun week so far,” he said Tuesday afternoon. Yeah, so far. Up until now, Hammer has been touring the scene at Winged Foot Golf Course without pressure. He’s played several rounds of golf on the diabolical West Course since he … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas surges into Top 10 on my AP ballot

The Texas Longhorns clearly made an impression. A strong one. Yes, they walloped UTEP, one of the worst FBS college football teams in the nation and one that has gone 2-34 the last three seasons, but give Tom Herman’s club credit for not sleepwalking, for coming out strong and for … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ wide receivers is a cast of thousands … er, dozens

 Sam Ehlinger is back for his senior season at Texas as one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in college football and a very legitimate Heisman frontrunner, but there was a nagging question about his final year. Where would … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: My Texas predictions? Cosmi, Ossai pace the Longhorns to … another Alamo Bowl

Kickoff is Saturday night, and admit it. It’s easier to project President Trump’s next tweet than the results of this Texas football season. It’s doubtful there has ever been a preseason camp so filled with unknowns and uncertainty. We didn’t see a single spring practice because there was none. We … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Tom Herman — the social activist — was college football’s big winner off the field

Write it down. Tom Herman as Coach of the Year. Sure, Texas hasn’t even kicked off yet. Hardly anyone else has, either. Over the last six months of turbulence and divisiveness, the fourth-year Longhorns boss has set himself apart. We’re not saying he’s the Nelson Mandela of college football coaches. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Welcome back, college football, to ‘very stormy seas’ and an uncertain future

Hello, college football. Good to see you again, old friend. Just hoping we’ll recognize you since you may barely resemble your old self. No bands marching at halftime. Very few fans, if any, in the stands. Some stadiums capped at 25% capacity. The only student body left may be on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: And my No. 1 preseason Top 25 team is … Ohio State. Say what?

Ohio State will win it all. That’s what I figured. At least back in the first week of August when we voted. So I put the Buckeyes No. 1. The Buckeyes have the second-best quarterback in college football in Justin Fields. They may have the best overall talent of any … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Scottie Scheffler, like Morikawa, among the young lions taking over golf

John Fields first laid eyes on him years ago during an amateur golf tournament hosted by the Barton Creek Country Club and couldn’t have been more impressed. So the Texas men’s golf coach introduced himself to Scottie Scheffler and his Dallas parents, trying to get a leg up on recruiting … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

How will the Big 12, SEC and ACC get through a football season?

No football for the Big Ten and Pac-12 this fall. Pigskin season is still a go for the Big 12, SEC and ACC. American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden weigh in on this week’s version of college football for 2020. 1. Are the Big 12, SEC and ACC smart … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Big Ten, Pac-12 decisions bring even more questions

The news for college football on Tuesday was grim, even grimmer than Monday. College football.  Called on account of virus. At least in some quarters.  The first and second domino fell, and it left quite a mess. To no one’s surprise, the Big Ten and Pac-12 both called … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: College football is sorely lacking in clarity, uniformity

As of the time you’re reading this, we still don’t have college football, or any assurances of college football, and we might not until next February or March. But it’s very clear we need a scoreboard. As well as logic and restraint and wisdom. Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, … Read More

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby on college football season: ‘Decisions haven’t been made yet’

No decision has been made about going forward with the college football season, but there’s been no progress over the last 30 days to have complete confidence in that, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby somberly told the American-Statesman on Sunday night. Asked if it’s looking less and less likely there … Read More

Former Texas star Scottie Scheffler streaks to contention in PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler certainly doesn’t lack for confidence. The former University of Texas All-American has never won a tournament in this his rookie season on the PGA Tour, but now finds himself near the top of the leaderboard just one stroke off the lead behind former No. 1 player in the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Big 12 media days were virtually impossible to duplicate

The question would usually come up every Mother’s Day or Father’s Day in our house. Honoring your parents is an important day, moreso once you become a parent and want to reserve the remote for your favorite television channel and spot on the couch. But whenever those days approached, this … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jim Gideon is now the latest in a long line of Horns Hall of Famers

Admittedly, he was nervous, oddly enough. Jim Gideon had pitched many times before as a freshman and sophomore at Texas and was the new ace of one of the Longhorns’ most talented staffs ever. But those games were at rustic Clark Field, where they might shoehorn in 1,500 fans at … Read More

Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: No. 1 Clemson just keeps on keeping on

The college football season is less than two months away. Right? As it approaches with question marks, our 12th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff, concludes with who we think are the top teams in the country. Last year’s eventual College … Read More

Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: No. 8 LSU aims to reload, not rebuild, to launch title defense

The college football season is two months away. Right? As it approaches with question marks, our 12th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff, breaks down who we think are the top teams in the country. Last year’s eventual College Football Playoff … Read More

Bevo Beat

Former Texas baseball coach Cliff Gustafson suffers heart attack

Cliff Gustafson, the winningest coach in Texas baseball history, underwent surgery on Wednesday after suffering a major heart attack. He remains in stable condition at Ascension Seton Medical Center, his daughter, Jann Shepperd, told the American-Statesman. Gustafson, 89, had two stents placed in, Shepperd said. She added that her father … Read More