Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Somehow, ‘We Own the Middle’ just doesn’t sound as good as ‘Finish,’ Texas

LANDOVER, Md. — All in all, Tom Herman probably wishes he’d been at a strip club. Or anywhere besides FedEx Field. For sure, he has to be mightily concerned his Texas team hasn’t yet shed its losing image even though the second-year head coach showed no anger and kept a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: And now (drumroll, please) here are 32 fearless predictions for Texas’ 2018 season

On the eve of the college football season, there are more than a few things you can reliably count on when it comes to the Texas Longhorns. Here are the quick hitters you can take to the bank. They won’t give you anything for them, but you can take them … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep. 108: Brett McMurphy offers explosive takes on Ohio State domestic abuse scandal

In Episode 108 of “On Second Thought” podcast, columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden talk to Stadium Network reporter Brett McMurphy about the explosive Ohio State scandal story that he personally broke and all the repercussions on that school, Urban Meyer and Texas’ Tom Herman. They also visit with Statesman … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Tom Herman hopes to put these last 50 games after Mack behind Texas

Mack Brown walked forlornly off the Alamodome field, his hand held aloft with the “Hook ’em, Horns” sign, his wife, Sally, at his side. Quarterback Marcus Mariota, who would go on to win the Heisman Trophy the next year, ran circles around the Longhorns that December night in San Antonio, and Oregon crushed … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Tom Herman is still vague on the Longhorns’ play-caller’s identity

Tom Herman tried to clear up the biggest mystery of the offseason on Monday. And made it even more mysterious. The second-year Texas head coach announced at his press conference the identity of this year’s offensive play-caller. It’s everyone. You read right. Basically Herman pulled a Michael Dickson. He punted. Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Fifty years later, Texas’ wishbone offense has left a huge legacy on the game

Ted Koy took the phone call and instantly was petrified. It was customary for Texas football players to receive a mimeographed sheet in the mail from Darrell Royal during the summer with not-so-gentle reminders to stay in shape before they reported for two-a-days. On the line that August day in … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep. 107: Kristi Scales on Dallas Cowboys, Cat Vasquez gives fantasy football tips

In Episode 107 of “On Second Thought” podcast, veteran Dallas Cowboys sideline reporter Kristi Scales joins columnists Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls about her expectations for the team and raves about former Longhorn Connor Williams, and Statesman’s Cat Vasquez offers his fantasy football tips for the upcoming season. .embed-container { … Read More

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Bohls: Texas gets what it pays for in Todd Orlando and he’s worth every cent

Todd Orlando didn’t spring for anything extravagant in the offseason. Not a new 10,000-square foot house in Tarrytown. Not a new ski boat for lazy afternoons on Lake Travis. No new mountain bike or a vacation to the French Rivera. In fact, the Texas defensive coordinator said he didn’t spend … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas players — even with the ranking — are being realistic, not jumping ahead

Not even two practices into the second season of the Tom Herman regime, it’s quite possible there has already been a major breakthrough. The players may have finally figured it out, the team’s encouraging, No. 21 preseason national ranking in the Coaches Poll notwithstanding. After conversations with the coach and … Read More

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Bohls: Longhorn booster Frank Denius leaves huge legacy

Frank Denius took his last breath Sunday morning. And the world became a little less kind and a little more dreary. This was a remarkable, 93-year-old man of incredible stature but completely unassuming profile who gave of himself and lived daily by that mantra until he died at his Tarrytown … Read More

Our 10th annual Top 25 countdown: Our No. 1? Alabama, of course — was there ever a doubt?

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — the final installment of our annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Still longing for elite status for Texas? The Horns still have ‘some’ way to go

FRISCO — The question may not so much have stumped Tom Herman as it gave him serious pause: So just how many elite football players does the Texas program currently have? The second-year Longhorns coach took half a minute to collect his thoughts, contemplated his roster and eventually smiled and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: For Oklahoma, there’s a new quarterback and a newish offense — but no problem

FRISCO — Once again Oklahoma is the runaway favorite to win the Big 12 football race. Emphasis on the run. No one has a better running back tandem than the Sooners. The probable starting quarterback runs much better than he throws. And the Sooners’ head coach doesn’t mind that his … Read More

Our 10th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 13 Notre Dame just keeps on winning, churning out draft picks

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on our 2017 list. Our … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: How soon before Texas is back on top with White, Floreal? A-S-A-P.

To use softball lingo, when it comes to his latest two hires, Chris Del Conte is 2 for 2. He’s batting 1.000. Of course, neither new softball coach Mike White from Oregon nor track and field coach Edrick Floréal from Kentucky has coached a single game or coached up a … Read More

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Bohls: Texas baseball’s 2019 squad should feature a deeper pitching staff

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 the Texas baseball season: Texas had an impressive ride this post-season that in some ways mirrored Mississippi State, which once stood 15-15 … Read More

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Bohls: Even in early CWS defeat, we see that David Pierce has brought Texas baseball back

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas’ trip to the College World Series shouldn’t be remembered for the fact that it was one of the first two teams going home. Instead, these Longhorns should be recognized for just getting here at all. That in itself was a monumental achievement for a team whose accomplishments will … Read More

Postcard from Omaha: Texas’ Austin Todd ends his sophomore season feeling healthy

OMAHA, Neb. — One thing the Longhorns didn’t see a lot of this season? Pinch-hitting. Over its 65 games, Texas (42-23) used a pinch-hitter 31 times. The biggest of those at-bats coming off the bench was Austin Todd’s two-run single in a win over Stanford in March. Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Tuesday starter Blair Henley and Texas’ relaxed, focused mindset boost CWS chances

OMAHA, Neb. — In a lighter moment at a casual Saturday team practice before the very first College World Series pitch, Blair Henley was discussing his summer plans. Once this post-season ends, the Texas pitcher said he’ll make his way to the Cape Cod League where he’ll join five of … Read More

Postcard from Omaha: For one current and former Texas player, this CWS is better late than never

OMAHA, Neb. — Ryan Reynolds is playing in the College World Series for the first time, a level that the Texas third baseman’s dad, Shane, never quite reached. But he did come close back in 1987, when he went 6-0 with a high ERA but was left off the Longhorns’ … Read More