Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Bohls: Offensively inept Longhorns searching for answers, buckets

Kristian Doolittle likes the rims at the Erwin Center. Actually, the Oklahoma forward loves ‘em. Loves ‘em so much, it’s surprising he wasn’t out on the court Wednesday night with a welder’s blowtorch to dismantle them and take them back to Norman. Doolittle has regularly torched the Longhorns in Austin, … Read More

Bevo Beat

Bohls: Roschon Johnson should stay at running back; Texas should keep assistant Craig Naivar

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns at the Alamo Bowl. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On the future of Texas coach Craig Naivar: I’d keep safeties coach Craig Naivar on staff if I were Tom … Read More

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Bohls: If it’s bowl season, then go ahead and count Texas as a big winner

SAN ANTONIO — Texas finally figured it out. Make ‘em all bowl games, real or imagined. All 12 of them before the Longhorns play, you know, the actual bowl games. So their assignment is simple. Come up with some fancy names, starting with the first game on Sept. 5 against South … Read More

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Bohls: An eight-team CFP field works for Herman, Whittingham, Group of Five …

SAN ANTONIO — LSU’s dizzying romp over fourth-seeded but clearly overmatched Oklahoma, and Clemson’s wild comeback win over mistake-riddled Ohio State made for a deep appreciation for Joe Burrow and riveting drama in the nightcap. It also may have made another thing abundantly clear in some corners. Four is enough, … Read More

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Bohls: Ute got to be kidding; nope, Utah is damn good, Texas will find out

SAN ANTONIO — So after surviving a 7-5 season, the Longhorns have traveled to the traditionally strong Alamo Bowl where they will find yet another football program that’s better than them. But that’s not that insulting because their opponent is top-shelf and on the move. It’s hard enough for Longhorn … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Bittersweet December leaves Texas’ Tom Herman wealthy but wanting

SAN ANTONIO — For Tom Herman, 2019 probably can’t end soon enough, which is saying something since he got a $1 million retention bonus this week for just being on the job. What started with a bang in a milestone victory over an apparently complacent Georgia team in the Sugar … Read More

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Bohls: Four months later, my crystal ball for the Longhorns is crystal-unclear

Texas will remember the Alamo this season after a regular season it will soon try to forget. While they can salve their considerable wounds following a disturbing 7-5 season with four losses in their last seven games, the unranked Longhorns try to pick up the pieces and salvage some pride … Read More