Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: High-energy Del Conte working to spark turnaround in Texas athletics

Chris Del Conte has barely wrinkled his bed sheets, no surprise given the little time he spends lying on them. He typically doesn’t settle into his bed at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center until midnight or 1 a.m., but he still beats the roosters up, rising at 5 in … Read More

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Bohls: Texas seniors McCarty, Atkins continue sweet journey

They didn’t want it to end, this sentimental journey of the last four years for the two, attached-at-the-hip, never-loose-with-the-lip Texas teammates. And so they didn’t let it. Texas senior guards Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins, driven by their final home games of their career in an emotion-tinged setting, turned in … Read More

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Bohls: Dylan Frittelli’s travels now bring him back to Austin for the Dell Match Play

Dylan Frittelli is going places. Of course, he’s already been a lot of places. India. Kenya. Austria. Turkey. To name just a few. Try 45 different countries in a two-year span. No, he’s not a fugitive from the law. He’s a 27-year-old professional golfer who has wandered to all corners … Read More

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Bohls: Rick Barnes’ overachieving Volunteers still streaking

DALLAS — Rick Barnes leaned back in the leather chair in a small office inside the American Airlines Center and pointed to his left knee that he had partially replaced just a month ago. The doctors didn’t take a knife to any muscle but corrected the painful bone-on-bone dilemma with a very … Read More

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Bohls: Augie’s lifelong love affair with baseball warmed our hearts

DALLAS — As it turns out, there is crying in baseball. Augie Garrido has died. The eternal kid breathed his last in a California hospital Thursday morning, the victim of complications from a stroke. But if there ever is a celebration in the afterlife, there’s one heckuva party going on … Read More

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Bohls: Longhorns short on experience, not confidence

Some free advice if you’re writing off the Longhorns in your bracket. Don’t tell Texas it’s a 10th seed. Forget suggesting first-round opponent Nevada is a terrible matchup for Shaka Smart’s roller-coaster of a club since the high-scoring Wolf Pack have a big, versatile lineup across the board and average … Read More

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Bohls: Texas may or may not pass eyeball test after this black eye

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shaka Smart was downright mystified by his team Thursday night. Join the crowd, Coach. You’ve got company. But of course, Texas has been a mystery this entire uneven season. The third-year boss was dumbfounded by a curious Texas team that got off to its characteristic, woeful … Read More

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Bohls: Foul-prone Matt Coleman rises to the Longhorns’ rescue

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Coleman accepted the pats on the back and the well wishes from giddy Longhorns fans who’d made the long trip. The freshman smiled broadly as a stranger congratulated him on his game-sealing jumper in the final 44 seconds, the last bucket of the game and … Read More

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Bohls: Shaka Smart’s Longhorns fighting to reach NCAAs

Texas proved it still has a little fight left in ‘em after all. And to make sure, the Longhorns head basketball coach on Friday night showed ‘em some clips of a real boxing match between Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti from a couple decades ago. Shaka Smart called the “Legendary … Read More

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Bohls: Karen Aston’s streaking Longhorns in it for long haul

Sherri Coale was on her soapbox Tuesday night. With eyes flashing and curls flying, the bubbly Oklahoma women’s basketball coach made a passionate plea for her Sooners — her 16-13 Sooners — to be in the NCAA Tournament field. She wasn’t angry but very blunt and clearly biased that her … Read More

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Bohls: Huston Street, 34, is as competitive as ever, but finds himself on retirement’s doorstep

He’s been playing baseball since he was 6 years old. It would have been 5, but those silly Western Hills Little League rules mandated kids had to be 6 by July 31 to qualify, and his birthday was Aug. 2. So Huston Street waited a whole year to play for … Read More

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Bohls: Current scoreboard is Iceberg 1, College Basketball 0

The Division I college basketball program desperately needed the out-of-state recruit to fill a big gap on the roster, and the head coach dispatched his top assistant to scope out their chances. Sitting in his office soon after, the head coach received a call from the eager assistant on the … Read More

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Bohls: Malik weighed the risks and long-term safety and health in choosing to go pro

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 Malik Jefferson’s reasons why he declared for the NFL draft: Former Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson said he chose to leave school early … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Chase Shugart short, but not on swagger or results

Veteran relief pitcher Chase Shugart saw his name in the Texas baseball starting lineup for the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday night, and he was stoked. There he was listed in the seven hole. The starting designated hitter. At least for a minute. “Yeah, I saw that I was … Read More

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Bohls: Erwin Center replacement to have 4,000 fewer seats than current arena

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 new Erwin Center having less seating: There is a strong likelihood that the new Texas basketball arena that replaces the Erwin … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Shaka Smart is angry, but there’s plenty to go around

FORT WORTH — So, Shaka Smart, are you angry? “Yeah,” he said in the hallway of Schollmaier Arena about an hour after his Texas basketball team fell to TCU 87-71 with a dreary, dispirited performance in which the Longhorns never led. It was the type of loss that conjures up … Read More

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Bohls: Will Texas’ Tom Herman be calling his own number when it comes to calling the plays?

Tom Herman and his staff scoured the countryside for talent and secured the signatures of some of the 27 best and most versatile high school players for the third-rated class nationally. He got a defensive lineman from Baton Rouge, La., in Mike Williams, who was a 6-2, 250-pound quarterback in … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ forward-thinking Matt Coleman burns OU

Matt Coleman, you’re forgiven. His all-star performance Saturday night that included a career-high 22 points and some solid defense on Oklahoma superstar Trae Young that contributed to the Sooner’s woeful seven-of-22 shooting night totally atoned for his dismal game against Texas Tech just three days earlier. Like, what missed free … Read More

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Bohls: How one NFL analyst views Poona Ford’s draft prospects

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On Poona Ford’s draft prospects: Asked about the draft prospects of Longhorns nose guard Poona Ford, (NFL draft analyst … Read More

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Bohls: How does Mo Bamba deal with hecklers during road games?

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: All things Mo Bamba: Mo Bamba had maybe his most complete game of the season Monday when he tore down the rim … Read More