Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: The best way to fix the Texas offense? More Toneil Carter, more Sam Ehlinger

There’s good news and there’s bad news when it comes to the Texas offense. For one, it can’t get much worse. That may really be the best news after a 17-7 road win over a mediocre Iowa State club. Secondly, freshman Toneil Carter showed more life and more wiggle and … Read More

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Bohls: Make way for the Pirate

Week 5 brought little change to my Associated Press Top 25 college football ballot. Except for the Pirate. Perfect Washington State’s upset of USC ushered Pirate lover Mike Leach’s club into the Top 10 at No. 8. Otherwise, it’s much the same as Alabama and Clemson took care of business … Read More

Bohls: Why the grass at Jack Trice Stadium might be a problem for Texas

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 what to expect Thursday night in Ames: One cannot overstate the importance of Thursday’s Iowa State game to … Read More

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Bohls: TCU biggest mover in AP vote

A new Associated Press poll ballot and a new No. 1. Well, actually it’s an old No. 1. I leapfrogged Alabama back into the top spot ahead of Clemson, which struggled before pulling away with an easy win over Boston College. By virtue of its 59-0 spanking of Vanderbilt and … Read More

Bohls: What does one Pac-12 AD think about Texas potentially in his conference?

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: One AD’s take: Texas would have been good as a member of the Pac-12 USC athletic director Lynn Swann empathized with the decline … Read More

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Bohls: Tom Herman has a lot to chew on after Longhorns’ near-upset of USC

We finally got much-needed answers from Tom Herman to some pressing questions. He chews sugar-free Dubble Bubble. Seven of ’em in his pocket per half. He can blow a bubble with the best of them. Some harsh critics might say he can blow a big game as … Read More

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Bohls: Texas defense shows championship fiber

LOS ANGELES — Unlike the historic meeting between these two brand-name teams almost a dozen years ago, there was no championship on the line this time. But championship mettle was. And Texas displayed plenty of that Saturday night. Along with it, the Longhorns, unranked with a misleading 1-2 record, offered … Read More

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Bohls: Eleven years later, the what-ifs from the 2006 Texas-USC game not near as rosy

They remember it all so well. Vince Young’s historic fourth-down sprint into the end zone and the ensuing rainfall of confetti. Texas’ comeback with seven-plus minutes remaining to play. The critical fourth-and-2 with no Reggie Bush on the field. Michael Griffin’s sensational interception. Bush’s poor decision to lateral. And all … Read More

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Bohls: Two games in, Texas continues to search for its identity

The question lingers. And may for a while. Through two games this season, Texas is still searching for an identity. The thing that defines the Longhorns. The thing that a team turns to as its staple week in and week out. The main thing that an opponent has to deal … Read More

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FROM THE ARCHIVES (Sept. 11, 2005): BOHLS: For once, Texas lives up to expectations

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the end, with what seemed like half of the entire state of Ohio hollering its lungs off and most of the Buckeye defense bearing down on quarterback Vince Young, Texas went against character. And by doing so, proved its character. Read More

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Sooners on the rise on AP ballot

We’re just two weeks into the college football season, and already my Associated Press Top 25 ballot has undergone a big shakeup. By virtue of its domination of Ohio State on the road, Oklahoma climbed four spots in my rankings to a strong No. 2 position behind — you know … Read More

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Bohls: Texas now has quarterbacks galore — but who’s gonna start against Southern Cal?

The Sam Ehlinger Era began Saturday. Who knows how long it will last. It might even be a one-week era for the Westlake freshman — which is pretty short as eras go — if Shane Buechele returns from his bruised shoulder to resume his starting position next Saturday at Southern … Read More

Bohls: If Longhorns and Aggies restart the rivalry at least ‘someone has to win’

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 who had a worse weekend – Texas or Texas A&M? Whose fan base feels lower than a cricket’s undergarments right now, the … Read More

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Bohls: Proper hydration levels and great body language will get Texas only so far

Tom Herman struck the right tone for the most part on Monday. But he chose the wrong words. Two days after his team’s wickedly poor performance against Maryland, the first-year, first-game Texas head coach wasn’t surly. He wasn’t defensive. He wasn’t panicky. Of course, he wasn’t overly apologetic either and … Read More

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Bohls: Texas remains bad in 2017 just like 2016, but hey, how ’bout those lockers?

Nothing’s changed. Oh, the Longhorns locker rooms have. They’re much snazzier. Did you know they have these neat fans that cool off their shoulder pads? The video board at Royal-Memorial Stadium is much improved. So much clarity. The sound system? It’s to kill for. Even the name on the door … Read More

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Bohls: My bold predictions for Texas? A turnaround 9-3 season (and a bowl game, too)

Saturday’s game represents the dawn of a new era for Texas. A much-needed, long-overdue era since the Longhorns haven’t won a bowl game since the 2012 Alamo Bowl. Consider that of the other nine Big 12 teams, seven of them have 12 bowl victories since Texas’ last, when the Horns … Read More

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Bohls: Texas in the SEC? Shoulda, coulda but doubtful anytime soon

Texas blew it. The Longhorns had the SEC in the palm of their hands. Or an invite, anyway. And said no. At a time in the Big 12’s checkered 21-year history when three new head football coaches will be patrolling the sidelines this fall, Bob Stoops no longer works here … Read More

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Bohls: Texas has Top 25 talent, but Top 25 depth? That’s another story

My question was simple enough. Does Tom Herman think he has Top 25 talent on this Texas football team? Following a short pause, the first-year head coach said, “I think our starting 22 could play with anybody in the country. Would we win every game? I didn’t say that. We … Read More

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Todd Orlando, Texas’ first $1 million assistant, will let his defense do the talking

Plain and simple, Todd Orlando doesn’t like to talk about himself. At all. Oh, he’s cordial enough. And he’s not shy. He’s just straightforward and completely blunt. The post Todd Orlando, Texas’ first $1 million assistant, will let his defense do the talking appeared first on … Read More

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Bohls: Todd Orlando, Texas’ first $1 million assistant, will let his defense do the talking

Plain and simple, Todd Orlando doesn’t like to talk about himself. At all. Oh, he’s cordial enough. And he’s not shy. He’s just straightforward and completely blunt. Pry just a little into his life, growing up in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh as the youngest son of a plant … Read More