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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: It took Texas long enough to honor Julius Whittier, but we’ll take it

Without Julius Whittier, we would not have gotten a star like Roosevelt Leaks at the University of Texas. Without Leaks, there is no Earl Campbell. Without Campbell, there is no Ricky Williams. Without Williams, there is no Vince Young. Without Young, there is no 2005 national championship. It all started … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Matt Campell’s Iowa State team could be best in school history

This may not be the best Iowa State football team ever. But it is in first place. In late November. Incredible. The Cyclones have flaws. They may not have elite receivers like Hakeem Butler or Allen Lazard. They’ve got a great quarterback having a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Northwestern making its Top 10 move on my AP ballot

Northwestern, come on down. Or up. The Wildcats have been flying under the radar all season long — well, not all that long, considering the league started in late October — in the shadows of Big Ten kingpin Ohio State and, until Saturday, Wisconsin. Heck, even struggling Penn State and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: His struggles behind him, Chris Brown is Texas’ ‘Little Guy’ with the big game

Chris Brown is closing in on the end of his Longhorns career in terrific fashion. Of course, you might know the undersized Texas strong safety by different names. Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash playfully calls him “Little Man,” a tag of affection but also … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: With Kansas delay, Tom Herman believes Longhorns ‘lucky and good’ with COVID-19

Craig Way opened Tom Herman’s radio show Thursday with an honest query. “Got any weekend plans?” the Texas radio broadcaster asked. “No!” the Longhorns football coach said with a laugh. “I don’t.” Not anymore, at least. Not after Kansas postponed Saturday’s game against 22nd-ranked Texas because of COVID-19. The game … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Betting Bedlam, four NFL games this week

Craven’s Corner plans to tread easy this weekend with a dull slate of games at the college and pro level. Last week, we finished 3-3-1 overall with a 2-1 record in college football. We’ll only bet on three college games in this edition because of lackluster matchups. Our record overall … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Recruits’ perceptions rank ahead of social media talk, Herman says

Urban Meyer’s name came up during Tom Herman’s Monday media availability. Meyer is a Hall of Fame coach who will be on someone’s sideline next season, but he isn’t what’s keeping Herman, his former offensive coordinator, up at night. It’s the recruits. Or better put, what they think of Texas … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Wins (and losses) still count as COVID-19 cases mount in college football

Coaches are a bit on edge these days. And who can blame ‘em? The number of college football games postponed or canceled continues to mount as a new surge in coronavirus outbreaks all over the country threatens more shutdowns and disruptions in a season … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: After a breakout Masters, Texas ex Dylan Frittelli is a no name no more

The 84th Masters that unfolded on Sunday really was a Masters like no other. No enthralled patrons in attendance. No roars cascading through the tall pines. No wind to speak of, and no sign of the normally slick, lightning-fast greens. Oh, and no … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Irish inching up while Gators, Bearcats making statements on my Top 25 ballot

The week brought very little shakeup in the Top 10 although Notre Dame looked impressive in showing no hangover after its big upset of No. 1 Clemson in its dismantling of Boston College, while Florida and Cincinnati just keep getting better and better. But on my AP ballot, I moved … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Frittelli calm, clear and convinced he can make a Masters run

Dylan Frittelli is stoked. Calm but stoked. After all, how many chances do you get to try to win the Masters? “It’s just a golf tournament, isn’t it?” Frittelli said nonchalantly after a round of five birdies for a bogey-less 67 and total score of 11 under par to remain … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: What happens when a Longhorn doesn’t make the NFL? Real life, and it isn’t always easy

Football isn’t forever. And for some, it ends much earlier than they could have ever imagined. We all know a kid from the hometown who had can’t-miss stardom written all over him. He was the best player in Pop Warner, all-state in high school and a fixture in recruiting rankings. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Dylan Frittelli, ‘the other Longhorn,’ hanging close to Masters leaders

One lazy day in the spring of his junior year at Texas, Dylan Frittelli was lounging around at the Austin apartment he shared with UT backup placekicker Travis Smith when the two engaged in some carefree banter. They were discussing Frittelli’s season when Smith asked how … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Scottie Scheffler off to a strong Masters start in debut, but hungers for more

Scottie Scheffler completed his first competitive round at the Masters on a rain-delayed Thursday and moments later had an emotional response that was quintessential Scottie Scheffler. Quite frankly, he was, well, ticked off. Which is exactly the frame of mind you’d expect from a … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Turn around, look for the ball! Chris Ash explains what he’s teaching these DBs

If you’ve been watching TV the last few weeks, you’ve probably been screaming. At the Texas defensive backs, that is. Turn your head around! Look for the ball! Sigh. Oh dear. Look, nobody ever said playing defense in the pass-happy Big 12 was easy. To those playing cornerback in this … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Scottie Scheffler’s been there, done that, but wants to win this Masters

Scottie Scheffler will step to the No. 10 tee box early Thursday morning at storied Augusta National and will get a glimpse of the future. His own future, and golf’s as well. Not immediately maybe, but the 24-year-old former Texas All-American is near the … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Backing Big 12 favorites, Seattle in the NFL

Craven’s Corner cashed for the second straight week with a 3-1 record in college games, breaking even with a 2-2 record in the NFL. We’re four games above .500 in November following a disastrous October. A solid year betting college games leaves us with a 36-31-2 overall record … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Big 12 defenses are out to shatter the league’s old offense-first stereotype

If you didn’t already realize that 2020 has broken all the records for bizarre, whether it’s television shows about crazed tiger trainers or rappers running (briefly) for president or Elon Musk naming his son after, what, the alphabet, this latest trend all but cements that notion. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Aggies, Cougars, Cats knocking on AP top four door

College football, meet the monkey wrench. Notre Dame just threw one into the only normalcy this sport — this year, perhaps — has known when it held on to outlast No. 1-ranked and seemingly invincible Clemson 47-40 in double overtime in the game of the year. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas looks D-termined to keep winning with solid defense

Are you sitting down? Texas won with defense. Let me repeat that. Texas won with defense. Allow that to marinate a bit to fully grasp the main reason Tom Herman’s much-maligned club now boasts a three-game winning streak with a … Read More