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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Baylor, Mulkey rule the Big 12 while Aston’s Horns aren’t yet elite

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey held court for nearly 20 minutes Monday night after yet another win over Texas. While her players soaked her pink leather jacket with water in the visiting team’s locker room after the 93-87 win gave Baylor an eighth straight Big 12 regular-season title, Texas’ Karen Aston … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Twenty-six games in, more questions than answers about Texas basketball

Texas is a fractured team. With five games remaining, the Longhorns will have you believe they can win three of their final regular-season games to make it to an 8-10 league finish that’s believed in some circles to be enough to qualify for the NCAAs. The Longhorns have lost three … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Injury opens door, paint for Joyner Holmes

Joyner Holmes, the lane is yours. If you want it. When post Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau went down with a wrist in injury right before the half of Saturday’s win over Kansas State, Holmes, the 6-foot-3 sophomore, took her place. Caron-Goudreau brings her hard hat to work everyday but isn’t in Holmes’ … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ response to success, failure starts and ends with Shaka Smart

Texas has a toughness problem. And it has little to do with the physical. Shaka Smart’s biggest issue? His team doesn’t bring it every night. That starts with him. He has to figure out why. And in a hurry, please.  March is approaching. The Texas men (15-9, 5-6 Big 12) … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas signed just one running back — Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram will show us why

A great running back can cure a lot that ails an offense. Just ask 2016 Doak Walker Award winner D’Onta Foreman, whose 2,028 yards in 11 games carried the Texas offense to respectability two seasons ago. With Foreman gone last season, the Horns rushed for 2,174 yards as a team … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Joyner Holmes in the paint is a better fit for Texas

Joyner Holmes is listed as a sophomore guard-forward on the Texas roster. It’s time to take ‘guard’ out of her job description. Karen Aston has plenty of guards at her disposal and most of them are pretty adept at knocking down jump shots, which isn’t Holmes’ long suit. If that … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Snoop Roach has embraced role in Jones’ absence

Is Kerwin Roach II on a hot streak or has he just figured some things out in his junior year? It’s a little bit of both. Snoop is on his way to establishing himself as one of the best two-way guards in college basketball, eager to take on the most … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas, Aston didn’t measure up against Bears

WACO — To borrow from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inauguration speech amidst the Great Depression and to take a few liberties, all Texas has to fear is Baylor itself. Except maybe the fear of having to play ‘em again. That doesn’t sound all that inviting either. The Lady Bears showed … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns back in the win column, but aren’t forgetting WVU blowout

Shaka Smart didn’t burn the West Virginia tape. He merely placed it in the To Be Examined Later folder. Two days after the worst beatdown of his Texas tenure, the college coach took a cue from some of his friends who coach in the NBA, aka The Land of Back-to-Backs.  … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: The best path for Texas toppling No. 6 West Virginia? Feed Mo Bamba early, often

Show up ready for a fight. Dump it inside to Mo Bamba. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Want to bet that Shaka Smart repeated those first two sentences a few thousand times in practice this week? The Texas coach knows a little bit about psychological warfare. The game within the game has … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Roach comes to the rescue — thanks to the advice from a missing teammate

Shaka Smart spent the better part of Tuesday evening at Andrew Jones’ hospital bedside, talking, joking and watching basketball games. “We watched probably four hours of games together,” the Texas basketball coach said. “Watched Louisville-Maryland. Watched OU-KState.” And did the Longhorns guard who this month was diagnosed with leukemia offer … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Karen Aston’s Horns must build upon eye-opening UConn loss

UConn exposed Texas Monday night. As a Final Four contender. Question is, what are the Horns going to do about it? Are they going to take a near-win over the nation’s best team as fuel to take this season to special places or will they struggle against lesser teams they … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mack Brown, now a Hall of Famer, is Texas’ new coaching standard

ATLANTA — Tom Herman’s mandate should be clear. Win just one national championship and 180 or so games, and you, too, probably will wind up in the College Football Hall of Fame. Simple as that. That blueprint worked for Mack Brown. The former Texas coach actually won 244 games in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns squander opportunity vs. Baylor

Texas found a shot maker not named Dylan Osetkowski. At least for a half. Turns out it wasn’t enough. With star guard Andrew Jones’ health status a growing concern, the Horns dropped a 69-60 decision at Baylor on Saturday, blowing a great chance to pocket a second straight road win … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas women B-dominant in home opener

Karen Aston doesn’t grade on the curve. So when the Texas women’s basketball coach was asked to assign a grade to her team’s performance against West Virginia on Sunday afternoon, she paused and said, “I would say a B-minus. Why? Because of our turnovers and shot selection.” If that sounds … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas took Kansas’ best shot — or shots — and faltered

The always-competitive, highly charged Big 12 basketball race will end probably as it began on Friday night. With Kansas on top. It’s as certain as the sun rising in the east. You know the sun. The one that Bill Self said he could have sworn he saw Mo Bamba block … Read More