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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Shaka Smart, ‘distraught’ Longhorns facing crossroads

The fresh basketball schedule reveals it was just Texas’ eighth game of a season that has barely inched its way into December. A meaningless, mid-week, non-conference game, at that. Except none of them are meaningless anymore. And the pained expressions and the dour, frozen looks on the faces of the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: ‘We won’t disappoint the fans again,’ says Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, channeling his inner Tebow

ARLINGTON — For the first time all day, Sam Ehlinger nearly lost his composure. It certainly didn’t come on the field, where he staked an unofficial claim to 2019 first-team all-conference quarterback honors with another sparkling performance against the Oklahoma Sooners.  No, this came in the post-game presser where Ehlinger … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Sooners got their payback, but Texas has shown it’s on the way back

ARLINGTON — Oklahoma turned Texas upside down. And then the Sooners turned the Horns down. After the last of the multi-colored confetti had blown toward the ceiling of AT&T Stadium and the last celebratory statement had been uttered, even new OU president James Gallogly was seen throwing a Horns Down … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: UT’s moment to reassert itself, rearrange the Big 12 pecking order has arrived

Last January when offseason workouts began, Texas strength coach Yancy McKnight directed every player on the field to look up. Look at the numbers, the history, on Royal-Memorial Stadium’s east facade, McKnight told them. Texas has won only three Big 12 championships since the league … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Davis doing his part to help Longhorns’ rise

He thinks back, reflecting on his 13 seasons at Texas, and finally says he has two favorite Texas-OU football moments. No, three. Greg Davis won’t ever forget Major Applewhite’s 97-yard touchdown pass to Wane McGarity out of his own end zone in 1998. “That was special,” Mack Brown’s longtime offensive … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas seniors know a sweep of Oklahoma will cement this program’s turnaround

The Texas senior class has been through a Depression Era of sorts. They may have eaten well in their first two years on campus, but the football rations were minimal. A pair of 5-7 seasons with no bowl appearances to start a college career doesn’t exactly add up to food … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: A Big 12 championship game? No thanks. Who really needs a 13th data point, anyway?

One piece of advice for the Big 12. And it’s got not a thing to do with Horns Down or Horns Up or Horns Sideways. Here it is: Dump the Big 12 championship game. That’s right. Get rid of it. Cancel it. Hit the delete button. Adios, mofo, as our … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Overachievers? Texas, Tom Herman have achieved just enough over this season

When Tom Herman expressed his opinion a couple of weeks ago that he thought his Texas football team has “overachieved” this season, ears perked up. When he mentioned it again in last Friday’s post-game press conference after the Longhorns had held off Kansas to clinch a spot in the Big … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: For Texas, a W is a W — even when W stands for Wacky

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s fairly obvious to anyone who has paid attention this season that Texas doesn’t do easy. However, the Longhorns will do a Big 12 championship game. Thanks to Friday’s scary 24-17 escape over a last-place, 3-8 Kansas team at Memorial Stadium, Texas competing for the conference title … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: It’s Thanksgiving, which for Texas football means there’s no place like … Kansas?

It’s Thanksgiving week. Time for the turkey and all the trimmings. You can catch the Macy’s Day parade in chilly New York on the tube. Put some logs in the fireplace and snuggle. Crack open an adult beverage or two. Go back for seconds. It’s the holiday season, and nothing … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Tom Herman deserves a B-plus grade this season — with a chance for extra credit

The semester’s not over. Final exams remain. But for now, what are the grades for Tom Herman and his coaching staff? The second-year coach was asked Monday to grade himself as a head coach over his first two seasons. “Incomplete,” Herman said. He then added somewhat cryptically, “I’ll grade myself … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: If Shane Buechele gets extended duty at Kansas, Texas should be just fine

Shane Buechele could have left for greener pastures. He lost his starting job to a younger teammate in August and was looking at holding a clipboard for the final two years of his college career. Yet he stayed. Why? “Because of my teammates,” Buechele said after Saturday night’s 24-10 win … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas throttles Iowa State, making Lawrence, Kan. the center of the Longhorns’ universe

And now Texas will return to the scene of the grime. That will be in Lawrence, Kan., where they heaped dirt on the Longhorns head coach in 2016. Texas will go there for a Friday morning kickoff trying to atone for some stained history although tailback Tre Watson was playing … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jerrod Heard will be remembered as a ‘good soul’ and terrific leader

He was the answer to everyone’s prayers. And it took just one game, really. One glorious, jaw-dropping game at Royal-Memorial Stadium when he dazzled against California one September night in 2015, and Jerrod Heard’s name would be on every Longhorns fans’ lips the next morning. He was the dynamic quarterback … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Once red-hot, Todd Orlando’s defense now has fans hot under the collar

Remember when Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was labeled the red-hot assistant that would soon become a head coach? What’s Tom Herman going to do without Orlando in 2019, who will replace T.O. or some such? That was late September, I believe. After back-to-back … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes is flying high, but what of Jericho Sims’ slow start?

Three games into the season, the Texas men are getting nice production from high-flying freshman forward Jaxson Hayes. Hayes says he has toughened up his game by going up against forwards Jericho Sims, Dylan Osetkowski and Royce Hamm during the offseason. Sims was his toughest matchup. “Jericho really dominated me … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas, with all its offensive points and defensive issues, sure passes for a Big 12 team

Don’t look now, but Texas has become the quintessential Big 12 team. High-scoring. No defense. Lots and lots of passing. Doesn’t that scream Big 12? Not that this was Tom Herman’s plan when he got here. Not at all. If anything, this has evolved into the anti-Tom Herman team. After … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Sam Ehlinger loves clutch moments, and Texas loves Sam Ehlinger in the clutch

LUBBOCK — Sam Ehlinger was asked what he’d said to Lil’Jordan Humphrey the moment after the wide receiver out-wrestled the smaller Texas Tech defensive back for the ball and the winning touchdown in the closing seconds. “That I love him,” the beaming Texas quarterback said, “because it’s true.” What’s not … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka Smart is banking on Matt Coleman’s maturation as Texas’ floor general

Defense wins championships, but the eyes of Texas will be on Shaka Smart’s offense this season. Attention, Matt Coleman. This means you. Smart said his team played 15 minutes of good basketball in Tuesday’s season-opening 71-59 win over Eastern Illinois and that sounds about right since his newcomers showed some … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Ten years later, Blake Gideon refuses to let one play define his Longhorns career

Sam Ehlinger has never been to Lubbock. He’s heard a lot about it, though, and can’t wait for Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium. “I always think back to the 2008 game, of how wild that was and how wild that environment was,” Ehlinger said. Read More