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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ crushing NCAA loss to Louisville was more mental than physical

They left Gregory Gymnasium in stunned silence Friday night. Louisville players were the ones dancing off the court, celebrating with their parents and embracing their coaches. Meanwhile, the Texas Longhorns and coach Jerritt Elliott were the ones hit head-on with the reality of tournament elimination well before the desired destination. Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Our hot betting streak hopes to trickle up to the NFL

The Corner is cooking just in time for extra holiday money. We swept the conference championship games last week to go 4-0. The record over the past three weeks is 16-5-1 with an overall season record of 57-50-3. Not to mention we cashed on Memphis winning … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: This Alamo Bowl is much bigger for Texas than visiting Utah

The Alamo Bowl is bigger for Texas. This fan base is dealing with the bummer that comes with its team failing to meet some really high preseason expectations. At the beginning of the season, 129 fan bases were awash in hope and the kind … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Dominant LSU belongs at the top of the rankings

I’ve been toggling unbeaten LSU and undefeated Ohio State back and forth atop my Top 25 Associated Press ballot for the last month or more, but finally went with the Tigers today after their impressive beatdown of Georgia in the SEC Championship game and the Buckeyes’ rough first half against … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas spikers will learn from surviving second-round upset scare

No one promised Texas an easy stroll through the NCAA volleyball tournament even if the bracket appeared friendly on initial inspection. The Longhorns, who are the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament, found out early that looks can be deceiving and it nearly cost them … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Meet Kai Jones, Texas’ junkyard dog

Before he became famous, Sylvester Ritter was a star football player at Fayetteville State University. He didn’t carve out a long NFL career, but he became a pro wresting legend under the name of Junkyard Dog, a moniker that reportedly came from his work in a wrecking … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Conference championships take center stage for sports bettors

November was great for Craven’s Corner. A 6-2 week brings us to 57-50-3 on the season. Our college football picks the last three weeks are 12-2-1. The bets this week focus on the conference championship games. Readers who remember our … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Brionne Butler is a chip off the ol’ middle blocker

Brionne Butler is nothing like her mom. Just ask ‘em. For starters, Javonne Grant’s a true extrovert. She’s loud, brash, brimming with confidence. Sure of who she is and where she’s going and where she’s been. Butler is the exact opposite. Introvert. Quiet. Humble. Selfless. Her hobbies? “Food and clothes,” … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Herman to make new hires, but to coach new or old schemes?

So Tom Herman had the guts to pull the trigger. Several times, in fact. Now can he do it again? In four previous years spanning two jobs, Texas’ head football coach had never fired a single assistant, but on Sunday he gave pink slips to two assistant coaches, including his … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Opening a path for Oklahoma, Baylor

Thank you, Auburn. The Tigers kicked entitled Alabama out of the running for a College Football Playoff berth and opened a path for the Big 12 champion as well as potential Pac-12 champ Utah and the eventual SEC runner-up and maybe even a Big Ten runner-up. I bumped the Crimson … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: The Longhorns go out with a real bang after a real whimper of a season

The Longhorns let it all hang out on Friday. And almost hung half a hundred on Texas Tech. They ran creative, imaginative plays on offense. Trick plays, even. They played all manner of freshmen on both sides of the ball like slot receiver Jake Smith and wideout Marcus Washington and … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Closing the regular season out by betting against Texas, Texas A&M

Slow and steady. That’s our approach to life and gambling here on Craven’s Corner. A second consecutive winning week moved our season total to 51-48-2. The corner is 10-3-1 over the past two weekends and Thanksgiving provides another opportunity to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman, Chris Del Conte are firm on head coach’s ability to fix Texas

Tom Herman can’t go an entire press conference these days without saying he understands he and his staff have to coach to the Texas standard and their players have to play to the Texas standard. And he’s right. But what all have to come to grips with during the late … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Oregon loss leaves a CFP opening for several

No big change in the Associated Press Top 25 since the SEC took a week off from its busy conference schedule to play a bunch of middle schools and form held for all but one Top 10 team. But Oregon’s stunning loss to Arizona State leaves an opening for several … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas, Baylor clearly look like two programs heading in different directions

WACO — Tom Herman pointed the finger at himself after Texas’ latest road disappointment. It was another gut punch to fans, another step back for the program and a real head shaker for anyone who watched the  Sugar Bowl. Ten months after quarterback Sam Ehlinger announced “We’re baaaack!” to overjoyed … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas has no answers, and no offense either, in 24-10 loss to Baylor

WACO —  Tom Herman had no satisfying answers. Sam Ehlinger called them great questions, but he had no answers either. “I don’t know.” When Chris Del Conte was asked about the ongoing troubles of the Texas football team, the athletic director in the back of the press conference room told … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: There was lots for Aston to like in 85-69 win, but also ton of work to do

There was a lot to like on Wednesday in a very predictable, 85-69 blowout win over UT Rio Grande Valley, a necessary tonic for a scuffling Texas women’s basketball team looking to find itself. Like the 11 3-pointers the Longhorns made, six of them from freshmen Celeste Taylor and Isabel … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Backing the Bears over the Longhorns, plus other Big 12 plays

Don’t call it a comeback! Craven’s Corner went 4-1 last weekend to bring our season record to 45-46-2. We’re inching our way toward the money as the season gets truly interesting. This week we’ll focus on the Big 12 and a few NFL plays … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas football is lacking true identity, real progress in Year 3

So Tom Herman is deep into his third season at Texas, and he’s no closer to establishing a true, consistent identity or turning this program back into a powerhouse it should be than he was in December 2016 when he arrived here fresh out of Houston. And quite frankly, that’s … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: OU’s got a real shot at playoffs

Very little shakeup in the Top 10 over the weekend, but after watching Oklahoma’s epic comeback to edge Baylor, I really see a path that could take the Sooners to the College Football Playoffs. With losses by two unbeatens, Baylor and Minnesota, the Sooners can take advantage of that and … Read More