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Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: What does being ‘back’ even mean these days for the Longhorns?

Nothing saps one’s energy like the annual ritual of wondering whether “Texas is back.” Ugh, just reading those three words is draining, bordering on debilitating. Yuck. Alas, it was the topic du jour at Big 12 media days. At least, it was when people … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Can Baylor keep its quarterback clean in 2019? (Didn’t happen in 2017 or 2018)

ARLINGTON — Former Texas coach Mack Brown would always come up with some catchy slogan before every season. In 2005, he used “Take Dead Aim,” which was an ode to golf coaching legend Harvey Penick. The Horns took aim at a return trip to the Rose Bowl and walked away … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ young defense will be the key to the program’s continued ascension

ARLINGTON — Like any smart coach interested in defusing outrageous expectations from the hungry fan base and the ever pesky media, Tom Herman recalled on Tuesday that success doesn’t always come instantaneously. Dabo Swinney, for example, won his first national championship in his seventh year at Clemson, Herman pointed out, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Now in Lawrence, Kansas, how many coaching Miles does Les have left?

ARLINGTON — Les Miles had to come back. He had no choice. Once a coach, always a coach. The bug is the most tempting of mistresses. Just ask Oklahoma legend Bob Stoops, who took a job in the new XFL after spending the last two years on the golf course. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: And, just like that, Oklahoma lands another great quarterback castoff to lead the way

ARLINGTON — Mike Gundy had it pegged. Asked how Oklahoma has possibly managed to dominate the Big 12 the last four seasons running, the flamboyant Oklahoma State coach said, “The last couple of years, they’ve had average quarterback play, and they’ve overcome it.” Uh, yeah, very average. Like back-to-back Heisman … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Slam Sam Ehlinger at your own risk — it’s exactly what Texas wants

Thank you, Baker. Appreciate it, Terry. Who’s next?  Anyone else from Lake Travis? The Aggies? National critics? Call this the summer of discontent when it concerns Sam Ehlinger, the coverboy for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and the most experienced quarterback in the Big 12 this side of a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ sports year was (a) outstanding (b) awful (c) somewhere in between

Now that the caps and gowns time have been put up, and the Longhorns have put up their cleats, sneakers, gloves, rowing oars and whatever else needs to be put up, it’s time to do our annual objective audit of the Texas athletic program. There’s a lot of highlights from … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: LSU’s Richardson shows flair and a speed that’s rare

Sha’Carri Richardson had one busy Saturday. Busier than most. And faster than most as well. That’s to be expected from a young woman who was the No. 1 sprinter recruit in the nation in 2018 and is flirting with becoming one of the best female sprinters to ever come out … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Kittley, Texas Tech tracks down first men’s NCAA title

He got hooked on the sport as a third-grader. Hooked for good. Wes Kittley was a wide-eyed 8-year-old when he expressed interest in the County Days athletic contests held in Paint Creek not far from his hometown of tiny Rule north of Abilene. Competitors ranged from sixth to eighth grade, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ shorter Piperi sizes up his shot put title, Olympic hopes

Tripp Piperi isn’t your normal, every-day shot put thrower. He’s much shorter at 6-foot than most in his field, much, much shorter than 6-8 former Longhorn and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser. He’s got a football-caliber vertical leap of 37 inches but hasn’t played football since his sophomore year at … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: It takes a village — at the NCAA outdoor nationals, anyway

For the 1,215 athletes in town, the NCAA outdoor championships not only represent a chance to make history, but also a chance to do so in a cool city. The athletes are here to win, but there isn’t anything wrong with having a good time between heats. It’s Austin, after … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas Tech’s world-class sprinters look simply ‘Divine’ at NCAA outdoors

Wes Kittley found the best pair of sprinters he’s ever coached at pretty much the opposite ends of the earth. The veteran Texas Tech coach located A.J. Hudson at high school powerhouse Cibolo Steele outside San Antonio. He spotted Divine Oduduru at a junior meet in Eugene, Ore. Everyone else … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Kevin Durant’s Golden State legacy is riding on the NBA Finals

Before Kevin Durant limped off the court with a calf injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Golden State Warriors were the odds on-favorite to win their fourth title in five seasons. Now with KD still on the shelf as the Dubs await the winner of the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Elish pitches and pitches and pitches Texas to victory

And then Miranda Elish rested. But not before her arm almost fell off. Thankfully, it didn’t. That would qualify as outrageous hyperbole, but not any more so than the inconceivable notion that a softball pitcher might throw every single pitch of four games over a two-day span at McCombs Field. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Austin has been home, sweet home for Texas heptathlete Ashtin Zamzow

Ashybelle’s Cookies is a now-defunct Austin-based business which took off in the summer of 2018. Ashtin Zamzow, its owner, wore several hats. “I baked, I delivered, I ordered, and I shipped,” Zamzow said. “I did everything. I was delivering cookies all over the place. It got pretty successful, but I … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: From triumphs to tragedies, Texas’ Harrison Scott has overcome a lot on, off court

When Harrison Scott arrived on campus three years ago as a wide-eyed freshman from Canada, then-Texas assistant tennis coach Bruce Berque could hardly get a word out of him. “He would barely speak,” Berque recalled. “He was really, really quiet. He started not only speaking up, but I kid him … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

It’s Hammer’s time: Texas’ talented freshman golfer is the Longhorns’ next big thing

Cole Hammer has always felt at home at the UT Golf Club. Even before it was home. This Texas freshman felt so comfortable at the school’s private golf club in west Austin that he committed to becoming a future Longhorn at age 14 even before he won first place in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: There’s always next year, and 2020 looks brighter for Texas baseball

In all likelihood, Texas’ baseball season ends next Saturday. There is a slim possibility of the post-season — maybe a 10-percent chance, the head coach says — but it will likely come crashing to an embarrassing conclusion with the home finale against Oklahoma. Pending a colossal miracle that probably includes … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Are the numbers for Texas’ Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson Hall of Fame-worthy?

Jamaal Charles and Derrick Johnson had fine careers in Kansas City, but were those careers Hall of Fame-worthy? Both were in Kansas City last week to retire as Chiefs after signing one-day contracts. That makes it four Texas exes who officially stepped away this offseason. Linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Freefalling Horns need a slump buster (and fast)

The Texas Longhorns must summon every baseball slump-busting superstition known to man and employ it before this season gets to the point of no return. The only thing they do well these days is lose games, and that’s not something you would want to be the best at, especially when … Read More