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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Collin Johnson reveal themselves as big-time Texas threats

Lil’ Jordan Humphrey was everywhere Saturday night. The junior-to-be wide receiver was outside catching passes. He was inside catching passes. He was catching balls over the middle and in the seams. And when he wasn’t doing that, he was running the ball out of the Texas backfield like the two-time … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Spring game shows that the quarterback position is still a process at Texas

Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele were OK on Saturday night. Both made some throws. Missed some others. To hope for one of them to become the next Vince Young or Colt McCoy? Not realistic. Doesn’t mean that one can’t become the leader that this Texas offense sorely needs. Neither lit … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Jordan Spieth flirts with second green jacket and history

History will have to wait. So will Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Masters champion flirted with the best round in tournament history and a second green jacket but didn’t win. But his day might well be remembered more than the one of the man who did. Playing … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Doug Ghim nets eagles and prizes while impressing on first day of Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Doug Ghim was putting the finishing touches on his preparation when another somewhat better-known Texas Longhorn approached him on the putting green. Jordan Spieth, who knows a thing or two about success at Augusta National, gave Texas’ senior golfer a bit of a pep talk to ease … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: With Jordan Spieth’s touch, confidence restored, is this year’s slow start behind him?

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jordan Spieth went to a place this week where very few professional athletes allow themselves to go, especially in a public setting, when the young superstar looked deep into his psyche and had a confession. He’d been in a panic. Really? The same guy who won the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Doug Ghim is a man with game and a Masters plan

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The room will be more than a little cramped, but he’s fine with it for one night. Somehow the good folks at Augusta National crammed five single beds into the very small upstairs room of the clubhouse known as the Crow’s Nest. He reserved a spot early enough … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: High-energy Del Conte working to spark turnaround in Texas athletics

Chris Del Conte has barely wrinkled his bed sheets, no surprise given the little time he spends lying on them. He typically doesn’t settle into his bed at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center until midnight or 1 a.m., but he still beats the roosters up, rising at 5 in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas seniors McCarty, Atkins continue sweet journey

They didn’t want it to end, this sentimental journey of the last four years for the two, attached-at-the-hip, never-loose-with-the-lip Texas teammates. And so they didn’t let it. Texas senior guards Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins, driven by their final home games of their career in an emotion-tinged setting, turned in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Dylan Frittelli’s travels now bring him back to Austin for the Dell Match Play

Dylan Frittelli is going places. Of course, he’s already been a lot of places. India. Kenya. Austria. Turkey. To name just a few. Try 45 different countries in a two-year span. No, he’s not a fugitive from the law. He’s a 27-year-old professional golfer who has wandered to all corners … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Andrew Jones gives UT women extra inspiration

No one expected Maine to UMBC the Texas Longhorns on Saturday. The 83-54 final played out with little drama at the Erwin Center. The Horns opened the NCAA Tournament in impressive fashion and received an additional dose of inspiration at courtside. UT men’s basketball player Andrew Jones made his … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns still haven’t turned the corner under Shaka

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As Shaka Smart addressed the Austin media outside a forlorn Texas locker room, a voice could be heard behind the pack of reporters. “Excuse me,” said a tearful Mo Bamba before he gathered his coach into his long arms for what seemed like 30 seconds. “It’s forever, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Nevada’s Martin twins mean double dose of trouble for Texas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Texas must avoid a twin killing in the first round. The offensively challenged Horns have Nevada brothers Caleb and Cody Martin circled on their priority list. Identical in look, age and size (6 feet, 7 inches, 205 pounds), the rangy twins are two cogs for a scoring … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Rick Barnes’ overachieving Volunteers still streaking

DALLAS — Rick Barnes leaned back in the leather chair in a small office inside the American Airlines Center and pointed to his left knee that he had partially replaced just a month ago. The doctors didn’t take a knife to any muscle but corrected the painful bone-on-bone dilemma with a very … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Augie’s lifelong love affair with baseball warmed our hearts

DALLAS — As it turns out, there is crying in baseball. Augie Garrido has died. The eternal kid breathed his last in a California hospital Thursday morning, the victim of complications from a stroke. But if there ever is a celebration in the afterlife, there’s one heckuva party going on … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Augie was a true original

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There won’t be another. Augie Garrido wasn’t perfect. He wasn’t a man without sin. He lived. He loved. He enjoyed the ride. And we enjoyed the ride. College baseball’s Zen Master hung up his cleats Thursday morning. He left us at age 79, leaving a void in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Dylan Osetkowski has to wake up against Nevada

Basketball gods calling Dylan Osetkowski. Come in, Dylan Osetkowski. Texas’ junior forward has the talent to transform this up-and-down offense into something workable, but he doesn’t show up every day. That’s been the bugaboo about D.O.: The Longhorn camp just doesn’t know which one will show up from game to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Longhorns short on experience, not confidence

Some free advice if you’re writing off the Longhorns in your bracket. Don’t tell Texas it’s a 10th seed. Forget suggesting first-round opponent Nevada is a terrible matchup for Shaka Smart’s roller-coaster of a club since the high-scoring Wolf Pack have a big, versatile lineup across the board and average … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas bats silenced as Stanford rallies to even series

Shh! Don’t yell. You wouldn’t want to wake up those Texas bats. That’s how it felt at Disch-Falk Field Friday night as the previously hot Texas offense went silent against Stanford. One night after putting up 12 hits in the series opener, the Longhorns ran headlong into … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas may or may not pass eyeball test after this black eye

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shaka Smart was downright mystified by his team Thursday night. Join the crowd, Coach. You’ve got company. But of course, Texas has been a mystery this entire uneven season. The third-year boss was dumbfounded by a curious Texas team that got off to its characteristic, woeful … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Foul-prone Matt Coleman rises to the Longhorns’ rescue

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Coleman accepted the pats on the back and the well wishes from giddy Longhorns fans who’d made the long trip. The freshman smiled broadly as a stranger congratulated him on his game-sealing jumper in the final 44 seconds, the last bucket of the game and … Read More