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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ big win over TCU proves that with this team, it should all start with defense

Congratulations, Longhorn Nation. Your four-year TCU nightmare has finally come to an end. The Texas Longhorns just beat the Horned Frogs with a belly-rubbing, ball-hawking defense leading the way.   Todd Orlando’s pupils tackled in bunches. They played free-wheeling, aggressive football with no signs of that uncertainty we witnessed … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas stuns TCU, the latest hint that the Longhorns are rising again

The best team won. How long has it been since we’ve written that about the home team on a big stage? But it’s the unvarnished truth as Texas bested TCU and in dominating fashion at that. There was nothing fluky about this one.     Starving for relevance, unranked … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Big, bad TCU is back here to pick on little ol’ Texas — has anything changed?

Sound the alarms. Get the women and children off the streets. Prepare the white flags. The bullies are coming to town. You heard right. The big, bad Horned Frogs are on their way to Austin, and to make matters worse, they’re fighting mad. Make no mistake. They have ugly intentions. Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Coaches can preach about it, but confidence comes only from within

The self-help industry is saturated with gurus and know-it-alls telling you how to build confidence. The know-it-alls in the newspaper are here to help with everything else. Skip those quick-read books, podcasts or weekend seminars and just heed this advice. When it comes to developing a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: To play or redshirt? Texas’ Tom Herman juggles decisions on his backup quarterbacks

From all reports, Robert Downey Jr. remains a bit lukewarm about reprising his role of Tony Stark in the Iron Man movie series after three editions so far. So in the event he declines, Sam Ehlinger’s ready and able to step in for “Iron Man 4.” After all, out of … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Momentum? Fauxmentum? Whatever you call it, Texas had it and needs to build off it

Tom Herman believes the concept of momentum isn’t real. “It’s an illusion,” he has said on more than one occasion. Well, whatever the Longhorns got their hands on after overcoming an early 11-point deficit against No. 22 Southern Cal before a record crowd at Royal-Memorial Stadium on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Will this win over USC spark a Texas turnaround? It’s a start

Texas won a big game Saturday night. Simple as that. Nothing less, nothing more, but the Longhorns’ pulsating 37-14 victory over 22nd-ranked Southern Cal represents distinct progress for the home team. On every front. Especially for a team that hasn’t won all the little games. Better to be a work … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Yeah, they’re both 1-1, but Texas vs. USC remains one helluva college football rivalry

Texas-USC. The mere mention suggests something magical. Glitter. Bright lights. National buzz. Lots on the line. Hollywood-worthy, if you will. Goosebump Central as rivalries go, like Ohio State-Michigan or Alabama-Auburn. Well, nowadays maybe more like Army-Navy in terms of actual significance. Great theater but smaller impact. Texas-USC. Two heavyweights of … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Standing first-and-goal at the 1, why do the Longhorns make it so hard?

Tom Herman hated the question back in April, and it likely burns him up now. When faced with first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, why can’t the Texas Longhorns simply line up, smash someone and score? With this team, it’s always an adventure. In the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: One year later, Sam Ehlinger is bigger, faster, more mature … but is he smarter?

Sam Ehlinger, one year later. Bigger. Stronger. Faster? But is he smarter? As the USC Trojans roll into the 512 this week, the roles have been reversed. This time, Ehlinger is now the grizzled old veteran of eight career starts while USC freshman JT Daniels will be making just his … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Fans are waiting for more than just Bevo to come out of the fog

Just two games into this college football season, Texas is preaching patience. Over performance. Apparently. Both have been very thin so far in the early going as the Longhorns have struggled to find some consistency in matchups with lesser teams Maryland and Tulsa. After holding off the Golden Hurricane 28-21 … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tom Herman is happy, but Texas’ win over Tulsa gave us questions, not answers

The name of the game is winning. But it was Tulsa. The Horns successfully put that Maryland experience in the rear view. But it was Tulsa.   Tom Herman’s status as a .500 coach at Texas thankfully lasted just one week. Because it was Tulsa. OK, Saturday night’s 28-21 … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Forward-thinking Calvin Anderson’s ‘business decision’ to join Longhorns is paying off

College football has enough millionaire miscreants taking up all the oxygen these days, it’s easy to overlook those who gamed the NCAA system for themselves. Calvin Anderson sure has. The Georgetown native finished his high school career at Westlake and earned all of two stars from … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Where’s the Longhorns accountability, sense of urgency?

Tom Herman insists he’s not mad at his players. But is that a good thing? There’s a fine line between coaching ‘em up and demanding accountability. When Herman suggested Monday that the loss to Maryland was a “not very” big setback, was he coddling his team and defusing expectations? If … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ defense will need to play at an elite level in 2018 to get some wins

LANDOVER, Md. — Bad start. Horrible ending. Here’s the worst part of becoming only the fifth FBS team to lose to Maryland since October 2016: For the Texas Longhorns to be better than they were last year, the defense will have to play close to perfect because this offense just … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Somehow, ‘We Own the Middle’ just doesn’t sound as good as ‘Finish,’ Texas

LANDOVER, Md. — All in all, Tom Herman probably wishes he’d been at a strip club. Or anywhere besides FedEx Field. For sure, he has to be mightily concerned his Texas team hasn’t yet shed its losing image even though the second-year head coach showed no anger and kept a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: And now (drumroll, please) here are 32 fearless predictions for Texas’ 2018 season

On the eve of the college football season, there are more than a few things you can reliably count on when it comes to the Texas Longhorns. Here are the quick hitters you can take to the bank. They won’t give you anything for them, but you can take them … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Tom Herman is sidestepping all questions about Tim Beck for good reason

When Tom Herman arrived at Texas, one of his biggest priorities was to stop the revolving door in the coaches’ office. Assistants were coming and going at an alarming pace under Charlie Strong. Offensive coordinators came and went, some bringing lawsuits with them in the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Will his Longhorns wake up and soar in Year 2 of Tom Herman?

Want to know why that Texas Bowl win over Missouri was so big for Tom Herman? There are several reasons, among them the intense desire to rid the program of the stench of three straight losing seasons, unprecedented in the modern era of Texas football. “The team came back from the bowl … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman hopes to put these last 50 games after Mack behind Texas

Mack Brown walked forlornly off the Alamodome field, his hand held aloft with the “Hook ’em, Horns” sign, his wife, Sally, at his side. Quarterback Marcus Mariota, who would go on to win the Heisman Trophy the next year, ran circles around the Longhorns that December night in San Antonio, and Oregon crushed … Read More