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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Hot-shooting Baker provides bee-line for Texas victory

The announced attendance of 8,395 fans at the Erwin Center — dare say maybe a thousand or so dotted the stands in the early moments of the game before the crowd grew to maybe half of the charitable, disclosed figure — were treated to all sorts of weird on Wednesday … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ new offensive boss Yurcich is well-traveled and very well-regarded

Mike Yurcich has been around the block a time or two. This after not always being in the neighborhood of major college football. Not to be harsh, but most wouldn’t call his previous stops at Shippensburg University or Edinboro or Saint Francis the epicenter of the sport. But Texas’ new … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ uneven performances not isolated, but systemic, under Aston

If Texas players are interested in getting head coach Karen Aston a contact extension, they have a weird way of showing it. Worse yet, there was the appearance of concession in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s loss as Iowa State players began driving to the rim for uncontested layups … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ Jericho Sims has to get out of his own head with No. 1 Baylor in town

Jericho Sims has gone up against Kansas giant Udoka Azubuike and some other really good posts, but his biggest opponent is the guy staring back at him when he brushes his teeth each morning. The Texas junior sometimes can’t get out of his own head, and while this season has … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas smarting from another loss, this one to the coveted Beard

LUBBOCK — Yeah, I know. The game was in Austin, but it sure didn’t feel like it. Or sound like it, considering Texas Tech fans probably made up about a third or at least a quarter of the best crowd of the year at the rowdy Erwin Center on Saturday. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman is bringing in talent by the truckload, but will it lead to a Big 12 title?

Except for Zach Evans, signing day is over. God only knows where the eccentric Galena Park North Shore running back winds up playing college football unless he goes directly to the XFL next season. But for everyone else, recruiting for 2020 is pretty much done. And Texas was a big … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Baylor lock, stock and barrels over Texas women

So much for the heralded Battle of I-35. The skirmish between freeway neighbors Texas and Baylor didn’t materialize Friday night and instead devolved into the Eyesore of I-35, at least for the humbled home team. The second-ranked Lady Bears created a nightmarish experience for the outmatched Longhorns and used a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Vandegrift’s Greg Brown III eyes a one-and-done college stay, but where?

LEANDER — Cliff Ellis got his first glimpse of Greg Brown III on the court when Brown was a tall, spindly 13-year-old. He looked a little out of place, playing point guard of all positions for his Four Points Middle School team. The personable Vandegrift head basketball coach, in his … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Backing the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl — plus prop bets!

The Corner turned a profit in its first year. We finished the football season with a 69-60-4 record and hitting on future bets like Baltimore winning the AFC North and Memphis winning the AAC. Sunday’s Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs closes our … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka’s Longhorns played just well enough to lose another game

What’s the difference between a 38-point loss at West Virginia and a two-point home loss to LSU? For the floundering Texas Longhorns, it’s a two-word answer. Not much. At this point of the season, style points don’t matter, even for losses. Good teams find ways to win. LSU is a … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Cat’s jersey retirement a nostalgic reminder of how good things used to be at Texas

Will the next Cat Osterman please stand up? How about the next Vince Young? Surely there’s another Jamie Carey or Kevin Durant out there. Texas athletics is still the money-printing machine it’s been for the past three decades, but its national allure isn’t close to where it was in the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Hey, Horns, Jericho Sims wants the ball (even if he isn’t saying it)

Jericho Sims wants the ball. He might not say it, but Texas’ junior post has developed a healthy hunger for scoring. After Saturday’s 66-57 loss to No. 6 Kansas, a game in which the Horns made only 1 of 9 3-pointers in the second half, Sims put yet another stamp … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas falls to Kansas; yes, it’s another sequel

Sequels are the in thing. Almost seems like you can’t go to a movie house without seeing the next incarnation of a bunch of actors in tight-fitting costumes in the next Marvel superhero film or another Faster and Furiouser or Rocky 22. There’s no escaping them. And the remake narrative … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: We’re betting on NFL underdogs in AFC, NFC championship games

A 2-2 record in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs and a miss on the national championship game meant the Corner didn’t cash for the first time since before Thanksgiving. Going 2-3 dropped us to 68-57-4 with three NFL games remaining before the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas women can ride bigs Collier and Holmes to the NCAAs

Let the big girls lead the way and the others will follow. It’s Texas’ best path to the NCAAs. When Charli Collier and Joyner Holmes are controlling the paint like they did Wednesday night against Texas Tech, the Longhorns can play with anybody. Even better for Texas is the presence … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns found right winning formula vs. Kansas State but can they duplicate it?

If ever there was ever  an early-conference game that was deserving of the “must win,” label, it was Saturday’s Texas-Kansas State matchup. Both teams were desperate to scratch out that first conference win, especially Texas which needed to book a “W” to add to their sagging NCAA tournament resume’. Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: We’re betting on Clemson, home favorites in NFL playoffs

The Corner delivered marginal winnings in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. We went 2-1-1 to push our year-long record to 66-53-4 record, including a 25-8-2 run since mid-November. The divisional round of the NFL and the championship game … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Offensively inept Longhorns searching for answers, buckets

Kristian Doolittle likes the rims at the Erwin Center. Actually, the Oklahoma forward loves ‘em. Loves ‘em so much, it’s surprising he wasn’t out on the court Wednesday night with a welder’s blowtorch to dismantle them and take them back to Norman. Doolittle has regularly torched the Longhorns in Austin, … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: The NFL playoffs offer more opportunity for winnings

Craven’s Corner returns after a week’s hiatus to spend our winnings on holiday festivities. We cashed on Baltimore +300 to win the AFC North while on break. New Orleans to win the Super Bowl at +850 is still alive entering … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If it’s bowl season, then go ahead and count Texas as a big winner

SAN ANTONIO — Texas finally figured it out. Make ‘em all bowl games, real or imagined. All 12 of them before the Longhorns play, you know, the actual bowl games. So their assignment is simple. Come up with some fancy names, starting with the first game on Sept. 5 against South … Read More