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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If you’re worried about Texas’ running backs depth, there’s a reason — you should be

So Texas is a week away from its season opener against Louisiana Tech, and Tom Herman has to be holding his breath about his running backs, outstanding though they might be. His top rusher, Keaontay Ingram, has missed a lot of work in practice with a knee bone bruise. His … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: This year’s Texas Ten has some not-so-obvious picks on our list of 10 Horns to watch

Your trusted scribe visited Texas men’s basketball practice earlier this month. Chatting with coach Shaka Smart, it was interesting to hear him reflect on the players’ emotions after winning the NIT. As nice as that was, winning the NIT isn’t the goal. “You know, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Huston Street is looking forward to PB and J’s and restoring Texas’ winning ways

Troy Tulowitzki has it all planned out. He’ll break out the peanut butter and jelly, make a sandwich or two, throw them and some Fritos in a sack lunch and leave it in Huston Street’s truck in his driveway early every morning. “And if I come home at night and … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas seeks offensive line talent, depth to return to yesteryear’s dominance

A nasty offensive line makes for a happy quarterback and happier coaches. If Texas is destined for a return to elite bowl competition, then the Longhorns have to experience a return to yesteryear up front. Back when Vince Young was making headlines as the most dangerous quarterback in college football, … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Sports gambling is here, so let’s make some money

Welcome to Craven’s Corner. The goal of this column is summed up by the great American philosopher Tupac Shakur: “We’re trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents.” Sports gambling is no longer taboo. The days of the corner bookie are dwindling as more states legalize sports betting and … Read More

Suzanne Halliburton

American-Statesman Staff

Halliburton: For those who covered Cedric Benson, No. 32 left a long, lasting legacy

I slept in Sunday. Turned the ringer off on my phone. It was one of the last free weekends before the season starts. There were so many messages when I woke up. That’s how I heard the news after everyone else. Cedric Benson, whom I covered for four years when … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Cedric Benson did things his way and met his problems head-on

The end came far too soon, much too sadly and probably, if we’re being honest, a little too predictably. Cedric Benson, a true star in every sense of the word, died Saturday night in a tragic, fiery motorcycle accident in the hills of West Austin.  At age 36. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Cedric Benson pulled no punches in his short time with us

Cedric Benson spoke his truth. Of all the football players that have come through the Texas program, he was the one who always spoke his truth — even when it didn’t line up with the usually politically correct sound bites that dominate the current sports landscape. Sometimes his truth spoke … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: With Andrew Beck now in New England, Cade Brewer steps into the spotlight

If we get do-overs in another life, you’d be just fine reincarnated as Andrew Beck. Few Texas athletes got as much joy out of the college experience as the tight end from Tampa, Fla. The football gods rewarded him last year with a career senior season: … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tom Herman is preaching patience at Texas, but Year 3 brings lofty expectations

Tom Herman, welcome to Year 3. Your Sugar Bowl win over Georgia just stoked the championship fire of a trophy-hungry fan base. Fair or unfair, these people want titles. As in right now. Do you recall what former Texas coach Charlie Strong said about the state of the program during … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Weighing the cost of selling those LSU tickets or supporting the Longhorns

Dozens of rolled-up notes that were stuffed in bottles and thrown into the digital ocean wash ashore in my inbox. Many inform me that the Texas-LSU game on Sept. 7 is some watershed event. Here on my metaphorical desert island, I wasn’t aware. Anyway, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: When Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger speaks, the Longhorns listen

The term “leader” doesn’t always tell the full story. It comes naturally for some players— not so easy for others — but in most cases, a leader comes through tough times before emerging as such. In the case of Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, we’ve all heard the story of him losing … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Top 10, here comes Texas — if Tom Herman knows best, that is

Tom Herman knows a top 10 college football team when he sees one. And apparently he saw one this offseason because Texas’ third-year head coach said Friday that he voted his Longhorns “ninth or 10th” on his coaches’ poll ballot. Herman clearly is in the ballpark because his fellow coaching … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Ten Longhorns who need to shine as the curtain rises on Friday’s first practice

Come Friday, if anyone is still talking about the Sugar Bowl, tread lightly around Tom Herman. Better yet, if you’re still interested in talking about last season, avoid the Texas coach altogether. This year’s team “has nothing to do with last year’s team,” Herman is apt … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Pierce landing Troy Tulowitzki is a grand slam get for Texas’ baseball program

David Pierce is having a killer summer. And that’s nice since this past season as Texas’ head baseball coach almost killed him. He’s making up for that disastrous 27-27, last-in-the-Big 12 season very quickly. Sure, he has already lost starters at catcher and every infield position but second base. Defensive … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Losing 8 defensive starters sounds bad, but look deeper at these Longhorns

Texas lost eight defensive starters from last year’s team. Oh, that sounds awful. “I know there’s going to be a lot of questions about inexperience,” UT defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said earlier this week in Houston. Only two of those were drafted. Defensive end … Read More

Ken Herman

How a Texas football rivalry helped inspire landing on the moon

For my money, July 24 is a more important day to celebrate than July 20. July 20, 1969, of course, was when our nation was excited as two men walked on the moon. July 24, 1969, was when our nation was exhaling when three men splashed down in the Pacific … Read More

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