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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jackson pools talent, work ethic, humor for big success

Tate Jackson is funny. Really funny. But Eddie Reese is funnier. Funnier, of course, than nearly every coach in any sport outside of Mike Leach. Funnier than any other swimming coach in the nation for sure. And yes, funnier than Tate Jackson. Like the one Reese borrowed from swimmer Ryan … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Roach should be out of chances but he isn’t

The biggest takeaway from Shaka Smart’s Monday media availability came regarding  thrice-suspended guard Kerwin Roach II: He isn’t going anywhere. The Texas basketball coach already said he’s likely to return this season. This time the decision came down from The Tower. Roach’s indefinite suspension comes at the worst possible time. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With stiff competition looming, Texas baseball off to great start in 2019

They’re pretty good. We know that much about the 2019 Texas Longhorns. The Horns are off to a a 6-2 start, their best since 2015 team that started off 8-2. The present-day club is feeling pretty good about things, especially after bouncing back from that one-hit, four-error embarrassment in Saturday’s … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Trio of Texas women’s golfers are primed for their shot at Augusta National

Kaitlyn Papp can’t wait. The event is still two months away, but Papp is already jacked up about the chance to compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship this April, a 54-hole, stroke golf event with an international field of 72 players. So what will the Longhorns star … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Jumping hurdles again should make Texas’ John Burt a better football player

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Tom Herman, Edrick Floreal’s got your back. He’s also got your wide receiver. For now. The first-year Texas track coach plans to return hurdler John Burt back to Herman’s football team a better and faster football player. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Too much fizzle, not enough sizzle for the Texas women

It’s not how you start. Texas didn’t finish. When you’re up 14 points at the house in the second half, it’s supposed to be a win, but the Longhorns were much more fizzle than sizzle on Sunday for the most important part of a crucial Big 12 test. Kansas State … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mitrou-Long, Hamm a pair of ‘energy brothers’ for Horns

Texas won a critical Big 12 basketball game against last-place Oklahoma State before an engaged 10,406 fans at the Erwin Center on Saturday afternoon, and the Longhorns have junior Elijah Mitrou-Long and sophomore Royce Hamm Jr. to thank. Come again? Didn’t Mitrou-Long score just six points in 24 minutes? And … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns Andrew Beck, Chris Nelson are using their NFL combine snubs as fuel

Get to the league. That’s the goal. For newly graduated Texas players Chris Nelson and Andrew Beck, their journey to the NFL may not come with the perks of some higher-profile teammates, but they are putting in the necessary work to make that dream happen. Both went through two years … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns going nowhere unless seniors Roach and Osetkowski lead

The Texas Longhorns can scrap, claw and battle all they want but their fate will ultimately rest on the performances of the most experienced players on the roster. To steal a line from athletic director Chris Del Conte, seniors Kerwin Roach II and Dylan Osetkowski are the OGs on this … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With signee Brown questionable, Herman still high on Texas’ running backs

Life is bigger than football. And Tom Herman had the perfect tone Wednesday when he addressed the media on what was left of national signing day. Running back Derrian Brown, a four-star signee from Georgia, underwent surgery last week back home to remove a blood clot in his brain. Herman … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: It’s either/or time for the Texas men down February stretch

Texas throttled Baylor. This is the start of something big. I can just feel it in my bones. Or it could just be arthritis in my old joints, and this is something like we’ve seen out of this roller-coaster of a team since November. Texas crushed Baylor. It was a … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas women should be elevated after tight loss to top-ranked Baylor

The Texas women aren’t on Baylor’s level, but for one quarter Monday night, Karen Aston’s Longhorns outplayed a team that’s expected to be in the national title mix. One might say Texas put a slight scare into the nation’s top-ranked team. Well, at least enough of a scare to make … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Danni Williams (and her parents) are really going places

Danni Williams will be with her Texas teammates Saturday when the 12th-ranked basketball team takes on Oklahoma in Norman. So will Regan and Michelle Williams. Danni will return to Austin for a big Monday night showdown with top-ranked Baylor. So will Regan and Michelle Williams. Danni has nine Big 12 … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: He’s baaack; Rick Barnes returns to state with offensive-minded, top-ranked Vols

Rick Barnes is coming home. Well, in the neighborhood. The former Texas basketball coach will return to his old stomping grounds, or at least the vicinity, when he brings his firecracker-hot Tennessee team to College Station on Saturday for an SEC battle with Texas A&M. His rampaging Volunteers are the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: After a gut-check win over Kansas, the Texas men must prove themselves again

Prove it again, Texas. Go win at Iowa State on Saturday. That should be the mantra of Shaka Smart’s crew. The Horns saved their season with Tuesday’s 73-63 win over No. 7 Kansas, but so much work remains. Smart’s seat may have cooled a bit but some toe stubs from … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Cat not slowing down, aims at Olympics

Cat Osterman had a few words of advice for fellow Texas Longhorn great Huston Street. Retirement, she said, is not all it’s cracked up to be. One legend to another, the softball icon told the baseball star as much in front of 900 people at a terrific RBI Austin banquet … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Del Conte: Texas-Texas A&M game not a question of “if but when”

When University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves sat down with Texas A&M President  Michael K. Young last week at the American-Statesman, a myriad topics were discussed. But we who follow sports were most excited about the possible resumption of a college football rivalry that’s been dormant for seven years … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Seniors Roach, Osetkowski provide redemption, big victory

There’s a mistake on the Longhorn men’s basketball schedule. Senior Day was Saturday, not March 9 in the regular-season finale against TCU. You’ll excuse Kerwin Roach II and Dylan Osetkowski I if they were a bit confused and played a lights-out extravaganza game in mid-January instead of on their curtain-falling … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Despite preseason setbacks, Texas women churning along

All things considered, Texas is having a good year in women’s hoops. Even if it’s never easy. The preseason brought the news of incoming McDonald’s All-American Sedona Prince going down with a broken leg while playing international ball in Mexico City. Then explosive senior guard Lashann Higgs, who was handed … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With Kansas looming, Shaka, Longhorns must figure it out — and fast

Shaka Smart isn’t about to angrily throw a chair across the court, a la Bobby Knight. He won’t bang his fist on the table and storm out of a postgame press conference, a la the late NFL coach Dennis Green. He won’t even torture the media with monotone one-word answers … Read More