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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Is Shaka Smart settling in — or is Texas just settling?

The Shaka Smart Redemption Tour continues. Practically everything else in the world has been shut down thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but the never-ending saga that is the Texas head basketball coach continues to lurch forward. Smart will return next season. RELATED: ‘Shaka’s our coach’: Texas … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Worry is never very far from the minds these days of Texas’ Turati twins

Their hearts are broken. Their minds race with all sorts of unchecked imagination amidst the disturbing fears and overwhelming confusion about the unknown. They wonder if their parents, who are cooped up at home halfway around the world, paralyzed by fear and uncertainty, are maybe keeping troubling information from them … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Scottie Scheffler is soaring in the PGA, but missing his chance at Dell

For Scottie Scheffler, it was to have been a homecoming of sorts. The former All-American golfer at Texas was greatly anticipating a return to Austin where he once starred for John Fields’ team that was a NCAA runner-up in 2016. Heck, the Austin Country Club, where the fifth annual World … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Chris Del Conte has lost his razor, not his sense of humor

Chris Del Conte was in overdrive this week. Even with nowhere to go. As Texas’ athletic director, overseeing some 523 student-athletes, he’s having to go full speed even though the part of the sports world that he directs has crawled to a halt during the sweeping coronavirus pandemic. Of course, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: When it came to baseball, Texas Hall of Honor’s Travis Eckert a true ‘natural’

Travis Eckert cannot stand to watch baseball. He may have caught part of a World Series game or two in the last few years, but when really pressed to name the last time he watched an entire game on television, he was stumped. “Maybe 15 years ago,” Eckert guessed. “I … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: NCAA announcement banning fans is only the beginning

It had to happen. What choice did the NCAA have? President Mark Emmert made the right decision. Prudence over popularity. Safety over packed houses. 
March Madness will take on a new face, an apparition-like quality that we will hopefully one day remember as an isolated dark period in the history … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Even if it is an over-reaction, the NCAA wisely chooses to shut public out

The NCAA did the prudent thing. It canceled the fans. With the outbreak of the coronavirus spreading fear and uncertainty in this country, the NCAA Board of Governors did the right thing by announcing it would close the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to the public and hold these … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Aston knows senior leadership will tell Texas’ NCAA tale

Leadership can come in several forms, and Texas will need each and every one if the Horns hope to win a game in the NCAAs for the first time since 2018. Karen Aston is short on big players, but she has enough senior leadership to make some noise in the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas rides Merryman, strong bullpen to sweep

David Pierce knows it’s been a good weekend of baseball when his biggest concern coming out it involves finding a No. 3 starter. And the Texas head coach does need to. But he’ll take that kind of problem over a lot of others in early March after his unranked Longhorns … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Streak, maybe the season, is over; when is enough enough for Texas, Shaka?

Enough. We’ve seen enough. I would imagine so has Chris Del Conte. And Gregory L. Fenves. And I’m sure Longhorn Nation has. After a truly impressive, five-game win streak, Texas didn’t have enough Saturday. Not enough grit. Not enough defense. Not enough deep confidence. Not enough bodies. And clearly not … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Amid an Augie backdrop, Texas regains its footing against Fullerton

When David Pierce replaced Augie Garrido back in the summer of 2016, one of the first calls the new Texas baseball coach received came from Cal State Fullerton’s Rick Vanderhook. Vanderhook, who played and coached under Garrido at Fullerton, had an idea up his sleeve. “The first thing I asked … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ Duvernay, Johnson are on different paths to the same NFL goal

Collin Johnson has to prove himself all over again. Meanwhile, his fellow Texas receiver Devin Duvernay is climbing the draft charts after an impressive showing this week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. Duvernay and Johnson both will be drafted in April, but the question is on what day? … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka has Texas still breathing ahead of Saturday’s pivotal matchup in Lubbock

Still breathing. Somehow. Don’t count out the Texas men just yet. With three games remaining in the regular season, the narrative has changed from Texas being so bad that they wouldn’t even warrant invitations to the lesser postseason tournaments to now having a pulse. Still breathing entering Saturday’s road test … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Cam comes through to keep Texas unbeaten

David Pierce didn’t really care all that much for how Sunday’s baseball series finale with Boise State transpired at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. “Except for one inning,” the Longhorn head coach said, “I thought Boise outplayed us today.” But he was fond of the ending. So was new Longhorn hero Cam … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ switch to 4-3 will help Ossai get more quarterbacks

At the Alamo Bowl, Joseph Ossai gave us a glimpse of just how great he can be. And his coaches noticed. As a result, he is moving to the backfield, in a sense. The Horns need sacks, and quarterbacks reside in the backfield. If the coaches are right in moving … Read More

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