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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: The Big 12 vs. the SEC? As Texas-LSU nears, there really is no argument

OK, class, we know school has just begun, but we are springing a surprise pop quiz on you. Is the Southeastern Conference truly the best conference in college football? The correct answer, until proven otherwise, is yes. Still, yes. The SEC rules because it has the best program in the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ defense was anything but a liability, looks liable to be really good

The notion that the Texas offense would have to carry the defense for the first month or so of the new season was so prevalent that one might have thought those on the offensive side of the ball would be outfitted in backpacks. And on this August evening, Sam Ehlinger … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: The season opener behind us, it’s time to start the Texas-LSU hype machine

Louisiana Tech did a great job of playing the role of speed bump in Texas’ season opener. Now the Horns are on to bigger game. Texas vs. LSU. Big 12 v.s SEC, the sequel. Game on. The last time these two conferences met, Bevo XV nearly had bulldog for dinner … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: My 2019 Texas predictions? Horns are a year away, but still pretty darn good

Saturday can’t get here soon enough. Has this August been extra long or is it just my imagination? Tom Herman probably feels that way, given the state of his football team, so please hurry, Louisiana Tech. The third-year head coach of the 10th-ranked Longhorns can’t be overly happy insomuch as … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: There’s not enough Hall of Fame space for all who shaped Longhorns’ history

The doors will swing open Friday, and the public can freely inspect the new Frank Denius Family University of Texas Athletics Hall of Fame. When you do, understand that school officials squeezed as much as they could into 30,000 square feet. The north end zone of … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Ten bets to place for Week 1 of college football

We won’t know how successful the first trip to Craven’s Corner will be until after the season since most of those bets were futures. We did go 1-1 on game bets with Miami covering but the game failing to reach the over thanks to a missed field … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mack Brown, college football’s Mr. Fix-it, is back on the job at North Carolina

So he was five years removed from his last coaching job, comfortably ensconced in a less stressful but also less rewarding television analyst’s position and already secure with an induction into the prestigious College Football Hall of Fame. Mack Brown was set. But North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham called … Read More

Ken Herman

Herman: Does a Texas football player belong in the Texas State Cemetery?

How you feel about Cedric Benson being buried at the Texas State Cemetery with Stephen F. Austin, 14 Texas governors and four Medal of Honor recipients probably is directly related to how you feel about sports. I’m going to shirk my constitutional duty as a columnist to tell you what to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Any Texas season-opening opponent would be preferred over you-know-who

The Longhorns could not be more excited about their season-opener Saturday. Why? They’re not playing Maryland. Sigh. The news doesn’t get any better than that. But don’t think for a second that Louisiana Tech is anyone’s cupcake. It won’t be, a three-touchdown line by Vegas notwithstanding. Tom Herman was bragging … Read More

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