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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 4, 2006) BOHLS: Somebody has to beat Trojans someday. Why not Longhorns?

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — When Darrell Royal was asked recently to contrast current Texas quarterback Vince Young with James Street, who led Royal’s 1969 Longhorns to the first of two straight national championships, the iconic coach sighed and said, “Well, Vince is taller.” They grow ’em big in Texas, where … Read More

Joe Harrington

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 13, 2005): KELSO: Heisman? Who cares? Win Rose

Ol’ Vince Young didn’t quite pull a Ted Baxter Saturday when he didn’t win the Heisman Trophy. But he was playing in the same playpen. You might remember Ted, that blowed-up puff adder of a TV anchor on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” In one episode, Ted bought … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 12, 2005): BOHLS: Hell hath no fury like…

NEW YORK — Beware, Southern Cal. Beware of the slighted one, the one with the scowl, the unforgiving. Be on the lookout in just more than three weeks for a man possessed. That would be Vince Young. Just between us, I’m wondering if he will smile again between now and Jan. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Oct. 9, 2005): BOHLS: Brown sheds gorilla, gets back to work

DALLAS — Mack Brown would not be talked into it. Try though they might, the Longhorns couldn’t persuade their head coach to grab the heavy Golden Hat trophy with both hands and hoist it on top of a head that had every right to swell to twice its normal size. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (June 26, 2005): Texas proves big things can be accomplished with small ball

OMAHA, Neb. — Major-league scouts, baseball coaches and reporters have raved for two seasons about the five tools of Texas outfielder Drew Stubbs, the Longhorns’ top home run hitter this year. Like few others in college baseball, the sophomore center fielder can hit, hit with power, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 2, 2005): BOHLS: Texas shines in national spotlight

PASADENA, Calif. — Luckily for a Texas football program that this season conjured up all sorts of mystical qualities to spirit away victories when reality suggested otherwise, its magic had no expiration date. But for once the school’s reputation as underachievers does. It is time to dispense with the tired … Read More

Joe Harrington

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 4, 2004): KELSO: Okies, take our coach, puleeeeze

I  don’t normally ask for a lot of help from my, uh, friends north of the Red River because I’ve made a pretty darned good career out of gooning them. But today, I come groveling to your Sooner feet to beg you Okies to do us … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 1, 2004): BOHLS: It’s time to make some changes

SAN DIEGO — It was the day before the Holiday Bowl, and Mack Brown was reminiscing about the good, ol’ days. Well, the ol’ days. Back when he was just starting out as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Florida State, when he was living with his new … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Oct. 5, 2003): BOHLS: Young’s quick feet might be best for the long run

Mack Brown’s right. This two-quarterback system does work. Chance Mock should play some. Vince Young clearly demonstrated he has the magical feet, the sandlot poise and the All-America-caliber talent to be a starting quarterback. Probably as soon as next Saturday’s game against Oklahoma. A right ankle … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 14, 2003): So far, Mock looks like the real thing

On the eighth play of his first possession, Chance Mock dropped back, spotted B.J. Johnson on a skinny post and drilled a clothesline pass to him for a 52-yard touchdown. Mock connected on all three of his passes on that drive, and hit the senior flanker in perfect stride. “Yeah, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES: BOHLS: Women’s win doubles UT’s Final Four fun

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Contrary to popular opinion these days, basketball wasn’t invented in Austin. It was just perfected there. And it won’t get any better than this week, when the Longhorns’ men’s and women’s college basketball teams both play in the Final Four. Two days after the UT men … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES: BOHLS: Trip to Final Four is major milestone for UT

SAN ANTONIO — Just before heading down the highway for the South Regional, Rick Barnes wistfully shared some of his recent mail with the Texas players. He wanted to ensure that they had an appreciation of what was at stake and what had gone on before. In this case, long … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 2, 2001): BOHLS: Texas shows it’s not ready for big game

IRVING — The promise of an all-expense-paid holiday to California never seemed so empty. Just as many in Austin had hoped, the Big 12 may still produce a national champion this season, but now it’ll have to be Nebraska. While the Cornhuskers could jump into the Rose Bowl in Pasadena … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES ( Sept. 9, 2000): BOHLS: QB Applewhite deserves starting job

Mack Brown was not budging. Despite a season-opening performance that presented substantial and clear evidence to the contrary, the Texas head coach still insisted he has two starting quarterbacks. That’s not the way it looked to 80,017 sun-parched fans at Royal-Memorial Stadium, a regional television audience, both football teams and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 27, 2000): BOHLS: It’s no snap decision

Get out your Ouija board. Grab a deck to cut for high card. Pull out a coin you can flip. We’ve put it off long enough. The season opener is 13 days away, but we’re picking the starting quarterback for Texas today. Of course, if Saturday’s worse-than-ragged scrimmage was any … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES: BOHLS: Paint it in red:Horns are for real, and getting better

Texas’ annual win over Nebraska on a crisp Saturday afternoon created for college football was swell and all, but it must have left perplexed Longhorns fans with a real dilemma. Just which victory over the mighty Cornhuskers has been the best? They’re all memorable. And the last two might not … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 13, 1998): Dear Ricky: It’s been our pleasure

Dear Ricky Williams, When you heard your name called Saturday night at the Downtown Athletic Club and nervously headed to a podium to address a national audience that’s come to know every single facet of your life from your dreadlocks to your gentle spirit, we can … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 28, 1998): BOHLS: Williams wins footrace; Longhorns no footnote

In a palpitating ending befitting the final regular-season game of the best running back that college football has ever known, the University of Texas football team once again raised its play to a level that would make Ricky Williams proud. Not to mention make him a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 27, 1998): Leading a Texas football renaissance

Texas Coach Mack Brown is out to restore Longhorn order in this state where Texas A&M Coach R.C. Slocum has built a budding football dynasty and has set his sights on making A&M a national contender. It seems apparent that these two are running things now and both are here … Read More

Joe Harrington

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 24, 1998): Oklahoma won’t recover soon

In these days of scholarship limitations, the one-year turnarounds at Texas with Mack Brown and Arkansas with Houston Nutt are the exceptions, not the rule. That, Big 12 coaches think, is something Oklahoma fans and administrators need to remember when John Blake’s replacement as the Sooners’ … Read More