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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tom Herman is happy, but Texas’ win over Tulsa gave us questions, not answers

The name of the game is winning. But it was Tulsa. The Horns successfully put that Maryland experience in the rear view. But it was Tulsa.   Tom Herman’s status as a .500 coach at Texas thankfully lasted just one week. Because it was Tulsa. OK, Saturday night’s 28-21 … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Forward-thinking Calvin Anderson’s ‘business decision’ to join Longhorns is paying off

College football has enough millionaire miscreants taking up all the oxygen these days, it’s easy to overlook those who gamed the NCAA system for themselves. Calvin Anderson sure has. The Georgetown native finished his high school career at Westlake and earned all of two stars from … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Where’s the Longhorns accountability, sense of urgency?

Tom Herman insists he’s not mad at his players. But is that a good thing? There’s a fine line between coaching ‘em up and demanding accountability. When Herman suggested Monday that the loss to Maryland was a “not very” big setback, was he coddling his team and defusing expectations? If … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ defense will need to play at an elite level in 2018 to get some wins

LANDOVER, Md. — Bad start. Horrible ending. Here’s the worst part of becoming only the fifth FBS team to lose to Maryland since October 2016: For the Texas Longhorns to be better than they were last year, the defense will have to play close to perfect because this offense just … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Somehow, ‘We Own the Middle’ just doesn’t sound as good as ‘Finish,’ Texas

LANDOVER, Md. — All in all, Tom Herman probably wishes he’d been at a strip club. Or anywhere besides FedEx Field. For sure, he has to be mightily concerned his Texas team hasn’t yet shed its losing image even though the second-year head coach showed no anger and kept a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: And now (drumroll, please) here are 32 fearless predictions for Texas’ 2018 season

On the eve of the college football season, there are more than a few things you can reliably count on when it comes to the Texas Longhorns. Here are the quick hitters you can take to the bank. They won’t give you anything for them, but you can take them … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Tom Herman is sidestepping all questions about Tim Beck for good reason

When Tom Herman arrived at Texas, one of his biggest priorities was to stop the revolving door in the coaches’ office. Assistants were coming and going at an alarming pace under Charlie Strong. Offensive coordinators came and went, some bringing lawsuits with them in the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Will his Longhorns wake up and soar in Year 2 of Tom Herman?

Want to know why that Texas Bowl win over Missouri was so big for Tom Herman? There are several reasons, among them the intense desire to rid the program of the stench of three straight losing seasons, unprecedented in the modern era of Texas football. “The team came back from the bowl … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman hopes to put these last 50 games after Mack behind Texas

Mack Brown walked forlornly off the Alamodome field, his hand held aloft with the “Hook ’em, Horns” sign, his wife, Sally, at his side. Quarterback Marcus Mariota, who would go on to win the Heisman Trophy the next year, ran circles around the Longhorns that December night in San Antonio, and Oregon crushed … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Tom Herman is still vague on the Longhorns’ play-caller’s identity

Tom Herman tried to clear up the biggest mystery of the offseason on Monday. And made it even more mysterious. The second-year Texas head coach announced at his press conference the identity of this year’s offensive play-caller. It’s everyone. You read right. Basically Herman pulled a Michael Dickson. He punted. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Fifty years later, Texas’ wishbone offense has left a huge legacy on the game

Ted Koy took the phone call and instantly was petrified. It was customary for Texas football players to receive a mimeographed sheet in the mail from Darrell Royal during the summer with not-so-gentle reminders to stay in shape before they reported for two-a-days. On the line that August day in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas gets what it pays for in Todd Orlando and he’s worth every cent

Todd Orlando didn’t spring for anything extravagant in the offseason. Not a new 10,000-square foot house in Tarrytown. Not a new ski boat for lazy afternoons on Lake Travis. No new mountain bike or a vacation to the French Rivera. In fact, the Texas defensive coordinator said he didn’t spend … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas players are facing The Wall as they battle August’s streaking temperatures

It has already shown its sturdiest to several Texas incomers who have unknowingly run headlong into an opponent much more formidable than any teammate. Some will take awhile to recover. Others will fall by the wayside. More will follow. And for a more experienced crew of old heads on the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Chris Nelson eager to step into Poona Ford’s shoes at noseguard

Chris Nelson had never played in a bowl game and was a few days from the postseason last December when the football gods dealt him a tough blow. It was a basic run drill and the junior defensive tackle was doing his thing — occupying blockers to free up other … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas players — even with the ranking — are being realistic, not jumping ahead

Not even two practices into the second season of the Tom Herman regime, it’s quite possible there has already been a major breakthrough. The players may have finally figured it out, the team’s encouraging, No. 21 preseason national ranking in the Coaches Poll notwithstanding. After conversations with the coach and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Longhorn booster Frank Denius leaves huge legacy

Frank Denius took his last breath Sunday morning. And the world became a little less kind and a little more dreary. This was a remarkable, 93-year-old man of incredible stature but completely unassuming profile who gave of himself and lived daily by that mantra until he died at his Tarrytown … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Oklahoma State’s Gundy has survived so long in the Big 12 for a reason

FRISCO — Mike Gundy wins. Doesn’t matter the year, the competition, or the temperature in Stillwater. The wins come with regularity at Oklahoma State. So do the storms, but he survives them and moves on through his coaching life. The skin was tan and the mullet was finely coiffed on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Still longing for elite status for Texas? The Horns still have ‘some’ way to go

FRISCO — The question may not so much have stumped Tom Herman as it gave him serious pause: So just how many elite football players does the Texas program currently have? The second-year Longhorns coach took half a minute to collect his thoughts, contemplated his roster and eventually smiled and … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Can TCU’s Shawn Robinson become the Big 12’s next big breakout star at quarterback?

FRISCO — Will the next great Big 12 quarterback please stand up? For the first time in quite some time, there is a lack of elite signal callers in the college football league that has helped build its offensive reputation on the arms of stars like Vince Young, Sam Bradford, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: For Oklahoma, there’s a new quarterback and a newish offense — but no problem

FRISCO — Once again Oklahoma is the runaway favorite to win the Big 12 football race. Emphasis on the run. No one has a better running back tandem than the Sooners. The probable starting quarterback runs much better than he throws. And the Sooners’ head coach doesn’t mind that his … Read More