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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Johnathan Gray’s seeing the big picture

Remember back before the 2013 season when running back Johnathan Gray said he wanted to put up 1,500 yards of total offense? There wasn’t anything wrong with having lofty goals, but Gray posted just 841 yards before he tore his Achilles in the 10th game against West Virginia. Spin ahead … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

For Shiro Davis, better late than never

When he was a freshman, Shiro Davis was wearing the same shoes that Cecil Cherry wore this August. Albeit, very briefly. Those shoes didn’t fit then, and they don’t fit Davis now. Which is exactly why Davis is entering his senior season at Texas and not finishing his career at … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Determining which Longhorns can take the heat

Despite a less than ideal debut, Charlie Strong isn’t on the hot seat just yet. But his players are. Literally. With the option of air-conditioned comfort just a few yards away, Strong is calling upon an age-old mantra to prepare his charges for the challenges that lie ahead in 2015. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

9 Things: Augie Garrido garners another honor

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Augie Garrido learned Tuesday he’ll be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, which becomes at least the eighth hall to add the deserving Texas coach. “It just lowered the value of the building,” … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Jerrod Heard’s number will be called

Jerrod Heard is obviously running backup to Tyrone Swoopes these days, but backup status doesn’t mean inactive status. I expect Swoopes to be better than he was last season, which will hopefully equate to more than six wins for the Texas Longhorns, but I’m not quite ready to cede the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Tyrone Swoopes already Texas’ starter?

With Texas hard-pressed to find a starting quarterback and team leader and game manager and the next Colt McCoy preferably all wrapped into one person, Charlie Strong promised an intense quarterback battle this month. And why wouldn’t he? Last year’s starter, David Ash, played one game before concussions ended his … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Duke Thomas turning the corner

Duke Thomas has always stood out. Sometimes even for good reasons. Like this summer, when the Texas cornerback was the sole Longhorn on the preseason All-Big 12 team. That makes it kind of a lonely spot for Thomas, but then cornerbacks play on islands anyway, and he’s capable of being … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Another flat year for Longhorns?

Some 12 months ago, it was suggested in this space that the local football team would fall flat on its face in 2014 and limp home with a 7-5 record. The players were mad. The defensive coach was incensed. The head coach was probably just alarmed. Alas, the Longhorns lost … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

9 Things: Alabama’s Nick Saban wasn’t in the stars

HOUSTON — While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. The Nick Saban story, which reappears in a recent book, just won’t die. The truth is Texas’ high-powered donors – two, in particular – and the Longhorn fan base coveted Saban. But then-UT President Bill Powers … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Is Bob Stoops a victim of OU’s success?

Bob Stoops showed up for Big 12 media days looking as always, tanned, refreshed and dapper, outfitted in a dark suit and blue tie. It was all a mask. The Oklahoma football coach is burdened by smoldering anger from his team’s fan base, skepticism among the media about the direction … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Of three Texans, one big winner down in San Antonio

LaMarcus Aldridge, Dez Bryant and DeAndre Jordan are all after the same thing: A world championship. Three Texans with plenty of individual accolades can all point to a team title as the ultimate goal. So which one has the best chance to win the big one? Before we get to … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Charlie Strong should play his cards — even Daje

DALLAS — Charlie Strong knows the score entering Year 2. We’re still in July, but his ultimate goal goes far beyond X’s and O’s and subtleties on offense and defense. “We have to win some games,” he said. Simple as that. Win some games and the bluest of blue chippers … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

9 Things: Expect Texas RB Johnathan Gray to get a lot of carries

DALLAS — While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Johnathan Gray will have no restrictions when it comes to carrying the ball. With Malcolm Brown gone to the St. Louis Rams, the senior will be Texas’ workhorse. “If I can give J-Gray the ball … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Big 12 will hang at 10

DALLAS — Sorry, college football fans. I hate to disappoint you, but expansion for the Big 12 is not inevitable, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told me privately Monday. Nor is it even expected. It’s somewhere in the vast in-between, a moving situation kind of like Donald Trump’s hair. So sorry, BYU. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Welcome to Austin, Shaka! (Now, go win a title)

Welcome to Austin, Shaka Smart. Now win a national championship. OK, you can unpack first. But we all know that’s why you’re here. Otherwise, you’d be propping up your feet in Richmond today. You left all that is near and dear to you to win it all. Otherwise, why leave … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES ( Jan. 7, 2014): Golden: Texas-sized moment for diversity

There was a time not long ago when I didn’t think Texas would ever hire a black man to lead its football team. There was also a time when I never bought into any notion that a black man could be elected president of the United States. Wrong on both … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 15, 2013): BOHLS: Mack not coming back

Mack Brown‘s successor will be luckier than Mack Brown. Texas’ next head coach will inherit a program that’s not only not broken, it’s not even in terrible shape. Just a little rough around the edges. The Longhorns, we should remind you, just … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 30, 2012): BOHLS: Ash comes of age in big-game test

SAN ANTONIO – At the end of one of the more mystifying seasons in school history, David Ash came to a crossroads at the intersection of Potential and Inconsistency. He took the right turn, and so did his career. The home-schooled, Scripture-quoting sophomore from Belton cut his long blond locks, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Oct. 28, 2012): GOLDEN: Can’t spin this: sickly Horns need doctoring

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Holy Mangino, Batman: We’re about to lose to Kansas. Those were the sentiments of an entire nation of Texas fans who were close to suffering through what would have been the most unforgivable loss of the Mack Brown era. Would’ve been worse than three 60-something … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 6, 2009): UT, your likely No. 2, deserves some No. 1 talk

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Texas won the football game Monday night. And probably nothing else, unfortunately. For one thrilling evening in Arizona’s desert , that would be enough. The Longhorns put the wraps on one of the most exhilarating and satisfying seasons ever as Heisman runner-up Colt McCoy directed the nation’s … Read More