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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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: When Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger speaks, the Longhorns listen

The term “leader” doesn’t always tell the full story. It comes naturally for some players— not so easy for others — but in most cases, a leader comes through tough times before emerging as such. In the case of Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, we’ve all heard the story of him losing … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Top 10, here comes Texas — if Tom Herman knows best, that is

Tom Herman knows a top 10 college football team when he sees one. And apparently he saw one this offseason because Texas’ third-year head coach said Friday that he voted his Longhorns “ninth or 10th” on his coaches’ poll ballot. Herman clearly is in the ballpark because his fellow coaching … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Ten Longhorns who need to shine as the curtain rises on Friday’s first practice

Come Friday, if anyone is still talking about the Sugar Bowl, tread lightly around Tom Herman. Better yet, if you’re still interested in talking about last season, avoid the Texas coach altogether. This year’s team “has nothing to do with last year’s team,” Herman is apt … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Pierce landing Troy Tulowitzki is a grand slam get for Texas’ baseball program

David Pierce is having a killer summer. And that’s nice since this past season as Texas’ head baseball coach almost killed him. He’s making up for that disastrous 27-27, last-in-the-Big 12 season very quickly. Sure, he has already lost starters at catcher and every infield position but second base. Defensive … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Losing 8 defensive starters sounds bad, but look deeper at these Longhorns

Texas lost eight defensive starters from last year’s team. Oh, that sounds awful. “I know there’s going to be a lot of questions about inexperience,” UT defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said earlier this week in Houston. Only two of those were drafted. Defensive end … Read More

Ken Herman

How a Texas football rivalry helped inspire landing on the moon

For my money, July 24 is a more important day to celebrate than July 20. July 20, 1969, of course, was when our nation was excited as two men walked on the moon. July 24, 1969, was when our nation was exhaling when three men splashed down in the Pacific … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: What does being ‘back’ even mean these days for the Longhorns?

Nothing saps one’s energy like the annual ritual of wondering whether “Texas is back.” Ugh, just reading those three words is draining, bordering on debilitating. Yuck. Alas, it was the topic du jour at Big 12 media days. At least, it was when people … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Can Baylor keep its quarterback clean in 2019? (Didn’t happen in 2017 or 2018)

ARLINGTON — Former Texas coach Mack Brown would always come up with some catchy slogan before every season. In 2005, he used “Take Dead Aim,” which was an ode to golf coaching legend Harvey Penick. The Horns took aim at a return trip to the Rose Bowl and walked away … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ young defense will be the key to the program’s continued ascension

ARLINGTON — Like any smart coach interested in defusing outrageous expectations from the hungry fan base and the ever pesky media, Tom Herman recalled on Tuesday that success doesn’t always come instantaneously. Dabo Swinney, for example, won his first national championship in his seventh year at Clemson, Herman pointed out, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Now in Lawrence, Kansas, how many coaching Miles does Les have left?

ARLINGTON — Les Miles had to come back. He had no choice. Once a coach, always a coach. The bug is the most tempting of mistresses. Just ask Oklahoma legend Bob Stoops, who took a job in the new XFL after spending the last two years on the golf course. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: And, just like that, Oklahoma lands another great quarterback castoff to lead the way

ARLINGTON — Mike Gundy had it pegged. Asked how Oklahoma has possibly managed to dominate the Big 12 the last four seasons running, the flamboyant Oklahoma State coach said, “The last couple of years, they’ve had average quarterback play, and they’ve overcome it.” Uh, yeah, very average. Like back-to-back Heisman … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Slam Sam Ehlinger at your own risk — it’s exactly what Texas wants

Thank you, Baker. Appreciate it, Terry. Who’s next?  Anyone else from Lake Travis? The Aggies? National critics? Call this the summer of discontent when it concerns Sam Ehlinger, the coverboy for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and the most experienced quarterback in the Big 12 this side of a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ sports year was (a) outstanding (b) awful (c) somewhere in between

Now that the caps and gowns time have been put up, and the Longhorns have put up their cleats, sneakers, gloves, rowing oars and whatever else needs to be put up, it’s time to do our annual objective audit of the Texas athletic program. There’s a lot of highlights from … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: LSU’s Richardson shows flair and a speed that’s rare

Sha’Carri Richardson had one busy Saturday. Busier than most. And faster than most as well. That’s to be expected from a young woman who was the No. 1 sprinter recruit in the nation in 2018 and is flirting with becoming one of the best female sprinters to ever come out … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Kittley, Texas Tech tracks down first men’s NCAA title

He got hooked on the sport as a third-grader. Hooked for good. Wes Kittley was a wide-eyed 8-year-old when he expressed interest in the County Days athletic contests held in Paint Creek not far from his hometown of tiny Rule north of Abilene. Competitors ranged from sixth to eighth grade, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ shorter Piperi sizes up his shot put title, Olympic hopes

Tripp Piperi isn’t your normal, every-day shot put thrower. He’s much shorter at 6-foot than most in his field, much, much shorter than 6-8 former Longhorn and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser. He’s got a football-caliber vertical leap of 37 inches but hasn’t played football since his sophomore year at … Read More