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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Freefalling Horns need a slump buster (and fast)

The Texas Longhorns must summon every baseball slump-busting superstition known to man and employ it before this season gets to the point of no return. The only thing they do well these days is lose games, and that’s not something you would want to be the best at, especially when … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ unproven defense delivered in spring finale

This defense will be OK. That’s what Texas fans that left Saturday’s Orange-White game are thinking after the close of spring football season. As expected, the more experienced offense got the best of the defense during the spring. That happens when you lose starting linebackers Gary Johnson and Anthony Wheeler, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If Jordan Spieth truly needs a golfing reboot, Augusta National is his place

AUGUSTA, Ga. — With one more day before the start of the 83rd Masters, everybody wants to know. What’s wrong with Jordan Spieth? What isn’t? Let’s see. His driver. His putting. His irons. His long game. His short game. His mental game. Nothing. Everything. But nothing that Augusta National can’t … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas RB Keaontay Ingram thinks bigger will be better

Keaontay Ingram expects to take a licking in 2019. But he’s gone into the weight room this offseason to make sure he keeps on ticking. The sophomore has added some bulk to his 6-foot frame since the expectation is for him to become the featured ball carrier in the Texas … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Confounding Texas baseball team searching for consistency

With the baseball season well past its halfway mark, the Texas Longhorns renew conference play by traveling to Waco to face the Baylor Bears. And face themselves as well. That’s because this Texas baseball team has frequently met the enemy and it has closely resembled the same one it sees … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: NIT’s Final Four wasn’t the original destination, but Texas, Smart enjoying the ride

As players gathered to dress after their third straight win in the NIT, Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart looked around the room. “Let’s finish this thing the right way,” he told them. “You guys want to win a championship? It’s the kind of locker room banter fans envisioned happening … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas men — the Hustling Horns — haven’t checked out of NIT just yet

They had to start somewhere. Yeah,  I know there several truckloads of Longhorns basketball fans who were looking down their noses during Sunday’s second-round NIT game against Xavier with some side eye mixed in. Here’s a news flash: The season may have ended for a checked-out fan base outside of … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Johnny “Lam” Jones was much more than just a Texas legend

The legend of Lam Jones will always live forever in the hearts of Texas football fans and Americans who enjoy good old-fashioned speed on a track or football field. But sports were only part of his story. John Wesley Jones II — the man behind the nickname — was laid … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas baseball is winning ugly, yet putting together a pretty good run

Those hardy souls who braved the finale of the Texas-Arkansas baseball mini-series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field have to be hoping for one conclusive piece of data. Please don’t let Wednesday night’s marathon be a preview of the type of College World Series game this June. But what the near-four hour … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With its fan base MIA, Texas basketball trudges along in the NIT

So if only 1,739 people showed up to the Erwin Center to witness Texas win an NIT game, did it really happen? Allow me to answer in the affirmative with one addendum: The fans have checked out. To steal a line from Air Supply, they’re all out of love. The … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: March Madness equals sadness in Austin but what of Shaka?

Texas didn’t get in and Shaka Smart will be back. The mess that’s been the 2019 basketball season took a predictable turn when the Longhorns were not one of the 68 teams announced as part of the NCAA basketball tournament field. March Sadness has descended upon our fair city … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas Tech ‘green’ with envy after losing weekend series to Texas

Needless to say, this isn’t the blueprint David Pierce had in mind when he came to the ballpark for the series finale on the Big 12’s opening weekend. The Texas coach emptied his bullpen and used seven pitchers on Sunday. Those throwers walked nine Texas Tech batters. Pierce’s batters got … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Frigid Horns bats need to warm up after Tech knots series

The hits didn’t keep on coming for the Texas Longhorns on Saturday. Well, one came. Just one. And in big-time college baseball, that’s nowhere near enough. For the third time this season, Texas was held to a single hit, and this time it was in a Big 12 showdown with … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: ‘I still can’t believe my eyes’ — Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones glides effortlessly into history books

To this very day almost half a century later, I still can’t believe my eyes. Without question, it’s at the top of the best sports memories ever witnessed in person. There was Ben Crenshaw bent over in delirious exhaustion and exhilaration on the 18th green at Augusta after he sealed … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Another close loss leaves Smart, Longhorns feeling hollow

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At best, it’d be nice to report that Texas has a 50-50 chance to get in the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, that’s not possible for the Longhorns because their season record is, well, 50-50. Come to think of it, so are Shaka Smart’s career numbers since he … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Who knows the fates of Texas, Smart, Hayes? Mr. Bubble, that’s who.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At long last, the Mr. Bubble column returns. Whether you like it or not. Sorry if it makes you cringe, we’re duty-bound to scribble out the annual essay that addresses all the major issues of the day pertaining to that round hoop. So plunge ahead at … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Up-and-down Kerwin Roach II is the poster child of this Texas basketball program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In so many respects, he’s emblematic of the Texas basketball program. Fraught with potential. Highly coveted once. Well-respected for his past. Good guy. Great expectations. Very likable. Inconsistent. Great table manners. We’re talking Kerwin Roach II, but we just as easily could be referring to Shaka … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: From football and basketball to … tennis and sailing? College corruption is everywhere

Don’t you miss the good old days when boosters were the ones delivering bags of money to recruits to get them to sign with their schools? Well, the tide has definitely changed. Rich people are using their influence to buy their children into college, as if their heirs didn’t have … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: In a must-win defeat, stumbling Texas made no case for an NCAA Tourney bid

Want to make a case against Texas being included in the NCAA Tournament? Look no further than Saturday, March 9, 2019. TCU 69, Texas 56. Shaka Smart’s crew dropped to 16-15 overall and finished Big 12 play at 8-10 for the second consecutive season. The Big 12’s national reputation as … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas rides balanced offense, Austin Todd’s heroics to cream LSU

The remnants of shaving cream on Austin Todd’s face and neck said it all. Todd, who’s arguably Texas’ best hitter, wore the very visible vestiges of a crown with pride after driving in the decisive run of a three-run, ninth-inning rally Sunday afternoon for a 7-6 comeback win to bury … Read More