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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman is bringing in talent by the truckload, but will it lead to a Big 12 title?

Except for Zach Evans, signing day is over. God only knows where the eccentric Galena Park North Shore running back winds up playing college football unless he goes directly to the XFL next season. But for everyone else, recruiting for 2020 is pretty much done. And Texas was a big … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Baylor lock, stock and barrels over Texas women

So much for the heralded Battle of I-35. The skirmish between freeway neighbors Texas and Baylor didn’t materialize Friday night and instead devolved into the Eyesore of I-35, at least for the humbled home team. The second-ranked Lady Bears created a nightmarish experience for the outmatched Longhorns and used a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Vandegrift’s Greg Brown III eyes a one-and-done college stay, but where?

LEANDER — Cliff Ellis got his first glimpse of Greg Brown III on the court when Brown was a tall, spindly 13-year-old. He looked a little out of place, playing point guard of all positions for his Four Points Middle School team. The personable Vandegrift head basketball coach, in his … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Backing the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl — plus prop bets!

The Corner turned a profit in its first year. We finished the football season with a 69-60-4 record and hitting on future bets like Baltimore winning the AFC North and Memphis winning the AAC. Sunday’s Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs closes our … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka’s Longhorns played just well enough to lose another game

What’s the difference between a 38-point loss at West Virginia and a two-point home loss to LSU? For the floundering Texas Longhorns, it’s a two-word answer. Not much. At this point of the season, style points don’t matter, even for losses. Good teams find ways to win. LSU is a … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Cat’s jersey retirement a nostalgic reminder of how good things used to be at Texas

Will the next Cat Osterman please stand up? How about the next Vince Young? Surely there’s another Jamie Carey or Kevin Durant out there. Texas athletics is still the money-printing machine it’s been for the past three decades, but its national allure isn’t close to where it was in the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Hey, Horns, Jericho Sims wants the ball (even if he isn’t saying it)

Jericho Sims wants the ball. He might not say it, but Texas’ junior post has developed a healthy hunger for scoring. After Saturday’s 66-57 loss to No. 6 Kansas, a game in which the Horns made only 1 of 9 3-pointers in the second half, Sims put yet another stamp … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas falls to Kansas; yes, it’s another sequel

Sequels are the in thing. Almost seems like you can’t go to a movie house without seeing the next incarnation of a bunch of actors in tight-fitting costumes in the next Marvel superhero film or another Faster and Furiouser or Rocky 22. There’s no escaping them. And the remake narrative … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: We’re betting on NFL underdogs in AFC, NFC championship games

A 2-2 record in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs and a miss on the national championship game meant the Corner didn’t cash for the first time since before Thanksgiving. Going 2-3 dropped us to 68-57-4 with three NFL games remaining before the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas women can ride bigs Collier and Holmes to the NCAAs

Let the big girls lead the way and the others will follow. It’s Texas’ best path to the NCAAs. When Charli Collier and Joyner Holmes are controlling the paint like they did Wednesday night against Texas Tech, the Longhorns can play with anybody. Even better for Texas is the presence … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns found right winning formula vs. Kansas State but can they duplicate it?

If ever there was ever  an early-conference game that was deserving of the “must win,” label, it was Saturday’s Texas-Kansas State matchup. Both teams were desperate to scratch out that first conference win, especially Texas which needed to book a “W” to add to their sagging NCAA tournament resume’. Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: We’re betting on Clemson, home favorites in NFL playoffs

The Corner delivered marginal winnings in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. We went 2-1-1 to push our year-long record to 66-53-4 record, including a 25-8-2 run since mid-November. The divisional round of the NFL and the championship game … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Offensively inept Longhorns searching for answers, buckets

Kristian Doolittle likes the rims at the Erwin Center. Actually, the Oklahoma forward loves ‘em. Loves ‘em so much, it’s surprising he wasn’t out on the court Wednesday night with a welder’s blowtorch to dismantle them and take them back to Norman. Doolittle has regularly torched the Longhorns in Austin, … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: The NFL playoffs offer more opportunity for winnings

Craven’s Corner returns after a week’s hiatus to spend our winnings on holiday festivities. We cashed on Baltimore +300 to win the AFC North while on break. New Orleans to win the Super Bowl at +850 is still alive entering … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: If it’s bowl season, then go ahead and count Texas as a big winner

SAN ANTONIO — Texas finally figured it out. Make ‘em all bowl games, real or imagined. All 12 of them before the Longhorns play, you know, the actual bowl games. So their assignment is simple. Come up with some fancy names, starting with the first game on Sept. 5 against South … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas isn’t back, but this outgoing senior class has moved the needle forward

SAN ANTONIO — They left this place better than they found it. Players from Texas’ senior class set the emotional tone in their final game and the young ones followed suit Tuesday night. The Longhorns (8-5) didn’t just beat the 11th-ranked Utes. They punked them. Outplayed them. Out-physicaled them. Took their … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: An eight-team CFP field works for Herman, Whittingham, Group of Five …

SAN ANTONIO — LSU’s dizzying romp over fourth-seeded but clearly overmatched Oklahoma, and Clemson’s wild comeback win over mistake-riddled Ohio State made for a deep appreciation for Joe Burrow and riveting drama in the nightcap. It also may have made another thing abundantly clear in some corners. Four is enough, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Ute got to be kidding; nope, Utah is damn good, Texas will find out

SAN ANTONIO — So after surviving a 7-5 season, the Longhorns have traveled to the traditionally strong Alamo Bowl where they will find yet another football program that’s better than them. But that’s not that insulting because their opponent is top-shelf and on the move. It’s hard enough for Longhorn … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Good riddance to the 2010s, bring on the roaring ’20s

The 2010s had so much promise, so much burnt-orange hope. This decade started with an appearance in the BCS national championship game, and OK, so maybe things didn’t go as planned after the fifth play. But the future was bright, or so Texas fans believed. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Bittersweet December leaves Texas’ Tom Herman wealthy but wanting

SAN ANTONIO — For Tom Herman, 2019 probably can’t end soon enough, which is saying something since he got a $1 million retention bonus this week for just being on the job. What started with a bang in a milestone victory over an apparently complacent Georgia team in the Sugar … Read More