Columns

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With Kansas looming, Shaka, Longhorns must figure it out — and fast

Shaka Smart isn’t about to angrily throw a chair across the court, a la Bobby Knight. He won’t bang his fist on the table and storm out of a postgame press conference, a la the late NFL coach Dennis Green. He won’t even torture the media with monotone one-word answers … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Lack of basketball smarts, grit sinks Longhorns

At least Texas lost to a somebody. After losing to NCAA nobodies like Radford and VCU, the Longhorns can at least say they fell to a really good team Saturday. Shaka Smart looked crushed. You can just see it in his hurting, soulful eyes, his body language, his downcast spirit. The … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: What exactly did we learn about the Longhorns during the 2018 season?

First, some casual observations about the 2018 season: A 1,700-pound steer will do whatever the hell he wants. Oh, PETA’s upset? Ok, cool. Hook ’em. C’mon, if Gov. Greg Abbott is tweeting it now, it’s a permanent part of UT lexicon. Bevo … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas exceeded preseason predictions — well, at least mine, anyway

So, to recap four months later. Texas just pounded an SEC team to infuriate Georgia (and Texas A&M) fans everywhere, star wide receiver Collin Johnson is returning to school for his senior season, quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who wears his heart on his sleeve — and apparently his … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Sam Ehlinger channels Vince Young after Sugar Bowl win — “We’re baaaack!”

NEW ORLEANS —  Remember when Vince Young led Texas to that first Rose Bowl win over Michigan? That game’s most outstanding player stood on the podium next to head coach Mack Brown and told Texas fans and a national television audience, “We’ll be back.” Texas returned a year later and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas played SEC-brand football, curb-stomped Georgia

NEW ORLEANS — Which team was snubbed by the College Football Playoff again? Oh right, that’d be the embittered Georgia team that got curb-stomped 28-21 by Big 12 runner-up Texas on Tuesday night before 71,449 fans and a shell-shocked national audience. The Longhorns have arrived. Whether they remain in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas bears the weight of the Big 12’s reputation

Texas, the Big 12 needs you. You can shut down the Big 12’s critics with one dazzling New Year’s Day performance against an elite opponent. Beating No. 5 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl will be anything but a snap in the Big Easy, but the Horns have to at the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: It’s a Sugar Bowl matchup of Dickensian proportions

NEW ORLEANS — It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and Dickens didn’t even know Texas was joyously dispatched to the Sugar Bowl but unfortunately strapped with the challenge of having to face a ticked-off team that was an eyelash away from a precious playoff … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Georgia RB Holyfield, just like champion dad, has been the real deal

NEW ORLEANS — Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield is listed at 215 pounds, but it might as well be 400 for those who have witnessed him attack a set of weights. Just like his father, boxing legend Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, the junior has few peers in the strength department. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Sugar Bowl could be the last Longhorns, Ehlinger see of Collin-Lil’Jordan combo

NEW ORLEANS — In the Motown Classic “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” Temptations lead singer David Ruffin speaks of being willing to do anything to keep his woman by his side. Ruffin was born in Whynot, Miss., a few hours north of the Big Easy, where Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ Watson proves transfer rules work, but players still need more power

NEW ORLEANS — Let the players decide. Their futures are their business. College football is a billion-dollar industry and the people fans pay to see aren’t the schools, coaches, athletic directors, television networks and administrators that get to share in those revenues. They pay to see the talent. That talent … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Shaka Smart, ‘distraught’ Longhorns facing crossroads

The fresh basketball schedule reveals it was just Texas’ eighth game of a season that has barely inched its way into December. A meaningless, mid-week, non-conference game, at that. Except none of them are meaningless anymore. And the pained expressions and the dour, frozen looks on the faces of the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: ‘We won’t disappoint the fans again,’ says Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, channeling his inner Tebow

ARLINGTON — For the first time all day, Sam Ehlinger nearly lost his composure. It certainly didn’t come on the field, where he staked an unofficial claim to 2019 first-team all-conference quarterback honors with another sparkling performance against the Oklahoma Sooners.  No, this came in the post-game presser where Ehlinger … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Sooners got their payback, but Texas has shown it’s on the way back

ARLINGTON — Oklahoma turned Texas upside down. And then the Sooners turned the Horns down. After the last of the multi-colored confetti had blown toward the ceiling of AT&T Stadium and the last celebratory statement had been uttered, even new OU president James Gallogly was seen throwing a Horns Down … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: UT’s moment to reassert itself, rearrange the Big 12 pecking order has arrived

Last January when offseason workouts began, Texas strength coach Yancy McKnight directed every player on the field to look up. Look at the numbers, the history, on Royal-Memorial Stadium’s east facade, McKnight told them. Texas has won only three Big 12 championships since the league … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Davis doing his part to help Longhorns’ rise

He thinks back, reflecting on his 13 seasons at Texas, and finally says he has two favorite Texas-OU football moments. No, three. Greg Davis won’t ever forget Major Applewhite’s 97-yard touchdown pass to Wane McGarity out of his own end zone in 1998. “That was special,” Mack Brown’s longtime offensive … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas seniors know a sweep of Oklahoma will cement this program’s turnaround

The Texas senior class has been through a Depression Era of sorts. They may have eaten well in their first two years on campus, but the football rations were minimal. A pair of 5-7 seasons with no bowl appearances to start a college career doesn’t exactly add up to food … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: A Big 12 championship game? No thanks. Who really needs a 13th data point, anyway?

One piece of advice for the Big 12. And it’s got not a thing to do with Horns Down or Horns Up or Horns Sideways. Here it is: Dump the Big 12 championship game. That’s right. Get rid of it. Cancel it. Hit the delete button. Adios, mofo, as our … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Overachievers? Texas, Tom Herman have achieved just enough over this season

When Tom Herman expressed his opinion a couple of weeks ago that he thought his Texas football team has “overachieved” this season, ears perked up. When he mentioned it again in last Friday’s post-game press conference after the Longhorns had held off Kansas to clinch a spot in the Big … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: For Texas, a W is a W — even when W stands for Wacky

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s fairly obvious to anyone who has paid attention this season that Texas doesn’t do easy. However, the Longhorns will do a Big 12 championship game. Thanks to Friday’s scary 24-17 escape over a last-place, 3-8 Kansas team at Memorial Stadium, Texas competing for the conference title … Read More