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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: High-energy Del Conte working to spark turnaround in Texas athletics

Chris Del Conte has barely wrinkled his bed sheets, no surprise given the little time he spends lying on them. He typically doesn’t settle into his bed at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center until midnight or 1 a.m., but he still beats the roosters up, rising at 5 in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas seniors McCarty, Atkins continue sweet journey

They didn’t want it to end, this sentimental journey of the last four years for the two, attached-at-the-hip, never-loose-with-the-lip Texas teammates. And so they didn’t let it. Texas senior guards Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins, driven by their final home games of their career in an emotion-tinged setting, turned in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Dylan Frittelli’s travels now bring him back to Austin for the Dell Match Play

Dylan Frittelli is going places. Of course, he’s already been a lot of places. India. Kenya. Austria. Turkey. To name just a few. Try 45 different countries in a two-year span. No, he’s not a fugitive from the law. He’s a 27-year-old professional golfer who has wandered to all corners … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Andrew Jones gives UT women extra inspiration

No one expected Maine to UMBC the Texas Longhorns on Saturday. The 83-54 final played out with little drama at the Erwin Center. The Horns opened the NCAA Tournament in impressive fashion and received an additional dose of inspiration at courtside. UT men’s basketball player Andrew Jones made his … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns still haven’t turned the corner under Shaka

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As Shaka Smart addressed the Austin media outside a forlorn Texas locker room, a voice could be heard behind the pack of reporters. “Excuse me,” said a tearful Mo Bamba before he gathered his coach into his long arms for what seemed like 30 seconds. “It’s forever, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Nevada’s Martin twins mean double dose of trouble for Texas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Texas must avoid a twin killing in the first round. The offensively challenged Horns have Nevada brothers Caleb and Cody Martin circled on their priority list. Identical in look, age and size (6 feet, 7 inches, 205 pounds), the rangy twins are two cogs for a scoring … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Rick Barnes’ overachieving Volunteers still streaking

DALLAS — Rick Barnes leaned back in the leather chair in a small office inside the American Airlines Center and pointed to his left knee that he had partially replaced just a month ago. The doctors didn’t take a knife to any muscle but corrected the painful bone-on-bone dilemma with a very … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Augie’s lifelong love affair with baseball warmed our hearts

DALLAS — As it turns out, there is crying in baseball. Augie Garrido has died. The eternal kid breathed his last in a California hospital Thursday morning, the victim of complications from a stroke. But if there ever is a celebration in the afterlife, there’s one heckuva party going on … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Augie was a true original

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There won’t be another. Augie Garrido wasn’t perfect. He wasn’t a man without sin. He lived. He loved. He enjoyed the ride. And we enjoyed the ride. College baseball’s Zen Master hung up his cleats Thursday morning. He left us at age 79, leaving a void in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Dylan Osetkowski has to wake up against Nevada

Basketball gods calling Dylan Osetkowski. Come in, Dylan Osetkowski. Texas’ junior forward has the talent to transform this up-and-down offense into something workable, but he doesn’t show up every day. That’s been the bugaboo about D.O.: The Longhorn camp just doesn’t know which one will show up from game to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Longhorns short on experience, not confidence

Some free advice if you’re writing off the Longhorns in your bracket. Don’t tell Texas it’s a 10th seed. Forget suggesting first-round opponent Nevada is a terrible matchup for Shaka Smart’s roller-coaster of a club since the high-scoring Wolf Pack have a big, versatile lineup across the board and average … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas bats silenced as Stanford rallies to even series

Shh! Don’t yell. You wouldn’t want to wake up those Texas bats. That’s how it felt at Disch-Falk Field Friday night as the previously hot Texas offense went silent against Stanford. One night after putting up 12 hits in the series opener, the Longhorns ran headlong into … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas may or may not pass eyeball test after this black eye

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shaka Smart was downright mystified by his team Thursday night. Join the crowd, Coach. You’ve got company. But of course, Texas has been a mystery this entire uneven season. The third-year boss was dumbfounded by a curious Texas team that got off to its characteristic, woeful … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Foul-prone Matt Coleman rises to the Longhorns’ rescue

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Coleman accepted the pats on the back and the well wishes from giddy Longhorns fans who’d made the long trip. The freshman smiled broadly as a stranger congratulated him on his game-sealing jumper in the final 44 seconds, the last bucket of the game and … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: On the final day, DeShon Elliott silences his critics at the NFL scouting combine

INDIANAPOLIS — DeShon Elliott had to leave early for the pros. Or did he? Despite a draft grade that suggested he return to Texas for his senior year, the safety called it a college career with one season of eligibility remaining. He made himself available for the NFL draft after … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Malik Jefferson embraces Combine circus, dazzles in drills

INDIANAPOLIS — Malik Jefferson came to Indianapolis to prove himself. It’s the whole reason for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, where the best college athletes come to get noticed. Take a look around humongous Indianapolis Convention Center and it’s a circus of sorts from the thousands of fans milling around … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Shaka Smart’s Longhorns fighting to reach NCAAs

Texas proved it still has a little fight left in ‘em after all. And to make sure, the Longhorns head basketball coach on Friday night showed ‘em some clips of a real boxing match between Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti from a couple decades ago. Shaka Smart called the “Legendary … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Connor Williams helped his NFL cause at the combine, but will he be a pro tackle or guard?

INDIANAPOLIS — Connor Williams will play in the NFL. But where? We know the offensive lineman can play. We know some team is getting a high-character individual with great intelligence and the athleticism to match. What we don’t know is if Williams will play tackle, guard or even center in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Malik Jefferson’s path to an NFL destination may be settled in the span of 40 yards

Run, Malik, run. Run like the only brother in the first 10 minutes of a horror movie. Run like the wind, headlong into the first two rounds of the NFL draft. The annual NFL scouting combine is fun for football junkies but it’s also an overcooked meat market of sorts. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Karen Aston’s streaking Longhorns in it for long haul

Sherri Coale was on her soapbox Tuesday night. With eyes flashing and curls flying, the bubbly Oklahoma women’s basketball coach made a passionate plea for her Sooners — her 16-13 Sooners — to be in the NCAA Tournament field. She wasn’t angry but very blunt and clearly biased that her … Read More