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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Fifty years later, Texas’ wishbone offense has left a huge legacy on the game

Ted Koy took the phone call and instantly was petrified. It was customary for Texas football players to receive a mimeographed sheet in the mail from Darrell Royal during the summer with not-so-gentle reminders to stay in shape before they reported for two-a-days. On the line that August day in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas gets what it pays for in Todd Orlando and he’s worth every cent

Todd Orlando didn’t spring for anything extravagant in the offseason. Not a new 10,000-square foot house in Tarrytown. Not a new ski boat for lazy afternoons on Lake Travis. No new mountain bike or a vacation to the French Rivera. In fact, the Texas defensive coordinator said he didn’t spend … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas players are facing The Wall as they battle August’s streaking temperatures

It has already shown its sturdiest to several Texas incomers who have unknowingly run headlong into an opponent much more formidable than any teammate. Some will take awhile to recover. Others will fall by the wayside. More will follow. And for a more experienced crew of old heads on the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Chris Nelson eager to step into Poona Ford’s shoes at noseguard

Chris Nelson had never played in a bowl game and was a few days from the postseason last December when the football gods dealt him a tough blow. It was a basic run drill and the junior defensive tackle was doing his thing — occupying blockers to free up other … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas players — even with the ranking — are being realistic, not jumping ahead

Not even two practices into the second season of the Tom Herman regime, it’s quite possible there has already been a major breakthrough. The players may have finally figured it out, the team’s encouraging, No. 21 preseason national ranking in the Coaches Poll notwithstanding. After conversations with the coach and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Longhorn booster Frank Denius leaves huge legacy

Frank Denius took his last breath Sunday morning. And the world became a little less kind and a little more dreary. This was a remarkable, 93-year-old man of incredible stature but completely unassuming profile who gave of himself and lived daily by that mantra until he died at his Tarrytown … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Oklahoma State’s Gundy has survived so long in the Big 12 for a reason

FRISCO — Mike Gundy wins. Doesn’t matter the year, the competition, or the temperature in Stillwater. The wins come with regularity at Oklahoma State. So do the storms, but he survives them and moves on through his coaching life. The skin was tan and the mullet was finely coiffed on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Still longing for elite status for Texas? The Horns still have ‘some’ way to go

FRISCO — The question may not so much have stumped Tom Herman as it gave him serious pause: So just how many elite football players does the Texas program currently have? The second-year Longhorns coach took half a minute to collect his thoughts, contemplated his roster and eventually smiled and … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Can TCU’s Shawn Robinson become the Big 12’s next big breakout star at quarterback?

FRISCO — Will the next great Big 12 quarterback please stand up? For the first time in quite some time, there is a lack of elite signal callers in the college football league that has helped build its offensive reputation on the arms of stars like Vince Young, Sam Bradford, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: For Oklahoma, there’s a new quarterback and a newish offense — but no problem

FRISCO — Once again Oklahoma is the runaway favorite to win the Big 12 football race. Emphasis on the run. No one has a better running back tandem than the Sooners. The probable starting quarterback runs much better than he throws. And the Sooners’ head coach doesn’t mind that his … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: How soon before Texas is back on top with White, Floreal? A-S-A-P.

To use softball lingo, when it comes to his latest two hires, Chris Del Conte is 2 for 2. He’s batting 1.000. Of course, neither new softball coach Mike White from Oregon nor track and field coach Edrick Floréal from Kentucky has coached a single game or coached up a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Even in early CWS defeat, we see that David Pierce has brought Texas baseball back

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas’ trip to the College World Series shouldn’t be remembered for the fact that it was one of the first two teams going home. Instead, these Longhorns should be recognized for just getting here at all. That in itself was a monumental achievement for a team whose accomplishments will … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tuesday starter Blair Henley and Texas’ relaxed, focused mindset boost CWS chances

OMAHA, Neb. — In a lighter moment at a casual Saturday team practice before the very first College World Series pitch, Blair Henley was discussing his summer plans. Once this post-season ends, the Texas pitcher said he’ll make his way to the Cape Cod League where he’ll join five of … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Pierce took huge gamble with pitching choice

OMAHA, Neb. — David Pierce may have made his biggest coaching blunder as a Longhorn to date Sunday night. But he clearly thought it was worth the risk. He used his two best pitchers and still lost, falling 11-5 to Arkansas in their College World Series opener. That can be … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas, Perrin found a baseball gem in David Pierce

OMAHA, Neb. — His heart was broken. David Pierce was absolutely crushed two years ago when he was told he would not be getting the head coaching job he so badly desired. “I really wanted the job,” Pierce said Friday, “but they were concerned about my buyout at Tulane. I … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: The best recipe to simmer the old Texas vs. Arkansas feud? Equal parts time, separation

OMAHA, Neb. — Arkansas faces off against Texas in Sunday’s first College World Series game that day. To put that into perspective, think World Cup meets Super Bowl. Except bigger. OK, we exaggerate, but beating the Longhorns in anything can be a matter of the highest priority for Razorbacks fans, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Years later, Coach Gus still leans on the edge of his recliner for every Texas pitch

The diet’s changed. He no longer downs a big bowl of Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream at night any more. Quit that two or three years back, he guesses. He jokes now that the Texas creamery “probably had to shut down some” as a result of his cutbacks. His … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ Kody Clemens made Tennessee Tech pay for pitching to him. Again.

Note to the pitchers in Omaha: Beware. Kody Clemens is coming. It’s been a simple script for the Texas Longhorns this season: Get solid pitching and ride the Clemens wave offensively. Tennessee Tech found out the hard way. Pitch to Clemens. Suffer. Lose. Texas 5, Tennessee Tech 2. Clemens supplied … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: ‘Destination: Omaha’ — Bocchi, Robinson throw Texas to CWS berth

Augie would have loved it. Some 7,370 sun-drenched souls at UFCU Disch-Falk Field did love it and rose and fell with every single pitch of the championship game of the NCAA super regional on a sultry Monday afternoon. Mostly they reveled in the last one, a Nolan Kingham pitch with … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: A good Austin super regional is better with emotion from both Texas, Tennessee Tech

Texas and Tennessee Tech just met a few days ago, but it didn’t take long for sparks to fly. The Hatfields met the McCoys. When there’s a College World Series berth on the line, it makes no sense to waste time with pleasantries. The Longhorns and Golden Eagles aren’t exactly … Read More