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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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jase Febres models his father’s jump shot

Jase Febres learned it all from his dad. The proper technique of shooting a basketball, that is. Squaring up the shoulders. Letting go at the top of his jump. Snapping the wrist. Keeping the elbow tucked in. Following through. Orlando Febres passed it down to his son. And why wouldn’t … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jackson pools talent, work ethic, humor for big success

Tate Jackson is funny. Really funny. But Eddie Reese is funnier. Funnier, of course, than nearly every coach in any sport outside of Mike Leach. Funnier than any other swimming coach in the nation for sure. And yes, funnier than Tate Jackson. Like the one Reese borrowed from swimmer Ryan … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Roach should be out of chances but he isn’t

The biggest takeaway from Shaka Smart’s Monday media availability came regarding  thrice-suspended guard Kerwin Roach II: He isn’t going anywhere. The Texas basketball coach already said he’s likely to return this season. This time the decision came down from The Tower. Roach’s indefinite suspension comes at the worst possible time. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With stiff competition looming, Texas baseball off to great start in 2019

They’re pretty good. We know that much about the 2019 Texas Longhorns. The Horns are off to a a 6-2 start, their best since 2015 team that started off 8-2. The present-day club is feeling pretty good about things, especially after bouncing back from that one-hit, four-error embarrassment in Saturday’s … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Trio of Texas women’s golfers are primed for their shot at Augusta National

Kaitlyn Papp can’t wait. The event is still two months away, but Papp is already jacked up about the chance to compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship this April, a 54-hole, stroke golf event with an international field of 72 players. So what will the Longhorns star … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Jumping hurdles again should make Texas’ John Burt a better football player

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Tom Herman, Edrick Floreal’s got your back. He’s also got your wide receiver. For now. The first-year Texas track coach plans to return hurdler John Burt back to Herman’s football team a better and faster football player. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Too much fizzle, not enough sizzle for the Texas women

It’s not how you start. Texas didn’t finish. When you’re up 14 points at the house in the second half, it’s supposed to be a win, but the Longhorns were much more fizzle than sizzle on Sunday for the most important part of a crucial Big 12 test. Kansas State … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Mitrou-Long, Hamm a pair of ‘energy brothers’ for Horns

Texas won a critical Big 12 basketball game against last-place Oklahoma State before an engaged 10,406 fans at the Erwin Center on Saturday afternoon, and the Longhorns have junior Elijah Mitrou-Long and sophomore Royce Hamm Jr. to thank. Come again? Didn’t Mitrou-Long score just six points in 24 minutes? And … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns Andrew Beck, Chris Nelson are using their NFL combine snubs as fuel

Get to the league. That’s the goal. For newly graduated Texas players Chris Nelson and Andrew Beck, their journey to the NFL may not come with the perks of some higher-profile teammates, but they are putting in the necessary work to make that dream happen. Both went through two years … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns going nowhere unless seniors Roach and Osetkowski lead

The Texas Longhorns can scrap, claw and battle all they want but their fate will ultimately rest on the performances of the most experienced players on the roster. To steal a line from athletic director Chris Del Conte, seniors Kerwin Roach II and Dylan Osetkowski are the OGs on this … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With signee Brown questionable, Herman still high on Texas’ running backs

Life is bigger than football. And Tom Herman had the perfect tone Wednesday when he addressed the media on what was left of national signing day. Running back Derrian Brown, a four-star signee from Georgia, underwent surgery last week back home to remove a blood clot in his brain. Herman … Read More