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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns squander opportunity vs. Baylor

Texas found a shot maker not named Dylan Osetkowski. At least for a half. Turns out it wasn’t enough. With star guard Andrew Jones’ health status a growing concern, the Horns dropped a 69-60 decision at Baylor on Saturday, blowing a great chance to pocket a second straight road win … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas women B-dominant in home opener

Karen Aston doesn’t grade on the curve. So when the Texas women’s basketball coach was asked to assign a grade to her team’s performance against West Virginia on Sunday afternoon, she paused and said, “I would say a B-minus. Why? Because of our turnovers and shot selection.” If that sounds … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas took Kansas’ best shot — or shots — and faltered

The always-competitive, highly charged Big 12 basketball race will end probably as it began on Friday night. With Kansas on top. It’s as certain as the sun rising in the east. You know the sun. The one that Bill Self said he could have sworn he saw Mo Bamba block … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas shows glimmer of hope, customary great defense

HOUSTON — The collapse never came. But the win did. The fateful meltdowns that cost Texas winnable games against the likes of USC and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were nowhere to be seen at NRG Stadium. These resolute Longhorns — battered by a frustrating, season-ending home loss to Texas Tech and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Reviewing my preseason Texas predictions — Close on quarterbacks, not on record

It’s that time again. No, no, not for egg nog. Prediction review. But I always review my Longhorns preseason predictions and have to own up now. So here we go with my August musings in bold print: By the time the end of the 2017 bowl season rolls around, Texas … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Jericho Sims finding his way in the paint for Longhorns

There will be times when Texas’ Mo Bamba won’t be able to play because of foul trouble. Freshman forward Jericho Sims showed Saturday that he just might be a suitable replacement in a pinch. His job is to bang on both ends, get rebounds and add a couple of buckets … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Mo Bamba should embrace the role of cleaning up the garbage for Texas basketball

Mo Bamba will be great one day, but it won’t be at Texas. For now, the Horns could really use his services in a role that’s much needed on offense. Garbage man. Before you type up that letter to the editor demanding that I be sent to the nearest car … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tommy Nobis may have left us, but the memories of No. 60 on, off the field won’t

60. That number was synonymous with greatness at the University of Texas in the decade of the same. Tommy Nobis is the gold standard for defensive players on the Forty Acres. Hard-nosed, tough-minded and feared by the opposition, he was the guy that offensive coordinators circled on game film when … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Will these forward-thinking hires move the needle at all on Texas vs. Texas A&M?

In the span of one week, the state’s two biggest universities made massive athletic hires. Will that lead to a football showdown before the end of the world? In time. After Texas A&M landed football coach Jimbo Fisher, Texas President Gregory L. Fenves made the most important hire of his … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Bold Fenves, charismatic Del Conte will make a great match for Texas athletics

Texas took a huge step forward on Saturday. Why, with a little better call on third-and-2 on the field or a timely free throw on the basketball court, Texas might even be showing signs of becoming Texas again. University President Gregory L. Fenves made the second-biggest athletic hire of his … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: A sterner Shaka Smart is driving his Texas men harder — and they need it

Shaka Smart was hoarse. Really hoarse. “So you noticed?” he asked the media at the end of his post-game press conference Wednesday night. Oh yeah. So did his slightly shell-shocked Texas basketball team, which got put on verbal notice by its third-year head coach that the effort and performance the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: A late-game collapse was the perfect ending to another ho-hum Texas season

In the final week of practice before his final year at Texas, Darrell Royal, if memory serves, took in what he had seen leading up that 1976 season and made his pronouncement. “I’d say we’re about as average as every-day wash,” the legendary coach said. Some three months later, he … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Cat McCoy digs life’s experiences, volleyball

Cat McCoy likes adventure. A lot. Actually, this 21-year-old native Texan craves the adrenalin rush and exciting opportunities that it provides. Which is why she’s jumped off dangerous Austin cliffs with a teammate. And why she joined teammate Ebony Nwanebu and about two dozen other fellow Longhorns on a mission trip … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Michael Dickson has made a Texas career of making fourth down fantastic

Tom Herman still won’t call him by name. He won’t, even though Michael Dickson has made such a big name for himself that some NFL team might even call his name early. Early as in next spring. That’s how good this junior All-American punter for Texas is. Like maybe the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns need fewer bricks to build a top-level team

Texas handled Lipscomb as expected. Those pesky rims remain a challenge from distance. With apologies to the dude who did some really cool tricks on his bicycle, the most eye-opening part of Saturday’s 80-57 win over Lipscomb was Airship Rudy — the omnipresent inflatable dirigible that has dropped finger-lickin’ coupons … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ defense, running game are planting the seeds for the future

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The checklist was on overdrive for an aspiring Longhorns football team as a chilly, rain-drenched Saturday in the West Virginia mountains gave way to royal blue skies at dusk. Texas won on the road. Check. Texas beat a Top 25 team. Check. Texas became bowl-eligible. Check. Texas … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Can Texas score a big road win in rowdy Morgantown? Recent history says no

Want to know the surest sign of despair for Texas football over the last four years? It’s when the coaches and players start talking about getting the seniors to a bowl game. That used to happen after six or seven games. These days the Longhorns have made it a habit … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Dylan Osetkowski is making a name — or names — for himself

By now, he’s already heard it all. But the rugged junior forward for the Texas basketball team figures he’s going to hear plenty more, too. Because of his all-around game. Because of his just out-of-the-woods looks. Because of his tough style of play. That’s OK. Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski’s already … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: As football limps along at .500, it’s been a solid fall for Texas’ other programs

They paraded ‘em out one after another, one Longhorns coach followed by the next in Bellmont Hall on Monday morning, speaking about their teams. Their winning teams. Teams you don’t always hear or see or read about as much. But teams that sweat as much, sacrifice as much, work as … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: UT will have several chances at justifying ranking, but it needs to start defending

Coach Karen Aston isn’t sure her Texas Longhorns are completely deserving of their lofty preseason ranking but nothing they did in the opener will discourage the voters. Huge expectations. Huge debut. Texas 95, Stetson 59. So why not just skip all the pleasantries and pencil in the nation’s second-ranked team … Read More