Football Archives

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Sept. 12, 2001): The day the games stopped

Terrorist attacks in New York and Washington triggered a wave of cancellations of sporting events Tuesday, from major-league baseball games to local volleyball contests. But a resolve to go on also emerged in the sports world, the wish and will to continue with life’s routines even in the face of … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 30, 2001): Switch was a hit

HOUSTON — Raised in Texas, Adam Dunn spent high school summers doing what many baseball players in the state do. He prepared for the next football season. Baseball? That was something Dunn said he played for 20 or 25 games a year at New Caney High School, 30 miles north … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 20, 2001): It’s showtime for touted recruiting classes

There was no sparkling trophy given out that February morning three winters ago. Coach Mack Brown wasn’t showered with gallons of Gatorade, nor was he carried off the field on the broad shoulders of his University of Texas football players. But there were a whole bunch of Longhorn assistant coaches … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES ( Sept. 9, 2000): BOHLS: QB Applewhite deserves starting job

Mack Brown was not budging. Despite a season-opening performance that presented substantial and clear evidence to the contrary, the Texas head coach still insisted he has two starting quarterbacks. That’s not the way it looked to 80,017 sun-parched fans at Royal-Memorial Stadium, a regional television audience, both football teams and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES: BOHLS: Paint it in red:Horns are for real, and getting better

Texas’ annual win over Nebraska on a crisp Saturday afternoon created for college football was swell and all, but it must have left perplexed Longhorns fans with a real dilemma. Just which victory over the mighty Cornhuskers has been the best? They’re all memorable. And the last two might not … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Creamed Corn

Major Applewhite was exactly where the Nebraska hopeful expected him to be — prone, grass-stained, helmet askew, head bowed, surrounded by Cornhuskers. And deep in prayer. This entreaty from the sophomore supplicant ended with a small request. “I wished them the best … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: For UT, it’ll be a big day against Big Red

Texas Fight is now Texas hype. Expect a massive amount of interest to be focused on Saturday afternoon’s game between Nebraska and Texas at Royal-Memorial Stadium. ESPN’s “Game Day” road show will make a stop in Austin for the first time to broadcast updates … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 1, 1999): Marketing Ricky

Bill Stapleton, who counts cycling star Lance Armstrong among his sports marketing clients, mulled the potential of soon-to-be-pro Ricky Williams. “Someone might look at him and think, `Dreadlocks; OK, what do you do with dreadlocks?’ ” Stapleton said. “I don’t think you market the dreadlocks, even … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 13, 1998): Dear Ricky: It’s been our pleasure

Dear Ricky Williams, When you heard your name called Saturday night at the Downtown Athletic Club and nervously headed to a podium to address a national audience that’s come to know every single facet of your life from your dreadlocks to your gentle spirit, we can … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 13, 1998): He is the man

Ricky Williams knew. Knew exactly. He wasn’t just trying to be cute when, at his January 1998 press conference to announce he would return for his senior season, he answered a question about how many yards he needed to pass Tony Dorsett’s all-time NCAA major college rushing record by saying, … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 2, 1998): ‘No excuses,’ Stoops vows

Bob Stoops, designer of two of the best college football defenses of the 1990s at Kansas State and Florida, will now try is hand at building an entire program. Stoops, 38, was introduced on Tuesday as the head coach who will try steer the Oklahoma Sooners’ … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 28, 1998): BOHLS: Williams wins footrace; Longhorns no footnote

In a palpitating ending befitting the final regular-season game of the best running back that college football has ever known, the University of Texas football team once again raised its play to a level that would make Ricky Williams proud. Not to mention make him a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 27, 1998): Leading a Texas football renaissance

Texas Coach Mack Brown is out to restore Longhorn order in this state where Texas A&M Coach R.C. Slocum has built a budding football dynasty and has set his sights on making A&M a national contender. It seems apparent that these two are running things now and both are here … Read More

Joe Harrington

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 24, 1998): Oklahoma won’t recover soon

In these days of scholarship limitations, the one-year turnarounds at Texas with Mack Brown and Arkansas with Houston Nutt are the exceptions, not the rule. That, Big 12 coaches think, is something Oklahoma fans and administrators need to remember when John Blake’s replacement as the Sooners’ … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 1, 1998): BOHLS: Brown building beast of a team very quickly

LINCOLN, Neb. — Mack Brown would have built Rome in half a day. And painted the Sistine Chapel over lunch. The brand-new Texas football coach built up a reservoir of goodwill over the off-season and then substantiated it by laying a winning foundation with a four-game victory streak over admitted … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 9, 1998): UT’s powerful (and elusive) runner shifts gears, stays put

Ricky Williams and Texas publicist John Bianco last month sat at a table waiting to order dinner in a Mexican food restaurant in Orlando. The next night, the junior was to receive the Doak Walker Award given to the finest running back in the nation. As … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 9, 1998): Tricky Ricky

All-America running back Ricky Williams decided two weeks ago that he wanted to come back for his final football season at the University of Texas. But he said he wanted everyone to think he was going until he actually made his decision public. “Everyone loves a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 6, 1997): BOHLS: Brown: exuberance and experience

Halfway through his introductory press conference at the Erwin Center on Friday afternoon, this much was obvious: If Mack Brown coaches half as well as he talks, Texas football fans can count on a national championship by the turn of the century. But if he doesn’t, … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 6, 1997): Horns can’t wait to put on the pads

When Mack Brown was introduced as the University of Texas football coach Friday afternoon at the Erwin Center, about 30 UT players attended the press conference in a show of support for the new guy. But it was not their first meeting with their new coach. Brown had insisted on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 5, 1997): BOHLS: BROWN: SEEMS TO HAVE ROYAL TOUCH

The running joke goes like this. Question: How many Longhorns does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: Six. One to actually do the work and five to say how Darrell Royal would have done it. We may not have to imagine any longer how the legendary Texas … Read More