Football Archives

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

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 5, 1997): Longhorns hook ’em a Tar Heel

DeLoss Dodds remembers the minute he wanted Mack Brown to become the next Texas Longhorn football coach. It was at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the Texas athletic director walked out of an interview with the North Carolina coach at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. He turned to UT Regent … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 30, 1997): BOHLS: Dropped

The search for a new University of Texas football coach begins today. It could end by Friday if you-know-who says yes. Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said he doesn’t need any outside help in hiring a successor to John Mackovic, but just in case, the area code for Evanston, Ill., is … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 30, 1997): ‘Time for a new direction’

Conference titles and high graduation rates earn pay bonuses. They do not save jobs. At least not at the University of Texas. Coach John Mackovic fell victim to Texas-sized expectations Saturday when he was reassigned after six up-and-down seasons as football coach of the Longhorns, the last of … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Sept. 14, 1997): BOHLS: Draw the curtain on UT’s darkest moment

At least the band kept playing. It was hard to determine whether the Texas football team did. Oh, the Longhorns were out there all right, or some unreasonable facsimile of the Longhorns. But they seemed to be going through the motions. Backward motions, at that. Did the team quit? Doesn’t … Read More

Joe Harrington

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 7, 1998): UT’s Brown has recruits changing their field

Signing day for recruits is a month away, but Texas’ Mack Brown is already turning heads and changing minds. Texas City’s lightning bolt of a linebacker, Everick Rawls, was all but a Texas A&M Aggie and wasn’t even considering the Longhorns but now is leaning toward … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 31, 1996): Overdrive: It’s time for Longhorns to rev it up

If 1995 was a breakthrough season for Texas football, 1996 should fall into the category of follow through. The Longhorns are in a position to follow up on their first 10-win season in five years, second major bowl berth in 12 seasons and first win at Texas A&M … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 27, 1996): BOHLS: It’s Big; it’s 12; it’s bad to the bone

It’s finally here. The conference with hair on its chest and grit in its belly has arrived. This league is going to be so danged tough, every player should wear all black and fit a pack of cigarettes into his rolled-up sleeves. And that’s just the kickers. Tattoos are mandatory; … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 8, 1996): THE ROLL OF HIS LIFE

Roll Left was easy to find on the short list of the Texas Longhorns’ goal-line plays that Coach John Mackovic carried on the sideline of the Big 12 championship game. “It’s got a blue star by it, ” Mackovic said. Now it also has a place … Read More