Columns

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: TCU biggest mover in AP vote

A new Associated Press poll ballot and a new No. 1. Well, actually it’s an old No. 1. I leapfrogged Alabama back into the top spot ahead of Clemson, which struggled before pulling away with an easy win over Boston College. By virtue of its 59-0 spanking of Vanderbilt and … Read More

Joe Harrington

American-Statesman Staff

Important dates in Longhorns history: Darrell Royal’s first game at Texas

Today marks the 60th anniversary of legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal’s debut game at Texas. His Longhorns, unranked and coming off a 1-9 season, opened the 1957 season with Royal as their coach on the road at Georgia on Sept. 21. Texas led 13-0 at halftime and added two more … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Tom Herman’s refusal to allow ‘moral victories’ is another rebuilding step

Let’s start today with a quick reality check for any Texas fan still high on last Saturday’s 27-24 double-overtime loss to USC. The Longhorns are 17-23 since the end of the Mack Brown era. That’s six games below .500. Nothing to brag … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman has a lot to chew on after Longhorns’ near-upset of USC

We finally got much-needed answers from Tom Herman to some pressing questions. He chews sugar-free Dubble Bubble. Seven of ’em in his pocket per half. He can blow a bubble with the best of them. Some harsh critics might say he can blow a big game as … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Herman can’t be wrong with QB decision

LOS ANGELES — Be careful how you handle this quarterback situation, Tom Herman. It will ultimately tell the story of whether your Texas Longhorns will take an even larger step forward than the one they took in Saturday night’s USC rematch. Moral victories are just another word for a team … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas defense shows championship fiber

LOS ANGELES — Unlike the historic meeting between these two brand-name teams almost a dozen years ago, there was no championship on the line this time. But championship mettle was. And Texas displayed plenty of that Saturday night. Along with it, the Longhorns, unranked with a misleading 1-2 record, offered … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: That was then, this is now and it’s USC, not Texas, with the NFL-ready roster

Fox is touting Saturday’s Texas-USC rematch as a revenge game. It’s anything but. First of all, this isn’t the national title game. Secondly, Vince Young, Michael Griffin, Brian Robison, David Thomas and Kasey Studdard aren’t suiting up against a talented USC team that’s stalking a return to past greatness. This … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Just like 2006, can these Longhorns put it all together for one night vs. USC?

LOS ANGELES — Think USC fans aren’t jacked up this week? When the wheels hit the runway in Los Angeles on Thursday, the captain of our Southwest flight blasted the Trojans’ fight song on the intercom. Fight on, indeed. Texas fans have spent the week … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Eleven years later, the what-ifs from the 2006 Texas-USC game not near as rosy

They remember it all so well. Vince Young’s historic fourth-down sprint into the end zone and the ensuing rainfall of confetti. Texas’ comeback with seven-plus minutes remaining to play. The critical fourth-and-2 with no Reggie Bush on the field. Michael Griffin’s sensational interception. Bush’s poor decision to lateral. And all … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Two games in, Texas continues to search for its identity

The question lingers. And may for a while. Through two games this season, Texas is still searching for an identity. The thing that defines the Longhorns. The thing that a team turns to as its staple week in and week out. The main thing that an opponent has to deal … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Sept. 11, 2005): BOHLS: For once, Texas lives up to expectations

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the end, with what seemed like half of the entire state of Ohio hollering its lungs off and most of the Buckeye defense bearing down on quarterback Vince Young, Texas went against character. And by doing so, proved its character. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Sooners on the rise on AP ballot

We’re just two weeks into the college football season, and already my Associated Press Top 25 ballot has undergone a big shakeup. By virtue of its domination of Ohio State on the road, Oklahoma climbed four spots in my rankings to a strong No. 2 position behind — you know … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Belief, conviction and … fairy dust? Tom Herman saw it all against San Jose State

What was that falling from the skies above Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon? At first it was hard to make out from our spot in the South end zone. A guess came to mind as a smiling Tom Herman walked off the field with his family to cheers. Don’t quote … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas now has quarterbacks galore — but who’s gonna start against Southern Cal?

The Sam Ehlinger Era began Saturday. Who knows how long it will last. It might even be a one-week era for the Westlake freshman — which is pretty short as eras go — if Shane Buechele returns from his bruised shoulder to resume his starting position next Saturday at Southern … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Urban Meyer is piling on, but Tom Herman ‘ain’t changing’ his methods

Thursday morning started with some eye-opening comments out of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes boss came after Texas coach Tom Herman for Herman’s post-game comments after Saturday’s opening loss to Maryland. Herman said that after nine months if anyone thought he could “sprinkle some … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Proper hydration levels and great body language will get Texas only so far

Tom Herman struck the right tone for the most part on Monday. But he chose the wrong words. Two days after his team’s wickedly poor performance against Maryland, the first-year, first-game Texas head coach wasn’t surly. He wasn’t defensive. He wasn’t panicky. Of course, he wasn’t overly apologetic either and … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shane Buechele is serviceable, but needs lots of help to make a difference

Shane Buechele can do some things on a football field, but he should be not miscast as a Vince Young or Colt McCoy. He’s not a program savior and he shouldn’t be viewed that way. It’s unfair to heap unrealistic expectations upon the sophomore’s shoulders. Call him what he is: … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas remains bad in 2017 just like 2016, but hey, how ’bout those lockers?

Nothing’s changed. Oh, the Longhorns locker rooms have. They’re much snazzier. Did you know they have these neat fans that cool off their shoulder pads? The video board at Royal-Memorial Stadium is much improved. So much clarity. The sound system? It’s to kill for. Even the name on the door … Read More

Kevin Lyttle

American-Statesman Staff

Bucking the Line: Our best bets are back this season

If you’ve been around Austin long enough, you might recall a popular American-Statesman feature called Bucking The Line. It was a weekly column I wrote from the mid-1980s to the early 90s, offering college football picks against the point spread. Most seasons, the selections were quite good. The mail and … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Longhorns grapple with the realities of Harvey disaster, season opener

Texas officials have been quietly conducting business as normal this week in preparation for the start of another football season. But let’s be honest, this week has been anything but normal. “Opening game is almost here,” Texas men’s athletic director Mike Perrin tweeted on Monday. “Our facilities and game operations … Read More