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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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Canes top my AP Top 25 ballot

We ask for chaos. We get chaos. As many as four of the college football teams ranked among my top nine and seven of my top 17 fell on Saturday, several of them in blowouts. And I’ve got the Canes No. 1. My top four are Miami, Alabama, Oklahoma and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ future includes a possible bowl, but definitely some more work

I smell the Cactus Bowl. Or is it the Liberty Bowl? Texas Bowl? Hard to tell because all those minor bowls look and taste and smell alike, but the 5-5 Texas football team inched ever closer to qualifying for its first bowl game in three years even though it’s beaten … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka Smart may have his best team yet at Texas

Alright, Shaka. Bring on Kansas. OK, not yet, but soon. Actually the Jayhawks will be here four days after Christmas, so it’s closer than you think. Don’t look now, but for the first time in what seems like forever — Texas has lost seven straight to KU — the outcome … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Bowl game for Texas would be a (modest) improvement

The question was straightforward. The answer? Uh, not so much. So, Tom Herman, if your struggling Texas Longhorns play well enough to qualify for a bowl game — and that’s no longer a given in these hard times — is that enough to consider your first season in Austin a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Notre Dame in my top 4; Big Ten falters

It was definitely Shakeup Saturday. Seven of the teams ranked in the top 18 on my last week’s Associated Press college football ballot fell, but then four of them were playing teams I’d ranked higher. I’ve bumped Notre Dame up from ninth to fourth and probably should have had the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas may or may not be bowl worthy, but the offense definitely isn’t

FORT WORTH — Close your eyes and ask yourself this question: Is Texas a bowl team? If you answered yes, then congratulations, you’re a diehard Longhorns fan and a credit to the burnt orange nation. You’re also extremely nervous going into these last three games because it’s very possible that your … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: New coaches, new outlook has Holton Hill playing like ‘Hollywood’ again

After a dynamite freshman season, Holton Hill appeared to be on the fast track. The Texas cornerback started the final eight games of the 2015 season and was widely considered one of the team’s best defenders. But then came 2016. He looked slow, got beat on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Finally, there are signs of real life coming from the Texas offense

Yes, it was Baylor. With that qualifier out of the way, let us at least concede that the much-maligned Texas offense has shown signs of life. There is a pulse. And that, my friends, is a noticeable improvement and yet another measuring stick for a program trying to field a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Georgia’s my new No. 1. For now.

Georgia’s at the top. Well, on my ballot anyway. I bumped the impressive Bulldogs from third to first on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot after they crushed Florida in the Jim McElwain Buyout Bowl, slipping them ahead of idle Alabama because of the strength of Georgia’s victories this season. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Tom Herman has no worries leaning on his defense (because he has to)

WACO — Texas proved to be miles better than Baylor on Saturday, but a few inches revealed Tom Herman’s true concerns on one side of the ball. Inches were all that separated his Texas Longhorns from a touchdown late in the third quarter. Herman has never hidden his disdain for … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Students angry about new DKR wristband policy, but it’s not mean, old UT’s fault, either

Texas football fans have a well-earned reputation for being a late-arriving bunch, but something looked amiss last Saturday prior to the Oklahoma State kickoff. There was a gaping hole in the student section — specifically sections 26, 27 and 28 on the east side of Royal-Memorial Stadium. And the south … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: It’s gut-check time for Tom Herman and his 3-4 Texas Longhorns

Tom Herman says he knew there would be tough times at Texas. When I asked him Monday about the difficulty that has been this 3-4 start, Texas’ first-year coach paused for a free introspective second or two, then went nostalgic, recalling the time he told his wife about his dream … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: It’s true or false time for Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns

With a winning season and a bowl game for the 3-4 Texas football team in peril and an upcoming date with equally imperiled but winless Baylor, it’s time to address some of the Longhorns’ shortcomings as well as their longcomings. So, answer true or false to the following: 1. Texas’ … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Top teams hold on; Cyclones make a move

What was looking like Upset Saturday in college football faded away as most of the ranked teams simply flexed their muscles and survived another week. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Miami all won in the end after major scares from Kansas State, Texas  and Syracuse to keep their CFP hopes alive. Read More