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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Is Bob Stoops a victim of OU’s success?

Bob Stoops showed up for Big 12 media days looking as always, tanned, refreshed and dapper, outfitted in a dark suit and blue tie. It was all a mask. The Oklahoma football coach is burdened by smoldering anger from his team’s fan base, skepticism among the media about the direction … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Of three Texans, one big winner down in San Antonio

LaMarcus Aldridge, Dez Bryant and DeAndre Jordan are all after the same thing: A world championship. Three Texans with plenty of individual accolades can all point to a team title as the ultimate goal. So which one has the best chance to win the big one? Before we get to … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Charlie Strong should play his cards — even Daje

DALLAS — Charlie Strong knows the score entering Year 2. We’re still in July, but his ultimate goal goes far beyond X’s and O’s and subtleties on offense and defense. “We have to win some games,” he said. Simple as that. Win some games and the bluest of blue chippers … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

9 Things: Expect Texas RB Johnathan Gray to get a lot of carries

DALLAS — While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Johnathan Gray will have no restrictions when it comes to carrying the ball. With Malcolm Brown gone to the St. Louis Rams, the senior will be Texas’ workhorse. “If I can give J-Gray the ball … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Big 12 will hang at 10

DALLAS — Sorry, college football fans. I hate to disappoint you, but expansion for the Big 12 is not inevitable, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told me privately Monday. Nor is it even expected. It’s somewhere in the vast in-between, a moving situation kind of like Donald Trump’s hair. So sorry, BYU. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Welcome to Austin, Shaka! (Now, go win a title)

Welcome to Austin, Shaka Smart. Now win a national championship. OK, you can unpack first. But we all know that’s why you’re here. Otherwise, you’d be propping up your feet in Richmond today. You left all that is near and dear to you to win it all. Otherwise, why leave … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES ( Jan. 7, 2014): Golden: Texas-sized moment for diversity

There was a time not long ago when I didn’t think Texas would ever hire a black man to lead its football team. There was also a time when I never bought into any notion that a black man could be elected president of the United States. Wrong on both … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 15, 2013): BOHLS: Mack not coming back

Mack Brown‘s successor will be luckier than Mack Brown. Texas’ next head coach will inherit a program that’s not only not broken, it’s not even in terrible shape. Just a little rough around the edges. The Longhorns, we should remind you, just … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 30, 2012): BOHLS: Ash comes of age in big-game test

SAN ANTONIO – At the end of one of the more mystifying seasons in school history, David Ash came to a crossroads at the intersection of Potential and Inconsistency. He took the right turn, and so did his career. The home-schooled, Scripture-quoting sophomore from Belton cut his long blond locks, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Oct. 28, 2012): GOLDEN: Can’t spin this: sickly Horns need doctoring

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Holy Mangino, Batman: We’re about to lose to Kansas. Those were the sentiments of an entire nation of Texas fans who were close to suffering through what would have been the most unforgivable loss of the Mack Brown era. Would’ve been worse than three 60-something … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 6, 2009): UT, your likely No. 2, deserves some No. 1 talk

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Texas won the football game Monday night. And probably nothing else, unfortunately. For one thrilling evening in Arizona’s desert , that would be enough. The Longhorns put the wraps on one of the most exhilarating and satisfying seasons ever as Heisman runner-up Colt McCoy directed the nation’s … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 19, 2008): BOHLS: Will’s the way for UT

The nationwide search for Mack Brown’s successor that no one knew was going on finally came to an end Tuesday afternoon. Texas found him down the hall. It was a good place to look. In truth, it was more a county-wide search or really a room-to-room search when athletic director … Read More

Joe Harrington

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 13, 2005): KELSO: Heisman? Who cares? Win Rose

Ol’ Vince Young didn’t quite pull a Ted Baxter Saturday when he didn’t win the Heisman Trophy. But he was playing in the same playpen. You might remember Ted, that blowed-up puff adder of a TV anchor on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” In one episode, Ted bought … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 12, 2005): BOHLS: Hell hath no fury like…

NEW YORK — Beware, Southern Cal. Beware of the slighted one, the one with the scowl, the unforgiving. Be on the lookout in just more than three weeks for a man possessed. That would be Vince Young. Just between us, I’m wondering if he will smile again between now and Jan. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Oct. 9, 2005): BOHLS: Brown sheds gorilla, gets back to work

DALLAS — Mack Brown would not be talked into it. Try though they might, the Longhorns couldn’t persuade their head coach to grab the heavy Golden Hat trophy with both hands and hoist it on top of a head that had every right to swell to twice its normal size. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 2, 2005): BOHLS: Texas shines in national spotlight

PASADENA, Calif. — Luckily for a Texas football program that this season conjured up all sorts of mystical qualities to spirit away victories when reality suggested otherwise, its magic had no expiration date. But for once the school’s reputation as underachievers does. It is time to dispense with the tired … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Oct. 5, 2003): BOHLS: Young’s quick feet might be best for the long run

Mack Brown’s right. This two-quarterback system does work. Chance Mock should play some. Vince Young clearly demonstrated he has the magical feet, the sandlot poise and the All-America-caliber talent to be a starting quarterback. Probably as soon as next Saturday’s game against Oklahoma. A right ankle … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 14, 2003): So far, Mock looks like the real thing

On the eighth play of his first possession, Chance Mock dropped back, spotted B.J. Johnson on a skinny post and drilled a clothesline pass to him for a 52-yard touchdown. Mock connected on all three of his passes on that drive, and hit the senior flanker in perfect stride. “Yeah, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 2, 2001): BOHLS: Texas shows it’s not ready for big game

IRVING — The promise of an all-expense-paid holiday to California never seemed so empty. Just as many in Austin had hoped, the Big 12 may still produce a national champion this season, but now it’ll have to be Nebraska. While the Cornhuskers could jump into the Rose Bowl in Pasadena … 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