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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka Smart’s first offseason to-do should be some mirror-watching

The two most important words of Shaka Smart’s upcoming offseason? Never again. Results like these aren’t supposed to happen at the University of Texas. Just ask his buddy Charlie Strong, who got run off after three sub-.500 football seasons. Smart isn’t likely to go down that same road, but he … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Tom Herman is more yelling-and-telling than kiss-and-telling

Tom Herman has his football team exactly where he wants it. Motivated. Focused. Alert. And scared spitless. Herman says what he means and means what he says. And he says a lot. His new players don’t walk on eggshells. They run on them. As fast as they possibly can. Herman … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Shaka Smart still learning on the job

Welcome to Austin, Shaka Smart. The real Austin. The one that likes to keep it so weird, it prints T-shirts to declare it to the outside world. If the recent trends of failure persist, they might have to start issuing garments that say, “Keep losing.” The second-year head basketball coach … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: For Oscar Giles, coaching at Texas is just like coming home — because it is

Oscar Giles was raised by football coaches. From playing for Pat Walker at Palacios High School and David McWilliams at the University of Texas to working for Mack Brown at Texas and many others, he has taken lessons under their watch to become the coach and the man he is … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Myles Turner looks back at his days at Texas with fondness, not regret

SAN ANTONIO — Myles Turner was chilling in the visitors locker room at the AT&T Center on Wednesday with teammates Paul George and Al Jefferson prior to a game with the Spurs. “I love it down here,” Turner said. “Down here” was a reference to the state of Texas, where … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Five reasons why Tom Herman will turn Texas around sooner, not later

Tom Herman will win at Texas. At least that’s what he’s saying. “We will work day and night to make sure we bring Texas football back to its rightful place,” Herman told the Erwin Center crowd at halftime of Saturday’s Texas-Kansas game. After some raucous applause, he headed back to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Major Applewhite is ready to put his own stamp on Tom Herman’s old UH program

As a head football coach, Major Applewhite is a blank slate. So he set the record straight Wednesday. Yes, he plans to continue most of the ways of his predecessor, Tom Herman, who left Houston for Texas. What’s he going to change? “Not much,” Applewhite said. “We believe in the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ lost season rests at Shaka Smart’s door

Shaka Smart believes it’s his job to breathe life into his team. Of course it is, but the question has to be: Who is breathing life into Shaka? “Nobody, really,” he said after Texas’ fifth straight loss, this one coming 77-67 to a soon-to-be-top-ranked Kansas team which clinched its 13th … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jake McKenzie a full-fledged pitcher

Jake McKenzie is something of a rarity on the Texas pitching staff. That’s for any number of reasons, chief among them the junior right-hander’s lack of height and velocity and a background mostly as an infielder. He’s very short at 5-foot-10 although he yearns to be 5-11 and joked that … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Kansas shows Texas has a long way to go

Andrew Jones was steaming. You couldn’t actually see the steam rising out of his freshman ears, but you didn’t have to. He was upset. So what impressed him about Kansas’ basketball team? “They’re efficient, and they make plays,” the Longhorn guard said. “But they’re not unbeatable. If we did the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Hall-of-Famer Eric Metcalf nearly ended up at The U, not UT

WACO — Long before he before he earned three All-Pro nods in 13 NFL seasons. Long before he was voted the 1987 Southwest Conference player of the year. Long before he earned five All-America honors and a couple of national long jump titles. And long before he competed in the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Hot seats? Tim Beck knows them well, and this offense is now at his beck and call

Tim Beck recognizes a hot seat when he sees one. He’s sat in plenty of them before. And he’ll be sitting in another one in the Royal-Memorial Stadium press box, come September. Maybe not immediately, but he knows it’ll warm up soon enough. Nature of the beast. “Yeah, I’m holding … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Just how good are the Texas women, really? We’re about to find out

That wasn’t hurt you saw on the faces of Karen Aston and her Texas women’s basketball players Monday night after the Longhorns let Baylor off the hook. It was anger. Bordering on rage. That’s a good thing, by the way. Channeled in the right way, a passion to win can … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas falls but Rice’s Graham sees big upside

Texas made a believer out of Wayne Graham. Even in defeat. And that’s saying something, considering the nearly 81-year-old, legendary Rice baseball coach brought the Owls their first national championship and 22 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Not to mention 1,116 wins. That includes two victories this weekend at wind-swept Disch-Falk … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: A truly lost season for Smart, Longhorns

Shaka Smart is all about accountability. And he needs to practice what he’s forever preaching. “The only way that changes is to be better,” Smart said. “Be solid on defense, take care of the ball and make your free throws down the stretch. We’ve been in a lot of close … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Pierce hopes new-look Disch-Falk Field is a home run for Texas baseball

If the Texas Longhorns are to get back to baseball’s national elite, then their bats must be louder. That’s the approach the new head coach is taking. Upon taking over for the legendary Augie Garrido, David Pierce brought with him a belief that this team must become more offensive in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas guard McCarty is small but has a big game

Brooke McCarty has three hobbies. Basketball. Shopping. Sleeping. Yeah, McCarty loves power naps and sleeping ranks ahead of some things college kids rarely miss out on like going out or watching television. One of the more popular athletes on campus, McCarty isn’t exactly a sports fanatic. When I asked her … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Morgan Cooper hopes to ace this next challenge for Longhorns, himself

Morgan Cooper remembers it like it was yesterday. Well, he remembers some of it. The first time David Pierce gathered his baseball team at Disch-Falk Field, Texas’ new head coach addressed the players and asked for something along the lines of name, rank and serial number. Basic info like a … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Former Longhorn Malcom Brown emerges as quiet force for Patriots

HOUSTON — Malcom Brown talks trash on the football field. Who knew he even talked? The former University of Texas star has been known to do a little a chirping in his first two seasons with the New England Patriots, according to teammate Rob Ninkovich, who informed me of this … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Recruiting wins are always nice, but for Texas, football wins are better

HOUSTON — Tom Herman didn’t win a national championship on his first national signing day at Texas. He didn’t even bring in a top-10 national recruiting class. What’s taking him so long? That’s the nutso world of college recruiting. Everybody wants it all right now. Herman will win at UT … Read More