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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Odds favor Andrew Jones making a difference for Horns

Andrew Jones operates with an unrelenting desire to overcome the odds. Tell him he can’t. He will. Tell him he isn’t good enough. He will prove you wrong. “I’ve always played with a chip on my shoulder because I never really had the hype,” he said. “People were always like, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: So far, Texas’ Jarrett Allen has been nerdy, quirky off the court, spectacular on it

Jarrett Allen isn’t your every-day, garden-variety college basketball player. Especially off the court. On it, he’s a rising star, Texas’ 6-foot-11 freshman forward who wowed ‘em at Kansas and who faces a lifetime decision about the NBA in the next few months. Allen’s the center of attention from many. Off … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Joyner Holmes does impersonations of superstars, good ones

Karen Aston’s had her eye on Joyner Holmes for more than a moment. Try eighth grade. “Yeah, I think that’s when she started looking at me,” Holmes said. Aston wasn’t the only one who had eyes for this gifted basketball player. And why not? That same year, didn’t Cedar Hill … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Are Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns about to hit rock bottom?

Shaka Smart’s ship is taking on water and the money games haven’t even started yet. But they’re coming up. Like right now. Smart’s Texas men are in big trouble with the Big 12’s biggest icebergs are coming up on the schedule — No. 10 West Virginia at home on Saturday, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Charlie Strong sounds happy, and why not? He’s back home at South Florida

TAMPA, Fla. — The smile’s as broad as ever. And genuine as well. Charlie Strong is home. Home in the Sunshine State, where he spent 15 years of his career, starting as a Florida graduate assistant in 1983. Home, where he helped the Florida Gators win a pair of national … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Red McCombs positions himself in Tom Herman’s corner — ‘This guy is the real deal’

TAMPA, Fla. — The message came up on my phone on Friday as a missed call, and the name gave me pause. “Red McCombs wants you to call him.” Uh oh. We’d been down this road before, but when one of the biggest Longhorns benefactors talks, you’d better listen. This time, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: If Andrew Jones keeps this up, the Texas men may have found their point guard

Texas doesn’t have a proven point guard, but one could be emerging. Andrew Jones is far from a finished product, but he’s the pushing the needle in a positive direction. Want to know the first rule of Point Guard 101? It’s treating the ball like a family heirloom that bounces: … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman is assembling an ‘army’ of a staff at Texas

Tom Herman came off very defensive Thursday. In the new Texas football coach’s first press conference since he was introduced in late November, Herman was caught off guard when an intrepid reporter playfully questioned why his grocery cart at a local supermarket this week didn’t include more vegetables. A chuckling … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Houston’s counting on Major Applewhite’s pedigree, potential now

HOUSTON — The Cougars could have had their pick of a lot of deserving candidates, some of whom would have been big-splash hires. But Les Miles was too old, too offensively challenged, too set in his ways. And Lane Kiffin had more baggage than an airline loses in a year … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas needs Jarrett Allen to be its on-court alpha dog — now

This time last year, Jarrett Allen was the Shaq of the Southwest Preparatory Conference. A big man putting up big numbers for a team that won conference titles. Now as the center for the Texas Longhorns, Allen is still the big man in the paint, but he is just getting … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: I nailed some Texas predictions, but was Trent Domingue-wide on others

Time to fess up. This used to be a lot more fun when Mack Brown was the coach and we in the media could at least count on a bowl game now and again. Not so much the last two years. Regardless, here’s the review of the preview where we … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Strong’s UT failure has Power 5 implications for black coaches

Charlie Strong didn’t get it done at Texas, but he got another chance. That’s huge on several levels. You see, there was a time when a black coach rarely got a second chance to prove his worth as a head coach. Apparently, times are slowly changing for the better in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Eric Davis emerges from basketball wilderness

Texas basketball fans looked up Saturday night and saw a familiar face. Remember Eric Davis? Yep that was the Texas sophomore guard back doing his thing after spending much of the first part of the season in a basketball wilderness. The 16 points he scored in the the 71-65 win … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Houston’s hire is a win-win for Texas, UH and Major Applewhite himself

Major Applewhite would have done a bang-up job as Tom Herman’s offensive coordinator in Austin, but his eyes were on a bigger prize. Houston has landed the right coach and Texas has avoided what would have been some trepidatious maneuvering had one of the most popular players in school history … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: With Applewhite, Houston makes a major — and correct — choice

Houston stopped the bleeding on Friday. After a contentious, tumultuous few months that included the disheartening loss of their rising star of a head coach, the lack of a much-deserved invitation to join a Power 5 conference from the dysfunctional Big 12 and stunning defeats by lowly SMU and finally … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Look past her ribbon and nails — Texas’ Ebony Nwanebu is on-court tough

Almost everything about Ebony Nwanebu disguises who the Texas women’s volleyball player actually is. On the court, the Longhorns junior is as powerful an outside hitter as there is in her sport. Her coach calls her “world class” and says “her future is at a high end.” Her aggressive play … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Our Take: Bohls, Golden weigh in on the good, bad and ugly that was 2016 Texas

Another season has come and gone for Texas — the second in a row without a bowl game and third in a row without a winning record — and American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden weigh in on where the Longhorns are and where they’re going: 1. WHAT WILL … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Shaka Smart’s Longhorns are enduring groaning pains

With the clock ticking down on Texas’ first home loss of the season Tuesday night, it became readily apparent to the small crowd on hand that the Longhorns were missing just one valuable piece of the puzzle. Yeah, last year’s starting lineup. A Texas team that said goodbye to all … Read More

Ken Herman

Herman on Tom Herman: Maybe this new guy will have a sense of humor when faced with adversity?

Our new local football coach seems to be a persistent fellow when he has his eyes on a star recruit. And Tom Herman also seems to have a sense of humor in the face of adversity. That first trait should help him succeed in Longhornville. That second trait could serve … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: D’Onta Foreman’s decision to jump to the NFL was a no-brainer

D’Onta Foreman ran over, through and past every opponent he faced this season. But he saved his best move for last. Taking his talents to the NFL was a no-brainer. When he told an assembled crowd of media and Texas teammates of his intentions Wednesday, I’m going to guess to … Read More