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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: With Foreman exiting, it becomes Chris Warren III’s chance to shine

As expected, D’Onta Foreman turned pro on Wednesday. Tom Herman probably turned fifty shades of red, not that he expected anything different. It’s not every day that a new football coach loses a 2,000-yard rusher. Of course, the new Longhorns coach never really had Foreman since Herman just took the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Mack Brown on Tom Herman, his old grad assistant — ‘He’s a great hire’

Tom Herman has friends in high places. He’s going to need them to make this Texas turnaround happen in quick fashion. One of the biggest, former Texas coach Mack Brown, didn’t have to check the internet or ask his buddies at ESPN about Texas’ latest coaching news because he got … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman’s Horns could win it all, but not in 2017

In all likelihood, Tom Herman will not win the national championship in 2017. Nor does he have to. But he’d better over the life of his five-year contract. If he does win it all in his first season at Texas, he’ll get a nice bonus and will be seen water-skiing on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Charlie Strong is a good guy, he just wasn’t THE guy for Texas

Charlie Strong’s a good guy. He just wasn’t THE guy. And that’s a shame. It didn’t work for a variety of reasons, but race wasn’t one of them. Oh, I’m sure it was for some fans and boosters, who didn’t want it to work because of Charlie’s skin color. And … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Is Tom Herman the right man for right now for quick-moving Texas?

Texas got its man, but is he the right man? Tom Herman, the former Longhorns grad assistant, is returning to where it all started for him. He once was a faceless, anonymous guy riding down Congress Ave. on a float, sitting next to Ricky Williams during a 1999 victory parade. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: TCU puts the finishing touches on Texas’ Charlie Strong era

Charlie Strong: Jan. 5, 2014-Nov. 25, 2016. If Kansas was a funeral, then TCU was the burial. The Strong era came to an unspectacular end before a sparse crowd at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Friday. Many stayed away because they had already seen enough after the Kansas jaw dropper. The truth … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: His final lopsided loss should spell the end of Charlie Strong’s tenure

Decisive. That was TCU’s rout of Texas in Friday’s season finale was. And that very fact should make the decision by school president Gregory L. Fenves to make a coaching change that much easier. The Texas administration made nothing official on Friday night after the Longhorns’ lopsided 31-9 loss to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ finale should be Charlie Strong’s, too

The final regular-season game for Texas on Friday is no longer simply a game. It is a watershed moment that could have far-reaching implications. The significance of the Texas-TCU outcome and what follows in the hours afterward will shape and define the reputations and careers and legacies of a football … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Gary Patterson, TCU are fully expecting a frenzied Texas atmosphere

FORT WORTH — Gary Patterson has won at TCU. His Horned Frogs aren’t having the greatest season, but he has enough coaching skins on the wall to overcome the occasional valleys that come with college football. He has won 148 of his first 200 games at … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Yet another Texas fumble — its handling of Charlie Strong’s exit

Charlie Strong is out as head football coach after losing to Kansas. Charlie Strong is back as head football coach if he beats TCU. Take your pick. Asked what the chances are that school president Gregory L. Fenves could change his mind and bring Strong back for a fourth year, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman coming on, but is he coming to Austin?

Tom Herman’s bags are packed. That much is clear. After all, his Houston Cougars play on the road at Memphis next week. Sorry if you were expecting a different destination this quickly, but the Taylor Swift of college football hasn’t left his first head coaching job. He … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Charlie Strong just did the one thing he couldn’t afford to — lose

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s over. On a bleary day in the American heartland, Charlie Strong’s coaching tenure at Texas took a critical hit. A loss to Kansas won’t get Shaka Smart fired, but we’re talking about football here. Texas football. The Longhorns don’t lose to Kansas. Shoot, college football doesn’t … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: With fewer scholarships to give, Longhorns not under recruiting pressure

Even in this 5-5 season, it doesn’t appear Malcolm Roach would change a thing. “Who wouldn’t want to play at Texas?,” the freshman linebacker said. “I feel like it’s a great place here, and it’s a great fit for me. I believe I made the right decision.” Dozens of the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Job, bowl and season concerns make Kansas an actual must-win matchup for Texas

File this under the heading of “Things you don’t hear every day.” Kansas is a must-win for Texas. You read correctly. It’s a must-win. If Charlie Strong loses Saturday, he might want to cancel that return trip to Bergstrom. There is no coming back from a letdown in Lawrence. “You … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Growing pains? For Andrew Jones, it’s more like growing gains

Shaka Smart can hardly go two sentences without mentioning growth. Growth of the team. Growth of the players. Growth as a program. That happens when a college basketball coach in his second year says goodbye to his star point guard, another defensive-minded guard and practically his entire frontcourt. Hell, even … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Kansas is a no-win matchup that never matters — until it does

Texas can’t win this week. Just can’t. Even if it wins. Of course, that means it must be Kansas Week, known throughout college football as Name The Score Week. There isn’t a worse team than Kansas, which has won 10 games and lost 60 in the last six seasons. Not … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Kirk Bohls: How close does Texas and Charlie Strong look? Thisclose.

Texas is thisclose. No separation in those words, just like zero room between Longhorns wide receiver Collin Johnson and three West Virginia defensive backs in the end zone on the game’s final play Saturday. I just can’t shake the notion that Charlie Strong is not that far off. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Cedric Golden: Yes, Texas just lost its fifth game … but it’s not time to panic

For the first time in his Texas tenure, Charlie Strong’s tackle football team ran 100 offensive plays. Even better was a solid 5.4 yards-per-play average. And for the 11th straight game, running back D’Onta Foreman ran north of 100 yards, tying the school record owned by the immortal Earl Campbell. Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: For D’Onta Foreman, a 1977 Heisman history lesson from Earl Campbell

Nobody sensed Earl Campbell could win the Heisman Trophy in September 1977. And the biggest story after Texas’ season-opening win over Boston College was something that provided sensory overload. Bat feces. It’s true. It was all over Royal-Memorial Stadium. School officials had to spend $140 to acquire 200 pounds of … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Kirk Bohls: One year later, Joe Wickline returns to Texas a happier coach

Almost a year after he left Texas, Joe Wickline will be back at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday as offensive coordinator. And like the two combustible seasons he spent with the Longhorns, he won’t be calling plays now either. At least, not many of them. Following two very turbulent years in … Read More