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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns had better wake up in the second half or else

Upcoming: the most important half of football of Charlie Strong’s Texas tenure. The Horns had better wake up or else the 2016 season will take an irreversible turn. Iowa State 6, Texas 3 at the half. That can’t be a good thing, friends. Texas was supposed to work the Cyclones … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: A position change at Texas forever changed Leonard Davis’ life

Big Leonard Davis has always been, well, big. During his time at Texas, the 6-foot-6, 360-pound mountain of a man wore a 56 long jacket and once crowed about eating five breakfast sandwiches from Jack in the Box. That’d be 2,250 calories in one shot. Now, at age 38, that … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: If Texas loses, it’ll get much rockier than that 2015 flight home from Ames

Two straight losses to Iowa State and Texas won’t take flight this season. Shoot, if that happens, Strong Airlines will go the way of Braniff. It’s well past  time for the Longhorns to take off and soar while avoiding the bumps that have accompanied this team in Charlie Strong’s third … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: As cesspools go, the Texas job comes with full support

CESSPOOL, USA — Hello, from the sewage capital of the world. Judging from Kirk Herbstreit’s inflammatory comments over the weekend, when the ESPN analyst labeled the Texas football culture a “cesspool” and all but said Charlie Strong had little or no support and had been hired to fail, I … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Charlie Strong is nowhere close to fixing this defense

DALLAS — The fix isn’t in. Head coach Charlie Strong named himself defensive coordinator after last week’s Texas loss to Oklahoma State, demoting long-time buddy Vance Bedford and vowing to make the changes to fix the Longhorns’ considerable defensive woes. He didn’t come close to finding any answers. If anything, … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shane Buechele offers Texas hope for brighter days

DALLAS — The better quarterback won. That’s usually the case when the Red River rivals knock heads every October. While there’s a growing concern whether Charlie Strong is the right man to lead Texas back to national prominence, his freshman quarterback provided a bit or hope for sagging fortunes. Shane … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Amid Texas slide, Mike Perrin is in Charlie Strong’s corner

DALLAS — On the eve of a crossroads game for head coach Charlie Strong, his boss gave a public show of support. Athletics director Mike Perrin is Team Strong. For now. “I support Charlie,” Perrin told a half-dozen writers Friday afternoon.  He’s my coach. He’s a friend. I respect him … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Sterlin Gilbert’s offense keeping everyone involved

Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert promised there’d be plenty of balls for everybody this season. Four games in, we’re getting a better idea how the Longhorns spread it around and who’s making the most of their opportunities. Quarterback Shane Buechele clearly likes looking for John Burt and Armanti Foreman out … Read More

Ken Herman

Herman: Why can Charlie Strong ban guns, but UT teachers can’t?

The University of Texas has made it clear. And, in a preliminary ruling in a pending lawsuit, a federal judge has made it clear. Under the new campus carry law, UT personnel cannot ban students with handgun licenses from bringing those guns, concealed, to class. So we are left to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Bob Stoops, Charlie Strong both find themselves against a Red River wall

Bob Stoops keeps things to himself. Including a lot of Big 12 championships. But he keeps all things close to the breast. Fort Knox isn’t as guarded as Oklahoma’s coach. Which is one reason he’s survived in Norman for 18 years. He’s always looking to the next game. The next … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Charlie Strong is gaining new duties, but losing old support

When Charlie Strong announced two weeks too late that he was demoting loyal friend and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford on Mondays, several things became clear. Charlie’s fast running out of scapegoats. And, most of all, time. Super booster Red McCombs may have been right when, at the time of Strong’s … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas AD Mike Perrin should take a long look at this coaching staff

STILLWATER, Okla. — Charlie Strong is running out of answers. That’s assuming he had any to begin with. His team wasn’t ready on Saturday, and athletic director Mike Perrin had better take notice. The Longhorns weren’t ready for Mason Rudolph’s pin-point passing. Or for the other Barry J. Sanders to … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: D’Onta Foreman, Chris Warren give Longhorns ground power

D’Onta Foreman has no breakaway speed. Chris Warren III has no side-to-side wiggle. Put ’em on diets. Both 250-pounders are simply too big to be effective, elite running backs. Quick, somebody come up with more bulletin-board put-downs they can … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Is the Big 12 the worst defensive conference in the country? You bet it is

Texas fans know the Longhorns are oh-so close to turning things around. But they also know the Longhorns are oh-so far away when it comes to the defense’s ability or inability to make timely stops at crunch time. Such is life in the worst defensive conference in college football. The … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Kent Perkins offers a sobering apology

Kent Perkins faced the music on Monday. But then, it was Texas’ senior guard who wrote the lyrics when he was arrested early Friday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated after passing out in his Dodge Challenger at a fast-food restaurant drive-through near campus and then wrecking his car, … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Could personnel, not scheme changes help Horns?

What’s so mystifying about the Texas defense is that the quality of secondary play has been a complete departure from Charlie Strong’s historical norm. Go back and look at the Louisville numbers. The Cardinals were ninth nationally in pass defense in 2010, 17th in 2012 and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Charlie Strong and his players are angry, but are they angry enough?

Paul Boyette Jr.’s an angry, young man and said so. Kent Perkins is also an angry, young man and spoke his mind as well on Monday. Charlie Strong’s an angry, older man. He talked, too. Vance Bedford’s likely to be equally angry, especially if he’s demoted from defensive coordinator, but … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls AP ballot: Louisville makes jump; Texas a fall

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many critics of college football blame the preseason polls for their rigidity and refusal to shake things up because by golly a voter has a team pegged in a certain role and won’t budge. But a fluid Top 25 ballot greatly rewards — and penalizes — teams … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Vance Bedford’s defense has a Manny Diaz feel to it

The idea was to beat a Pac-12 team, not become a Pac-12 team. The Texas Longhorns were a sieve on defense at Cal.   Vance Bedford’s group struggled up front but suffered an utter collapse on the back end. The secondary, thought to be a strong unit, was embarrassed … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Vance Bedford is holding Texas back from taking that next step

BERKELEY, Calif. — In the span of two short seasons, Charlie Strong might as well have installed a revolving door in the coaches’ office. So many assistant coaches were coming and going, it was amazing they didn’t run into each other. All totaled, seven assistant coaches were either fired, demoted … Read More