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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

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Jan. 2, 2005): Senior Mangum makes kick to remember forever

PASADENA, Calif. — He knew the game would end with his foot. More than three minutes remained, but when Dusty Mangum saw Michigan kicker Garrett Rivas raise his hands, the senior understood: The Rose Bowl depended on him. Rivas had just made a 42-yard field goal to give the Wolverines … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 14, 2004): Young delivers win from jaws of defeat

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Vince Young froze. He considered the question, contemplated for a moment and finally sighed. Yes, he has been nervous before. Several times. Like when his mother ordered him not to go outside or she told him to take a book to school. When he didn’t obey, oh … 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

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 24, 2003): CHANCE

Chance Mock wasn’t having a particularly good scrimmage eight days ago. He was throwing too high. Or too low. In general, he was feeling lethargic from a hot August spent securing his spot as the starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns. To compound matters, he hurt his right hand on … 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

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 11, 2001): BOHLS: Will upsets give Texas chance to pluck Rose?

Texas and Colorado in the Big 12 championship game, just like we thought, right? Yeah, and I’ll chip in a hammock on some nifty, oceanfront property in Odessa. And to think they call this the “regular” season. Obviously, there’s been nothing regular about this wacky college football season that has … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Sept. 12, 2001): The day the games stopped

Terrorist attacks in New York and Washington triggered a wave of cancellations of sporting events Tuesday, from major-league baseball games to local volleyball contests. But a resolve to go on also emerged in the sports world, the wish and will to continue with life’s routines even in the face of … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 30, 2001): Switch was a hit

HOUSTON — Raised in Texas, Adam Dunn spent high school summers doing what many baseball players in the state do. He prepared for the next football season. Baseball? That was something Dunn said he played for 20 or 25 games a year at New Caney High School, 30 miles north … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 20, 2001): It’s showtime for touted recruiting classes

There was no sparkling trophy given out that February morning three winters ago. Coach Mack Brown wasn’t showered with gallons of Gatorade, nor was he carried off the field on the broad shoulders of his University of Texas football players. But there were a whole bunch of Longhorn assistant coaches … 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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 13, 1998): Dear Ricky: It’s been our pleasure

Dear Ricky Williams, When you heard your name called Saturday night at the Downtown Athletic Club and nervously headed to a podium to address a national audience that’s come to know every single facet of your life from your dreadlocks to your gentle spirit, we can … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 28, 1998): BOHLS: Williams wins footrace; Longhorns no footnote

In a palpitating ending befitting the final regular-season game of the best running back that college football has ever known, the University of Texas football team once again raised its play to a level that would make Ricky Williams proud. Not to mention make him a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 1, 1998): BOHLS: Brown building beast of a team very quickly

LINCOLN, Neb. — Mack Brown would have built Rome in half a day. And painted the Sistine Chapel over lunch. The brand-new Texas football coach built up a reservoir of goodwill over the off-season and then substantiated it by laying a winning foundation with a four-game victory streak over admitted … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 5, 1997): BOHLS: BROWN: SEEMS TO HAVE ROYAL TOUCH

The running joke goes like this. Question: How many Longhorns does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: Six. One to actually do the work and five to say how Darrell Royal would have done it. We may not have to imagine any longer how the legendary Texas … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 5, 1997): Longhorns hook ’em a Tar Heel

DeLoss Dodds remembers the minute he wanted Mack Brown to become the next Texas Longhorn football coach. It was at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the Texas athletic director walked out of an interview with the North Carolina coach at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. He turned to UT Regent … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 30, 1997): BOHLS: Dropped

The search for a new University of Texas football coach begins today. It could end by Friday if you-know-who says yes. Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said he doesn’t need any outside help in hiring a successor to John Mackovic, but just in case, the area code for Evanston, Ill., is … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Nov. 30, 1997): ‘Time for a new direction’

Conference titles and high graduation rates earn pay bonuses. They do not save jobs. At least not at the University of Texas. Coach John Mackovic fell victim to Texas-sized expectations Saturday when he was reassigned after six up-and-down seasons as football coach of the Longhorns, the last of … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Sept. 14, 1997): BOHLS: Draw the curtain on UT’s darkest moment

At least the band kept playing. It was hard to determine whether the Texas football team did. Oh, the Longhorns were out there all right, or some unreasonable facsimile of the Longhorns. But they seemed to be going through the motions. Backward motions, at that. Did the team quit? Doesn’t … Read More