Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Playing in a bowl game should be Tom Herman’s standard for first-year success

Texas could be in trouble. And not just because Oklahoma State and its top-ranked offense are coming to town. But at 3-3, the Longhorns are in jeopardy of not having enough wins to qualify for a bowl game. Any bowl game. A bowl appearance should always be the absolute minimum … Read More

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Bohls: OU on the rise; Aggies in the mix

Shakeup Saturday came early. Three of my top 10 teams fell and fell hard. Clemson was a no-show in Syracuse, Washington State was an even bigger no-show against Cal and Washington never got its offense clicking against Arizona State. Lucky for Chris Petersen it was a late night game, and … Read More

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Bohls: Sam Ehlinger willed Texas back in it against OU, but needs help the rest of the way

DALLAS — Sam Ehlinger came up a little short. But in reality the Texas quarterback came up huge. Huger than anyone would have reason to suspect from a fuzz-faced teenager just months removed from high school. In just his fourth collegiate start, the freshman from Westlake almost pulled off the … Read More

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Bohls: Bob Stoops faces a big decision — Go to Texas-OU? Or watch it from the couch?

Bob Stoops’ plans are up in the air. No, not for 2018 and beyond. He’s already made that call. But Saturday? He’s not sure where he will be this weekend. Stay at home, prop his feet up on the ottoman and eat nachos. Or go to the Cotton Bowl and … Read More

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Bohls: Underdogs vs. underwhelming — is the wrong team favored in this Texas-Oklahoma matchup?

Halfway through Tom Herman’s Monday presser, as he addressed his underdog Texas team’s chances against Oklahoma, the thought dawned on me. Is the wrong team favored this week? Quite possibly, which is why I fully expect the betting line that listed the Sooners as a 7 1/2-point favorite to shrink … Read More

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Bohls: Texas has physicality, toughness and momentum heading into Red River Rivalry game

Texas out-Bill Snydered Bill Snyder. The Longhorns can’t say that very often, but they stood toe-to-toe with a Kansas State team Saturday night that has come to personify a coal miner’s toughness and matched the Wildcats’ physical play in a game that may go a long way in defining this … Read More

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Bohls: The best way to fix the Texas offense? More Toneil Carter, more Sam Ehlinger

There’s good news and there’s bad news when it comes to the Texas offense. For one, it can’t get much worse. That may really be the best news after a 17-7 road win over a mediocre Iowa State club. Secondly, freshman Toneil Carter showed more life and more wiggle and … Read More

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Bohls: Make way for the Pirate

Week 5 brought little change to my Associated Press Top 25 college football ballot. Except for the Pirate. Perfect Washington State’s upset of USC ushered Pirate lover Mike Leach’s club into the Top 10 at No. 8. Otherwise, it’s much the same as Alabama and Clemson took care of business … Read More

Bohls: Why the grass at Jack Trice Stadium might be a problem for Texas

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On what to expect Thursday night in Ames: One cannot overstate the importance of Thursday’s Iowa State game to … Read More

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Bohls: TCU biggest mover in AP vote

A new Associated Press poll ballot and a new No. 1. Well, actually it’s an old No. 1. I leapfrogged Alabama back into the top spot ahead of Clemson, which struggled before pulling away with an easy win over Boston College. By virtue of its 59-0 spanking of Vanderbilt and … Read More

Bohls: What does one Pac-12 AD think about Texas potentially in his conference?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: One AD’s take: Texas would have been good as a member of the Pac-12 USC athletic director Lynn Swann empathized with the decline … Read More

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Bohls: Tom Herman has a lot to chew on after Longhorns’ near-upset of USC

We finally got much-needed answers from Tom Herman to some pressing questions. He chews sugar-free Dubble Bubble. Seven of ’em in his pocket per half. He can blow a bubble with the best of them. Some harsh critics might say he can blow a big game as … Read More

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Bohls: Texas defense shows championship fiber

LOS ANGELES — Unlike the historic meeting between these two brand-name teams almost a dozen years ago, there was no championship on the line this time. But championship mettle was. And Texas displayed plenty of that Saturday night. Along with it, the Longhorns, unranked with a misleading 1-2 record, offered … Read More

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Bohls: Eleven years later, the what-ifs from the 2006 Texas-USC game not near as rosy

They remember it all so well. Vince Young’s historic fourth-down sprint into the end zone and the ensuing rainfall of confetti. Texas’ comeback with seven-plus minutes remaining to play. The critical fourth-and-2 with no Reggie Bush on the field. Michael Griffin’s sensational interception. Bush’s poor decision to lateral. And all … Read More

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Bohls: Two games in, Texas continues to search for its identity

The question lingers. And may for a while. Through two games this season, Texas is still searching for an identity. The thing that defines the Longhorns. The thing that a team turns to as its staple week in and week out. The main thing that an opponent has to deal … Read More

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FROM THE ARCHIVES (Sept. 11, 2005): BOHLS: For once, Texas lives up to expectations

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the end, with what seemed like half of the entire state of Ohio hollering its lungs off and most of the Buckeye defense bearing down on quarterback Vince Young, Texas went against character. And by doing so, proved its character. Read More

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Sooners on the rise on AP ballot

We’re just two weeks into the college football season, and already my Associated Press Top 25 ballot has undergone a big shakeup. By virtue of its domination of Ohio State on the road, Oklahoma climbed four spots in my rankings to a strong No. 2 position behind — you know … Read More

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Bohls: Texas now has quarterbacks galore — but who’s gonna start against Southern Cal?

The Sam Ehlinger Era began Saturday. Who knows how long it will last. It might even be a one-week era for the Westlake freshman — which is pretty short as eras go — if Shane Buechele returns from his bruised shoulder to resume his starting position next Saturday at Southern … Read More

Bohls: If Longhorns and Aggies restart the rivalry at least ‘someone has to win’

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On who had a worse weekend – Texas or Texas A&M? Whose fan base feels lower than a cricket’s undergarments right now, the … Read More

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Bohls: Proper hydration levels and great body language will get Texas only so far

Tom Herman struck the right tone for the most part on Monday. But he chose the wrong words. Two days after his team’s wickedly poor performance against Maryland, the first-year, first-game Texas head coach wasn’t surly. He wasn’t defensive. He wasn’t panicky. Of course, he wasn’t overly apologetic either and … Read More