Kirk Bohls

Sports columnist

Kirk Bohls was born at the Austin American-Statesman. He worked there part-time briefly before he graduated from the University of Texas, then took a full-time job at the Statesman in 1973 and loved it so much that he never left. Before he became lead sports columnist in 1994, he covered the gamut from high school sports to Longhorn football and baseball to the Southwest Conference and Texas A&M football to the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. He's a Central Texas native from nearby Taylor -- the home of Louie Mueller's barbeque -- loves all things ducks as a former Taylor Duck, works with the homeless and other charities and is the scourge of fantasy football and baseball leagues for decades.

Latest from Kirk Bohls

Jazmyne Johnson: Young mom needs reliable car, better education
 It was a rainy night in late September when the windshield wipers on the “raggedy car” her boyfriend was driving stopped working and the car careened off the road and slid into a utility pole. Jazmyne Johnson, riding as a passenger, remembers the severe whiplash effect from the air bag that collided with her face. The impact scraped...

Posted: a minute ago

It was a rainy night in late September when the windshield wipers on the “raggedy car” her boyfriend was driving stopped working and the car careened off the road and slid into a utility pole. Jazmyne Johnson, riding as a passenger, remembers the severe whiplash effect from the air bag that collided with her face. The impact scraped...
Bohls: Texas is a long shot, but could end up in the Alamo Bowl
 While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Texas could wind up in the more prestigious, better-paying ($4 million per team) Alamo Bowl, but it would take the Big 12 landing two teams in the New Year’s Six bowls and probably a loss by Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game because the Sooners have more stroke to still...

Posted: 12 hours ago

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Texas could wind up in the more prestigious, better-paying ($4 million per team) Alamo Bowl, but it would take the Big 12 landing two teams in the New Year’s Six bowls and probably a loss by Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game because the Sooners have more stroke to still...
Bohls: Hurt, hapless Cowboys now starved for hope
 In a special halftime ceremony, they rolled out Jerry Jones’ recently acquired, very shiny Hall of Fame bust, which was fitting because this Cowboys season is shaping up as just that. A bust. Dallas is plain broken. Literally as well as physically. And it was the Philadelphia Eagles who did the breaking, smashing the Cowboys 37-9 in...

Posted: 2 days ago

In a special halftime ceremony, they rolled out Jerry Jones’ recently acquired, very shiny Hall of Fame bust, which was fitting because this Cowboys season is shaping up as just that. A bust. Dallas is plain broken. Literally as well as physically. And it was the Philadelphia Eagles who did the breaking, smashing the Cowboys 37-9 in...
Bohls: Texas’ defense, running game are planting the seeds for the future
 MORGANTOWN, W.V. — The checklist was on overdrive for an aspiring Longhorns football team as a chilly, rain-drenched Saturday
            in the West Virginia mountains gave way to royal blue skies at dusk. Texas won on the road. Check. Texas beat a Top 25 team. Check. Texas became bowl-eligible. Check. Texas is a good team. Checkmate?...

Posted: 3 days ago

MORGANTOWN, W.V. — The checklist was on overdrive for an aspiring Longhorns football team as a chilly, rain-drenched Saturday in the West Virginia mountains gave way to royal blue skies at dusk. Texas won on the road. Check. Texas beat a Top 25 team. Check. Texas became bowl-eligible. Check. Texas is a good team. Checkmate?...
Take Ten: Bohls, Golden tackle college football’s big Week 12 questions
 American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden address 10 hot-button topics about Texas, the Big 12 and national college football: 1. How should Texas use its quarterbacks in these final two games? Bohls: However, whenever and whoever will give the Longhorns the best chance to win and get to a bowl game. If that means 10 snaps...

Posted: 4 days ago

American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden address 10 hot-button topics about Texas, the Big 12 and national college football: 1. How should Texas use its quarterbacks in these final two games? Bohls: However, whenever and whoever will give the Longhorns the best chance to win and get to a bowl game. If that means 10 snaps...
Bohls: Texas’ Dylan Osetkowski is making a name — or names — for himself
 By now, he’s already heard it all. But the rugged junior forward for the Texas basketball team figures he’s going to hear plenty more, too. Because of his all-around game. Because of his just out-of-the-woods looks. Because of his tough style of play. That’s OK. Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski’s already become a crowd...

Posted: 6 days ago

By now, he’s already heard it all. But the rugged junior forward for the Texas basketball team figures he’s going to hear plenty more, too. Because of his all-around game. Because of his just out-of-the-woods looks. Because of his tough style of play. That’s OK. Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski’s already become a crowd...
Bohls: Smart favors judicious reliance on one-and-done players
 While I gotcha, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Shaka Smart doesn’t want one-and-dones. Check that. He doesn’t want all one-and-dones. He’ll take some. He just doesn’t want a roster full of them. The third-year Texas basketball coach has had one so far in center Jarrett Allen, who stayed one season...

Posted: 7 days ago

While I gotcha, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Shaka Smart doesn’t want one-and-dones. Check that. He doesn’t want all one-and-dones. He’ll take some. He just doesn’t want a roster full of them. The third-year Texas basketball coach has had one so far in center Jarrett Allen, who stayed one season...
Bohls: Canes top my AP Top 25 ballot

Posted: 9 days ago

We ask for chaos. We get chaos. As many as four of the college football teams ranked among my top nine and seven of my top 17 fell on Saturday, several of them in blowouts. And I’ve got the Canes No. 1. My top four are Miami, Alabama, Oklahoma and Clemson with Auburn leapfrogging a bunch of teams to rise to No. 6. I put...
Bohls: Texas’ future includes a possible bowl, but definitely some more work
 I smell the Cactus Bowl. Or is it the Liberty Bowl? Texas Bowl? Hard to tell because all those minor bowls look and taste and smell alike, but the 5-5 Texas football team inched ever closer
            to qualifying for its first bowl game in three years even though it’s beaten just one team with a winning record (6-4 Iowa
        ...

Posted: 10 days ago

I smell the Cactus Bowl. Or is it the Liberty Bowl? Texas Bowl? Hard to tell because all those minor bowls look and taste and smell alike, but the 5-5 Texas football team inched ever closer to qualifying for its first bowl game in three years even though it’s beaten just one team with a winning record (6-4 Iowa ...