Cedric Golden

Sports columnist

As a kid growing up in Tyler, Cedric Golden always knew he would end up with a career in sports, as either an athlete or a member of the media. Writing won out. Ced was hired by the Statesman in 1999 to cover high school sports. In 2002, he was moved to the college beat where he covered Texas football and baseball. He was at the Rose Bowl for Texas’ first two BCS title wins over Michigan and Southern Cal and at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium when the Horns won the 2005 College World Series. Ced was promoted to a general sports columnist position in the fall of 2006. He is also the name behind Golden’s Nuggets, his online blog that can be found on statesman.com. You can also follow him on twitter @CedGolden.

Latest from Cedric Golden

Golden: National championship hero Brian Robison enjoying Vikings’ post-season run
 In 
            this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes: One former Longhorn enjoying the NFL playoffs: Replays of the Minneapolis Miracle showed longtime Vikings defensive end Brian Robison running down the sideline, arms aloft,
            as Stefon Diggs loped into...

Posted: 2 days ago

In  this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes: One former Longhorn enjoying the NFL playoffs: Replays of the Minneapolis Miracle showed longtime Vikings defensive end Brian Robison running down the sideline, arms aloft, as Stefon Diggs loped into...
Golden: Karen Aston’s Horns must build upon eye-opening UConn loss
 UConn exposed Texas Monday night. As a Final Four contender. Question is, what are the Horns going to do about it? Are they going to take a near-win over the nation’s best team as fuel to take this season to special places or will they struggle
            against lesser teams they should work on a nightly basis? Remains to be seen...

Posted: 3 days ago

UConn exposed Texas Monday night. As a Final Four contender. Question is, what are the Horns going to do about it? Are they going to take a near-win over the nation’s best team as fuel to take this season to special places or will they struggle against lesser teams they should work on a nightly basis? Remains to be seen...
Golden: Karen Aston’s Horns showed Final Four potential
 UConn exposed Texas Monday night. As a Final Four contender. Question is, what are the Horns going to do about it? Are they going to take a near-win over the nation’s best team  as fuel to take this season to special places or will they
            struggle against lesser teams they should work on a nightly basis? Remains to be...

Posted: 3 days ago

UConn exposed Texas Monday night. As a Final Four contender. Question is, what are the Horns going to do about it? Are they going to take a near-win over the nation’s best team  as fuel to take this season to special places or will they struggle against lesser teams they should work on a nightly basis? Remains to be...
Golden’s Nuggets: Texas ex Brian Robison one win from first Super Bowl
 Replays of the Minneapolis Miracle showed longtime Vikings defensive end Brian Robison running down the sideline, arms aloft, as Stefon Diggs loped into the end zone to eliminate the New Orleans Saints from the postseason. Photos from the aftermath revealed an emotional Robison on his hands and knees, his head pressed against the white paint...

Posted: 3 days ago

Replays of the Minneapolis Miracle showed longtime Vikings defensive end Brian Robison running down the sideline, arms aloft, as Stefon Diggs loped into the end zone to eliminate the New Orleans Saints from the postseason. Photos from the aftermath revealed an emotional Robison on his hands and knees, his head pressed against the white paint...
Golden: Central Florida is a lesson to all: Expand the CFP
 College football delivered once again. Alabama and Georgia did us proud. Per ESPN, viewership of the national championship game’s main telecast drew 28.4 million viewers, the second-highest in title game history. Those teams gave college football the season finale it wanted, an overtime classic filled with twists and turns, from Nick...

Posted: 5 days ago

College football delivered once again. Alabama and Georgia did us proud. Per ESPN, viewership of the national championship game’s main telecast drew 28.4 million viewers, the second-highest in title game history. Those teams gave college football the season finale it wanted, an overtime classic filled with twists and turns, from Nick...
Golden: Texas is producing top college talent — for out-of-state schools
 No state produces as much football talent as Texas. So why are Texas universities, most notably UT, not among the current national elite? Poor coaching? Superior recruiting outside the state? Nick Saban? Possibly all of the above. As the nation watched Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Saban’s latest title team duke it out for the crown...

Posted: 6 days ago

No state produces as much football talent as Texas. So why are Texas universities, most notably UT, not among the current national elite? Poor coaching? Superior recruiting outside the state? Nick Saban? Possibly all of the above. As the nation watched Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Saban’s latest title team duke it out for the crown...
Golden’s nuggets: Briles saying the right thing but to wrong audience
 Former Baylor coach Art Briles should speak publicly about the sexual assault scandal that brought down his program, but it should not come in a room full of football coaches eager to shake his hand and slap him on the back. At least not before he speaks to women who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of men and not in a comfy ESPN studio...

Posted: 10 days ago

Former Baylor coach Art Briles should speak publicly about the sexual assault scandal that brought down his program, but it should not come in a room full of football coaches eager to shake his hand and slap him on the back. At least not before he speaks to women who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of men and not in a comfy ESPN studio...
Golden: Horns squander opportunity vs. Baylor
 Texas found a shot maker not named Dylan Osetkowski.
            At least for a half.
            Turns out it wasn’t enough.
            With star guard Andrew Jones’ health status a growing concern, the Horns dropped a 69-60 decision at Baylor on Saturday, blowing
               a great chance to pocket a second straight road...

Posted: 12 days ago

Texas found a shot maker not named Dylan Osetkowski. At least for a half. Turns out it wasn’t enough. With star guard Andrew Jones’ health status a growing concern, the Horns dropped a 69-60 decision at Baylor on Saturday, blowing a great chance to pocket a second straight road...
Our Take: Bohls, Golden weigh in on the NFL playoffs
 The NFL playoffs kick off on Saturday. American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden tackle key questions for the postseason: 1. Who’ll win it all in Minnesota this year? Bohls: I’m going all in with the hometown team. Assuming Mike Zimmer doesn’t change horses in midstream and mistakenly put Sam Bradford in...

Posted: 14 days ago

The NFL playoffs kick off on Saturday. American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden tackle key questions for the postseason: 1. Who’ll win it all in Minnesota this year? Bohls: I’m going all in with the hometown team. Assuming Mike Zimmer doesn’t change horses in midstream and mistakenly put Sam Bradford in...
Golden: This NFL season, Rams horn in on annual Ceddys
 The NFL regular season is complete, and we witnessed one crazy season of tackle football. Now, enjoy the latest edition of the Ceddys, which recognize the best and worst of the 2017 season. Best offensive player: Todd Gurley. He put that sophomore jinx in the rear view mirror with 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns. He should edge out Tom Brady...

Posted: 15 days ago

The NFL regular season is complete, and we witnessed one crazy season of tackle football. Now, enjoy the latest edition of the Ceddys, which recognize the best and worst of the 2017 season. Best offensive player: Todd Gurley. He put that sophomore jinx in the rear view mirror with 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns. He should edge out Tom Brady...
Golden: Herman heads into offseason as a winner
 One thing Tom Herman said after the Texas Bowl win stood above everything else. “It’s really important for these guys to call themselves winners.” Perception is huge in college football: from the voters who determine the national rankings to the athletes you’re fighting to recruit to ultimately, the people who decide...

Posted: 17 days ago

One thing Tom Herman said after the Texas Bowl win stood above everything else. “It’s really important for these guys to call themselves winners.” Perception is huge in college football: from the voters who determine the national rankings to the athletes you’re fighting to recruit to ultimately, the people who decide...