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

Bohls: Rangers chasing Astros, but they won’t catch ‘em
 While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. With the Astros the defending world champions, and the Angels and Mariners clearly upgrading their teams, Jeff Banister has his work cut out for him. He’s got a paper-thin rotation with Cole Hamels at the top, a healing Martin Perez and journeymen that the Texas Rangers...

Posted: 24 minutes ago

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. With the Astros the defending world champions, and the Angels and Mariners clearly upgrading their teams, Jeff Banister has his work cut out for him. He’s got a paper-thin rotation with Cole Hamels at the top, a healing Martin Perez and journeymen that the Texas Rangers...
Bohls: Early poll shows Clemson, Bama and a whole bunch of Big Ten
 Now that Alabama has once again validated its claim as college football’s biggest dynasty, it’s time for a peek at the potential Top 25 teams of 2018. The Crimson Tide, of course, have been, are and will be the No. 1 program in the nation, until further notice. But where’s the fun in all that? And we’re curious. Has...

Posted: 3 days ago

Now that Alabama has once again validated its claim as college football’s biggest dynasty, it’s time for a peek at the potential Top 25 teams of 2018. The Crimson Tide, of course, have been, are and will be the No. 1 program in the nation, until further notice. But where’s the fun in all that? And we’re curious. Has...
Bohls: Texas’ Roach comes to the rescue
 Shaka Smart spent the better part of Tuesday evening at Andrew Jones’ hospital bedside, talking, joking and watching basketball
            games. “We watched probably four hours of games together,” the Texas basketball coach said. “Watched Louisville-Maryland. Watched
            OU-KState.” And did the Longhorn...

Posted: 6 days ago

Shaka Smart spent the better part of Tuesday evening at Andrew Jones’ hospital bedside, talking, joking and watching basketball games. “We watched probably four hours of games together,” the Texas basketball coach said. “Watched Louisville-Maryland. Watched OU-KState.” And did the Longhorn...
Bohls: Herman’s new hire to lend needed hand
 While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Tom Herman seems to have made an important hire Tuesday when he reportedly plucked Herb Hand off Auburn’s staff to be Texas’ new co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, but it remains unclear if he or Tim Beck will call the plays next season or how Derek...

Posted: 7 days ago

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Tom Herman seems to have made an important hire Tuesday when he reportedly plucked Herb Hand off Auburn’s staff to be Texas’ new co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, but it remains unclear if he or Tim Beck will call the plays next season or how Derek...
Bohls: Can Saban, Belichick just swap jobs and prove who’s really best?
 While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Given how boringly efficient Nick Saban has been at Alabama and how divided the hierarchy might be in New England, what if Saban and Bill Belichick swap places and let’s really determine who’s the best coach in the game of football. Personally, I’d give the...

Posted: 13 days ago

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Given how boringly efficient Nick Saban has been at Alabama and how divided the hierarchy might be in New England, what if Saban and Bill Belichick swap places and let’s really determine who’s the best coach in the game of football. Personally, I’d give the...
Bohls: It’s Alabama, naturally, as the Tide finds a way — again
 Here’s the real upset of this just-completed college football season. Alabama became the unlikeliest of winners as unlikely as that statement sounds. Not so much in winning for the fifth time in the last nine seasons, but how it won. Yes, even a landslide preseason No. 1 team can astonish a national-television audience, a sitting president...

Posted: 14 days ago

Here’s the real upset of this just-completed college football season. Alabama became the unlikeliest of winners as unlikely as that statement sounds. Not so much in winning for the fifth time in the last nine seasons, but how it won. Yes, even a landslide preseason No. 1 team can astonish a national-television audience, a sitting president...
Bohls: Mack Brown, now a Hall of Famer, is Texas’ coaching standard
 ATLANTA — Tom Herman’s mandate should be clear. Win just one national championship and 180 or so games, and you, too, probably will wind up in the College Football Hall of
            Fame. Simple as that. That blueprint worked for Mack Brown. The former Texas coach actually won 244 games in all — the 12th most ever by an...

Posted: 15 days ago

ATLANTA — Tom Herman’s mandate should be clear. Win just one national championship and 180 or so games, and you, too, probably will wind up in the College Football Hall of Fame. Simple as that. That blueprint worked for Mack Brown. The former Texas coach actually won 244 games in all — the 12th most ever by an...
Source: Former Texas coach Mack Brown voted into College Football Hall of Fame
 ATLANTA — Former Longhorn head coach Mack Brown was elected into the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class, which will
            be announced Monday morning on the day of the College Football Playoff national championship at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium
            in Atlanta, according to a source. Brown, 66, who works as a college...

Posted: 15 days ago

ATLANTA — Former Longhorn head coach Mack Brown was elected into the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class, which will be announced Monday morning on the day of the College Football Playoff national championship at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, according to a source. Brown, 66, who works as a college...
Bohls: Smart chip off the old Saban block
 Kirby Smart did as he was, uh, coached. At Sunday’s final press conference before Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs tries to put a dent into Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty, he seemed to thank everyone in Atlanta from the College Football Playoff staff to hotel housekeeping. He dutifully praised the Crimson Tide as “the landmark...

Posted: 16 days ago

Kirby Smart did as he was, uh, coached. At Sunday’s final press conference before Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs tries to put a dent into Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty, he seemed to thank everyone in Atlanta from the College Football Playoff staff to hotel housekeeping. He dutifully praised the Crimson Tide as “the landmark...
Bohls: If this is down, sign SEC up for more
 Scott Cochran said it with a sledgehammer. Emphatically, in other words. The other day the steely-eyed, bald strength and conditioning coach for Alabama took matters into his own hands and shattered any illusions that the Crimson Tide have any interest in being second-best. So what did he do? He smashed last year’s College Football...

Posted: 17 days ago

Scott Cochran said it with a sledgehammer. Emphatically, in other words. The other day the steely-eyed, bald strength and conditioning coach for Alabama took matters into his own hands and shattered any illusions that the Crimson Tide have any interest in being second-best. So what did he do? He smashed last year’s College Football...
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: 19 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...