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’s Nuggets: Resurgent Tiger made Furyk’s Ryder Cup decision a snap
 Note to Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk: Don’t overthink this. Tiger Woods is back. Put him on the 2018 team. Tiger’s driver took most of the weekend off, but the rest of his game was humming along as if he climbed into a grey DeLorean and set the Flux Capacitor to the year 2000. He didn’t break the 10-year drought of winning...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Note to Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk: Don’t overthink this. Tiger Woods is back. Put him on the 2018 team. Tiger’s driver took most of the weekend off, but the rest of his game was humming along as if he climbed into a grey DeLorean and set the Flux Capacitor to the year 2000. He didn’t break the 10-year drought of winning...
Golden: Star athletes say parents are the real coaches
 Joe Dumars, Mark Henry and Lacey Henderson are three athletic greats from three different generations. They have walked different paths in their athletic journeys but share an identical message when it comes to dealing with young people. It all starts at home. Parents are the real coaches. Before a kid ever picks up a baseball bat, throws...

Posted: 2 days ago

Joe Dumars, Mark Henry and Lacey Henderson are three athletic greats from three different generations. They have walked different paths in their athletic journeys but share an identical message when it comes to dealing with young people. It all starts at home. Parents are the real coaches. Before a kid ever picks up a baseball bat, throws...
Golden: Chris Nelson eager to step into Poona Ford’s shoes at noseguard
 Chris Nelson had never played in a bowl game and was a few days from the postseason last December when the football gods dealt
            him a tough blow. It was a basic run drill and the junior defensive tackle was doing his thing — occupying blockers to free up other teammates
            up to make a play — when safety Jason...

Posted: 4 days ago

Chris Nelson had never played in a bowl game and was a few days from the postseason last December when the football gods dealt him a tough blow. It was a basic run drill and the junior defensive tackle was doing his thing — occupying blockers to free up other teammates up to make a play — when safety Jason...
Golden: With Osuna trade, Astros breach ‘zero tolerance’ policy
 Remember when the Houston Astros had a zero tolerance policy against domestic violence? Me neither. The world champs released a 346-word statement in an attempt to explain why they just traded for Toronto closer Roberto Osuna, who is fresh off serving a 75-game suspension after being arrested for assault while a member of the Blue Jays. &ldquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Remember when the Houston Astros had a zero tolerance policy against domestic violence? Me neither. The world champs released a 346-word statement in an attempt to explain why they just traded for Toronto closer Roberto Osuna, who is fresh off serving a 75-game suspension after being arrested for assault while a member of the Blue Jays. &ldquo...
Austinite Silas hosting HS hoops alumni showcase
 Austin resident Xavier Silas is encouraging local high school hoops alumni to join him in the second Give Sports Alumni Tournament
                                                   at the Millennium Youth Complex Saturday.
                                                
                                                
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Posted: 7 days ago

Austin resident Xavier Silas is encouraging local high school hoops alumni to join him in the second Give Sports Alumni Tournament at the Millennium Youth Complex Saturday. ...
Our Take: Bohls, Golden weigh in on the 2018 summer of sports
 As a brutal summer winds down, we try not to hit 120 degrees on the thermometer and football edges ever closer, it’s time to review what’s transpired during a very eventful June and July. 1. Who’s the biggest winner of the summer? Bohls: By far, the biggest winner was, oh yeah, the team that’s already won big. The...

Posted: 18 days ago

As a brutal summer winds down, we try not to hit 120 degrees on the thermometer and football edges ever closer, it’s time to review what’s transpired during a very eventful June and July. 1. Who’s the biggest winner of the summer? Bohls: By far, the biggest winner was, oh yeah, the team that’s already won big. The...
On Second Thought Ep 105: SI writer Ben Reiter on his new book ‘Astroball,’ Ced and Kirk preview Texas fall camp
 In Episode 105 of the On Second Thought podcast, Sports Illustrated senior writer Ben Reiter discusses his book Astroball:
            The New Way to Win It and how he correctly predicted in 2014 that the Houston Astros would win the 2017 World Series. Also, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden  break down Texas’ most critical non-quarterback...

Posted: 19 days ago

In Episode 105 of the On Second Thought podcast, Sports Illustrated senior writer Ben Reiter discusses his book Astroball: The New Way to Win It and how he correctly predicted in 2014 that the Houston Astros would win the 2017 World Series. Also, Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden  break down Texas’ most critical non-quarterback...
Golden: Tim Beck could become a play-calling monster in his second season as OC
 In 
            this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: On whether OC Tim Beck will have success in 2018: Tom Herman isn’t ready to tell us if he will be calling plays this fall. Come on, Tom. Spill los frijoles. We can all learn from history, even Coach Mensa. Tim Beck...

Posted: 19 days ago

In  this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: On whether OC Tim Beck will have success in 2018: Tom Herman isn’t ready to tell us if he will be calling plays this fall. Come on, Tom. Spill los frijoles. We can all learn from history, even Coach Mensa. Tim Beck...
Golden’s Nuggets: Tim Beck — play caller or disaster waiting to happen?
 Tom Herman isn’t ready to tell us if he will be calling plays this fall. Come on, Tom. Spill los frijoles. We can all learn from history, even Coach Mensa. Tim Beck could become a play-calling monster in his second season or the Horns boss could allow him to lead the way down a similar thorny path that chewed up the feet of his predecessor...

Posted: 21 days ago

Tom Herman isn’t ready to tell us if he will be calling plays this fall. Come on, Tom. Spill los frijoles. We can all learn from history, even Coach Mensa. Tim Beck could become a play-calling monster in his second season or the Horns boss could allow him to lead the way down a similar thorny path that chewed up the feet of his predecessor...