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: Teams shouldn’t sleep on Baker Mayfield — he’s got NFL arm, talent
 Baker Mayfield is too short. Baker Mayfield doesn’t have a big enough arm. Baker Mayfield has character issues. At one time or another, draft analysts have expressed concerns about the Oklahoma quarterback, and now that he’s on the eve of the biggest Thursday night of his 23-year-old life, the most decorated walk-on quarterback...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Baker Mayfield is too short. Baker Mayfield doesn’t have a big enough arm. Baker Mayfield has character issues. At one time or another, draft analysts have expressed concerns about the Oklahoma quarterback, and now that he’s on the eve of the biggest Thursday night of his 23-year-old life, the most decorated walk-on quarterback...
Golden: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Collin Johnson will be gamebreakers for Texas in the fall
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            this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes: On the Texas wide receivers: The Texas running attack should have no one excited. Daniel Young and Toneil Carter run hard but neither appear to be in that game-breaker category. So Longhorn Nation turns its
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Posted: a day ago

In  this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes: On the Texas wide receivers: The Texas running attack should have no one excited. Daniel Young and Toneil Carter run hard but neither appear to be in that game-breaker category. So Longhorn Nation turns its ...
Golden’s nuggets: Why Texas wideouts Lil’Jordan and Johnson must step up
 The Texas running attack should have no one excited. Daniel Young and Toneil Carter run hard but neither appear to be in that game-breaker category. So Longhorn Nation turns its eyes toward East Texas where Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram, a 2018 Under Armour All-American, will arrive this summer. Here’s what we do know: The Horns...

Posted: a day ago

The Texas running attack should have no one excited. Daniel Young and Toneil Carter run hard but neither appear to be in that game-breaker category. So Longhorn Nation turns its eyes toward East Texas where Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram, a 2018 Under Armour All-American, will arrive this summer. Here’s what we do know: The Horns...
Golden: The bank was open for Aldridge in playoff eliminator
 San Antonio Spurs was pay-phone dead and it wasn’t universally believed that this Kawhi-less, Pop-less group would avoid the broom against the defending world champions Sunday. Credit the Spurs for not phoning it in against less than favorable odds. San Antonio 103, Golden State 90. The Spurs are going back to Cali, for Game 5. LL Cool...

Posted: 2 days ago

San Antonio Spurs was pay-phone dead and it wasn’t universally believed that this Kawhi-less, Pop-less group would avoid the broom against the defending world champions Sunday. Credit the Spurs for not phoning it in against less than favorable odds. San Antonio 103, Golden State 90. The Spurs are going back to Cali, for Game 5. LL Cool...
Golden: Spring game shows that the quarterback position is still a process at Texas
 Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele were OK on Saturday night. Both made some throws. Missed some others. To hope for one of them to become the next Vince Young or Colt McCoy? Not realistic. Doesn’t mean that one can’t become the leader that this Texas offense sorely needs. Neither lit up the scoreboard at the annual Orange-White...

Posted: 3 days ago

Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele were OK on Saturday night. Both made some throws. Missed some others. To hope for one of them to become the next Vince Young or Colt McCoy? Not realistic. Doesn’t mean that one can’t become the leader that this Texas offense sorely needs. Neither lit up the scoreboard at the annual Orange-White...
Golden: Have we seen the last of Gregg Popovich in San Antonio?
 Gregg Popovich will miss Game 4. As well he should. The coaching legend has always preached “family first” to his players over the years, and now that he is mourning the loss of his beloved wife, Erin, the time has come for him to practice what he has always preached. The San Antonio Spurs announced Saturday that Popovich won&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gregg Popovich will miss Game 4. As well he should. The coaching legend has always preached “family first” to his players over the years, and now that he is mourning the loss of his beloved wife, Erin, the time has come for him to practice what he has always preached. The San Antonio Spurs announced Saturday that Popovich won&rsquo...
Golden: New exhibit reminds us of sports’ past — and present — struggles
 Three steps into the LBJ Presidential Library’s newest exhibition is a step into the past. And, in some ways, the present. It’s called “Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports” and gives an illustration of the obstacles that athletes in this country have overcome to earn their rightful place in the...

Posted: 4 days ago

Three steps into the LBJ Presidential Library’s newest exhibition is a step into the past. And, in some ways, the present. It’s called “Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports” and gives an illustration of the obstacles that athletes in this country have overcome to earn their rightful place in the...
Golden: Leonard turning his back to Spurs teammates isn’t a good look
 You can slice it a million different ways and this Kawhi Leonard thing will still come out the same every time. A bad look for the player. The San Antonio Spurs are fighting for their playoff lives and Leonard — their most dynamic player — is nowhere to be found. The people inside the San Antonio Spurs camp could fill us in on...

Posted: 6 days ago

You can slice it a million different ways and this Kawhi Leonard thing will still come out the same every time. A bad look for the player. The San Antonio Spurs are fighting for their playoff lives and Leonard — their most dynamic player — is nowhere to be found. The people inside the San Antonio Spurs camp could fill us in on...
Golden’s nuggets: Goodbye, Godzillatron? Texas eyes stadium expansion
 Even Godzillatron has a shelf life. The reality hit home last week with the revelation that Texas is planning to expand the south end zone of Royal-Memorial Stadium as part of a $140 million project that’s reportedly projected for completion by the summer of 2021. The massive scoreboard cost the university $8 million when it was constructed...

Posted: 8 days ago

Even Godzillatron has a shelf life. The reality hit home last week with the revelation that Texas is planning to expand the south end zone of Royal-Memorial Stadium as part of a $140 million project that’s reportedly projected for completion by the summer of 2021. The massive scoreboard cost the university $8 million when it was constructed...