Long Story: How Ove got a leg up on history

The man who kicked the world’s longest field goal had never so much as seen an American football game six weeks before. On Abilene Christian University’s Homecoming weekend in 1976, Ove Johansson (’77) booted a 69-yarder through Shotwell Stadium’s south end zone uprights, eclipsing the record set earlier in the day and establishing one that […]

The King and I: ACU alums remember Palmer

I was 25 years old when I met The King. It was August 1994 in Tulsa, Okla., and golf legend Arnold Palmer, who died last Sunday at the age of 87, had just played his last round ever at the PGA Championship – his 37th appearance in that event as a competitor and my first […]

Tag Team: ACU great throws hat in radio ring

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. West Texas football legend becomes a college all-America, plays a little pro ball, takes up professional wrestling, during which time he builds a portfolio as a financial guru on network television while enjoying his off hours cutting grass on the field where he heads up a rugby program […]

ACU 101: What it takes to be a Wildcat mascot

It’s September and the West Texas Fair and Rodeo is here, which means it’s time for cooler weather and rain to bedevil the event’s historic parade. If not for a downpour this past Saturday morning, the parade through downtown Abilene would have marked the 83rd anniversary of Bob Thomas‘ debut. Bob Thomas, if you didn’t know, was the name of Abilene Christian […]

West leads former Wildcats in NFL, CFL

The National Football League is the land of opportunity each season for several former Abilene Christian University football standouts, and when his proverbial moment in the sun arrived last year, Charcandrick West (’14) literally took the ball and ran with it. No one player on the 2015 Chiefs’ roster could have been expected to replace veteran Jamaal Charles when he […]

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Off He Goes: Big moment upcoming for Big D

Dallas Sealey wasn’t born in Texas. And, unlike the familiar aphorism, he didn’t even get here as fast as he could. But the redshirt sophomore quarterback from Lawton, Okla., has a name and game that seem ripped from the fiction section of a Lone Star library: a quick-footed, rocket-armed passer, given his handle because his […]

Women’s hoops stars grace cover of new issue

It’s been 20 years since women’s basketball was the cover story of ACU Today magazine. That’s when the 1995-96 team, led by senior Jennifer Clarkson Frazier and sophomore Shalonda Bowden, went 31-2 and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. Our newest issue features four student-athletes who are helping the Wildcats reach new heights in NCAA Division I. Twins Lizzy and Suzzy Dimba, along with Alexis […]

Tim Bright, ACU’s most versatile Olympian

Of the dozens of current or former Abilene Christian University athletes to make an Olympic team in the past 60 years, two stand alone in terms of longevity. Tim Bright (’83) and Delloreen Ennis (’99) each competed in three Olympics – Bright in 1984, 1988 and 1992 for the United States and Ennis in 2000, 2004 and 2008 for […]

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Four Wildcats on an Olympic mission in Rio

Their assignments are certainly different, yet Wildcats Reyare Thomas (’14), Sayon Cooper (’98), Doug Ferguson (’83) and David Ramsey (’81) are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for at least one common purpose: experiencing Olympic history as insiders at one of the world’s greatest sports spectacles. Thomas is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s track and field […]

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CWS field looks mighty familiar to Wildcats

A look at the 2016 field for the upcoming men’s NCAA Division I College World Series leaves Wildcat baseball fans with one conclusion: it looks a lot like Abilene Christian University’s schedule this season. Half of the eight-team field to begin play later this week in Omaha, Neb. – Oklahoma State University (41-20), TCU (47-16), Texas Tech […]

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