To air is human: 25 years behind the ACU mic

Broadcasting is, by its nature, a powder keg. Walking that live ad-lib tightrope knowing the slightest slip could (and has) end a career is nerve-wracking for even the most veteran commentator. College broadcasting is even more combustible. Inexperienced announcers plus open mics equal, well, this. I had my share of explosive moments on the air […]


Impact helps team learn life, basketball lessons

This had all the makings of one of those syrupy sweet stories that flood Facebook and are so inspiring, people don’t even care if they’re true. A college basketball team, smack in the middle of a long losing streak with another tough opponent looming, spends a Sunday morning shooting hoops with inner city kids, feeding […]


CBS brought U.S. into Moody’s Section F

The ball seemed to hang in the air forever, like in one of those cheesy ABC After School Specials. This particular moment was special, but it wasn’t after school. It was Saturday, Jan. 17. And it was on CBS Sports Network, not ABC. Abilene Christian University’s halftime buzzer-beating bomb flew toward a sea of purple […]


Hot-shooting Wildcats ready for CBS telecast

On the eve of its biggest home game in years, the Abilene Christian University men’s basketball team is grateful what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. Scuffling along with a 4-6 record in late December after road losses to Tulsa, California-Riverside, Houston, Loyola-Chicago and Boise State, few fans expected head coach Joe Golding’s team to do much more than […]


VIA News: Chambers’ explosive final act

Chambers Hall at Abilene Christian University is too close to Phillips Education Building to bring it down with a bang, but the 85-year-old former residence hall, cafeteria, library and academic building still saw some fireworks Wednesday. The Department of Psychology, Chambers’ final occupants, were moved out over the Christmas break, leaving the building empty – and providing a […]


Basketball teams head to Kansas, Nevada

The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Abilene Christian University are nearing the end of their early season schedules. And as expected, ’tis the season for upsets and yawners, mismatches and blowouts, and we’re not talking about March Madness here. It’s November Nuttiness, December Did-You-See-That? or whatever else you’d like to call what is otherwise known […]

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Time, Life, SI: Wildcats have covered them all

This is Dec. 10 and it’s been 58 years – to the day – since Wildcats appeared on the front covers of Life and Time, two of the most iconic news-feature magazines in the world. Bobby Morrow and Kent Brantly, M.D., were the honorees, the first an Abilene Christian University junior who was an Olympic hero and […]


Wildcats make headlines, history in Division I

It’s taking a little longer than expected for students and some fans of Wildcat athletics to warm up to life in NCAA Division I, but the David vs. Goliath moments are coming fast and furious, and Abilene Christian University is winning its share of them. Just by playing in the Southland Conference, ACU (Fall 2014 enrollment […]


De Leon brings Division I experience to role

It’s been a dozen years since Abilene Christian University went “out of network” to hire a director of athletics, but it’s not as unusual as one might think for the Wildcats to lean on someone for that job who does not have a framed ACU diploma on the wall. Lee De Leon was introduced to […]


VIA News: Purple track is in the starting blocks

Seemingly overnight, the piles of gray and brown sand covering the site of Abilene Christian University’s new track and field/soccer stadium have disappeared beneath the ground. About 400 tons of what is called root-zone sand was poured into an even layer nine inches deep and overlaid this week with sod, creating the first official soccer […]

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