Fans flock to ACU at the Ballpark Night

More than 700 Abilene Christian University fans of all ages cheered for new director of athletics Lee De Leon and stayed until the bottom of the 11th inning to celebrate a Texas Rangers win Thursday night at the fifth annual ACU at the Ballpark Night in Arlington. De Leon threw the ceremonial first pitch at Globe Life […]


Silver lining: Baseball season ends on HI note

Somewhere over the Rainbow Warriors, season No. 25 of baseball 2.0 at Abilene Christian University came to an end last weekend. There was no pot of gold awaiting the Wildcats after beating the University of Hawaii, 7-4; just a second straight victory and the first season-ending win since 1995 when the Internet itself was still […]


Better Days: A Baltimore son hopes for his city

When West Baltimore erupted in chaos and conflict recently, so did social media. Before the responding ladder trucks could douse the businesses set ablaze in the protest of the death of Freddie Gray, millions of itchy-fingered Americans took to Twitter, Facebook and other assorted apps with knee-jerk analysis that fanned the flames of what feels […]


ACU Remembers: Bill Hart

Award-winning sportswriter Bill F. Hart (’52), who wrote about Abilene Christian University athletics for decades while forging a storied newspaper career in West Texas, died April 21 at age 83 in Baird, Texas. A memorial service for Hart will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Baird Church of Christ (Interstate 20 and F.M. 2047), with internment at […]

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Baseball team still slinging stones at Goliaths

The Abilene Christian University baseball team is 6-9 in the Southland Conference as it prepares to host Sam Houston State University this weekend at Crutcher Scott Field. That’s the same Bearkat squad that traveled to Austin earlier this week and shutout The University of Texas, 5-0. But don’t let the Wildcats’ overall record (8-26) fool you. If they keep slinging, they will land a stone […]

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Saturday’s meet the biggest at ACU in 55 years

The most high-powered meet in 55 years – featuring three full NCAA Division I teams – will christen Abilene Christian University’s new Elmer Gray Stadium this Saturday, harkening memories of ACU’s longtime history near the epicenter of the track and field world. Competition Saturday in the second annual Wes Kittley Invitational between teams from ACU, Texas Tech […]


Masters degree: Purple and White see green

Unless you’re a children’s show dinosaur or Gotham’s Joker – and that surely eliminates a sizable chunk of you – purple and green aren’t much of a match. But through the years, Abilene Christian University’s primary color has interwoven significantly with the trademark tint of the Masters Tournament, the 79th edition of which is being […]


VIA News: New stadium will open with a bang

With the crack of a starter pistol, a ceremonial first lap at Abilene Christian University’s new Elmer Gray Stadium will be covered by some of those who made the old stadium of that name legendary in the annals of track and field. Olympic relay gold medalist Earl Young (’62) will take the baton and break the tape about noon this […]


VIA News: New track as fast as it is purple

Keith Barnier may not sleep well April 10, the night before Abilene Christian University hosts TCU and Texas Tech University in the biggest triangular track and field meet in ACU in more than half a century, but it will have nothing to do with the purple – and fast – running surface at new Elmer […]


Smitty: A man for all seasons

On the recruiting trail, Don Smith (’53) was relentless. I found out firsthand one night in 1990. Smith and I had just broadcast Abilene Christian University’s football game against Texas A&M-Kingsville University. It was the Wildcats’ 10th straight loss and “Smitty,” as he was affectionately known around ACU for the better part of half a […]

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