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 […]


VIA News: Gray Stadium demo begins Monday

Demolition of old Elmer Gray Stadium, a venerable U.S. track and field venue for decades at Abilene Christian University, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 30. It will make way for the eventual footprint of the proposed Wildcat Stadium and a return to on-campus football games for the first time since World War II. Just to the southwest, new Elmer […]


Wildcats playing NCAA’s top baseball teams

Wildcat fans who may still be in denial that Abilene Christian University is playing major NCAA Division I competition need to head to Crutcher Scott Field in April. Kudos to head baseball coach Britt Bonneau, whose team plays in the historically strong Southland Conference, for not shying away from challenging the best competition in the Southwest. Scheduling such heavyweights can be hard on […]


Benny and the Jets: An NFL wedding at ACU

Daryl Richardson (’14) had 541 runs and catches in three seasons as a running back for the Abilene Christian University football team, and not once did he fumble. But when he took a knee last Dec. 31 in New York City, the ball dropped. Displaying some of the same dramatic flair he flashed in a […]


Leap of faith: West takes plunge twice

Forgive Whitney West if she didn’t quickly catch on to the fact that Tanner Swinford was asking her to marry him. She was a little wet behind the ears. It was Sunday, Jan. 25, and the junior point guard on the Abilene Christian University women’s basketball team had just been baptized – along with Swinford […]

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