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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 … Continued

VIA News: Follow construction on webcams

Want an eagle’s eye view of the various Vision in Action construction projects at Abilene Christian University? You can follow along with the help of three webcams positioned to document progress. This webcam (click on the image for a live view) follows the new Elmer Gray Stadium site as it prepares for grand opening on April 10 and the first … Continued

Same vein: ACU, UIW find power in the blood

There were a lot of Words emanating from a small section of hecklers behind the Abilene Christian University men’s basketball team bench at the McDermott Convocation Center in San Antonio last Thursday night. And they weren’t especially Incarnate. Those Cardinal sins, while unpleasant, were forgivable; in part because no one is perfect (yes, including ACU fans), and … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued