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Olympic Diary: Politics, sport often mix

We discovered this rare photograph recently and were amazed at the history it represented. The Olympic Games, for as hard as they work to give sport a venue to overcome politics and international discord, are often prime showcases for them. The Olympic spirit, however, seems to largely find a way to overcome dissension and restore … Continued

Olympic Diary: Ramsey covers the Games

David Ramsey (’81) is in London covering the Games of the XXX Olympiad for the Colorado Springs Gazette, a newspaper for which he is a featured sports columnist. The award-winning writer covers professional and collegiate sports in and around Colorado Springs, the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center. He also writes … Continued

Southland Conference team concludes visit

Southland Conference commissioner Tom Burnett said his group of league officials wrapped up what he called a “great” tour of the Abilene Christian University campus today, satisfied that all parties had an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better. For two days this week, the SLC group toured campus facilities, met with deans … Continued

Ten Wildcats pursuing pro football dreams

Ten former Abilene Christian University standouts are busy pursuing their livelihoods this week in professional football, seven of them with NFL teams whose camps are kicking into high gear in preparation for the upcoming season. Houston’s Danieal Manning (’07) is expected to be the Texans’ starting free safety and kick returner in his seventh season. … Continued

10 Questions with track guru Garner Roberts

Garner Roberts (’70) likes to joke that between the two of them, he and former NFL All-Pro runningback Wilbert Montgomery (’77) scored 70 touchdowns in their Wildcat careers. Wilbert, now an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens, scored all the TDs and Garner wrote about each of them in his 25-year role as sports information … Continued

Olympic Diary: The wide world of ACU sports

A few years ago, I was walking through a terminal in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when a man passing by pointed at the purple and white monogrammed shirt I was wearing. “ACU. Great track teams,” he said. As quick as I could turn around, he disappeared into the crowd. The words still resonate, and I … Continued

Olympic Diary: Earl Young won gold in Rome

The full-color postcard, with a hand-tinted photo-illustration of London’s Buckingham Palace on one side and addressed to “Mr. Robert Hunter, Abilene Christian College, Abilene, Texas USA” on the other, said a lot in just a few handwritten words in 1960: “Dear Bob, Hope you can read this (the bus is bouncin’). Am now in route … Continued

Olympic Diary: Morrow put ACU on the map

Abilene Christian University (then still a college) and its hometown were the same size before Bobby Morrow (’58) won three gold medals in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. But afterward, it seemed like the world discovered both, nearly overnight. Morrow was the star of the U.S. team, “the fastest man in the world” and the … Continued

Olympic Diary: ACU’s ‘Texas Sports Dynasty’

More than a few jaws dropped around the state when Texas Monthly magazine’s December 1999 issue hit the newsstand. Its cover story was titled “The Best of the Texas Century,” with pony-tailed Willie Nelson (Entertainer of the Century), track star Carl Lewis (Athlete of the Century) and computer mogul Michael Dell (Entrepreneur of the Century) … Continued

ACU Remembers: Grant Feasel

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills for Grant Feasel (’83), a first-team all-America center for Abilene Christian University who played eight years in the NFL. He died Sunday in Fort Worth at age 52. Feasel was selected by the Baltimore Colts in … Continued