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Jones to be featured today on CBS Sports show

Nick Jones, the Abilene Christian University strongman who is competing in two events at the United States Olympic Trials this weekend and early next week, will be featured today on “CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA” at 1 p.m. CST. Jones is one of two ACU track and field standouts who qualified to compete … Continued

Schubert, Watson lead off in Rangers’ big win

More than 850 Abilene Christian University alumni and other friends sitting in the All You Can Eat Porch at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington last night had more than a passing interest in the two teams playing at 7:05 p.m. They also were there for the fellowship and to see two Wildcats – ACU president Dr. … Continued

Wildcat-to-Cowboy transformation continues

Two former Abilene Christian University football players continue to make progress while chasing their dream of playing for the NFL team they rooted for as youngsters: the Dallas Cowboys. Aston Whiteside is arguably the best defensive lineman to ever play in the Lone Star Conference, or at least in a generation. The 6-2, 257-pound multiple-time … Continued

Knox still healing from injury, surgery reported Wednesday that former Abilene Christian University wide receiver Johnny Knox was still recovering from surgery to repair a severe back injury and might miss the entire 2012 National Football League season if his rehabilitation work required it. The speedy Knox had surgery to stabilize a fractured vertebra after a collision in the Bears’ … Continued

ACU among three universities in SLC study

Presidents of the NCAA Division I Southland Conference met yesterday to discuss business, including a search committee focused on the managed growth of the 49-year-old league. Division II-affiliated Abilene Christian University was a founding member of the SLC in 1963. “I received a phone call late Wednesday afternoon from Southland Conference commissioner Tom Burnett, informing … Continued

Spring sports again make NCAA headlines

Another successful year for Abilene Christian University athletics is coming to a close, with the track and field teams the last to compete in NCAA post-season action, beginning next Thursday. A wrap-up of the results: This week the women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the third time in their history, losing 5-0 … Continued

Richardson, Whiteside headed to NFL

Daryl Richardson and Aston Whiteside became the latest former Abilene Christian University standouts to head to the NFL when the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys came calling Saturday afternoon. Richardson, a running back, was selected in the seventh round by the Rams and Whiteside, who was a dominator at defensive end in college but … Continued

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Fifteen NFL teams send scouts to ACU Pro Day

Perhaps one of the best compliments to NCAA Division II football and Abilene Christian University’s nationally ranked program was apparent yesterday when 15 National Football League teams sent scouts to the Wildcats’ Pro Day. Last year, standout ACU wide receiver Clyde Gates helped attract representatives of 17 teams to campus to watch him and several … Continued

Regional hall of fame to induct Kelly Kent

Kelly Kent, who helped lead Abilene Christian University to its last national football championship before dying tragically at age 21, will be inducted May 7 to the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame. A hometown high school star in nearby Cisco, Kent was a three-year letterman for the ACU Wildcats from 1977-78 and part of … Continued

ACU, McMurry to tangle again, 41 years later

More than 12,000 fans showed up to watch the last time Abilene’s largest and smallest church-related universities played each other in a college football game. That was Sept. 11, 1971, when Abilene Christian University and McMurry University battled in Shotwell Stadium, with the Wildcats prevailing, 53-20. Forty-one years later, the two will open each other’s … Continued