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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

Prairie Dogs to reappear, but not at Scott Field

One of the best lines about the future of professional baseball in Abilene was from former mayor Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64), who was quoted in our Spring 1995 issue regarding the best reason why a team named the Prairie Dogs could eventually make itself at home here: “Because, whatever happens, a Prairie Dog always comes … Continued

ACU assesses legacy, future of Wildcat athletics

Over the past few years, the ever-changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics has reshaped traditional rivalries from the biggest to the smallest conferences and leagues in the nation. Like many institutions in NCAA Division I, II, III and the NAIA, Abilene Christian University also has taken the opportunity to study its athletics programs. For the past … Continued

Collums succeeds Thomsen as head coach

If Chris Thomsen was the architect of ACU’s resurgence as a small college football power the last seven seasons, Ken Collums was the engineer behind the high-powered, record-setting offense that made its success possible. Today, the Wildcats’ offensive mastermind was named to succeed Thomsen (M.Ed. ’00) as the 19th head coach in ACU history. Thomsen … Continued

Thomsen hired as coach at Arizona State

Chris Thomsen (’00 M.Ed.), head coach and architect of Abilene Christian University’s revival in recent years as a small college football power, has been hired as offensive backs coach at Arizona State University, the Pac-12 Conference school announced today. Thomsen joins new head coach Todd Graham’s staff in Tempe; Graham recently was hired by ASU … Continued

Wildcats fall to Chico State in rainy deluge

When Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood co-wrote the 1972 pop hit, “It Doesn’t Rain in Southern California (‘… it pours, man it pours.’),” they didn’t have the 2011 NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament in mind. But they may as well have, because Abilene Christian University’s first appearance in the national quarterfinals on Sunday was … Continued

Two run at NCAA cross country championships

Abilene Christian University juniors Chloe Susset and Alyse Goldsmith received a cold shoulder from Mother Nature in Spokane, Wash., where the NCAA Division II cross country championships were held today. Running in the snow and temperatures in the 20s, Susset finished 59th in 22:55.0 and Goldsmith was 107th in 23:49.8 on the 6K course at … Continued

ACU rallies but falls short of Ichabods, 52-49

Dane Simoneau threw for 424 yards and two touchdowns and 15th-ranked Washburn University overcame a furious rally by 11th-ranked Abilene Christian University to beat the Wildcats 52-49 in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday afternoon in Yager Stadium in Topeka, Kan. The offensive shootout featured two of the nation’s best quarterbacks, … Continued

Soccer team beats DBU in overtime thriller

The Abilene Christian University soccer team defeated Dallas Baptist University, 2-1, under the lights on a cool, misty Friday night at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. The winning goal was struck by Ashley Holton on an assist by Lexi Stirling with 3:56 left in the first overtime. Next … Continued