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Wildcats in the NFL: a 69-year-old tradition

The next former Abilene Christian University player to be claimed this week by an NFL team will make headlines, but this particular Wildcat tradition really goes back 69 years. Players wore leather helmets when halfback Tipp Mooney became the first of 40 Wildcats to play in the NFL. The native of Shamrock, Texas, was lucky … Continued

Gates’ football dreams now focus on NFL Draft

Edmond Gates has had several fresh starts in life. April 28 will be another, when the former ACU all-America wide receiver hopes to be selected by a pro football team in the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Gates’ stock among teams has skyrocketed since he raced to the … Continued

The Masters has ACU flavor each glorious April

Regardless of what the 2011 calendar may say, for many golfers around the world, spring does not begin March 21 but instead a few weeks later during The Masters tournament, and each year three Abilene Christian University alumni have a lot to do with what you see, hear and read about it. The most-watched PGA … Continued

McCasland's move stumps, delights fans

Until last week, fans of Midwestern State University’s nationally ranked men’s basketball team wouldn’t have been surprised for their highly successful coach, Grant McCasland, to be wooed to a plum job in other realms of the NCAA. They were stunned, however, when he was hired March 30 for the open position at conference rival Abilene … Continued

Carpenter rallying on Day 2 of Palmer tourney

Abilene Christian University sophomore golfer Alex Carpenter shot 10-over-par 82 in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, but has an impressive rally going in Round 2. The only amateur playing in the 120-golfer field of this longtime PGA Tour event, Carpenter birdied four of his first six holes on Friday to … Continued

Gates wows NFL scouts on ACU's Pro Day

Edmond Gates, Abilene Christian University’s all-America wide receiver, continues to impress potential employers from the National Football League. Scouts from 17 NFL teams were on hand at Wally Bullington Practice Field this morning for ACU’s Pro Day, which drew other prospective pro players from the Wildcats as well as Texas Tech, Angelo State, Hardin-Simmons and … Continued

Carpenter prepares to play in PGA Tour event

Six-time champion Tiger Woods made news this week when he committed to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but one other addition to the field also will make headlines when he plays. Wildcat sophomore Alex Carpenter will become the first ACU student to play in a PGA Tour event when he tees off March 24 … Continued

Four Wildcats enough to win NCAA indoor title

Quality performances from the only four Abilene Christian University student-athletes to qualify for the 2011 NCAA Division II indoor national championships were enough to make history for ACU yesterday in Albuquerque, N.M. Amos Sang (mile, 5,000 meters), Ramon Sparks (triple jump), Nick Jones (shot put) and Desmond Jackson (60 and 200 meters) may as well … Continued

Gates rises to the occasion at NFL Combine

Thanks to a pair of shoes reportedly borrowed from a former teammate now starring for the Chicago Bears, former Abilene Christian University standout Edmond Gates turned in the second-best 40-yard dash time today among players in Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. The all-America athlete from Vernon, Texas, ran 4.37, a time matched by … Continued

Knox, Manning led Bears to Super Bowl brink

An article by Tom Osborn in the Jan. 21 issue of the Houston Chronicle helps tell one story Abilene Christian University head football coach Chris Thomsen would like all high school players he and his staff are recruiting the next two weeks to hear: you can get to the NFL from anywhere, especially Abilene. Tuesday, … Continued