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Grant Boone

Grant Boone

Grant Boone is a Nashville, Tenn., native and graduated from ACU in 1991 with a degree in journalism/mass communications. He began broadcasting ACU games on radio while a student in 1990 and has been the play-by-play voice continually since 2008. In addition, he hosts the weekly ACU Athletics radio show and football coach's TV show. For 20 years, he has called a variety of sporting events for national networks, including ESPN, CBS Sports Network and Turner Sports. During the summer, he still broadcasts live tournaments for Golf Channel and the Masters and PGA Championship for CBS Sports.

Kick starter: A decade for Wilson as ACU’s pitch man

Kick starter: A decade for Wilson as ACU’s pitch man

By on November 3, 2017 in ACU News, Sports with 0 Comments

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; but there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out. Other than that name, there would appear to be few similarities between […]

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Blood, Sweatbands, Tears: Remembering the Alamo City

Blood, Sweatbands, Tears: Remembering the Alamo City

By on September 29, 2017 in ACU News, Sports with 0 Comments

History tells us Abilene Christian University’s 24-12 victory over the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio on Nov. 10, 2012, was the Wildcats’ last game as a Division II football program. History doesn’t know the half of it. ACU’s NCAA classification that night was merely a footnote buried in goose bumps, Gatorade and […]

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This is us: ACU Football 101

This is us: ACU Football 101

By on September 15, 2017 in ACU News, Sports with 1 Comment

The official papers say the new football structure at Abilene Christian University was designed by HKS Inc. and built by Hoar Construction. But ink doesn’t tell the whole story. One look at the brand spanking new Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium, which Saturday night becomes ACU’s first on-campus gridiron digs since FDR, and you’ll see […]

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Promised Land: Exodus ends with D1 designation

Promised Land: Exodus ends with D1 designation

By on September 1, 2017 in ACU News, Sports with 0 Comments

It would be silly to compare Abilene Christian University’s four-year Division I transition to Israel’s four decades of wandering in the wilderness. I mean, have you actually seen the NCAA’s application process? Pharaoh’s army would’ve turned tail at first sight. A journey that began in earnest when Dr. Phil Schubert (’91), in the days leading […]

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Lost Lobo: ACU says goodbye to the Wolf

Lost Lobo: ACU says goodbye to the Wolf

By on May 9, 2017 in Sports with 0 Comments

The old guard came home to huddle one last time around the one they called Wolf. To do for him, once and for all, what he’d never done for himself. Jerry “Wolfie” Wilson (’71) died April 25 at the age of 69 after a brief battle with cancer. His nickname came from Ron Willingham (’54), […]

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Stillwater Ran Deep: Coach recalls OSU days

Stillwater Ran Deep: Coach recalls OSU days

By on March 16, 2017 in Sports with 0 Comments

Stillwater, Okla., wasn’t Julie Goodenough’s first rodeo. But heading back there 15 years later to lead Abilene Christian University into a women’s basketball battle against against her former team, Goodenough admits the bull was bigger than she thought. “I honestly had no clue,” she recalls, “about the vast difference between coaching in the Big 12 […]

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Angels and Demons: Clothed in righteousness

Angels and Demons: Clothed in righteousness

By on March 3, 2017 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

For two-and-a-half hours on a recent Saturday, Mike McConathy was the worst dressed man in college basketball. The men’s head coach of Northwestern State University had arrived at Moody Coliseum decked out smartly in a gray sport coat with crossing purple stripes, black slacks and a dark mock turtleneck. But just before his team tipped […]

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Super Man: Gabriel soars to NFL stardom

Super Man: Gabriel soars to NFL stardom

By on February 3, 2017 in ACU News, Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

The straightest line between the points of Mesquite, Texas, and NRG Stadium in Houston is 250 miles. Taylor Gabriel (’15) took the scenic route. Barely three years since completing his record-setting career at Abilene Christian University, Gabriel will be the latest Wildcat player to reach the Super Bowl when his Atlanta Falcons take on the […]

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Pit Stop: ACU returns to Lobos’ hoops haven

Pit Stop: ACU returns to Lobos’ hoops haven

By on November 29, 2016 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

Dr. David Wray (’67) didn’t score the most famous two points in the history of the University of New Mexico’s legendary basketball arena known as The Pit. That distinction belongs, now and forever, to Lorenzo Charles whose unintentional alley oop dunk at the buzzer led North Carolina State University and fiery coach Jim Valvano to […]

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So long Shotwell: Mud, sweat and tears

So long Shotwell: Mud, sweat and tears

By on November 4, 2016 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

EDITOR’S NOTE: This Saturday at 6 p.m., Abilene Christian University will play its last home football game at Shotwell Stadium. The historic venue will carry on as the place where Abilene and Abilene Cooper high schools play, but next fall ACU moves into new Wildcat Stadium for its first season of on-campus football in more than 50 years.  […]

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