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Grant Boone

Grant Boone

Grant Boone is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, who graduated from ACU in 1991 with a degree in journalism and mass communication. He began broadcasting Abilene Christian 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.

Seventh Heaven: Katy’s door at last unbarred for Wildcat women’s basketball

Seventh Heaven: Katy’s door at last unbarred for Wildcat women’s basketball

By on March 7, 2018 in ACU News, Sports with 1 Comment

The stepsisters are finally going to the ball wearing Cinderella’s gown. In this fractured fairy tale, the Abilene Christian University women’s basketball team – after two years of dominating the Southland Conference but locked out of the league tournament on a technicality – is hunkered down in the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, this week […]

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Full Circle: Iconic domed home of the Wildcats turns 50

Full Circle: Iconic domed home of the Wildcats turns 50

By on February 21, 2018 in ACU News, Sports with 1 Comment

Though he was its leading man, he had never seen the film. Until this week when the stunningly vivid images of him and his teammates racing up and down Moody Coliseum’s revolutionary rubberized floor in the first game ever played there leapt off the screen. For a moment, John Ray Godfrey felt 41 again. “It […]

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Campbells Hoop: Sister schools ACU, Lipscomb go courting

Campbells Hoop: Sister schools ACU, Lipscomb go courting

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

It’s almost Christmas, and the family is coming over. Sunday, the Abilene Christian University men’s basketball team plays Lipscomb University for the second time this season but for the first time in Nashville since 1958. It’s part game, part reunion between relatives so long-lost that many of them have no idea they are kin. But […]

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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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