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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.

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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Long Story: How Ove got a leg up on history

Long Story: How Ove got a leg up on history

By on October 21, 2016 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

The man who kicked the world’s longest field goal had never so much as seen an American football game six weeks before. On Abilene Christian University’s Homecoming weekend in 1976, Ove Johansson (’77) booted a 69-yarder through Shotwell Stadium’s south end zone uprights, eclipsing the record set earlier in the day and establishing one that […]

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The King and I: ACU alums remember Palmer

The King and I: ACU alums remember Palmer

By on October 2, 2016 in Alumni News, Sports with 1 Comment

I was 25 years old when I met The King. It was August 1994 in Tulsa, Okla., and golf legend Arnold Palmer, who died last Sunday at the age of 87, had just played his last round ever at the PGA Championship – his 37th appearance in that event as a competitor and my first […]

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Tag Team: ACU great throws hat in radio ring

Tag Team: ACU great throws hat in radio ring

By on September 16, 2016 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. West Texas football legend becomes a college all-America, plays a little pro ball, takes up professional wrestling, during which time he builds a portfolio as a financial guru on network television while enjoying his off hours cutting grass on the field where he heads up a rugby program […]

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Off He Goes: Big moment upcoming for Big D

Off He Goes: Big moment upcoming for Big D

By on September 2, 2016 in Sports with 0 Comments

Dallas Sealey wasn’t born in Texas. And, unlike the familiar aphorism, he didn’t even get here as fast as he could. But the redshirt sophomore quarterback from Lawton, Okla., has a name and game that seem ripped from the fiction section of a Lone Star library: a quick-footed, rocket-armed passer, given his handle because his […]

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Court Adjourned: Six ready for senior moment

Court Adjourned: Six ready for senior moment

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

The scene unfolding before Joe Golding (’99) looked like a cross between Norman Rockwell and one of those cheesy, straight-to-Christian-bookstore feature films. In his first year as the men’s basketball head coach at Abilene Christian University, Golding had gone to Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock to recruit diminutive sharp-shooting point guard and straight A […]

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Pep and perks: Wildcat Club returns to ACU

Pep and perks: Wildcat Club returns to ACU

By on February 24, 2016 in Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

In deciding what to call its new donation-generation organization, the Abilene Christian University Athletics program has opted for an oldie-but-goodie: the Wildcat Club. Announced by director of athletics Lee De Leon on Jan. 27 and spearheaded by senior associate director of athletics Dave Kinard, the Wildcat Club will make it easy for alumni, fans and […]

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For Crying Out Loud: Women’s hoops on a roll

For Crying Out Loud: Women’s hoops on a roll

By on January 21, 2016 in Campus News, Sports with 5 Comments

There’s no crying in baseball, we were famously told by Jimmy Dugan, Tom Hanks’ crusty character in A League of Their Own. Basketball is a different sport, and this is a different story.   Now Julie Goodenough doesn’t cry easily. In fact, in the four years and 103 games in which she has been the […]

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