Author Archives: Marc Parrish

Cowboys, Niners, & Roos

The following story is true. After 120 years of college football, two men stood alone at #2 & #1 on the ALL-TIME CAREER receptions mark. By the end of the 1988 season, nobody in the history of the game had caught more passes than: #2: Austin College Kangaroo Otis Amy (right)#1: The buddy of Austin

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AC & Centre College

Centre College? Why, the Presbyterian school is practically Austin College’s “12th Man.” Centre College was founded in Danville, Kentucky back in 1819. Its name derives from its central location in the Bluegrass State. Like AC itself, Centre College can tell stories of the hardships of the Civil War. The campus was occupied by both Union

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Sig Lawson & Cincinnati

The college football playoffs kickoff this Friday. #4 Cincinnati faces #1 Alabama. Cincinnati is the first team not from one of the five “power” conferences (SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, Big 10, ACC) to ever reach the NCAA D1 playoff. As a Roo, you should consider rooting for Cincinnati. Why? Well, for one, Cincinnati is

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1883. Part 2 of 2.

1883! PART TWO! Austin College Kangaroo G.w. Melton stars as an extra in Episode 2 of “1883,” the prequel series to the megahit “Yellowstone.” In Episode 2, Melton plays a card dealer in the “White Elephant Saloon” just before Billy Bob Thornton, Sam Elliott, & Tim McGraw arrive to dispense some Tombstone-like Wyatt Earp frontier

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1883. Part 1 of 2.

1883! Boy howdy, was 1883 rough. In 1883, Austin College was struggling. After 34 years of Civil War, Yellow Fever, and relocation to Sherman, financial stability was still in the future for AC. Nevertheless, an official 1883 Austin College catalogue miraculously survives. In 1883, Fort Worth was struggling. The chaos and violence of “Hell’s Half

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Wins, Losses, & Ties. December 12, 1981

Wins, Losses, & Ties. Man, do I love the ties. What, you don’t love ties? You should. Wait, just hear me out. Bill Snyder, the coach who engineered the “greatest turnaround” in college football history, has a new autobiography out. “My Football Life” documents his turnaround at Kansas State, and earlier success at Iowa, North

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Southlake Carroll & Austin College

It’s a heavyweight matchup tomorrow when Southlake Carroll takes on Allen in a quarterfinal playoff game in Class 6A Texas HS football. There are plenty of Roo Rooting Reasons to go around. Former Roo footballer Mason Norris is the Allen OL coach. Former Roo footballer (and current “Voice of the Roos”) Kirk Hughes will also

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Drew Timme & the Tarleton Texans

Who likes Tarleton? Not me. Not AC Hall of Honor inductee Jerry Bishop. Probably not you either. Today, Tarleton State University is an NCAA Division 1 school. With 14,000 students, Tarleton is the second largest college within the Texas A&M University System after the flagship in College Station. The Texan football team is scheduled to

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Frank Tooley & Byron Boston

It is Texas HS football playoff time, which means it is time to salute some Roo football heroes. Coaches? Nope. Players? Uh uh. Parents? Not this time. No, I’m talking about referees. Former Roo football player Frank Tooley will be officiating a Class 4A playoff game this weekend between Brownwood and Kennedale. Officiating is a

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Coach Heather Sanders

Hey look! It’s me! With a Roo coaching legend. Heather Woods Sanders was a 1st team all-conference volleyball player at AC, earning the sport’s outstanding player award at the 1990 Athletics Convocation. Coach Sanders has led New Braunfels Canyon volleyball for 23 years, leading the Cougarettes to consistent district titles and multiple state tournament appearances.

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