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AC, Texas Rangers, and the Hulse family

Today is the first Austin College Giving Day, with a theme of “Give where your heart is.” That means giving for academic scholarships, athletics funds, or the school in general. You can choose how to give. I like to say that as a student tiny Austin College gave me the world. As an alumnus, my

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Gonzaga & the family of Roo Jerry Bishop

If you are a Presbyterian Roo wondering who to root for in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, you might want to consider a small Catholic college in eastern Washington State. The Zags of the University of Gonzaga are a #1 seed in the tournament and are looking for their first national championship. They came

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Baylor, AC, & the Immortal Ten

James Clyde “Abe” Kelly and Weir Washam were grumpy. Kelly and Washam, former Waco High teammates and now freshman members of the 1924 Baylor football team, watched in frustration as their beloved Bears fell 7-3 in Waco to the Kangaroos of Austin College. For tiny AC, the win was “the greatest Kangaroo victory ever.” For

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Vinnie Johnson, the Baylor Bears, and AC Basketball

Baylor Bears men’s basketball finds itself in the Final Four this weekend against Houston. If you had to point to a single date for the resurgence of Baylor basketball, you’d probably have to go with November 24, 1978. Still smarting from a 50-20 thumping by Austin College men’s basketball in 1920, Baylor invited Austin College

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My pen pal Coach Bill Snyder

Marc just got a letterMarc just got a letterMarc just got a letterWonder who it’s from? The Parrishes may be Texan. That’s where Linda Parrish was born. But my father Paul Parrish hails from the great state of Kansas. My grandfather Lee Parrish was the first in his family to go to college, attending Kansas

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Covid-19, Coach Nelson, & Gregory Gym

Austin College Kangaroo John Taylor “Bobo” Nelson was 13 years old when the great pandemic of 1918 hit Texas. Nelson survived the scourge that year and enrolled at Austin College five years later. Nelson’s first love was basketball. After four years playing hoops for the Roos, Nelson decided to become a coach. He was a

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Otis Amy & Jerry Rice

Otis Amy chats with Walker Fenci in the Austin College “A” Room, during a pre-game ceremony honoring Mel Tjeerdsma‘s induction into the College Football Hall of Fame back in 2018. Otis was my C/I leader in 1988. NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice held the record for the most receptions in college football history when

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Texas A&M & the 2021 Texas Storm

Kyle Field, in my hometown of College Station, is one of the oldest stadiums in Texas. The Aggies have competed at Kyle since 1903. Only the oldest colleges can claim to have competed against Texas A&M in College Station BEFORE Kyle Field: Texas, Baylor, TCU, LSU, and Austin College. Before Kyle, the Aggies competed at

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