California Golden Bears
The California Golden Bears are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Berkeley. Referred to in athletic competition as California or Cal, the university fields 30 varsity athletic programs and various club teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I as a member of the Pac-12 Conference, for a limited number of sports as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Over the course of the school's history, California has won team national titles in 13 men's and 3 women's sports and 107 team titles overall. Cal athletes have competed in the Olympics for a host of different countries. Notable facilities used by the Bears include Haas Pavilion. Cal finished the 2010–11 athletic season with 1,219.50 points, earning third place in the Director's Cup standings, the Golden Bears' highest finish ever. Cal did not receive any points for its national championships in rugby and men's crew because those sports are not governed by the NCAA. Cal finished 12th in the 2014-15 standings.
In 2014, Cal instituted a strict academic standard for an athlete's admission to the university. By the 2017 academic year 80 percent of incoming student athletes were required to comply with the University of California general student requirement of having a 3.0 or higher high school grade point average. The California football team began play in 1885 and with its home games at California Memorial Stadium, except for in 2011 while Memorial Stadium was being renovated; the team has produced two of the oddest and most memorable plays in college football: Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels' fumble recovery and run toward the Cal goal line in the 1929 Rose Bowl, The Play in the 1982 Big Game with the winning kickoff return after five laterals. The program has produced numerous NFL stars, including Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Longwell, Marshawn Lynch, DeSean Jackson, Desmond Bishop, Jahvid Best. Tony Gonzalez, the NFL's all-time receptions leader among tight ends, played both football and basketball at Cal. Head coach Justin Wilcox began his tenure in 2017.
California has participated in 23 bowl games, garnering a record of 11–11–1. The California men's basketball team has represented the University of California intercollegiately since 1907 and subsequently began full conference play in 1915. Cal basketball's home court is Haas Pavilion, constructed atop of the old Harmon Gymnasium using money donated in the late 1990s in part by the owners of Levi-Strauss; the program has seen success throughout the years culminating in a national championship in 1959 under legendary coach Pete Newell and have reached the final four two other times in 1946 and 1960. The 1926–27 team finished the season with a 17–0 record and was retroactively named the national champion by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll; the current head coach of the California men's basketball program is Wyking Jones. Some notable NBA players that spent time playing in Berkeley include Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Darrall Imhoff; the Cal baseball team plays at Evans Diamond, located between Haas Pavilion, the Recreational Sports Facility, Edward's Track Stadium.
Cal has appeared in the post-season a total of nine times, including five times in the College World Series. The most famous Cal player was second baseman Jeff Kent, who led the Golden Bears to the 1988 World Series, would go on to be named the 2000 National League Most Valuable Player as a member of the San Francisco Giants. Shortstop Geoff Blum of Cal's 1992 College World Series team hit the game-winning home run in the 14th inning of a 2005 World Series game for the Chicago White Sox. In September 2010, the university announced that baseball would be one of five sports cut as a cost-cutting measure. However, in April 2011, after receiving more than $9 million in pledges from supporters of the program, the program was reinstated. Men's bowling was a varsity-level intercollegiate sport at the University of California in the 1970s and won a national championship in 1979, governed by the ABC; the University of California's intercollegiate cross country team is under the direction of head coach Tony Sandoval, in his 30th year at the university and 20th season as the cross country head coach.
The California Golden Bears men's cross country team appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times, with their highest finish being 16th place in the 2007–08 school year. Men's rifle began intercollegiate competition at the University of California in the 19th century and won 5 national championships in the 1950s. At that time, the national event required five firing members per team, one alternative, a team captain and a coach; the national championship competition consisted of ten shots per firing member at 50 feet, indoors. Cal competes in the Collegiate Rugby Championship, the highest profile college rugby sevens tournament in the US; the CRC is held every June at PPL Park in Philadelphia and is broadcast live on NBC. Cal reached the finals of the 2010 CRC, losing to Utah in the finals in sudden death extra time, finished third in the 2012 CRC. Cal won 2014, 2015 and 2016 CRC titles. In September 2010, the university announced that rugby would be one of five varsity sports cut as a cost-cutting measure, though the team would have continued to represent the university as a "varsity club sport."
A large group of rugby supporters organized to oppose the relegation. On February 11, 2011, the administration reversed its decision on rugby and two other sports, thus continuing them as sponsored varsity sports. Men's soccer began intercollegiate competition at the University of California in
Penn State Nittany Lions
The Penn State Nittany Lions are the athletic teams of Pennsylvania State University, except for the women's basketball team, known as the Lady Lions. The school colors are navy white; the school mascot is the Nittany Lion. The intercollegiate athletics logo was commissioned in 1983. Penn State participates as a member institution of the Big Ten Conference at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level for most sports. Penn State is one of only 15 universities in the nation that plays Division I FBS football and Division I men's ice hockey. Two sports participate in different conferences because they are not sponsored by the Big Ten: men's volleyball in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and women's ice hockey in College Hockey America; the fencing teams operate as independents. Penn State has finished in the top 25 in every NACDA Director's Cup final poll, a feat only matched by nine other institutions: Stanford, UCLA, USC, Ohio State, North Carolina, Michigan.
The NACDA Director's Cup is a list compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics that charts institutions' overall success in college sports. Penn State's highest finish came in the 1998 -- 1999 standings. PSU finished in 5th place in the 2013–14 standings. Penn State's men's basketball program reached the Final Four once in 1954, though the best postseason finish in recent years occurred in 2001 with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament after a win over UNC in the round of 32; the most recent postseason championship for Penn State was the 2009 National Invitation Tournament on April 2, 2009. Penn State outscored Baylor 69–63 to capture its first men's basketball national title in school history and its second postseason tournament title since winning the Atlantic-10 Tournament in 1991; the Nittany Lions lost in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the team's most recent postseason appearance. Notable alumni include: Frank Brickowski, John Amaechi, Calvin Booth, Mike Costello, Stanley Pringle, Geary Claxton, Jamelle Cornley Pat Chambers is in his seventh year as head coach at Penn State with the 2016–2017 season.
The Lady Lions, the Penn State women's basketball team and the only athletic team not known as "Nittany Lions," have had more success than their male counterparts gaining berths into the women's NCAA tournament, reaching the Final Four once in 2000. The Lady Lions have reached the NCAA tournament more than any other Big Ten team with 25 appearances as of 2014; the Lady Lions have won 8 Big Ten Regular Season Championships and 2 Big Ten Tournament Championships. The most recent postseason championship won by Penn State was the 1998 Women's National Invitation Tournament. Coquese Washington is in her seventh year as head coach of the Lady Lions with the 2013–2014 season; the men's cross country team won NCAA titles in 1942, 1947 and 1950. Before the NCAA began sponsoring the cross country championship in 1938, unlike today, the annual ICAAAA meet was a premier national championship event for track and field and cross country; the team won ICAAAA championships in 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1930. Penn State runners won the individual ICAAAA titles in 1920, 1927 and 1928.
PSU men won ICAAAA team titles in 1950, 1951, 1960 and 2000, as well as individual crowns in 1938, 1946, 1987 and 2004. Penn State is a fencing powerhouse, winning a record 13 national championships in the sport since the NCAA began awarding titles in combined men's and women's fencing in 1990; the team has finished as runner-up in 21 of the 25 years of the combined tournament. The program won 6 consecutive NCAA Championships from 1995 to 2000. Emmanuil G. Kaidanov was the regarded coach of the fencing squads during most of that period; the women's fencing team won national AIAW titles in 1980 and 1981, followed by an NCAA championship in 1983. The team recruits both nationally and throughout the globe and has a number of touted international fencers; the women's field hockey team is coached by Char Morett, a former Penn State field hockey player herself and 1984 Olympic bronze medalist. Penn State is one of the premier programs in the nation with 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, the third most in the nation.
Since joining the Big Ten in 1992, the Nittany Lions have been dominant with more Big Ten Tournament titles than any other team and the second most regular season titles behind Michigan. In 2007, the women's Field Hockey team reached the National Championship game, but fell to undefeated UNC, 3–0. In their tournament run, they were able to defeat two-time defending champion Maryland, 1–0, defending national runner-up Wake Forest, 2–0. Jen Long was nominated for the Honda Award for her efforts, they finished as NCAA runners-up in 2002, losing to Wake Forest in the title game 2–0 after defeating Old Dominion 3–2 in the semifinals. 2002 marked the first time Penn State reached the NCAA Finals and second time reaching the Final Four. The team won the AIAW national championships in 1980 and 1981. In 2011 the women's field hockey team won its fifth Big Ten title after defeating Michigan 3–2, first since 1998 when they again defeated Michigan 3–1. Penn State attracts tens of thousands of visitors to its campus.
The largest crowd at Beaver Stadium was on October 21, 2017, as 110,823 people watched the Nittany Lions defeat the University of Michigan by a score of 42-13. The school has earned a reputatio
South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University is a public research university in Brookings, South Dakota, United States. Founded in 1881, it is the state's largest and most comprehensive university and is the oldest continually-operating university in South Dakota; the university is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, which governs the state's six public universities and two special schools. South Dakota State University is a land grant, space grant, sun grant university, it was founded under the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act. This land-grant heritage and mission has led the university to place a special focus on academic programs in agriculture, engineering and pharmacy, as well as liberal arts; the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies South Dakota State University as a Research University with high research activity. The graduate program is classified as Doctoral, Technology, Math dominant; the university was founded in the Dakota Territory on February 21, 1881, as Dakota Agriculture College.
The first building, with funding from the territorial legislature, was built in 1883, six years before the State of South Dakota was formed. Numerous expansions were funded in early 20th century; the name was changed in 1904 to South Dakota State College of Mechanic Arts. In 1964, the name was changed to South Dakota State University; the name change was promoted by the Alumni Association. Initiated in 1962, this name change reflected the more comprehensive education offered at the university. In 1923, SDSU's instructional program was organized under five divisions: Agriculture, General Science, Home Economics, Pharmacy. In 1956, a Nursing program was established, in 1957 a formal graduate school was formed; when the University changed its name in 1964, the colleges were renamed Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Sciences, Home Economics, Nursing and the Graduate School. In 1974, the College of General Registration was formed. In 1975, the Division of Education was created. An Honors College was formed in 1999.
Two colleges and seven departments combined in 2009 to create the College of Education and Human Sciences. In 2017, the colleges which make up the university were revised and in some cases renamed to the following: College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Fishback Honors College. On May 23, 2016, Barry H. Dunn became the 20th President of South Dakota State University. Dunn and his wife are alumni of SDSU, prior to becoming president, Dunn was the Dean of SDSU's College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences; the Hilton M. Briggs Library consists of more than 635,000 bound volumes, 315,000 government documents, 79,000 maps, 1,800 journal titles. Within the Briggs Library is the Daschle Research Library dedicated to former U. S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, which houses his Congressional papers; the University Student Union is at the center of campus and houses many amenities for both students and the public. The Union is the home to numerous meeting rooms, a ballroom, The Hobo Day Committee the University Program Council, Greek life the Students' Association, The Collegian student newspaper, Student Legal Services, KSDJ 90.7 FM, Dining Services, four eating facilities, the University Bookstore, Card Services, International Student Affairs.
The 73,000-square-foot SDSU Wellness Center opened in the fall of 2008. The building lightens up space in the HPER Center, allowing that to be used by athletes, while the Wellness Center is used only by students and the public. Student memberships are free and Brookings community members may purchase memberships. Numerous group exercise programs and classes are offered, along with personal training; the building houses a rock climbing wall, a track, three basketball courts, a competition size swimming pool, numerous weights and cardiovascular equipment. It is the home of Student Health, which includes a full pharmacy for students; the Coughlin Campanile used as the campus bell tower, is a familiar sight around campus. The campus has two museums, the South Dakota Art Museum, the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum; the art museum is home to over 7,000 works of art, while the agricultural museum is home to over 100,000 objects. Both museums are open free to the public; the university operates its own dairy plant, processing 10,000 lb of milk weekly into cheese and ice cream, operates a cattle and sheep breeding operation, has an on-campus meat processing facility, has a student-operated pharmacy.
Close to campus are the McCrory Gardens and South Dakota Arboretum. These gardens include a 45-acre arboretum; the gardens are open daily to the public. SDSU is home to State University Theatre and Prairie Repertory Theatre, which produce numerous plays and musicals during the school year and summer breaks. SDSU awards associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees; the university provides 175 fields of study. The university's colleges and schools include College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma referred to as UCO or Central, is a coeducational public university located in Edmond, Oklahoma. The university is the third largest in Oklahoma, with more than 17,000 students and 434 full-time and 400 adjunct faculty. Founded in 1890, the University of Central Oklahoma was one of the first institutions of higher learning to be established in what would become the state of Oklahoma, making it one of the oldest universities in the southwest region of the United States, it is home to the American branch of the British Academy of Contemporary Music in downtown Oklahoma City. The University of Central Oklahoma was founded on December 24, 1890, when the Territorial Legislature voted to establish the Territorial Normal School, making UCO the oldest public institution of higher education in Oklahoma. Classes were first held in November 1891. By comparison, Oklahoma A&M College held its first classes in December 1891 and the University of Oklahoma began in fall 1892.
The Territorial Legislature located the new school in Edmond, provided. First, Oklahoma County had to donate $5,000 in bonds, Edmond had to donate 40 acres of land within one mile of the town. Ten of those acres had to be set aside for the new school; the remaining land had to be divided into lots which would be sold to raise money for the new school. On October 1, 1891 Richard Thatcher was elected the 1st President of Territorial Normal School of Oklahoma; the conditions all were met, with the city of Edmond donating an additional $2,000 in bonds. The first class, a group of 23 students, met for the first time Nov. 1, 1891, in the Epworth League Room, located in the unfurnished First Methodist Church. A marker of Oklahoma granite was placed in 1915 near the original site by the Central Oklahoma Normal School Historical Society, it can be seen at Second Street. Old North was the first building constructed in the summer of 1892 on the campus of what was Territorial Normal School, it was the first building constructed in Oklahoma Territory for the purpose of higher education.
Occupancy began January 3, 1893. The school first operated as a normal school with two years of college work and a complete preparatory school. In 1897, the first graduating class—two men and three women—received their Normal School diplomas. In 1904, Territorial Normal became Central State Normal School. Statehood was still three years away. On Dec. 29, 1919, the State Board of Education passed a resolution making Central a four-year teachers’ college conferring bachelor's degrees. From 1901 until 1961, Central housed a laboratory school in which local elementary schoolchildren were schooled by Central's faculty and soon-to-be teaching graduates. Two years the Class of 1921 had nine members, the first graduates to receive the four-year degrees. Two decades in 1939, the Oklahoma Legislature authorized the institution to grant both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. With the expanded offerings came a new name, Central State College. According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the school was affected by state politics.
Presidents and sometimes faculty members, were changed with changes in state governors. In 1950, President Max W. Chambers banned solicitations of campaign donations from faculty members; this resulted in more stability of the school administration. On March 11, 1941, Central State became part of a coordinated state system of post-secondary education overseen by the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education, joined institutions with similar missions as a regional institution. In 1954, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education gave Central permission to offer the Master of Teaching Degree, which became the Master of Education in 1969. In 1971, the college was authorized to grant the Master of Arts in English and the Master of Business Administration degrees. On April 13, 1971, the state legislature changed the institution's name to Central State University. Old North Tower was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. On May 18, 1990, during the university's Centennial Year, legislation was passed changing the name to the University of Central Oklahoma, though many of the students still refer to the University as "Central", many alumni as "Central State."
Since 1891, the University of Central Oklahoma has had two acting presidents. The University of Central Oklahoma in 2009 was ranked in the top 10% on the Forbes Magazine list of America's Best Colleges out of over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States; the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music Jazz Division is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the region. UCO is composed of eight schools and colleges: The UCO Jazz Lab is home for the celebrated Jazz Studies Division of the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music; the Jazz Program was started in 1974 by Dr. Kent Kidwell. Since 1974, the Jazz program grew to. Current Jazz faculty include Lee Rucker, Brian Gorrell, the Head of the Jazz Studies Division, is the director of the 1st Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Gorrell teaches Applied Saxophone, Applied Jazz Piano and is the Jazz Graduate Advisor. Jeff Kidwell teaches applied trombone. Other faculty include Clint Rohr, Dr. Ryan Sharp, Dr. Michael Geib, Dr. David Hardman and Zachary Lee.
The UCO Jazz Lab is located on Littler St. in Edmond, Oklahoma. The Jazz Lab was built in 2001, it was built with a stage, Hideaway Pizza and the Jazz Lab Recording Studio. Students utilize the Jazz Lab on a daily basis; the UCO Jazz Studies D
Arizona State Sun Devils
The Arizona State Sun Devils are the athletic teams that represent Arizona State University. ASU has nine men's and eleven women's varsity teams competing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level as a member of the Pac-12 Conference; the mascot was adopted in 1946. The Sun Devil mascot, was designed by former Disney illustrator Bert Anthony. ASU's chief rival is the University of Arizona Wildcats. ASU has 24 NCAA team national championships, including baseball, women's tennis, men's gymnastics, men's track and field, men's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, women's indoor track and field, men's golf, women's golf, softball. ASU has numerous individual NCAA national champions in different sports. Additionally, the baseball team has appeared in the College World Series 22 times, the men's basketball team has participated in 13 NCAA tournaments, the ASU football team won the Rose Bowl in 1987 and the Fiesta Bowl in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1982. ASU varsity teams won national championships in men's archery 15 times, women's archery 21 times, mixed archery 20 times, men's badminton 13 times, women's badminton 17 times and mixed badminton 10 times, all of which are not recognized by the NCAA.
Arizona State University sponsors teams in 9 men's and 14 women's NCAA sanctioned sports, following the 2015 elevation of the men's ice hockey club team to varsity status: In the fall of 2015, Arizona State announced the addition of women's triathlon and women's lacrosse. Triathlon will begin competition in the fall of 2016, with lacrosse starting competition in the spring of 2018. In spring 2016, ASU announced the reinstatement of men's tennis, dropped after the 2007–08 school year, but did not set a definite date for the resumption of play; the Sun Devils played in the Border Conference between 1931 and 1961, before joining the Western Athletic Conference. Led by legendary head coach Frank Kush, the Sun Devils posted a remarkable 64–9 record between 1970 and 1975, culminating in a 17–14 upset of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1975 Fiesta Bowl. In 1978, both ASU and the University of Arizona joined the Pacific-8 Conference, causing the conference to become the Pacific-10; the Sun Devils suffered some down years due to a number of head coaching changes, but were still able to make it to the 1983 Fiesta Bowl and 1987 Rose Bowl winning both.
The 1996 football team went 11-0 in the regular season and were ranked #2 heading into the 1997 Rose Bowl versus #4 Ohio State. The Sun Devils went ahead with 1:40 left in the 4th quarter 17-14 but ended up losing 20-17 after OSU scored with 19 seconds remaining. Had ASU won they would have most had at least a share of the National Championship due to #1 Florida State losing to #3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl. After the 2006 season, Dirk Koetter was fired after six seasons, on December 6, 2006, athletic director Lisa Love hired Dennis Erickson to become the head coach at ASU. Erickson, in his first year as coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils, led the team to 10 wins, a share of the Pac-10 title with USC, the Holiday Bowl against the University of Texas Longhorns. Dennis Erickson was fired on November 2011 after five seasons with the Sun Devils, he was replaced by coach Todd Graham on December 14, 2011. Lisa Love was fired from her position as Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director on March 28, 2012 and was replaced by Steve Patterson.
The current Athletics Director since 2014 has been Ray Anderson, who selected former NFL player and coach Herm Edwards to replace Todd Graham as Arizona State's head coach in 2018. Notable football alumni include Terrell Suggs, Jim Jeffcoat, Mike Pagel, Jake Plummer, Todd Heap, J. R. Redmond, Danny White, Randall McDaniel, David Fulcher, Darren Woodson, Pat Tillman, Eric Allen, Zach Miller, Shaun McDonald, John Jefferson, Paul Justin, Jimmy Verdon, Mike Haynes, Al Harris, Vontaze Burfict, Ryan Torain, Brock Osweiler, Jaelen Strong, N'Keal Harry; the Arizona State Sun Devils have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 13 times, including 3 Elite Eights. They finished in the final AP rankings 7 times; the highest national ranking the Sun Devils have achieved was No. 3 under Ned Wulk during the 1980–81 season when the starting lineup included Byron Scott, Fat Lever, Alton Lister. Ned Wulk was the men's basketball coach from 1958 to 1982 and remains the most successful coach in the history of the program with a record of 406 – 272.
Arizona State appeared in the NAIA Men's Basketball National Tournament two years. Both years losing in the second round, leaving the NAIA with a tournament record of 2–2. Bobby Hurley is the current head coach of the Sun Devils, leading Arizona State to a 12-0 non-conference record in 2017, a signature win over the #1 ranked Kansas Jayhawks on December 22, 2018. Herb Sendek stepped down as head coach of the North Carolina State Wolfpack and accepted the head coaching job at Arizona State in 2006. Sendek took the Wolfpack to five consecutive NCAA Tournaments and won ACC coach of the year in 2004. Sendek was credited for bringing a "basketball atmosphere" and level of excitement to the ASU campus, absent for years. In his first four seasons at ASU, Sendek led the Sun Devils to three consecutive 20 win seasons, the 2009 Pac-10 conference tournament finals, the second round of the NCAA tournament. Thirty-six ASU Sun Devils have been selected in the NBA Draft, including future NBA Most Valuable Player James Harden, Byr
Abilene Christian University
Abilene Christian University is a private Christian university in Abilene, Texas. It was founded in 1906 as Childers Classical Institute. Abilene Christian University grew from an idea held by A. B. Barret and Charles Roberson to form a school in West Texas; the Churches of Christ in Abilene agreed to back the project. J. W. Childers sold Barret land and a large house west of the town, lowered the price with the stipulation that the school would be named in his honor. Childers Classical Institute opened with 25 students, it included a lower school starting in the seventh grade. When Jesse P. Sewell became president of the institute in 1912, the school began using "Abilene Christian College" on all its printed material. In 1920, the school formally changed the name; the Optimist, the university's student-produced newspaper, was founded in 1912. The Prickly Pear, the school yearbook, was founded in 1916; the JMC Network, a converged student media operation, was created in 2008 to produce all student-led news media.
The campus literary-arts magazine has been in production since 1933. In 1927, with the help of a $75,000 contribution from the city of Abilene, the board of trustees purchased 680 acres northeast of Abilene. In addition, residents donated 75 acres of adjoining land; the new campus opened in the fall of 1929. From the time of its founding to the present, the university has been governed by a board of trustees made up of members of the Churches of Christ. Abilene Christian University has been the largest organization in the United States that has time set aside each class day for chapel. Chapel attendance is required, absent an approved exemption, those students failing to meet the requirement over a period of more than one semester may be subject to suspension. Abilene Christian College first received school accreditation in 1951, when it became an accredited member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; the university was segregated until 1961. Amberton University Amber University, was created as an extension campus of Abilene Christian University.
It was launched in Mesquite, Texas, in 1971, moving to Garland, Texas, in 1974. It became a separate institution as Amber University in 1982, was rechristened Amberton University in 2001. Like Abilene Christian University, Amberton remains affiliated with the Churches of Christ. On February 22, 1976, the name was changed to Abilene Christian University; the university celebrated its centennial in the 2005–06 school year. In July 2015, the university signed a lease for an expansion campus located in Texas. Called ACU Dallas, the new campus began offering several new graduate programs, including an MBA and Ed. D. in organizational leadership. The school established an NPR station, KACU, in 1986; the community was concerned that the school might use the station for proselytizing, for the station's first ten years, an advisory board composed of community members served to monitor the station against this possibility. On October 18, 2008, the school hosted a live broadcast of NPR's long-running A Prairie Home Companion radio show from the campus' Moody Coliseum.
On Wednesday, August 23, 2017 the NCAA Board of Directors voted to pass ACU through to full Division 1 status, thus making them eligible for postseason play. Allen Booker Barret H. C. Darden Robertson Lafayette Whiteside James F. Cox Jesse Parker Sewell Batsell Baxter James F. Cox Don H. Morris John C. Stevens William J. Teague Royce Money Phil Schubert ACU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. ACU's business programs are professionally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Education programs are accredited by Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the Marriage and Family Therapy programs are accredited by Commission on the Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education; the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The ACU School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
ACU Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. ACU is a member of the Council for Christian Universities; the Prickly Pear. Beginning in 1916, this was the title for Abilene Christian University's yearbook; the name was taken from Opuntia, a species of cactus native to the Abilene and West Texas area referred to as "prickly pear". The Prickly Pear ceased publication in 2009. Sing Song. Since 1956, this annual competition in mid-February has featured student groups of 30–100 people, singing themed a cappella medleys satirical. Originating as a fundraiser for the school, the modern event has developed into a major show for which each group assembles costumes related to their act's theme, such as Peter Pan, the British Royal Guard, Coca-Cola and Eve, or forest fires; the costumes involve a mid-performance quick-change to a second costume — such as the 1987 acts in which grapes turned into raisins or bananas peeled to reveal Carmen Miranda — or elaborate choreography within the risers, as when the 1983 freshman class act recreated a Pac-Man screen and manipulated their costumes so that the character appeared to move around the screen.
The Michigan Wolverines comprise 27 varsity sports teams at the University of Michigan. These teams compete in the NCAA's Division I and in the Big Ten Conference in all sports except women's water polo, which competes in the NCAA inter-divisional Collegiate Water Polo Association. Team colors are maize and blue, though these are different shades of "maize" and "blue" than those used by the university at large; the winged helmet is a recognized icon of Michigan Athletics. In 13 of the past 20 years, Michigan has finished in the top five of the NACDA Directors' Cup, a list compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics that charts institutions' overall success in college sports. UM has finished in the top ten of the Directors' Cup standings in sixteen of the award's twenty-two seasons; the University of Michigan Athletic Department sponsors teams in 14 men's and 15 women's NCAA sanctioned sports. The men's baseball team won national championships in 1953 and 1962 and has sent 138 players to the major leagues.
The current coach of the Michigan Wolverines is Erik Bakich, who came to the University of Michigan after the 2012 season when Rich Maloney stepped down. Michigan has won 35 conference championships, made 22 NCAA Tournament appearances and won those 2 national titles. For 13 seasons from 1990 to 2002, Michigan won a lone Big Ten title in 1997 and made just one NCAA appearance in 1999. In 2015, Coach Bakich led the program to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2008 after needing to win the Big Ten Tournament to qualify; the men's basketball team plays its games at Crisler Center. The Wolverines have won 14 Big Ten regular season titles, as well as the inaugural Big Ten Tournament in 1998, which it forfeited due to NCAA violations; the team has appeared in the NCAA Final Four on eight occasions and won the National Championship in 1989 under Steve Fisher. The program vacated its 1992 and 1993 Final Four appearances due to NCAA violations. Other notable players who played for Michigan include Roy Tarpley, Loy Vaught, Gary Grant, Terry Mills, Glen Rice, Jalen Rose, Rumeal Robinson, Rickey Green, Phil Hubbard, Jamal Crawford, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, Cazzie Russell, Daniel Horton, Campy Russell, Mark Hughes.
During the 1990s, the program became involved in a scandal involving payments from a booster named Ed Martin to four players: Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor, Louis Bullock. The scandal resulted in four years' probation and a self-imposed ban from postseason play in the 2002–03 season. UM voluntarily vacated regular season wins and NCAA tournament games from selected past seasons. Vacating the results of 113 games won while the four players were eligible, including the 1992 and 1993 Final Fours, the entire 1992–93 season, all seasons from fall 1995 through spring 1999. After the scandal, Michigan men's basketball would go 10 years without making the NCAA tournament from 1999–2008, they would end the drought in 2009 under current head coach John Beilein. In 2013, the program would reach its first Final Four in 20 years before falling to Louisville in the national championship, 82–76; the program reached another Final Four in its second under Beilein. Michigan traveled to St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend in 2011.
They took on Prairie View A&M in their first game on Thanksgiving Day, won 59–53. In their second game, they faced Washington State and won 69–39. On the final day of the tournament, they played Marquette, won 71–51, to win the 2011 Paradise Jam Championship. Jenny Ryan had a double-double, with 13 points and ten rebounds, to help Michigan to a 7–0 record on the year; the women's basketball team is coached by Kim Barnes Arico, who became the head coach in 2012. The head coach of the St. John's Red Storm, Arico was named the Big East Conference Coach of the Year for 2012; the men's and women's cross country teams have been nationally renowned since 1974 when Ron Warhurst started coaching the men, more as alum Mike McGuire took on the women's team in 1991. The women's team has qualified for the NCAA championships every year but two since 1988, finishing 2nd in 1994, winning five consecutive Big Ten titles from 2002 to 2006; the men's team has qualified for the NCAA 24 times in the last 34 years, with a highest finish of 4th.
Michigan men have won seven Big Ten titles in that period. The Wolverines have won a record 929 games and have the most all-time wins and the highest winning percentage in college football history. Michigan won the inaugural Rose Bowl in 1902, the first college bowl game played; the Wolverine football program has claimed 11 national titles. Michigan's 11 national championships have come under the direction of five coaches; the first six were garnered by Fielding H. Yost. Yost directed his "Point-a-Minute" teams to four consecutive national titles from 1901 to 1904, amassing a record of 41–0–1. Yost led Michigan to national titles in 1918 and 1923. Yost was instrumental in the creation of Michigan Stadium and designed it to permit its expansion to expand to a capacity of over 150,000. Yost's legacy lives on with Yost Ice Arena, where Michigan's men's ice hockey team plays their home games. Michigan football has won five more national titles since Yost permanently retired in 1926; the Wolverines won back-to-back titles under Harry Kipke in 1932 and 1933 and two more consecutive championships under Fritz Crisler and Bennie Oosterbaan in 1947 and 1948.
Michigan won its most recent national title under Lloyd Carr in 1997. Michigan's famous football coaches include: Yost, who came to Michigan from Stanford University in 1901