Another year in the illustrious history of ACU athletics is almost complete.
After 104 years and 62 team national championships, fans have come to expect greatness from their Wildcats, and greatness is what they received in 2009-10.
However, with success comes the spotlight and with the spotlight, relentless scrutiny.
In the last year, ACU athletics dealt with an NCAA investigation and subsequent sanctions, intense media scrutiny on its best football player and sub-par seasons from some of its teams – yet the program emerged as strong as ever.
The future looks bright for the men and women in purple and white.
The football team reached the second round of the playoffs with a freshman under center, and the golf and men’s basketball teams each had their conference’s Freshman of the Year.
The women’s soccer team has become a force to be reckoned with in just its third year of existence, and the volleyball team has been the LSC runner-up for two consecutive seasons now.
The cross country team won an astonishing 18th-consecutive conference title and the women’s tennis team looks like a national contender.
The sheer dominance of ACU sports can be summed up this way: The program hasn’t won a national championship in just two years – and that is considered a “title drought” on the Hill.
One thing can be said for certain, ACU’s place among America’s great sports programs is well deserved and unlikely to change. The fact that only USC, UCLA and Stanford have more national championships than ACU is no coincidence; it is a testament to the teams and individuals that have made the Wildcat name synonymous with success