100 Days, 100 Reasons: Why We Love College Football: Reason #97

Greetings, Lion fans, and in today’s installment of 100 Days, 100 Reasons; Why We Love College Football, we examine reason number 97: Tragedy and Triumph. College football is unique in that it has experienced more than it’s share of tragedy and heartbreak. More than just the loss of a game or disappointing season. Some programs…

100 Reasons, 100 Days: What Makes College Football Great: Reason #99

Greetings, Lion fans, today we’re back with reason #99 of what makes College Football so great, and why we love it so……rivalries. The Game, The one on the schedule that everyone points to as soon as it comes out. Oh my goodness, rivalries. There’s nothing else like them. Again, unlike the pro game, where players…

Q&A With Justin Petersen of Azusa Pacific

Justin Petersen is a loud and proud alum of Azusa Pacific University. We crossed paths when he was just randomly searching the internet regarding APU football and found The Lion Wire. He publishes an alumni sports newsletter and wanted to sit down and discuss the site, TAMUC the school and our athletic department, and just…

Traditions Part 4-King Pride

Lion Wire contributor Billy Minor has a ton of great stories when it comes to his playing days. The two time All-LSC Receiver and 1990 conference champion told us the story of playing in one of the best small college towns in America, Pittsburg, Kansas. B.Minor recounts; ” I saw for me what was the…

Traditions Part 1-The Victory Bell

This is Part 1 in a Multi-Part series of the great traditions of Alma Mater Dear.  In the Fall of 1964, Sports Illustrated visited the small hamlet of Commerce, Texas to feature the Football program of East Texas State College. They were there to cover the recent passing of Head Coach J.V. Sikes, and the…

Ring That Bell

Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of a Sports Illustrated article from September 21, 1964. It is the work of Sports Illustrated and not The Lion Wire or it’s staff, and every attempt has been made to ensure the original integrity of the article. This is solely for reading pleasure only. Images have been added…

An Ode to Tim McMurray

This is something I have been wanting to write about for a long time, and I mean a really long time. This past season was one of the best that our athletic department has had in a very long time, from start to finish.  All team sports went to the postseason, we collected a lot…

Remembering Dr. Dan Jones

This weekend in Commerce, there will be a 5K run and event honoring the late Dr. Dan Jones, our Alma Mater’s President from 2009-2016. During that time, our institution grew exponentially in enrollment, endowment, and some great things happened. Our Education school was ranked number 1 in the State of Texas and 13th in the…