Offensive line biggest concern for Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Second-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo expects around 86 players to take part in spring drills, which begin today at the ENMU practice facility. NCAA regulations allow for 15 spring workouts, including three in helmets and shoulder pads. The team will work most Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays […]

Hounds ink 13 football recruits

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Clovis senior Devin Sweet is projected to play free safety at ENMU (Staff photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — When Eastern New Mexico football coach Mark Ribaudo was looking at scouting tapes of Courtland White, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound linebacker from Cypress Falls High School in Houston, he liked what he saw not […]

Hounds looking for speed

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said he expects this year’s recruiting class to be a good one. “It’s (been) a really terrific year for us,” Ribaudo said Tuesday. “If (today) goes like we expect, it will be one of the best classes we’ve had, and there will be […]

Former ENMU coach remembered fondly

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Greyhound football coach Mark Ribaudo speaks during a Monday afternoon funeral service for former Eastern New Mexico University coach Harold “Bud” Elliott at the Campus Union Ballroom. (Freedom Newspaper: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Bud Elliott believed in the words of George Washington Carver: “Take what you have with what you are, make […]

Longtime ENMU coach dies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Harold “Bud” Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died Tuesday in Lubbock. He was 73. Elliott, who retired following the 2004 season, was remembered by colleagues as a man with a great sense of humor, a greater sense of morals and an indescribable drive as a […]

Hounds host Tarleton State tonight

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer What you see isn’t always what you get with the Midwestern State football team. When the Indians are on their game, they’ve shown they can play with anybody in the Lone Star Conference. Even Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill says he doesn’t know what to expect from week to […]

Hunter helping Hounds on defense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer WITH CORNERBACKS MARK Patterson (groin) and Michael Fields (ankle and knee) unable to play due to injury, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo had to resort to desperate measures in last weekend’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Texas A&M-Kingsville. First, he moved outside linebacker Brandon […]

ENMU faces angry Javelinas

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Told of Texas A&M-Kingsville’s shocking 41-14 loss at Midwestern State last Saturday moments after his own team’s setback against Tarleton State, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo cringed. Kingsville doesn’t lose often — and rarely are the Javelinas embarrassed. With that in mind, Ribaudo knows the Greyhounds […]

ENMU faces tough test in Tarleton

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds doesn’t have time to dwell on last week’s heartbreaking 52-51 overtime loss at West Texas A&M. Not with the Lone Star Conference South Division’s other nationally ranked teams — No. 22 Tarleton State today at Blackwater Draw and No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville next […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: Hounds, Buffs play one for all time

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer MARK RIBAUDO HAS seen quite a few Wagon Wheel games between Eastern New Mexico University and West Texas A&M — from both sides, as a WT assistant in the mid-1990s and as an assistant and, now, head coach at ENMU. Nothing tops Saturday’s 52-51 overtime battle at Canyon, Texas, […]

Carthel makes big splash in return to LSC

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When Don Carthel left the coaching ranks in 1991 after seven seasons at Eastern New Mexico University, it probably should have been obvious that it wasn’t out of his blood. His heart has never left the Lone Star Conference, either. A native of Dimmitt, Texas, and a resident of […]

ENMU, WT set for division showdown

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Don’t look now, but the two hottest teams in the Lone Star Conference are about to square off. And it’s not exactly the teams you would expect. Eastern New Mexico University invades Canyon, Texas, for a 5 p.m. (MDT) kickoff today to meet rival West Texas A&M with the […]

Hounds host unbeaten Angelo State

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two teams riding momentum collide tonight at Blackwater Draw. Riding a three-game winning streak, Eastern New Mexico University takes one of the Lone Star Conference’s surprise squads in unbeaten Angelo State in the Greyhounds’ 6 p.m. homecoming game. Both began division play last week with pulsating wins. While ENMU […]

Special teams play helps ENMU survive

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The offense had a solid day, and the defense made big plays. Still, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds’ special teams were as responsible as anyone for Saturday’s 33-30 win at Abilene Christian in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for […]

Hounds begin division play at Abilene Christian

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two weeks ago, things weren’t looking too good for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. The Greyhounds were coming off solid spankings at the hands of Central Arkansas (51-0) and Southeastern Oklahoma (28-12), and their streak of seven consecutive winning seasons appeared in jeopardy. Now the Hounds have won […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: LSC’s strength is in South

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer IF THE CROSSOVER GAMES are in any way indicative, the South Division is far stronger than the North this season in Lone Star Conference football. The South, playing at home on Saturday, improved to 15-3 against their counterparts with a six-game sweep. The North looks like the LSC’s version […]

Hounds take on East Central

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University and East Central football teams may be facing an early crossroads tonight. With both teams standing 1-2, the winner of the 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover matchup at Blackwater Draw will be positioned for respectability. The loser, meantime, faces an uphill battle the […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: Elliott making progress

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer THE HEALTH OF FORMER Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott has significantly improvement since being hospitalized last week following a fall at home. Elliott has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room at Lubbock Heart Hospital. The Sept. 7 fall resulted in two […]

Hounds get well at Southwestern’s expense

CNJ staff WEATHERFORD, Okla. — For the second year in a row, struggling Southwestern Oklahoma provided just the tonic needed by the Eastern New Mexico University football team. Quarterback Michael Benton ran for one touchdown and threw a pair of scoring passes to Derrick Hunter and the defense was in control throughout as the Greyhounds […]

Former ENMU coach Elliott in hospital

CNJ staff Bud Elliott, who retired after last season after 11 years as Eastern New Mexico University’s football coach, is in Lubbock Heart Hospital after breaking his shinbone in a fall at home. ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo said after Saturday’s game at Southwestern Oklahoma that the 73-year-old Elliott had been on a respirator after […]