ACU hires Ribaudo to coach special teams

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has been named special teams coach at Lone Star Conference rival Abilene Christian. New Wildcats coach Ken Collums made the announcement on Saturday as he begins to build a staff. Collums, ACU’s offensive co-ordinator for the previous six years, was promoted […]

ENMU parts ways with football coach Ribaudo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mark Ribaudo spent 15 years on the football staff at Eastern New Mexico University, the last seven as head coach. The Greyhounds were 2-9 in 2011. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Mark Ribaudo’s 15-year run at Eastern New Mexico University is over. The school said in a release on Tuesday […]

Zias clinch LSC tournament berth

CNJ staff Coaches Mark Ribaudo of Eastern New Mexico University and Don Carthel of West Texas A&M have seen the “Wagon Wheel” rivalry from both sides. Ribaudo spent five seasons as an assistant at WT and has now been at ENMU for 15 years, the last seven as head coach. Carthel played for and graduated […]

ENMU’s Ribaudo expects big signing haul

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo is looking forward to a big haul today on college football signing day. Ribaudo said the Greyhounds are hoping to sign up to 26 high school players. Five of them are from New Mexico, but he said the quality is high. “I think […]

Hounds entertain No. 4-ranked Abilene Christian

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tony Valenzuela looks to make a block for ENMU kick returner Arvin Jackson during the Greyhounds’ game against Central Oklahoma two weeks ago. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Ribaudo has no illusions about playing Abilene Christian. The Eastern New Mexico University football coach acknowledges the Greyhounds will have […]

Ribaudo defends Hounds’ defense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s offense continued to move the ball on Saturday at Angelo State. Even though the stats don’t reflect it, Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo said the defense also played well in a last-minute, 41-38 Lone Star Conference crossover loss to the Rams. “It might not […]

Pigskin Preview: Hounds need defense to step up

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Senior defensive back Tillman Stevens tries to bring down receiver Noelin Henry during the opening drive of Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. Tillman, of Baytown, Texas, had 45 tackles and three interceptions in 2009. He is one of nine returning starters on defense for the Hounds. Dave Wagner Last season, […]

Hounds’ coach Mark Ribaudo’s comments on LSC media day

Sixth-year Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo spoke about his team July 22 during the Lone Star Conference football media day at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

Hounds gear up for No. 4 WT

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Ribaudo has no illusions about what his squad faces tonight. Eastern New Mexico University’s football team, currently on a four-game losing streak, has the unenviable task of taking on rival and fourth-ranked West Texas A&M in a 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Divison clash. “They’re No. 4 […]

Hounds look for improvement in home opener

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Mark Ribaudo knew there would be some kinks going from Eastern New Mexico University’s traditional triple-option look to a spread offense. The Greyhounds hope they’ve got some of the bugs worked out this week as they prepare to host Southwestern Oklahoma in a 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover […]

Transition under way for Hounds

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Eastern New Mexico University freshmen quarterbacks Anthony Ramos front, Cory Baker, center, and Carl Bouldin, at practice Wednesday, are battling for next season’s starting spot to replace departing senior Michael Benton. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo believes the Greyhounds’ transition from […]

Hounds land 30 prospects

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Three quarterbacks and a handful of running backs and wide receivers were among 30 high school players to sign national letters of intent with Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday’s national signing day. The Hounds are switching to what head coach Mark Ribaudo said will be a […]

Hounds will look to throw ball in 2008

CNJ staff PORTALES — Get ready for Air Ribaudo. Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds are scrapping their option offense next season, and have recruited accordingly as they prepare to make the change. National signing day for football is Wednesday, and Ribaudo said he hopes to have about 30 letters-of-intent in […]

Hounds test unbeaten Buffs

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Jason Walker stiff-arms Angelo State defensive back Terrell Lee on a third-quarter run in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds face West Texas A&M today in Canyon. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Ribaudo thinks this year’s West Texas A&M football team is […]

Angelo prevails in 2 OTs

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jason Walker can’t haul in a pass between Angelo State secondary members (from left) Brandon Eubanks, Jared Hicks and Michael McLeod on a fake field goal attempt in the third quarter of Saturday’s LSC South Division game at Greyhound Stadium. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — For […]

Hounds take on Angelo State

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Eastern New Mexico University senior running back Kyle Harris looks for running room during a game against East Central last month at Greyhound Stadium. ENMU hosts Angelo State at 2 p.m. today in the school’s homecoming game. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University football […]

Hounds host East Central

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Greyhounds sophomore quarterback J.T. Thompson has rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns this season as a backup to senior starter Michael Benton By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Ribaudo expected Eastern New Mexico University’s secondary to be challenged last week by Northeastern State’s air attack. The Greyhounds passed that test, winning 14-10, but […]

Sophomore QB bides time in backup role

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Redshirt sophomore J.T. Thompson rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns in the Hounds’ season-opening 63-20 win Aug. 25 at Bacone. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Jeremy “J.T.” Thompson doesn’t mind his backup role, for the time being. Thompson, a redshirt sophomore from Sweetwater, […]

Hounds get good work in

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU senior running back Kyle Harris rambles 15 yards for a touchdown during Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Blackwater Draw. The Greyhounds open the 2007 season next Saturday, facing Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — For a Saturday in August, the weather was […]

Hounds get final tuneup

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CNJ file photo Senior Michael Benton is expected to be Eastern New Mexico University’s starting quarterback for a third consecutive season when the Greyhounds open at Bacone (Okla.) next Saturday. CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico University football team will have its final dress rehearsal today with a 9:30 a.m. intrasquad scrimmage at Blackwater Draw. […]