February 8, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Feb. 8, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Opening Tip!

Spike is excited about the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Blue-White Bash & Auction that is tomorrow (Saturday) night.  Early items up for bid include a Citadel-colored golf cart, a red, white and blue guitar autographed by Bruce Springsteen, a signed baseball bat from Justin Smoak of the Seattle Mariners and unique “happy hour” chairs.  Additionally, there will be vacations, Citadel-oriented gifts, offshore fishing, golf packages and a plethora of goods and services.  Check for updates on auction items and registration information at www.BrigadierFoundation.com.  

Wrestling leads today’s issue as we will unveil the grapplers’ first banner inside McAlister Field House during Saturday night’s auction.  We will honor the 1967 Southern Conference Championship Team and six teammates and Coach Don Murry are expected to return.  The current wrestling team finished third at the prestigious All-Academies and edged Army by one point as three cadets took home titles.  And for the second time this year and sixth of his career, heavyweight Odie Delaney was named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week and month for January.  The six citations tie him for second-most in league history and there are still a couple of weeks left in the season.

Sunday is baseball’s Meet the Bulldogs Day where the family can meet and greet the 2013 Diamond Dogs while getting their first Riley Park hot dog of the season, compliments of the Charleston RiverDogs.  Players and coaches will be available to sign autographs on the field from 11:30 to 12:45.  Following the autograph session, The Citadel will hold a Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage

Good buddy Caleb Davis, who left the hospital on Wednesday, is recovering nicely from his heart surgery in the comforts of home.  We hope to have him back in his McAlister Field House office soon.

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Wrestling Banner to Be Unfurled in McAlister Field House during Saturday’s Auction

The first championship wrestling banner that commemorates the 1967 team’s Southern Conference crown will be unveiled during Saturday night’s auction.

Several members from the ’67 title team that was guided by Coach Don Murry will be in attendance for the unfurling.  That 1967 team was undefeated and also posted impressive

victories over the likes of N.C. State, the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Old Dominion University.  In the league championship match, The Citadel downed second-place West Virginia by a convincing 80-to-69 margin.  The championship team had seven finalists including four champions and three that were runners-up.  The team also featured the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in Ed Steers.

Delaney, Khishignyam Earn Titles at All-Academy Wrestling Championships as Bulldogs Take Third Place

Top-seeded Odie Delaney and Ugi Khishignyam plowed through their respective competition and collected three victories apiece en route to first place finishes at the 19th-annual All-Academy Championships inside Army's Gillis Field House at West Point, NY.

Delaney's three wins on Saturday moved him into sole possession of third place in Citadel history with 113 wins.  The heavyweight needs just five more victories to move past Travis Piccard for second place all-time.  Delaney, who entered the contest with a conference-leading 11 pins, collected two falls in the first 45 seconds of each of his first two bouts to earn him a spot in the finals against Navy's Dan Miller.  Delaney handled Miller, 10-6, to notch his second consecutive title at the event and improve his record to 30-7 on the season.

In the 141-pound division, eighth-ranked Ugi recorded a major decision and two decisions en route to posting his third individual title of the season.  The Mongolia native improved his record to 32-3 and extended his winning streak to eight matches.

A pair of Bulldogs earned third place finishes as 125-pounder Joaquin Marquez posted an opening-round pin before falling to Coast Guard's Nate Giorgio.  Marquez bounced back in consolations, taking down Merchant Marine’s Costas Rerras by an 11-2 major decision before downing Navy's Jerico Urmenita in a 6-2 decision.

Josh Tuck battled it out in perhaps his best outing of the season as the 184-pounder opened the contest by dominating Coast Guard's Mark Wagner with an 11-0 major decision.  After a loss in the semifinals, Tuck bounced back in the consolation bracket with a pin at 1:10 over Chris Schenk of Norwich.  The senior grappler handled Army's Austin Wilding with a 10-2 major decision in the third place bout to close out the day.

Matt Frisch wrestled in two overtime battles, losing one by sudden victory and one in a tiebreaker to take fourth place, while Jordan Dix closed out his day with a 2-2 record and a fourth-place finish.

Aaron Hansen wrestled to an opening round 15-0 technical fall to notch his third shutout in four bouts and earned a spot in the semifinals. After falling into the consolation bracket following a loss to Navy's Colton Rasche, Hansen topped Merchant Marine’s Tom Healy, 16-1, to net his second technical fall of the day and a spot in the third place bout against Air Force's Dylan Hyder.

The two met earlier in the season in a match that Hansen won by a 4-1 decision, but Hyder got his revenge, taking the 6-5 decision.

The Bulldogs collected 72 team points to edge Army by one and took third place in the team standings.  Navy earned its fifth consecutive All-Academy Championships title with 128.5 points.

TEAM STANDINGS

1.  Navy – 128.5
2.  Air Force – 92.5
3.  The Citadel – 72
4.  Army – 71
5.  Merchant Marine – 17.5
6.  VMI – 15.5
7.  Coast Guard – 12.5
8.  Norwich - 0

 For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Delaney Earns SoCon Wrestler of the Week and Month Awards

Heavyweight Odie Delaney was named as both Southern Conference wrestler of the week and month on Thursday.  

Delaney went 11-2 overall and 4-0 in SoCon action in January. He faced a brutal slate in the month, taking on four ranked opponents at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., with his only two losses coming to grapplers ranked in the top three nationally.

The redshirt senior pinned No. 17 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio and earned a decision against No. 14 Levi Cooper of Arizona State at the Scuffle, while his losses came to No. 1 Tony Nelson of Minnesota and No. 3 Alan Gelogaev of Oklahoma State.

At the Virginia Duals on Jan. 11, Delaney picked up a major decision over Army's Stephen Snyder and a pin over VMI's Michael LaPrade.

The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., product pinned his opponents in duals against Appalachian State and Chattanooga in addition to earning decisions against Campbell and SIU-Edwardsville. For the month, Delaney posted a pair of major decisions and five falls.

Delaney, who is ranked 14th nationally, currently boasts a 10-match winning streak and most recently moved into third place on The Citadel's all-time wins list. He now has 113 victories and needs just five more to move into second place.

The Citadel will return to action on Sunday for a 1 p.m. scuffle against conference foe Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. in McAlister Field House. The Bulldogs will honor seniors Delaney, Mike Harper, Josh Tuck and Jordan Dix prior to the match along with a special recognition of the 1967 SoCon Championship team at the intermission.

Delaney ran his winning streak to 10 straight bouts and improved to 30-7 on the season.  He also moved into third place on The Citadel's all-time wins list, as he now has 113 and needs just five more to move into second place.

The award is Delaney's second of the season and sixth of his career, tying him for second-most in league history with VMI's Adam Britt, who won the award six times from 2000-03.  Delaney is now just one weekly award back of Appalachian State's Austin Trotman, who won it a league-record seven times from 2008-12.

Hoopsters Top Wofford at Home, Furman on the Road

P.J Horgan scored a career-high 23 points -- 17 in the second half -- as The Citadel completed the second biggest second-half comeback in school history in an 84-79 victory at Furman on Saturday afternoon.  The Cadets mounted the rally behind 60 points in the second half, the third-most against a Southern Conference opponent in history.

Horgan, who finished 9-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line, energized a Citadel lineup that had five players reach double figures including Mike Groselle (19), Ashton Moore (14), Matt Van Scyoc (13) and Marshall Harris III (11).  It marked the first time that The Citadel had five players post double digits since the Charleston Southern game on Dec. 4, 2012.

The Citadel shot 30-of-53 (56.6%) from the field in the game and hit an incendiary 74.1 percent (20-27) in the second half.  Horgan converted 6-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe in the second frame.  Groselle also completed a dominating second half performance by including hitting 5-of-6 from the floor and dishing out four assists.

Groselle netted a season-high 24 points and Horgan added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double as The Citadel snapped an 11-game losing streak to Wofford with a 69-63 victory at McAlister Field House on Thursday night.

Groselle tied his career-high in points after hitting 10-of-16 from the field.  He also made his presence felt on the boards as he climbed the glass for seven rebounds (five offensive).  Meanwhile, Horgan knocked down 6-of-9 from the floor, along with 4-of-6 from the charity stripe, en route to his third double-digit game of the season.  Joining them in double figures scoring was Van Scyoc, who finished with 10 points.

Harris distributed a career-high 10 assists to go along with six points and three steals.  The Bulldogs topped the 50 percent shooting mark for the ninth time this season, knocking down 26-of-46 (56.5%) from the field.  The Citadel held a 34-26 advantage on the glass, marking the seventh time this season the Bulldogs outrebounded its opponent.  The victory gives the Bulldogs their first in the series since a 74-71 win at Benjamin Johnson Arena on Jan. 26, 2007.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Horgan Named College Sports Madness SoCon Player of the Week

P.J. Horgan has been named College Sports Madness' Southern Conference Player of the Week as he averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as the Bulldogs garnered victories over Wofford and Furman in the same season for the first time since 2005-06.

It marks the second time this season that a Bulldog has captured SoCon Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness as Mike Groselle earned the award after averaging 19.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in 2012 All-Military Classic.

Horgan, a sophomore forward, recorded his first career double-double when he scored 15 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 69-63 victory over Wofford. Two days later, in a tilt at Furman, Horgan notched a team-high 23 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Against the Paladins he finished 9-of-13 from the field, knocking down all six attempts in the second half, to highlight a Citadel lineup that hit an incendiary 71.4 percent from the floor after the intermission to rally the Bulldogs from a 16-point halftime deficit for an 84-79 victory.

Groselle Named among 10 Finalists for Senior CLASS Award; Also Garners CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

Basketball senior center Mike Groselle was named one of 10 finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award, sponsored by Premier Sports Management while the Plano, Texas standout was also named to the Capital One 2012-13 CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 first team.  With his selection to the first team, Groselle will be on the ballot for Academic All-America honors at the conclusion of the season.

He is also among the nominees for the Lou Henson Award (College Insider National Player of the Year) and the Wooden Cup Award (Citizenship Award).

Groselle is a civil engineering major with a 3.693 GPA and holds the rank of captain in the Corps of Cadets.  Since coming to The Citadel in 2009, Groselle has been named to the Dean's List on five occasions, which he achieved by carrying a GPA of 3.2 of better for a semester.  He has also earned five Gold Stars, which is awarded to a cadet that maintains a 3.7 GPA or better.

To be eligible for the Senior CLASS Award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.  An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Bulldogs, Blue Hose to Meet In ESPN BracketBuster

The 11th annual ESPN BracketBusters field was announced Monday evening, and in its first-ever time in the event The Citadel will be pitted against Big South Conference foe Presbyterian on Feb. 23 at approximately 7:45 p.m.

The game, which will take place at the Templeton Center in Clinton, marks the first time that the two programs have squared off since the 1982-83 season.  The Citadel holds a 46-22 edge in the all-time series, including a 10-game winning streak that dates back to the 1956-57 season.

BracketBusters earned its name because of the success of the teams in NCAA Championship play.

The 122-team field will feature teams from 13 conferences: 12 each from Big South, Mid-American Conference and Ohio Valley Conference; 11 from the Big Sky; 10 each from Big West, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Missouri Valley and Southland Conference; nine each from Horizon and Summit Leagues; six from the Western Athletic Association; four from the Southern Conference; three from the MEAC; and two each from the America East and West Coast Conferences.

As part of the agreement the host team will play a return game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2013-14 season.

Baseball’s Meet the Bulldogs Is Sunday

The Citadel baseball team will host its annual Meet the Bulldogs Day at Riley Park on Sunday, Feb. 10 with gates opening at 11 a.m.

The first 500 fans will receive a hot dog, chips and drink courtesy of the Charleston RiverDogs. Citadel baseball schedule cards, posters and magnets will be available for all fans.

Bulldog players and coaches will be available to sign autographs on the field from 11:30 to 12:45. Following the autograph session, The Citadel will hold a Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage as it begins final preparations for its season opener.

The Bulldogs open the 2013 campaign with the Homewood Suites Tournament presented by Charleston Crab House on Feb. 15-17 at Riley Park. The Citadel will host George Mason and Kansas State at 4 p.m. the first two days of the tournament followed by a 1:30 game against High Point.

Track and Field Completes Action at Hilton Garden Invitational

The track and field teams finished up its third indoor meet of the season on Saturday as the Bulldogs got their first run on the brand new JDL Fast Track in the Hilton Garden Invitational.  The Bulldogs will trek back to the same site for the Southern Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-24.

The women's 4x400 team of Micah Wessinger, Danielle Williams, Tanisha Bethel and Taylor Viana posted a season-best relay time of 3:59.98 to earn third place in their section.  Wessinger continued her impressive weekend by running a personal-best in the 400m with a 60.25. The senior captain also clocked in at 2:17 in the 800m, while Daniele McKee finished closely behind with a 2:21 in the same event.

After breaking the freshman 400m record in her first collegiate track meet, Williams improved on the time, posting a 59.37 to move into second place in Citadel history in the event.  Nicole Levermann, who is preparing to represent The Citadel in the conference multi-events, cleared the bar in the high jump at a season-best 5'4.25".

Geno Porter logged his second consecutive heave of more than 50-feet to take fifth place in his flight.  The redshirt sophomore threw the 35-lb. weight 50'6.75" last week at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational to earn the SoCon track and field athlete of the week award.

Kasandra Polson and Clay Allen heaved the weight throw a whopping, 46'.5" and 46'1.5", respectively, to post personal bests, while freshman Darius Johnson improved his 60m hurdle time of 8.85 to move into eighth place all-time.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Netters Run Winning Streak to Three to Open Season

The Citadel tennis team earned a 7-2 victory at Coastal Georgia on Friday at the Coastal Georgia Tennis Complex.  The Bulldogs started the match winning two-of-three doubles matches with David Orces-Oliver Dedding and Elliott Sperr-Alex Howle winning.  Posting singles victories were Orces, Peter Bleach, J.C. Pauli, Jackson Pride and Sperr.  Pauli and Pride won in their collegiate debuts.

On a Saturday doubleheader in Daytona Beach, The Citadel downed Bethune-Cookman, 4-3, and Palm Beach Atlantic, 4-0.

Against Bethune-Cookman, the Bulldogs took the doubles point as Orces-Dedding and Sperr-Howle both won their matches.  In singles action, Orces, Bleach and Pride captured their matches for the victory.

Against Palm Beach Atlantic, daylight was a factor as the teams decided to start with singles and the Bulldogs won the first four singles matches to secure the victory.  Posting victories were Orces, Dillon Berkabile, Bleach and Pauli, with only Bleach’s match going three sets.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Oliver Reynolds Named Interim Head Coach of The Citadel Tennis Team

Director of Athletics Larry Leckonby has announced that Oliver Reynolds has been named interim head coach of the tennis team.

He replaces Kemper Baker, who left to become the head coach at Coastal Georgia College in Brunswick.  Reynolds was Baker’s assistant last season, and under Reynolds, The Citadel is off to its best start since the 1997 season with a mark of 3-0.

Reynolds attended Samford and was a member of the tennis team all four years, making two NCAA tournament appearances.  He was captain of the of the 2011 Samford team that won the Southern Conference championship and a member of the 2008 team that won the Ohio Valley Conference championship. Reynolds was the interim head coach and assistant coach at Samford during the fall of 2011.

Reynolds has served the past four summers as the assistant professional at Northeast Harbor Tennis Club in Maine.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Reynolds received his bachelor's degree in finance from Samford in December 2011.

National Signing Day Brings 23 Football Signees

Coach Kevin Higgins announced on Wednesday the addition of 23 newcomers representing seven different states to the Bulldog football family for the 2013 season.

South Carolina leads the way with 10 high school players heading to The Citadel including local wide receivers Rudder Brown and Taylor Kimball from Wando High.  Three players hail from North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania, two from Alabama and one from Florida and Oklahoma.

Fifteen recruits are being brought in on offense including quarterbacks in Cam Jackson and Jantzen Jeffrey.  Jackson was a teammate of 2012 freshman linebacker James Riley at Davidson High School in Mobile, Ala.  Malik Diggs and Isaiah Pinson participated in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl, and Tyler Renew played in the SCISA (private school league) Shrine Bowl.  Four players were chosen for the North/South All-Star game (Brown, DeVonta Delaney, DeAndre Schoultz and Jake Smith) while Forrest Barnes will play in Pennsylvania's prestigious Big 33 game.

Twenty of the 23 players served as a captain for their high school football team and five (Brown, Kimball, Pinson, Schoultz and Hugh McFaddin) were coached by former Citadel players.

 NAME                        POS.    HT       WT      HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

Forrest Barnes             RB       5-11     185      Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley

Ryan Bednar               OL       6-1       280      Glassport, Pa./South Allegheny

Rudder Brown            WR      6-4       210      Mount Pleasant/Wando

Tyus Carter                 DB      6-0       170      Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley

Jeremiah Cotton          DL       6-4       265      Macon, Ga./Mount de Sales

Dee Delaney               DB      6-1       180      Seabrook/Whale Branch

Malik Diggs                DB      6-3       180      Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland

Jonathan Dorogy         RB       5-8       180      Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley

Tevin Floyd                 LB       6-1       225      Tallahassee, Fla./Florida HS

Cam Jackson               QB      6-2       185      Mobile, Ala./Davidson

Jantzen Jeffrey            QB      6-1       200      Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth

Nick Jeffreys               TE       6-3       235      Oklahoma City, OK/Bishop McGuiness

Jorian Jordan               WR      6-0       165      Charlotte, NC/Mallard Creek  

Taylor Kimball            WR      6-2       210      Mount Pleasant/Wando

Hugh McFaddin         OL       6-0       270      Manning/Manning

Isaian Pinson               OL       6-3       240      Wellford/Byrnes

Tyler Renew                RB       5-11     205      Columbia/Ben Lippen

Jake Riggs                   WR      6-4       215      Greenville/J.L. Mann

Ben Roberts                DB      5-9       170      Statesboro, Ga./Statesboro

Devan Robbins           RB       5-11     175      Belmont, N.C./South Point

DeAndre Schoultz      RB       5-9       285      Aiken/South Aiken

Jake Smith                   DL       6-5       225      Greenville/Greenville

Will Vanvick               P          5-11     170      Greenville/J.L. Mann

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

The Citadel Honors 2012 Football Standouts at Awards Banquet

Darien Robinson, Chris Billingslea and Cass Couey headlined the award winners at The Citadel's annual football banquet held Monday night at the Holliday Alumni Center.

Robinson was named the team's offensive player of the year.  The junior B-back rushed for 1,007 yards, the first Bulldog to reach the 1,000-yard mark since 2007, and scored six touchdowns.  He ranked seventh in the Southern Conference and 39th in the nation with an average of 91.5 yards per game and ran for more than 100 yards six times.  His career total of 1,969 yards entering his senior season ranks 12th in school history.

Billingslea was chosen the team's top defensive player in his final year at The Citadel.  The defensive end ranked fourth on the Bulldogs’ chart with 51 tackles while leading the team with 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.  He was named second team All-SoCon for the second straight year.

Couey earned his third straight special teams player of the year award after ranking second in the SoCon with an average of 42.4 yards per punt.  He was chosen to the All-SoCon second team after earning first team all-conference and third team All-America accolades following his junior season in 2011 when he ranked fifth in the nation in punting.

The evening got underway with the recognition of 56 lettermen, including fourth-year winners Billingslea, Couey, Greg Adams, Austin Boyle, Davis Boyle, Terrell Dallas, Keith Gamble and VanDyke Jones.

That was followed by the members of the 2012 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference Team.  That group included Austin Boyle (3.25, business administration), Davis Boyle (3.25, business administration), Douglas German (3.31, business administration), Brandon McCladdie (3.68, sports management), Yemi Oyegunle (3.83, business administration), Walker Smith (3.80, physical education), Thomas Warren (3.52, business administration) and Carson Smith (4.00, electrical engineering).

McCladdie, a junior cornerback, received a certificate for his selection to the FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team and was also the winner of the Ann Seignious Award for academic and football excellence.  In addition to his work in the classroom, where he has twice earned Gold Stars (3.7 or higher grade point average), he was a second team All-SoCon selection, picked off two passes, broke up four others and forced three fumbles last season.

McCladdie was joined by Derek Douglas, Keith Carter and Rickey Anderson as recipients of the Captain's Award.  Douglas also received the Team Military Captain Award as the person who best merged his work in football, academics and in the Corps.  The Linwood Sykes Award for outstanding effort not only in games but also in practice and offseason workouts was given to junior quarterback Ben Dupree.

The Citadel Football Association’s Blood & Guts Award, epitomizing the player who gives total effort on the practice field, was presented to junior cornerback Sadath Jean-Pierre, a three-year letterman who finished the 2012 campaign ranked second on the team with 80 tackles.  Junior Jim Knowles, a two-year starter on the offensive line, received the inaugural J.B. Weber Academic Achievement Award.  This award honors the player who best reaches his academic potential and who serves as an example for his teammates.

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation recognized offensive tackle Cullen Brown with the Team Before Self Award.  Brown spent his first two seasons as a tight end before moving to tackle shortly before the start of the 2012 season.  He started all 11 games at his new position, consistently earning one of the team's top grades each week.

The Cal McCombs Award, which is given to the player who best represents the virtues of moral character, courage, contribution and commitment, was presented to sophomore linebacker Carson Smith.  Smith led the team with 91 tackles and was selected the SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week following the Appalachian State game.

Chosen as the scout team players of the year were Julian Walker (offense), Brandon Staton (defense) and Dondray Copeland (special teams).  Also recognized was senior Ben Owen, who served as one of the team's filmers.

Awards were also presented for SoCon weekly and postseason honors, including the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the conference to junior Mike Sellers and Kevin Higgins as the league's coach of the year.  Offense, defense and special teams player of the game awards for each of The Citadel's seven victories in 2012 were also handed out.

Soccer Releases Fall Schedule

Bob Winch's eighth Citadel soccer team will feature 10 games on Washington Light Infantry Field, including five Southern Conference matches as the 2013 schedule was released this week.

The Citadel opens the season with a four-game road stretch which will include two first-time opponents in Georgia of the SEC on Aug. 16 and Maryland of the ACC on Aug. 23.  The Bulldogs host Jacksonville State to kickoff the ‘13 home slate on Aug. 30 before welcoming Canisius on Sept. 1 and cross-town rival Charleston Southern on Sept. 8.

A match at Presbyterian on Sept. 13 and home bouts against Winthrop on Sept. 18 and Francis Marion on Oct. 30 will close out non-conference play.

The Bulldogs open SoCon action in the Upstate with an evening match against Furman on Sept. 27 and a Sunday afternoon scuffle against Wofford on Sept. 29.  The following weekend The Citadel returns home to take on Elon on Oct. 4 and UNC Greensboro on Oct. 6.  After a road game at Davidson on Oct. 10, the Bulldogs welcome the 2012 conference champion Eagles of Georgia Southern for a 2 p.m. contest on Oct. 13.  A road trip to Samford and Chattanooga, followed by home matches against Appalachian State on Oct. 25 and Western Carolina on Oct. 27, will round out the regular season.

The Citadel and College of Charleston will not meet for the first time in the Bulldogs' 12-year history after the Cougars make the switch to the Colonial Athletic Association at the end of the 2012-13 season.

To view the entire schedule, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

14th Annual Broxton Bridge Fun Shoot Set for Feb. 16

The 14th Annual Broxton Bridge Fun Shoot is a 100-shot event that will be held on Feb. 16 at Broxton Bridge Plantation in Ehrhardt with a start time of 9 am and concluding at 1 pm.  Lunch, prizes and trophies will be awarded immediately following the shoot as well as extra shooting games. 

The Fun Shoot is open to all and the cost is $100 per person.  Included are 100 shells, 100 clays and a barbeque lunch.  Advanced tickets can be bought by calling 800/437-4868, and one can go to www.broxtonbridge.com to the sporting clays tab and also register there.

Since this a NSCA Registered Shoot, trophies will be awarded using the Lewis Class System for Classes AA, A, B, C, D, Novice, Juniors, Seniors and Ladies.  Shooters need to bring their own guns.  (Juniors are considered 16-under while seniors are 60-above.

Sponsorships are available at $150, and checks should be made payable to The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc., and mailed to Broxton Bridge Plantation, PO Box 97, Ehrhardt, SC 29081 along with your registration form.

Proceeds from the event go to the Jerry Varn ’53 Basketball Scholarship.  For additional information, please call 800/437-4868.

 Citadel Football Association to Present 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest

The 3rd Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest is just around the corner.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 9 in conjunction with The Citadel’s spring football game at Johnson Hagood Stadium and is sponsored by The Citadel Football Association.

Awards will be given in six categories topped by the Most Beautiful Bulldog. Other categories include Best Costume, Best Tail Wagger, Best Smiler, Miss Congeniality and Mr. Personality. A beauty pageant featuring all of the entered dogs will take place at halftime of the spring game.

Awards will also be presented to the dog that travelled the furthest and for the oldest dog.

All registration will be done online by credit card with a fee of $40 at cfabulldogs.com beginning Wednesday, Jan. 15 and closing at 5 p.m. on March 8. No dogs may be registered at the door on Saturday. A maximum of 60 dogs will be able to compete and no more than two dogs per person or family.

All entrants must be current on vaccinations and heartworm preventative, and a certificate of vaccinations is required at the stadium.  Owners must also be covered by homeowner’s insurance and are also responsible for their dog’s own water and bowl, umbrella for shade and cooling, pad or rug for their dog to rest on and other items for their dog’s comfort.  A veterinarian will be present during the contest.

Entrants will check in under the home side stands at 11 a.m. on March 9, and judging will take place from 11:30-12:30 followed by a free hot dog lunch for owners.  All human friends and family of dog owners are encouraged to visit the dogs in the judging area and attend the spring game, which kicks off at 1 p.m.  There is no admission for both the Beautiful Bulldog Contest and the spring game.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Citadel’s live mascots, General and Boo, in addition to The Citadel Football Association’s Scholarship Program.  For additional information, contact Assistant Athletics Director Mike Groshon at 843/953-2161.

Jerry Baker Named to CofC Athletic Hall of Fame

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation Executive Director Jerry Baker has been tabbed by his alma mater for enshrinement in their athletic hall of fame.

Baker, who graduated from College of Charleston in 1974, joined the administrative staff in 1984.  He served as the Cougars’ director of athletics from 1991-07, and during his tenure as AD, the athletics programs experienced unparalleled success.  He helped shape the program from NAIA to NCAA Division I status.  Baker also moved the athletics budget from $1 million annually to over $8 million. Baseball, women’s soccer, softball and women’s track and field were sports added under his direction and facilities grew tremendously including the Patriots Point Complex and the start of the TD Arena project, up until his retirement in 2007.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 9:30 am.

Bulldog Business Partners

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation has once again begun the “Bulldog Business Partners” for  the 2012-13 academic year and the first to sign up are:

  • Allstate - Kevin Shealy Agency
  • Charleston Crab  House
  • Delicious Management – East Bay Deli
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Airport
  • Hay Tire
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Radiste Tech
  • Wilson & Quirk
We encourage you to please stop by and thank our supporters.  If you want more information on how your business can partner with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, please call us at 843/953-5277.

And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics

With the early warm weather teasing us of late, the thermostat has been adjusted appropriately.  In an effort to save energy and a few dollars on your bill, SCE&G offers several energy tips to help.  Among key ones:

  • Get a free home energy check to identify ways to better manage energy consumption;
  • Switch light bulbs: Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light-emitting diode lights (LEDs) save money because they consumer far less energy. You can get discounts from the company if you buy the bulbs;
  • Manage your thermostat.  Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or less in the winter.  Each degree lower can significantly increase your savings;
  • Get rebates. If you improve your home by making recommendations, you can earn rebates of up to $2,500;
  • Get energy tips by email.  Use the link to sign up for free energy-saving tips, rebates, incentives and more;
  • More. http://www.sceg.com/energywise.

He Said It:

"I'm speechless. That's one of the most remarkable wins I've ever been associated with. ... We just challenged them, and they responded."

- Basketball coach Chuck Driesell, after the Bulldogs came back from 18 down in the second half to defeat Furman in Greenville on Saturday.

"February has traditionally been the month that teams across the country want to play their best basketball.  Playing against a non-conference opponent like this, in a hostile environment, will be a great way for our team to handle pressure situations in the following week leading up to the Southern Conference Tournament."

- Coach Driesell, on playing in ESPN's Bracketbuster game against in-state rival Presbyterian College.

"I look forward to honoring the 1967 Southern Conference Championship team with a banner in McAlister Field House.   It is very exciting to have members of that team back on campus and in attendance."

- Wrestling coach Rob Hjerling, on honoring the 1967 Southern Conference Championship team on Saturday night.

Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs and at www.twitter.com/citadelsports.  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at www.twitter.com/citadelbaseball and www.twitter.com/citadelfootball.  Follow them today!

Upcoming Birthdays

Feb. 19            Lori Bonacci                             Golf
Feb. 19            Michelle Lomonaco                  Sports Medicine
Feb. 27            John Hauser                            Football
Feb. 28            J.P. Gunter                              Football

Upcoming Events

Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House
Feb. 10            Baseball’s “Meet the Bulldogs Day” @Riley Park

Have a Friend Who Might Be Interested?

Today’s Blue & White is the sister publication of the The Blue & White, the official publication of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation that is printed monthly.  In order to receive the printed version, one has to be a member of TCBF.  However, we’ve opened Today’s Blue & White to anyone and everyone who has a computer and who is interested in activities of TCBF and, of course, The Citadel’s Department of Athletics.  Today’s Blue & White is free.  All one has to do is sign up is to click on this link:  http://www.citadelsports.com/list-signup

Today’s Blue & White is the official electronic publication of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc. with its office located at The Citadel, McAlister Field House, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC  29409 (office 843/953-5277).

Publishers........................Jerry Baker & Larry Leckonby

Editor...............................Andy Solomon

Layout/Distribution...........Brian Gargone

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