January 11, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Jan. 11, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Opening Tip!

Cadets have returned from their Christmas furlough and classes have resumed, so campus has returned to a state of normalcy.

Congratulations are extended to our soccer program for earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year.  Additionally, 26 cadet-student-athletes earned spots on the Southern Conference Academic All-Conference team for the fall.

Awards keep flowing for Ugi Khishignyam, who was named the Southern Conference’s wrestler of the week and month.  Also, Odie Delaney captured his 100th career victory during the break. 

Don’t forget that the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Blue-White Bash & Auction is set for February 9 as compared to the traditional April date.  

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

The Citadel Places 27 on SoCon Fall Academic All-Conference Team

Twenty-seven cadet-student-athletes representing all five fall sports have earned spots on the Southern Conference Academic All-Conference team.

Football led the way with eight qualifying athletes followed by volleyball (six), soccer (six), men’s cross country (four) and women’s cross country (three).  Sophomore soccer player Grace Raines was one of 15 student-athletes in the SoCon to make the list with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the fall semester, participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s events and successfully complete at least 24 credit hours over the previous two semesters.

Austin Boyle
Davis Boyle
Douglas German
Brandon McCladdie
Yemi Oyegunle
Carson Smith
Walker Smith
Thomas Warren 

Men’s Cross Country
Jordan Ashley
John Gatewood
Raeven Lantz
Austin Waldrop 

Women’s Cross Country
Emily Fields
Nicole Ogilbee
Micah Wessinger 

Mariana Garcia
Sarah Katchen
Ruth Leiva
Jillian Meyer
Grace Raines
Karina Schneider 

Erin Bucherl
Ise D’Angelo
Emily Dalton
Rachael Farrell
Jessica Maxwell
Amanda Rudnik

Soccer Honored with NSCAA Team Academic Award

The soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year on the strength of a team grade point average of 3.5 during the fall and 3.54 in the spring.

The achievement sets The Citadel apart from other teams, demonstrating its commitment to success on the field and in the classroom.

For a team to be considered for the NSCAA Team Academic Award, it must have a composite team GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all team members who appear on the official NCAA, NAIA or junior college roster forms for the fall season.

Shanna Couch, a senior captain for the 2011-12 Bulldogs, graduated in 2012 with Top Graduate Honors from The Citadel Corps of Cadets, accumulating a 4.0 GPA in health, exercise and sport science.

Along with her honors at The Citadel, the Southern Conference selected Couch as the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship out of a pool of 37 candidates.

25th Annual TCBF Auction Is Coming Up

Be sure to note that February 9 is the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Blue-White Bash & Auction.   If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.

Reflecting on The Citadel and the Bowl Games

Six former Citadel football players now coaching in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) ranks are members of coaching staffs whose teams participated in bowl games this season.  Citadel alumni went 5-1 this bowl season, highlighted by Lance Thompson’s Alabama squad thumping Notre Dame for the BCS National Championship on Monday night.  Keith Jones’s Navy squad suffered the only Citadel-related bowl loss.  Of note, Marty Long’s Northwestern squad made school history as the Wildcats earned their first bowl victory since 1949 with a win in the Gator Bowl over Mississippi State. 

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl @Honolulu

Frank Gansz, Jr. ’85, Special Teams Coach; Southern Methodist University

SMU 43, Fresno State 10

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl @San Francisco

Keith Jones ’75, Secondary Coach; Navy

Arizona State 62, Navy 28

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl @Jacksonville

Marty Long ’86, Defensive Line Coach; Northwestern

Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20

Outback Bowl @Tampa

Everette Sands ’93, Running Backs Coach; South Carolina

South Carolina 33, Michigan 28

Allstate Sugar Bowl @New Orleans

Kenny Carter ’90, Running Backs / Special Teams; Louisville

Louisville 33, Florida 23

Discover BCS National Championship @Miami

Lance Thompson ’87, Outside Linebackers Coach; Alabama

Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14

Ugi Khishignyam Nabs Second Place at Southern Scuffle As Delaney Collects 100th Career Win

Ugi Khishignyam posted a two-day record of 5-1 to receive a second place finish in the 141-pound bracket at the Southern Scuffle hosted by Chattanooga.  Odie Delaney collected his 100th career win en route to earning a sixth place finish in the heavyweight bracket.

Khishignyam opened the action on Day 2 with a semifinal matchup against Old Dominion's Chris Mecate.  The Bulldog handled Mecate with a 3-1 advantage to move to the finals of the championship bracket where he was pinned by ninth-ranked Mike Nevinger of Cornell.

Delaney, who was pegged against a nationally ranked wrestler in five of his seven bouts, had an impressive two-day performance and earned sixth place with a 4-3 record.

Entering the second day with a 2-1 record, Delaney began with a consolation bracket matchup against Henry Cherino in which he dominated the Northern Colorado grappler with a pin in the second minute.

The win advanced the Bulldog heavyweight to a consolation semifinal against 14th-ranked Levi Cooper of Arizona State, where the two met earlier in a dual match in which Cooper earned a 6-2 decision.

Delaney earned revenge against Cooper as he took control of the match and topped the Sun Devil grappler, 5-1.  The win marked Delaney's 100th of his career and now holds a four-year mark of 100-41.

A loss against third-ranked Alan Gelogaev by technical fall left Delaney in the fifth place bout where he was set to face No. 17 Jeremy Johnson for the second time in two days and eighth time of their careers, but a minor injury forced the Bulldog heavyweight to forfeit the match and drop to sixth place by default.

In the 157-pound consolation bracket, Matt Frisch opened the second day with an impressive 6-3 decision over Minnesota's Pat Smith before falling to Gopher teammate Daniel Zilverburg.  The loss landed Frisch in the seventh place bout against Navy's Robert Burg, where he dropped a 7-6 decision to fall to eighth place.

The Bulldogs closed the tournament in 11th place out of 24 teams, collecting 45 points, while the two-time defending NCAA National Champion Penn State Nittany Lions earned the team title with 178.5. 

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

Ugi Khishignyam Tabbed as December's SoCon Wrestler of the Month AND Week

The awards keep on rolling in for 141-pound wrestler Ugi Khishignyam. Just a day after earning his third consecutive Southern Conference wrestler of the week award, Ugi was voted as the SoCon's wrestler of the month for his performance in December.

The Mongolia native was nearly flawless in December, going 10-1 overall and 1-0 in Southern Conference action.  Khishignyam's lone loss in the month came to No. 17 Evan Henderson of North Carolina, as the Tar Heel edged him in a 4-3 decision at the Nittany Lion Open on Dec. 2.  Ugi took third place at that event, going 4-1 on the day.

The redshirt freshman followed that performance with a decisive victory as the Bulldogs opened SoCon action with a 32-12 win over Davidson on Dec. 6, downing Sejiro Littleton with a 21-6 technical fall in the sixth minute.

Khishignyam closed December by winning the 141-pound title at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 16, pinning Arizona State's Chris Johnson in his first match before recording a tech fall and a major decision to reach the semifinals.

There, he earned an 8-4 decision over No. 18 Nathan Pennesi of West Virginia to advance to the title bout, where he edged No. 4 Michael Mangrum of Oregon State, 4-3.

In addition to taking the title in his class, Khishignyam was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.  He was the SoCon wrestler of the week on Dec. 12 and 19.

Ugi holds a season record of 24-3 after an outstanding second place performance at the Southern Scuffle on Jan.1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hoopsters Struggle during Break

On January 5 in McAlister Field House, Western Carolina's Trey Sumler notched a game-high 17 points and led four players in double figures as the Catamounts topped The Citadel, 72-55.  The Bulldogs were charged offensively by the sophomore scoring duo of P.J. Horgan and Marshall Harris III, who scored 10 points apiece.  Horgan, who missed the first 11 games with the intent to redshirt, came off the bench to hit 4-of-5 from the field and grab a game-high eight rebounds.  Harris hit two shots from beyond the arc and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

On New Year’s Day, Clemson's Adonis Filer netted a game-high 21 points and the supporting cast of Jordan Roper and Damarcus Harrison added 13 and 10 points, respectively, as the Tigers earned a 92-51 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum.  The Citadel took advantage of 13 points by Mike Groselle and 11 points from reserve Dylen Setzekorn. 

On December 22, Kammeon Holsey and Marcus Georges-Hunt combined for 26 points as Georgia Tech completed a 73-41 win over The Citadel at the McCamish Pavilion on the Yellow Jackets’ campus.  The Citadel offense came from Groselle (9 points), Lawrence Miller (9 points) and Stephen Elmore (8 points).  The Bulldogs finished 15-of-59 (25.4%) from the floor, converting only 3-of-22 (13.6%) from the perimeter.

On Dec. 19 in upstate New York, Demetrius Conger and Chris Johnson scored 16 points apiece and lead five players in double figures as St. Bonaventure downed The Citadel, 97-57, at the Reilly Center.  The Bulldogs’ offensive production came from the trio of Groselle (14 points), Matt Van Scyoc (13 points) and Ashton Moore (10 points).

Time to "Lace 'Em Up Again" Set for Jan. 26

Calling all former basketball players!!!

The 10th Annual Alumni Basketball Game, also known as the time to “Lace ‘Em Up Again,” will be held on Saturday, January 26, immediately following the Bulldogs’ game with Elon (2:05pm tipoff).
This is the time to join many former Citadel basketball players (spanning several decades) in the special game that features the common bond of playing hoops for the Bulldogs in McAlister Field House.  The Alumni Game participants will be introduced at the Elon game.

And, of course, the true goal of the Alumni Game is for veteran Director of Sports Medicine Andy Clawson to simply sit and watch, and not work.

For information, please contact Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon at andy.solomon@citadel.edu or at 843/953-6300.

Introducing Our New Kids Club: Spike’s Kidet Club

It’s time to get your kids signed up for The Citadel Athletics’ new kids club, appropriately billed as “Spike’s Kidet Club.”  With your membership you will help cheer on the Bulldogs at basketball and baseball games. You will also have the opportunity to meet and greet Citadel athletes during autograph sessions, be invited to “member only” celebration events and much more.  If you are 12-under and want to show your Bulldog spirit, join today.  Let’s have fun and cheer for our teams.

Here is what comes with your membership: Spike’s Kidet Club t-shirt, exclusive Kidet Club email updates, Kidet Club drawstring backpack, a Citadel Athletics temporary tattoo, general admission to a select basketball and baseball game, invitation to Kidet Club “member only” celebrations and Kidet Club meet-and-greet autograph session with selected cadet-student-athletes.

Sponsors for the Kidet Club are Bojangles and Domino’s Pizza.

To register, please visit http://citadelsports.com/fanZone/Bulldog_Kids_Club_Page_1.pdf, call 843/953-6812 or email spikeskidetclub@citadel.edu.

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.

Hot Stove Banquet to Feature Hall of Famer Wade Boggs

In keeping with the custom of brining in high-profile names, Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs will serve as the guest speaker for the 9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet that is hosted by the Charleston RiverDogs.

The event, which will be held on Friday, February 1 at The Crystal Ballroom at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Blvd., is being sponsored for the sixth consecutive year by Tom McQueeney State Farm Insurance.

The Hot Stove Banquet is an annual event that is coordinated by the Charleston RiverDogs to whet the appetite of Charleston area baseball fans.  Proceeds benefit The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern baseball programs and the MUSC’s Storm Eye Institute, the RiverDogs’ primary charity. 

The reception begins at 6 pm with the dinner starting at 7 o’clock.  Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner and beverages.  Tables with preferred seating for eight individuals are available for $550.

Boggs spent his 18-year baseball career primarily with the Boston Red Sox (1982-92), but also played for the New York Yankees (1993-97), with whom he won his only World Series, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-99), with whom he recorded his 3,000th career hit.  His hitting in the 1980s and ‘90s made him a perennial contender for American League batting titles.  Boggs was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.

For his illustrious career, Boggs captured five batting titles, strung together seven consecutive seasons of 200 or more hits and earned 100 walks in four straight seasons.  With his knack for getting on base, the superstitious Boggs often batted leadoff and scored at least 100 runs every season from 1983-89.  Boggs retired with a lofty .328 career batting average.

For individual tickets and additional information, please contact the RiverDogs at (843) 577-DOGS (3647).  Tickets may also be purchased online at www.riverdogs.com.

Previous Hot Stove Speakers
2011 – John Smoltz
2010 – Bobby Cox
2009 – Dale Murphy
2008 – Gaylord Perry
2007 – Jeff Francoeur
2006 – Tommy John
2005 – Jim Bouton
2004 – Bobby Richardson & John Blanchard

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.

Hall of Famer Harvey Schiller to Be Honored

A mix of negotiators and visionaries who have excelled in virtually every corner of the sports industry makes up the 2013 class of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business and the list includes Dr. Harvey Schiller ’60, a member of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the architects and builders of sports, and this year’s honorees include a group that any organization would love to have on their side of the table, both in terms of negotiating skill and being able to figure out the future.

In addition to Dr. Schiller, this year’s recipients include Donald Dell, a negotiating expert who played a major role in the evolution of both pro tennis and sports marketing in general; Rosa Gatti, one of the voices behind ESPN’s unmatched ability to tell its own story as well as provide a blueprint for diversity; Roy Kramer, a visionary in the college sports world whose decisions have proved to be decades ahead of their time; Ron Shapiro, arguably the original baseball power agent; and Pat Williams, a builder of successful NBA franchises for the last 45 years.

They join an exclusive group of entrepreneurs, risk-takers and colorful personalities as the fourth installment of The Champions. Each will be honored during a special ceremony April 3 at the IMG World Congress of Sports in Naples, Fla., and will share their story from a career that helped shape the sports business industry.

Schiller is a former chemistry professor at the Air Force Academy who has a résumé stacked with jobs in virtually every area of the sports industry.  In college sports, he was the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference for four years (1986-90), a member of the NCAA executive committee and president of the Western Athletic Conference.  In the Olympic world, he was executive director of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1990-94, and has served as president of the International Baseball Federation.  He was also president of Turner Sports from 1994-00 and chairman and CEO of YankeeNets from 2000-02.

Two Former Citadel Head Football Coaches Move On

Tennessee Titans tight ends coach John Zernhelt, who served as the Bulldogs head coach during the 2004 season, has been relieved of his duties despite having one year left on his contract.  Zernhelt spent seven seasons with the Titans, having joined coach Jeff Fisher’s staff in 2006 after a stint with the New York Jets.

Also, Ellis Johnson ’75, who led Citadel Football from 2001-03, was released by Southern Mississippi after one year at the helm and three years remaining on his contract.  Johnson has since joined the Auburn staff as defensive coordinator.

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 Citadel Athletics

Are you faced with entirely too many emails to juggle?  Here are some favorite tips for managing the insanity of email:

  • Go easy on the "reply all" - Does everyone on the "To:" line need to know what you have to say?  If not, then don't do it.  Reply only to the sender.
  • Doodle - Ever get caught in an email avalanche trying to set up a meeting?  Use doodle.com which is a free tool that makes meeting scheduling much easier.
  • Use BCC - It doesn't mean you're being sketchy.  It simply keeps someone informed without pulling them into an ongoing conversation (see #1).
  • Don't respond - If it's an FYI type of message, accept it and move on.
  • Use relevant subject lines and consider including your reason at the beginning of it: "FYI: .." "Response needed: .." "Meeting Tuesday…"

 Courtesy:  CharlestonCurrents.com

He Said It:

“I think four years away from the game has dulled a little bit of his skills.  He was a pretty good scorer in high school, and I’d like to see him develop into more of a scoring threat.  I think the Georgia Tech game was a good example of what he can do.”

- Former Maryland All-American and current ESPN broadcaster Len Elmore, on his son, Stephen, a fifth-year, 6-6 senior forward on The Citadel Basketball team.  The younger Elmore played four years of baseball at Princeton.

“He’s like a freshman, but a freshman that took four years off before coming to college.  But he’s coming around really well.  He wants to work hard and doesn’t let things get him down and is playing a big role for us.”

- Coach Chuck Driesell, on Stephen Elmore.

 “It’s just my opinion, but I think guys like Barry Bonds, who hit 762 home runs, I don’t think steroids were responsible for his whole career.  I think those guys should have an opportunity to be in the Hall of Fame at some point in time.”

- Pitching coach Britt Reames ’96, a former Major League pitcher, on Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

“It’s like how you drink sweet tea down here and hot tea up there, it’s a different environment.  There are more courts up there, more country down here.”

- Freshman basketball player Raemond Robinson, on growing up in Madison, Wis., before his family moved to Goose Creek.
“I like guys who played football.  Rae was very talented in football, and he brings that physicality to his game.  He doesn’t mind contact and sticking his nose in there.  He’s got a certain confidence that I think comes from football.”
- Coach Chuck Driesell, on Rae Robinson.

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

Jan. 2               Mike Groshon                         Administration
Jan. 11             Dennis Doornbos                    Football
Jan. 18             Donnell Boucher                     Strength & Conditioning
Jan. 20             Kris Kut                                  Track & Field
Jan. 23             Scott Yielding                         Football

Upcoming Events

Jan. 26             10th Annual Alumni Basketball Game @McAlister Field House
Feb. 1              9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet Featuring Wade Boggs @Marriott
Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House
Feb. 10            Baseball’s “Meet the Bulldogs Day” @Riley Park

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