March 29, 2013

Today's Blue & White - Mar. 29, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

First Pitch!

Congratulations are extended to Ugi Khishignyam and Odie Delaney for capturing All-America status while participating in last weekend’s NCAA Wrestling Championships at Des Moines, Iowa.  We’re proud of you and your accomplishments.

We also applaud recent Citadel Athletic Hall of Famer Travis Jervey ’95 for his being selected for enshrinement in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, which will take place on May 13 in Columbia.  Jervey becomes the 11th inductee with Citadel ties.

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation has announced they are hosting a roast on April 20 that will honor Hall of Famer Jack Douglas ’92.  Proceeds from this even will go toward starting a new scholarship.  See below for details, and we hope to see you there.

On behalf of the officers, board of directors and staff of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, we wish you a happy and safe Easter Holiday.

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

o expect, we have another solid issue full of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Ugi Khishignyam and Odie Delaney Earn All-America Status at NCAA Wrestling Championship

It was an historic couple of days for The Citadel's wrestling team as Ugi Khishignyam nabbed fourth place and Odie Delaney took seventh to close out competition at the 2013 NCAA Championship at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

Prior to the weekend, just one Bulldog grappler in the history of the program (Dan Thompson in 2006), which dates back to before the 1930's, has achieved All-America status. Delaney and Ugi added their names to that elite list when they guaranteed themselves a spot in the top eight of their respective weight classes.

Aside from securing seventh place at the tournament, Delaney's final victory left the redshirt senior with 125 career wins, moving him into a tie with Sean Markey (2006) for most wins in Citadel history.

Ugi entered the final day of competition with his sights set on the third place match, but needed to get by familiar foe Evan Henderson of North Carolina. Henderson topped the Mongolia native in each of their two bouts this season. Just one minute into the match, the Tar Heel slipped off allowing Ugi to get on top and capitalize with a chicken wing and quick pin at the 1:08 mark to launch him into the third place bout against top-seeded Hunter Stieber of Ohio State.

The Buckeye grappler managed the clock after a couple of early takedowns in the third place bout to take the win and end the 12-4 match, completing Ugi's season with a fourth-place finish.

The redshirt freshman closed out his first collegiate season with a 42-6 record, plowing through the three and five seeds at nationals. His only losses this season came against wrestlers that were ranked among the top 10 in the country.

Fittingly, Delaney closed out his collegiate career with a pin at the 2:44 mark. The fall was the 61st of his career, which is good for second in Citadel history. Ten of Delaney's 19 Southern Conference-leading pins this season came in the first period.

After a hugely productive three-win day on Friday, the Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., product entered Saturday with a seventh place bout set against Iowa State's Matthew Bradley.

A takedown in the first period led to the Bulldog grappler's pin on Bradley just moments later and assured him seventh place in the nation. Delaney closed out his career having won 22 of his last 24 bouts.

Travis Jervey ’95 Named to SC Athletic Hall of Fame

Last fall, he was enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame.  Now, former football standout Travis Jervey ’95 will be inducted in South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Joining Jervey as members of the Class of 2013 are former South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner; former Clemson AD Bill McLellan, quarterback Homer Jordan and former “Voice of the Tigers” Jim Phillips; South Carolina baseball great Hank Small; Furman basketball standout Clyde Mayes; and legendary Bamberg-Ehrhardt baseball coach David Horton.

The ceremony will be held on Monday, May 13, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  Tickets (table of eight for $500) and program sponsorships may be purchased by calling the SCAHOF office at 803/779-0905. The affair, which includes a reception and dinner, begins at 5:30 p.m.

A Charleston native, Jervey waited his turn to play at The Citadel after backing up All-American Everette Sands for three seasons, but when his time came he had six 100-yard rushing games in 1994 and his 224 yards against VMI is the fourth-best effort in school history. His 96-yard run on the opening play in the 1994 Oyster Bowl against VMI in Norfolk, Va., remains the longest running play in school history. In 1994, he gained 1,171 yards, good for fifth in school history, and no one has rushed for more yards since.

Jervey averaged 7.7 yards per carry that season – tops in school history – and had 12 touchdowns. He ranked third in the SoCon in rushing and sixth in scoring in 1994 and was named second team All-Southern Conference by both the coaches and media. For his career, he rushed for 1,490 yards. Jervey played professionally for nine years with the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons, and is the first Citadel player ever to win a Super Bowl ring (1996). Jervey earned Pro Bowl honors in 1997 and was enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Jervey joins Coach Art Baker (football), Jack Douglas (football), Larkin Jennings, Jr. (football), Paul Maguire (football), Lyvonia “Stump” Mitchell (football), F.W. “Gunner” Ohlandt (football & boxing), Coach Chal Port (baseball), Brian Ruff (football), John Small (football) and Coach Sidney Smith (football) as past inductees with ties to The Citadel.

TCBF to Host Roast for Jack Douglas

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation invites everyone to attend a roast to honor Hall of Famer Jack Douglas ’92 on April 20 in McAlister Field House (6-9 pm).  Featured roasters will be Douglas’ coach, Charlie Taaffe, along with teammate Everette Sands.  Cost for individuals to attend the roast is $100 per person while a reserved table (of eight) is $1,000.  Open bar and dinner are included.  You can even prepare your own short video roast for Jack that will be taped at the event and shown later that night for only $25. For more information and reservations, please contact Bryson Young at 843/953-5277 or email her at

Basketball Banquet Open to All

You are cordially invited to attend the 2012-13 Citadel Basketball Awards Banquet that is set for Monday, April 15, at 6 pm at the Pearson Lounge at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

At this event, in which we will enjoy a buffet dinner and a highlight video presentation, we will celebrate the successes of this year’s team. Individual tickets are $40 each and tables of eight are available for $300. Business casual is the attire.

Please make checks payable to “The Citadel Basketball Association” and send them to Andy Solomon, Associate Athletics Director, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. Also, please direct any questions or concerns to Andy at 843/953-6300 or email him at

We hope to see you there!

Baseball Tops CSU; Falls to Georgia Tech

On Tuesday in Atlanta, No. 16 Georgia Tech’s Daniel Spingola lofted a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth to cap a late comeback and gave the Yellow Jackets a 5-4 victory over The Citadel at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Bulldogs never trailed until Spingola hit his first career home run off closer Skylar Hunter, who suffered the loss. The Citadel took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth when Daniel Palka homered off David Rivera to make it a one-run game.

After the Bulldogs went in order in the top of the ninth, Matt Gonzalez singled to lead off the bottom of the inning and was sacrificed to second. The left handed hitting Spingola followed by taking advantage of the short power alley in right center to send The Citadel home disappointed.

The trio of starter Austin Mason and relievers Logan Cribb and Zach Sherrill blanked the powerful Georgia Tech lineup through six shutout innings, allowing only four hits in the process. The Citadel offense was able to scratch across a pair of runs in the fourth when Bo Thompson and Johnathan Stokes walked around a single by Tyler Griffin.  Calvin Orth drove in Thompson and Griffin to give The Citadel a 2-0 lead, and an RBI single by Joe Jackson in the seventh made it a three-run game.

On Friday Hughston Armstrong had three hits including a sixth inning single which drove in Brett Bullard with the go-ahead run in The Citadel's 6-4 victory over Charleston Southern at Riley Park.

The tiebreaking hit by Armstrong made a winner of Sherrill, who earned his first career win in his 19th appearance of the season, a mark that leads all of Division I baseball. Sherrill worked 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief, allowing only one hit.

Saturday’s game at Charleston Southern and Sunday’s game at Riley Park were both rained out and will be re-scheduled.

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Baseball Ticket Promotions

Our marketing staff has come up with several standing promotions for baseball season that encompasses games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Tuesday games will be our Mr. Pigs Twitter Tuesday’s. Starting on the Friday at 11:30 am before a Tuesday game (excluding the South Carolina game) two (2) pictures will be posted on twitter and Facebook identifying two (2) products from Piggly Wiggly. Fans who bring both Piggly Wiggly branded items to the box office on the day of the game (Tuesday) will receive one (1) free ticket for the day’s game. Pictures will be reposted every day at 11:30 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) leading up to the Tuesday game. Most proceeds to benefit the Charleston Food Bank.

Please note that in order to receive a free ticket, all items must be the Piggly Wiggly brand.

Wednesday games will be Wendy’s Winning Wednesday’s as fans will have the opportunity to get a $4 ticket (Student/Faculty price) when they exchange their Wendy’s receipt at the box office on the day of the game. If we win, Wendy’s coupons will be distributed at the gate during exiting.

Please note that one ticket will be rewarded per receipt, and that the receipt will be collected.

Sunday’s games are Family Funday. Kidet Club members receive free admission when they wear their Spike’s Kidet Club t-shirt and are accompanied by an adult. Also, fans who bring their Sunday Church Bulletin will receive a discounted $4 ticket.

Baseball Parking Information

Fans coming to Riley Park for home Citadel baseball games this season have several parking opportunities.  Those possessing any level membership in The Citadel Brigadier Foundation (you must have your membership card or window decal), baseball season pass or vehicles displaying the approved handicapped placard are permitted to park in the lot adjacent to the facility. Others are encouraged to park in what is referred to as the “MUSC Lot” across the street, while Brittlebank Park is another viable option. Parking is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Netters Split Matches Against Nebraska-Omaha & NJ Tech

The Citadel split a pair of matches on Thursday at the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort as they topped Nebraska-Omaha, 6-1, and was narrowly defeated by New Jersey Tech, 5-2.

Against New Jersey Tech, the Bulldogs dropped the doubles point as only the No. 1 team of David Orces/Oliver Dedding captured their match, 8-4.  In singles, Peter Bleach at No. 3 and J.C. Pauli at No. 5 posted wins as Bleach won in straight sets while Pauli won, 6-4, in the third.

Against Nebraska-Omaha, the Bulldogs swept the doubles point and took singles at every position but No. 2.  Orces (No. 1), Bleach (No. 3), Elliott Sperr (No. 5) and Pauli (No. 6) noted victories in straight sets while Dedding, playing at No. 4, took three sets.

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Golf Competes in Low Country Intercollegiate

Battling through high winds and soggy conditions, the golf team finished 15th in the Low Country Intercollegiate held at the Moss Creek South golf course Monday afternoon.
The tournament was cut to only one round after inclement weather forced the first round to be canceled Sunday.

The Bulldogs recorded a 371 (+83) to finish 15th out of 16 participating teams. Southern Conference rival Western Carolina won the event with a 328 (+40), Princeton (332, +44)) finished second and Dartmouth (335, +47) laid claim to third place.

The Citadel was led by Eraina Manor (89, +17), who tied for 46th, and TaKima Butler (92, +20), who finished in 66th. Kellie Anderson (94, +22), Amelia Goodwin (96, +24) and Hollie Salvo (111, +39) rounded out the card.

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Coach Kevin Higgins to Speak at South Carolina Coaches for Charity Event

Kevin Higgins will be among eight football coaches featured at the Fourth Annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity event which will be held on July 31 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia.

The event is sponsored by the Fisher DeBerry Foundation and will also include DeBerry (the former head coach at Air Force), Mike Ayers (Wofford), Bruce Fowler (Furman), Joe Moglia (Coastal Carolina), Buddy Pough (South Carolina State), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).

In addition to the state's head coaches, other attendees are expected to include Willie Jeffries (SC State), Sam Wyche (Furman, Cincinnati Bengals), Dan Radakovich (Clemson), Ray Tanner (South Carolina), Jerry Richardson (Carolina Panthers) and Danny Morrison (Carolina Panthers).

There are several charities as well as single-parent children across the state who have benefited from the support of the Fisher DeBerry Foundation and the Coaches for Charity event. Each coach will choose their own charitable beneficiary.

A new wrinkle has been added to the evening this year as each coach will choose their own Community MVP, which will be named in honor of Carolina Panthers owner Richardson, who received the award a year ago.

Buy an Aerial Photo of Johnson Hagood Stadium; Proceeds Benefit TCBF and Live Bulldog Mascots

Assistant Athletics Director/Facilities Mike Groshon ’76 has come across 40 aerial photos of a filled Johnson Hagood Stadium (see attached) that TCBF is selling for only $10.  Of the $10, five dollars will go toward athletic scholarships while the remaining five dollars will go toward the feeding of the college’s two live bulldog mascots, General and Boo.

To order yours, please call us at 843/953-5277.

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.

They Said It:

"It was another really good day for us because we wanted them to finish strong and they did.  Ugi got the pin to place fourth which was very strong, and Odie finishing his career with a win, pin and the all-time wins mark was special to see.”

  • Wrestling coach Rob Hjerling, on the successes of Ugi Khishignyam and Odie Delaney, who earned All-America status at last weekend’s NCAAs.

"It's tough competition here so I learned a lot of things, and I have a lot of things to work on, but I will do my best next year to try and achieve my goal of becoming an NCAA champion.  I really owe this one to my teammates, coaches and trainer because I couldn't have made it without them.  It's not about me; it's about everyone else who helped me."

  • Grappler Ugi Khishignyam, on his successes at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
“It’s been something that we’ve wanted for a couple of years.  It’s a big financial step, and thanks to our Diamond Dogs (Club), we were able to do it. SEC and ACC schools have had it, and now several schools in our league (the Southern Conference) have it. … It’s a great deal of information, and what we’ve tried to do is sort it out and gather the information that’s most pertinent to each individual. It’s a great teaching tool, and we’re sort of learning as we go. There are a lot of things that we will be able to do that we are learning as we go along.”
  • Coach Fred Jordan, on the Diamond Dogs Club’s purchase of a $15,000 system made by  Right View Pro that is part of cutting-edge digital scouting technologies.  The system is installed at Riley Park.
"We won't have a hard deadline, but I would propose that if we're making moves for 2014-15, we have them in place by June. That means things could happen fast.”
  • Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino, on expansion and the posturing of the league’s membership.

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 and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!

Upcoming Birthdays

April 20           Aashon Larkins                       Football
April 22           Nelson Burch                          Football
April 24           J.D. Powell                              Basketball

Upcoming Events

April 15              Basketball Banquet @ Pearson Lounge of JHS
April 20              TCBF Roast of Jack Douglas @ McAlister Field House
May 22-26         Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC

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

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