November 30, 2012

Today's Blue & White - Nov. 30, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Opening Tip!

Spike sure is long-winded with this issue.

Let’s begin with the Bulldogs topping arch-rival Furman to close out the football season with a 7-4 record.  Then the postseason awards came in with center Mike Sellers receiving the Jacobs Blocking Award and coach Kevin Higgins nabbing the coach of the year award.  Congratulations to the entire team and especially Mike Sellers and Coach Higgins on a great season!


Baseball and track and field announced their respective spring schedules this week so take note and start planning your spring around Citadel Athletics.  And don’t forget that the 25th Annual Blue-White Bash & Auction has been moved to February 9.  Also, the 14th Annual Broxton Bridge Plantation Fun Shoot on Feb. 16.

Basketball and wrestling are off to good starts, and we congratulate heavyweight Odie Delaney on securing his first citation of the year as he copped the SoCon Wrestler of the Week Award.  We are looking for another solid year from him.

And finally the keynote speaker for the 9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet on Feb. 1 will be Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs. You don’t want to miss one of the best preseason baseball opportunities since, well, since we had John Smoltz last year.

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

Citadel Football Tops Furman in Season’s Finale

VanDyke Jones scored three touchdowns, Ben Dupree ran for one and threw for another and Darien Robinson became the first Bulldog in five years to gain 1,000 rushing yards in a season, lifting The Citadel to a 42-20 win over archrival Furman at Paladin Stadium.

The Citadel completed the regular season with a record of 7-4 and 5-3 in the Southern Conference, its first winning record in league play since going 4-3 in both 2006 and 2007. The Bulldogs earned just their second seven-win season since going 11-2 and winning the SoCon title in 1992 and finished the regular season with a three-game winning streak for the first time since 1997.

Jones, one of the seniors, rushed for a season-high 74 yards and his three touchdowns established a career best.  He scored twice in the first half as The Citadel took a 21-17 lead into the locker room and put the finishing touches on the win with another score with 2:49 remaining in the game.

Robinson entered the game with 943 yards and had to wait until just over the six-minute mark to hit the 1,000 plateau.  His 11-yard run put him over the magic number and made him the first Citadel running back to eclipse 1,000 since Tory Cooper did so in 2007.

Robinson gained 64 yards against the Paladins and recorded 1,007 on the year.  He is the 13th different Citadel runner to achieve the feat and next year has an opportunity to join Jack Douglas as the only two players in school history to post two 1,000-yard seasons.  Robinson also moved up into 11th place on the school career rushing list with 1,969 yards.

Dupree, who also enjoyed an outstanding 2012 season with 839 rushing yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns, led the Bulldogs with 84 against the Paladins and contributed his third scoring pass of the season when he hooked up with Dom Jones on a 28-yard score with 11:03 remaining in the game to give The Citadel a 35-20 lead.

The Bulldog defense was led by freshman James Riley, who had 12 tackles and led the team in that category in three of the four games he has played in since joining the lineup after season-ending injuries to linebackers Carl Robinson and Rah Muhammad.  Bay Amrhein added nine tackles and Brandon McCladdie had eight.

Chris Billingslea, another senior, had 2.5 sacks on the game and has a total of 13 in his career, placing him in a tie for sixth in school history since that statistic began being tracked in 1983.  Billingslea led the team with 6.5 sacks on the year.

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

Mike Sellers, Kevin Higgins Highlight Southern Conference Postseason Awards

Junior center Mike Sellers and head coach Kevin Higgins were selected as individual award winners by the head coaches and media covering the Southern Conference.

Sellers received the Jacobs Blocking Award and was the lone Bulldog named to the all-conference first team while Higgins was chosen the Wallace Wade Coach of the Year by the media and shared the honor with Samford's Pat Sullivan in the coaches' balloting.

Three other Bulldogs were named to the all-conference team.  Senior defensive end Chris Billingslea and senior punter Cass Couey were named to the second team by both the coaches and media while junior cornerback Brandon McCladdie joined the duo on the media second team.

Three Citadel players were selected to the All-SoCon freshman team, including linebacker James Riley, defensive end Mark Thomas and defensive tackle Mitchell Jeter.

Sellers is on the all-conference first team for the second straight season and became the first Bulldog to receive the Jacobs Blocking Award for the Southern Conference although Carlos Avalos won the award presented to a player from the state of South Carolina in 1988.

Sellers has started the past 22 games at center after originally coming to The Citadel as a defensive lineman.  This season he anchored an offensive line which enabled the Bulldogs to rush for an average of 300.6 yards per game, the fourth-highest mark in the nation, while allowing only two sacks on the year.

He led the Bulldogs with 75 knockdown blocks and earned the highest assignment grade of all Citadel offensive linemen this season. A year ago Sellers was the team's offensive MVP and is a candidate for All-America honors this season.

Higgins joins Eddie Teague (1961), Tom Moore (1984) and Charlie Taaffe (1988 and 1990) as the only Citadel coaches to win SoCon Coach of the Year honors.  Higgins led the Bulldogs to a record of 7-4 and 5-3 in the SoCon, marking the first time since 2007 that the team enjoyed a winning overall and conference season.  The Citadel finished fourth in the conference after being picked eighth of nine teams in the coaches' preseason poll.

Among the seven wins were victories over Top 10 opponents and perennial SoCon powers Georgia Southern and Appalachian State as part of a 3-0 start.  The Citadel had not defeated a Top 10 team since 1997 and had not knocked off a pair of such teams since 1991.

The Bulldogs were nationally-ranked for four weeks during the season and climbed to No. 10 after their win over Appalachian State, the highest national ranking for The Citadel since finishing the 1992 season No. 1 in the country.

Billingslea is on the second team for the second time.  He led the Bulldogs with nine tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks and ranked fourth with 51 tackles while also breaking up two passes and forcing a pair of fumbles.  He tied for third in the SoCon with 0.59 sacks per game and tied for fourth with 0.82 tackles for loss per contest.

Couey was The Citadel's punter all four seasons and established himself as one of the top performers in school history at his position.  A year after earning first team all-conference honors, he averaged 42.4 yards per punt to rank second in the SoCon while placing 12 of his 34 punts inside the 20 and had five of at least 50 yards.

McCladdie is on the all-conference team for the first time in his career.  He had 45 tackles, the sixth-most on the team, to go along with three tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles.  He tied for fourth in the SoCon with an average of 0.27 forced fumbles per game.  In his three-year career, McCladdie has played in all 33 games with 104 tackles, six interceptions and 13 passes defended.

Riley was expected to be redshirted this season but injuries to starting linebackers Carl Robinson and Rah Muhammad forced him into the lineup in week eight against Wofford.  Riley responded with a team-leading 12 tackles, including three for losses and a sack against the Terriers.

Thomas moved into the defensive line rotation in week two against Georgia Southern and made an immediate impact on the Bulldogs' pass rush.  He had a sack in each of his first three games and six on the year on only nine total tackles, including one which forced a fumble that Derek Douglas returned for a touchdown against VMI.

Jeter played in all 11 games and started the final four at nose tackle.  He had 28 tackles including a season-high six in the finale against Furman and had six tackles for loss and four sacks.

Coach Kevin Higgins Named A Finalist for Eddie Robinson Award

Coach Kevin Higgins has been selected as one of 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented annually by The Sports Network to the top coach in FCS football.

The winner of the Eddie Robinson Award along with the other postseason honors will be announced at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation on Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.

Higgins earned a spot among the finalists after leading the Bulldogs to a record of 7-4 for their first winning season since 2007 and only the second seven-win season since The Citadel won its second and most recent Southern Conference championship in 1992.

The Bulldogs also finished 5-3 in the SoCon, their first winning record in league play since going 4-3 in 2006 and 2007 and the most conference victories since going 6-1 in 1992.  The Citadel finished in a three-way tie for fourth after being picked to finish eighth of nine teams in the preseason poll.

Hoopsters Split Thanksgiving Week Games

Sophomore Ashton Moore finished with 12 points and led four Citadel players in double figures, but it Radford's ability to control the glass that made the difference in the Highlanders 74-61 victory at McAlister Field House on Nov. 24.

Moore came off the bench and connected on 4-of-9 field goals including a pair of 3-pointers, coupled with four assists to lead the offense.  He was joined in double-digit scoring by Mike Groselle (10 points), Marshall Harris III (10) and Matt Van Scyoc (10).  Another key reserve for the Cadets was Dylen Setzekorn, whose eight-point output was highlighted by a 6-for-6 outing from the free throw line in the second half. 

Groselle posted a team-high nine rebounds, snagging four on the offensive glass as The Citadel finished with 33 team rebounds.  Joining Groselle among the rebounding leaders were Harris (five) and Van Scyoc (four).

Van Scyoc finished with 17 points and led 11 Bulldogs in scoring as The Citadel completed the 92-50 victory over visiting Union (Ky.) on Nov. 17 at McAlister Field House.

Van Scyoc, who hit 7-of-11 from the floor, was joined in double-digit scoring by Groselle (16), Lawrence Miller (15) and Quinton Marshall (12).  Groselle completed the 24th double-double of his career, as he hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds.  The Citadel went 35-of-67 (52.2%) from the floor, including nine 3-pointers, and extended its streak to four straight games with better than 50 percent shooting. 

Harris and Miller combined for 16 assists as the Bulldogs finished with 31 team assists, the most since a Dec. 5, 2005 meeting with Atlanta Christian.  The inside trio of Groselle (16 rebounds), Setzekorn (six rebounds) and Van Scyoc (five rebounds) provided The Citadel with a 44-31 edge on the glass.

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

Basketball Welcomes Bowser, White as 2013 Signees

Coach Chuck Driesell has announced that Nate Bowser and Brian White officially signed their National Letter of Intent and will join The Citadel basketball team next fall.

A 6-6, 180-pound forward from Richmond, Va. And John Marshall High, White joins The Citadel from Sports Quest Academy.  He also drew interest from fellow Southern Conference schools Appalachian State and UNC Greensboro as well as Florida State, Iowa and Virginia.

Bowser is a 6-9, 210-pounder from Fort Worth Country Day School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is playing at Fort Worth Country Day.  He finished the 2011-12 season by averaging 9.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game.  The three-year starter at FWCD also finished with a 56.7% field goal percentage, capping his season with all-conference, all-zone and Most Improved Player honors.



Pair of Wrestlers Pace The Citadel to a Third Place Finish at Navy Classic

Odie Delaney and Ugi Khishignyam dominated their respective weight divisions to earn individual crowns and lift The Citadel wrestling team to a third place finish at the Navy Classic on Nov. 17 in Annapolis, Md.

Delaney, who entered the match ranked No. 13 in the nation in the heavyweight division, collected two pins and a 6-2 decision to earn his place in the championship bout against Ohio's No. 10-ranked Jeremy Johnson. 

Johnson and Delaney are no strangers on the mats as the two met in a consolation bout at the 2012 NCAA Championships in which the winner would earn All-American status. Despite an early takedown by Delaney, the Bobcat heavyweight would take over control and record a pin in the fifth minute to end Delaney's season.

This time the Bulldog heavyweight earned revenge on his rival with a 7-6 decision in the championship bout to earn his first win in four tries against Johnson.

In the 141-pound division, No. 9-ranked Khishignyam dominated the mats for the third consecutive week as the Mongolia native collected three decisions and a major decision en route to earning the championship.

Three other Bulldogs placed in the meet including Matt Frisch, who competed in seven bouts to earn a 6-1 record on the day and take third place in a competitive 157-pound division.  Aaron Hansen nabbed fourth place with a 4-1 record while Jordan Dix took fifth with a 3-2 mark on the day.

The Bulldogs collected 69.5 points to take third place overall behind team champion Kent State (114.5) and host Navy (109.5).

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

Odie Delaney Named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

Heavyweight Odie Delaney was selected as the Southern Conference wrestler of week for his performance at the Navy Classic on Nov. 17. The wrestler of the week award is the fifth of Delaney's career.

The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., native entered Saturday's competition ranked 13th nationally in his weight class and he lived up to the billing.

Delaney pinned Bucknell's Joe Stolfi in his first-round match before earning a 6-2 decision over Cleveland State's Amon Willis to reach the semifinals.  Delaney posted his second fall of the day in that contest, sticking George Mason's Jacob Keller in 1:49 to advance to the title bout.

There, Delaney met an old foe in Ohio's Jeremy Johnson, who entered the match ranked No. 10 nationally.  The two met in last season's NCAA Championships, with the winner assured of All-American status.  Johnson prevailed with a pin in the fifth minute to end Delaney's season and drop the Bulldog heavyweight to 0-3 against his Bobcat rival.

Delaney earned revenge in the finals bout, upsetting Johnson 7-6 to earn the heavyweight division crown.

The redshirt senior, who currently holds a career record of 88-35 with 47 pins, will look to eclipse the 100-win and 50-pin marks during his final season as a Bulldog.

Track & Field Releases 2013 Slate

Veteran coach Jody Huddleston, who is entering his 27th season at the helm of the track & field program, has announced the Bulldogs' 2013 indoor and outdoor schedules.

The Citadel will open its first of six indoor meets on Jan. 19 when the team heads to Newport News, Va., to compete in the Captain's Invitational.  After a trip to Navy for the Wesley A. Brown Invitational, the Bulldogs will get their first glance at the new JDL Fast Track Complex in Winston Salem, N.C. for the Hilton Garden Invitational.  The state-of-the-art facility will also host the 2013 Southern Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-24.

The Citadel kicks off its outdoor campaign on March 2 at the Battle of the Beaches in Wilmington, N.C., before hosting the 4th Annual Palmetto Classic on March 8 at the Park West Complex in Mt. Pleasant.

Following the home meet, the Bulldogs trek to Statesboro, Ga., to compete in a pre-championship competition at Georgia Southern on the same track that will host the 2013 SoCon Outdoor Championship. The conference meet is slated for April 20-21.

The Bulldogs will also travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on March 22-23 for the Military Championship, the Raleigh Relays on March 29-30 and the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., on April 5-6, before heading to Rock Hill to compete in the Carolina Cup on April 12.

Regional and national individual races will follow the conference championships, including the Penn Relays on April 25-27 in Philadelphia and the Tiger Qualifier in Clemson on May 10-11.  The top 48 athletes in each event in the Eastern region will advance to the NCAA East Regional Meet held at N.C. A&T in Greensboro, N.C., on May 23-25.

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

Runners Collect Over $1,200 for Annual Thanksgiving Day Food Drive

The track and field and cross country teams took part in its annual food drive again this November to support needy families in the Charleston area.

The Cadets collected 29 turkeys, four hams and boxes full of canned goods to donate to a neighborhood house that feeds the needy in the downtown area as well as the Palmetto Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant.

The athletes, along with Bravo Company who accounted for 25 percent of all donations, gathered more than $1,200 worth of food – macaroni, rice, green beans, peas, yams and other various Turkey Day items.

The food donated to the Palmetto Presbyterian Church was used to put together baskets that were delivered to homes before Thanksgiving Day in the town of Huger.

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.

Baseball Releases 2013 Schedule

Coach Fred Jordan has announced the 2013 baseball schedule, a slate that includes 31 home games and 15 contests against schools that qualified for the 2012 NCAA postseason.

The schedule includes the traditional home-and-home series against South Carolina (March 19 in Charleston and April 9 in Columbia) and road contests against perennial ACC powers Georgia Tech (March 26) and North Carolina (May 1).

The Bulldogs will also face Big South champion Coastal Carolina (April 2 in Charleston and April 3 in Conway) and Southern Conference home series against NCAA qualifiers Samford (March 8-10), Appalachian State (April 19-21) and College of Charleston (May 10-12).

Appalachian State and College of Charleston tied for the SoCon regular season title while Samford won the conference tournament championship to gain the automatic NCAA bid.

The Citadel also welcomes former Bulldog third baseman and Hall of Famer Tony Skole when he brings his East Tennessee State team to Riley Park for a non-conference game on April 17 and play four games against city rival Charleston Southern (Feb. 27 and March 23 in Ladson and March 22 and 24 at Riley Park).

The season Feb. 15-17 begins with The Citadel Memorial Challenge presented by the Charleston Crab House with George Mason, Kansas State and High Point rounding out the field for the annual event.  The Bulldogs will host Pittsburgh, Virginia Commonwealth and UNC Asheville the weekend of March 1-3.

The series with Samford opens SoCon play for the Bulldogs.  The other conference home weekends includes matchups with Elon (April 5-7) and Davidson (May 3-5). The Citadel will play SoCon series on the road at Wofford (March 15-17), Western Carolina (March 29-31), Georgia Southern (April 12-14), Furman (April 26-28) and UNC Greensboro (May 16-18).

The SoCon tournament will take place May 22-26 at Flour Field in Greenville.

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

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

Former First Baseman Chris McGuiness Named MVP of Arizona Fall League

Former Citadel standout and current Texas Rangers farmhand Chris McGuiness has been selected the Arizona Fall League's Joe Black Most Valuable Player.

The 24-year-old McGuiness, who played for the Bulldogs from 2007-09, batted .283 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 25 games for the Surprise Saguaros.  The first baseman had a .370 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage and was credited for exceptional defensive play by Rangers senior director of player development Tim Purpura.

McGuiness headed to the Arizona Fall League after a 2012 season which saw him bat .268 with 25 doubles, 23 homers and 77 RBIs for Double A Frisco, tying for fourth in the Texas League in round trippers and placing seventh in RBIs.

Selected by the Red Sox in the 13th round of the Major League Draft in June 2009, McGuiness was traded to the Rangers as part of the deal that sent Jarrod Saltalamacchia to Boston.  He will begin the 2013 season with the Triple A Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League.

In his final season at The Citadel in 2009, McGuiness batted .367 with 15 homers and 59 RBIs while leading the nation with 65 walks. He earned first team All-Southern Conference honors and was also named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America first team.

We Regret to Inform You

We regret inform you of the passing of Hall of Famer Ken Diaz ’69, a member of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame who passed away on Nov. 27.  Enshrined in 2003, Diaz was a hard-nosed defensive end who earned three letters playing football.  He was named to the all-state team and All-Southern Conference team during his senior year in 1968, and also earned honorable mention All-American citation that season.

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:

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.

Date for 25th Annual TCBF Auction Set

Be sure and mark down February 9 on your calendar or IPhone as that will be the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction.   If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.

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
Dec. 1              Kevin Higgins              Football
Dec. 12            Andy Clawson            Sports Medicine
Dec. 15            Bob Winch                  Soccer
Dec. 17            Mike Capaccio            Administration
Dec. 27            Mike Hoffman             Administration

Upcoming Events

Feb. 1              9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet Featuring Wade Boggs @Marriott
Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House

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