Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, September 21, 2012



Opening Kickoff!

Stop!  Look!  Listen!

We were taught this when stopping for trains, but it seems appropriate to revive it with regard to what The Citadel football team has been doing.  Off to a perfect 3-0 start that includes back-to-back upset victories over nationally-ranked Georgia Southern and Appalachian State, the 10th ranked Bulldogs are on track for another potential upset on Saturday as we visit ACC foe NC State in Raleigh.

So let’s collectively STOP what we’re doing on Saturday evening (6 pm to be precise) and if you’re not at Carter-Finley Stadium to LOOK at the game in person, be sure to LISTEN to ESPN3 or our topnotch radio crew for what could possibly be one of the biggest games in Citadel football history.

And what a great feeling it is to be ranked nationally once again.

A week from tonight, Sept. 28, is the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and seats are going fast.  If you haven’t yet secured yours, please contact Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon at 843/953-6300 or at

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


Citadel Stuns No. 7 Appalachian State on the Road

The Citadel dominated in all facets of the game in the first half to build a 38-7 lead en route to a 52-28 victory over the Mountaineers in Boone in its first road test of the season.

The Bulldogs scored the first five times they had the ball on drives of 75, 97, 80, 73 and 75 yards and added a blocked punt by Domonic Jones that was returned eight yards for a touchdown by Carson Smith. The Citadel rolled up 400 yards of total offense in the first half, including 291 on the ground.

Ben Dupree led the way with a career-high 180 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 57 and 46 yards as part of a 144-yard first half. Darien Robinson added 113 yards and Rickey Anderson had 102 to give The Citadel three ball carriers over 100 yards for the second time in school history.

Dupree and Aaron Miller also combined to throw for 155 yards, the highest total since The Citadel went to the triple option offense in 2010. Matt Thompson grabbed three receptions for 123 yards, and his average of 41.0 broke the school record (min. 3 catches) of 39.3 set by Phillip Florence against Wofford in 1989.

The Bulldogs finished the day with 618 yards of total offense, the second highest figure in school history and the most ever in a regulation game.  The overall record is 641 set in an overtime win over Furman in 2007. The 52 points were the most in a SoCon regulation game since putting up 58 against VMI in 1994.

The Citadel snapped an eight-game losing streak to Appalachian State and defeated the Mountaineers in Boone for the first time since 1992. The Mountaineers entered the game riding an 18-game home winning streak.  Appalachian State finished with 417 yards of total offense but most of those came after the game was firmly in The Citadel’s control.


Bulldogs Ranked among Nation’s Elite

Two straight wins over Top 10 teams have made both national polls sit up and take notice of The Citadel.

The Bulldogs made the biggest leap of any team in the country this past week, reaching No. 10 in The Sports Network (TSN) poll and No. 14 in the FCS Coaches poll.  The Citadel is ranked in the Top 10 for the first time since holding the No. 1 spot in the TSN poll at the end of the 1992 regular season.

The Citadel climbed 11 spots in the TSN poll and nine positions in the coaches poll.  The Bulldogs knocked off Georgia Southern and Appalachian State the past two weeks, the first time they have defeated two Top 10 teams in the same season since 1991.

The Citadel is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Conference for the first time since that historic 1992 campaign when the Bulldogs won their second and most recent league title.  That same year The Citadel defeated Arkansas and Army, and will be seeking its first win over an FBS school since then when it travels to Raleigh this weekend to take on NC State.

Other SoCon schools appearing in the TSN and coaches polls this week are Wofford (7/6), Georgia Southern (11/10) and Appalachian State (17/18).

The Citadel played its first game as a nationally-ranked team since 2008 last week and proved it belonged in the polls by dominating Appalachian State in a 52-28 victory.  The Bulldogs rolled up 618 yards of total offense, including 463 on the ground, and built a 38-7 lead at halftime.

The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Mountaineers and was just their second victory in the past 19 meetings.  The previous week The Citadel ended a five-game skid against Georgia Southern when Thomas Warren kicked a 37-yard field goal with 35 seconds remaining for a 23-21 victory.


Ben Dupree, Carson Smith Honored as SoCon Players of the Week

Junior quarterback Ben Dupree and sophomore linebacker Carson Smith were honored by the Southern Conference for their performances in The Citadel's 52-28 win at Appalachian State on Saturday.

Dupree was selected the conference's offensive player of the week while Smith received the same award on the defensive side.  Both players were also recognized by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) and Southern Pigskin.

Junior wide receiver Matt Thompson was selected as a conference honoree by the CFPA, and sophomore linebacker Carl Robinson was chosen the national defensive player of the week by College Football Madness.  Kevin Higgins gained the coach of the week award for the SoCon from Southern Pigskin for the second straight week.

Dupree rushed for a career-high 180 yards on 20 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 57 and 46 yards to spearhead the offensive attack.  He also completed 2 of 4 passes for 56 yards to account for 236 yards of total offense on the day.

With Dupree leading the way, the Bulldogs rushed for 463 yards and had three ball carriers eclipse the 100-yard mark for only the second time in school history.

Dupree's previous career high was 141 yards in the 2011 season opener against Jacksonville.  He increased his career totals to 298 carries for 1,181 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Smith made seven tackles and intercepted a pass to highlight a defensive effort that limited the eighth-ranked Mountaineers to only 153 yards and seven points over the opening 30 minutes.  Smith also scooped up a blocked punt by Domonic Jones and returned it eight yards for a touchdown that gave The Citadel a 31-0 lead in the second quarter.

Thompson caught three passes for 123 yards, making receptions covering 53, 24 and 46 yards which led to two touchdowns and a field goal.  His average of 41.0 yards per catch broke the school record (minimum three receptions) of 39.3 set by Hall of Famer Philip Florence against Wofford in 1989.  Thompson was a quarterback his first two seasons at The Citadel until being moved to wide receiver in the spring.

Robinson reached double figures in tackles for the second straight week, making 13 stops against Appalachian State after recording 14 in a 23-21 win over Georgia Southern.  He also recovered a Mountaineer fumble and returned it 12 yards.  Robinson leads the Bulldogs this season with 32 tackles.


Carson Smith Earns SoCon Student Athlete of the Week Honors

Two days after being named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, sophomore linebacker Carson Smith was honored by the conference office as this week's student-athlete of the week.

Smith, an electrical engineering major carrying a 3.9 grade point average, recorded seven tackles and intercepted a pass to highlight a defensive effort that limited the eighth-ranked Mountaineers to only 153 yards and seven points over the opening 30 minutes.

Smith also scooped up a blocked punt by Domonic Jones and returned it eight yards for a touchdown that gave The Citadel a 31-0 lead in the second quarter.

As well as starring on the field and in the classroom, the Simpsonville native also excels as an active member of the Corps.  Smith was a training corporal during the fall sports cadre period and was selected for the Cadre Leadership Award that will be presented at the Parent's Day review.


Bulldogs Visit NC State

The Citadel rides the emotional wave of consecutive victories over FCS Top 10 teams Georgia Southern and Appalachian State into its lone game of the year against a FBS opponent.  The Bulldogs are looking to go 4-0 and defeat an FBS school for the first time since 1992.

The Citadel and NC State have not met in almost three decades, with the Wolfpack winning the most recent meeting, 45-0, in 1983 to go up 4-0 in the all-time series. The Bulldogs are facing an ACC opponent for the first time since losing at North Carolina in 2009.

The Bulldogs have not defeated an ACC school since the formation of the conference in 1953. The last win over a current ACC member was a 6-0 victory over Clemson in 1931.

The Citadel & The ACC

The ACC has not been kind to The Citadel. The Bulldogs have never defeated a school while it was member of the ACC (0-27) and have an all-time record of 6-64-2 against current conference programs. The Citadel’s last win against a current member of the ACC was a 6-0 victory over Clemson in 1931.


School                         All-Time         As ACC Member

Boston College           0-0                   0-0

Clemson                      5-30-1              0-10

Duke                           0-2                   0-2

Florida State               0-5-1                0-1

Georgia Tech               0-10                 0-5

Maryland                     0-1                   0-1

Miami                          0-2                   0-0

North Carolina            0-4                   0-2

NC State                     0-4                   0-1

South Carolina            7-40-3              0-4

Virginia                       0-2                   0-0

Virginia Tech              0-2                   0-0

Wake Forest                1-2                   0-1

Totals                          13-104-5          0-27



South Carolina was a member of the ACC from 1953-71

Georgia Tech joined in 1978

Florida State joined in 1991

Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College joined in 2004


Paul Maguire to Broadcast Game

The Citadel-NC State game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, with Mike Gleason calling the play-by-play and Citadel Hall of Famer Paul Maguire ‘60, who splits his time living in Charleston and Buffalo, will be the broadcast crew’s analyst.  Sarah Stankavage will serve as the sideline reporter.


"Dog Walk" -- Greet the Bulldogs on Their Arrival at Every Home Football Game 

Join the Stray Dog Society as they meet, greet and cheer the Bulldogs two hours prior to every home game at the Altman Athletic Center parking lot on Hagood Avenue.  Help welcome the football-playing Bulldogs as they strut up “Stray Dog Alley,” accompanied by our cheerleaders and Spike.  The Stray Dog Society Tailgate hosts a pregame social and celebration following the Dog Walk two hours before every game with live entertainment, fellowship and loads of fun.  This is evolving into a great place to mix and mingle before the Regimental Band leads the Corps of Cadets as they march down Hagood Avenue and into Johnson Hagood Stadium.


Sweet Johnson Hagood Stadium Suite Is Available 

An environmentally-controlled luxury suite at Johnson Hagood Stadium is available for the rest of the season.  If you have an interest, please contact Senior Associate Athletics Director John McAleer ’72 at 843/953-1354 or email him at


Rent a Luxury Suite for the Chattanooga and Elon Games

Have you always wanted to entertain your friends and enjoy one of the luxury suites at Johnson Hagood Stadium for a home football game?  One suite (#617) is now available to rent for either (or both) the Chattanooga game on Sept. 29 and the Elon (Homecoming) game on Nov. 3.  For more information, please contact TCBF Executive Director Jerry Baker at 843/953-5277 or email him at


The Citadel Scores Three Goals in a Span of Three Minutes to Top Charleston Southern, 3-2

An 81st minute goal by Mariana Garcia opened the scoring frenzy on Monday as The Citadel posted three goals in the final 10 minutes  to top Charleston Southern, 3-2.  Garcia started the Bulldogs' three-goal swing in the 81st minute when Anastasia Mesa connected a corner kick onto the foot of Garcia which she directed into the net past the Buccaneer keeper.

Not even two minutes later, Vanessa Aponte recorded her first goal of the season and the game's equalizer, when freshman McKenzie Duncan chipped a pass to Aponte that she fired off the post and into the back of the net.

Nicole Levermann finished the scoring when she dribbled the ball through the defense and fired a rocket through traffic into the lower right corner of the net.  The 84th minute score would prove to be the difference maker.

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Soccer Volunteers with Special Olympics

The soccer team recently worked with Special Olympics at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant by coordinating a training session for the athletes and concluded the session with a scrimmage.

The Special Olympics of the Lowcountry strives to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.


Citadel Sweeps CSU to Earn Split at East Bay Deli Invitational; UNCW Wins in Three Sets

The combination of Amanda Rudnik and Rachael Farrell allowed the volleyball team to close out the East Bay Deli Invitational in winning fashion as the Bulldogs swept host Charleston Southern by scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-20.

Rudnik completed the second match of the day with a double-double, 10 kills and 13 digs, while hitting .269.  Meanwhile, Farrell tacked on nine kills and 11 digs and Emily Dalton added 11 digs. The Citadel  finished with 42 kills in their first sweep of the season, making for a .293 attack percentage.  Mikaela Tracy, who dished 112 assists and was responsible for 41 digs in the two-day event, grabbed all-tournament honors.  Joining her in that honor was Lauren Hurt, who finished with 26 kills and 16 total blocks (seven solo).

The senior trio of Cassie Uribe, Farrell and Jessica Maxwell combined for 19 kills, but it was not enough to turn back UNC Wilmington  that completed a 3-0 sweep by scores of 25-21, 25-21 and 25-17.

Uribe led all Citadel hitters with eight kills, followed closely by Farrell (six) and Maxwell (five), as the Bulldogs totaled 31 team kills in the contest.  Farrell proved to be potent for The Citadel defensively, accounting for 15 digs, while Dalton added 11.  Tracy handed out 23 assists and made for eight digs.

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Pellegrini Finishes 24th as Golfers Complete Rain-Shortened Great Smokies Intercollegiate

In their second event of the 2012 fall season, the golf team tied for 12th place at the rain-shorted 14th Annual Great Smokies Intercollegiate.  The Bulldogs posted a score of 627 (320, 307), highlighted by Erica Pellegrini's 24th place finish at the par-72, 5,932-yard Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort and Spa.

Pellegrini posted rounds of 79 and 70 (149) in the 36-round Monday event.  Eraina Minor, who recorded an opening round 76 and followed with a second-round 77, finished 45th with a 153.

Freshmen Hollie Salvo, competing in the second tournament of her collegiate career, placed 70th with rounds of 82 and 80.  Kellie Anderson (83-80=163) and TaKima Butler (84-84=168) completed the scorecard.

Morehead State carded consecutive rounds of even-par 288 and one-under par 287, to win the event, while tournament host, Western Carolina, finished as the runner-up in the team standings at 582.

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Delaney, Luvsandorj Ranked Nationally on Wrestling Insider’s Preseason Top 10 List

Heavyweight wrestler Odie Delaney along with 174-pound grappler Turtogtokh Luvsandorj earned rankings of 10th and ninth, respectively, on Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine's 2012-13 Division I Preseason Individual Rankings.

The feat marks the first time in Citadel wrestling history that two Bulldogs are ranked in the top 10 nationally in the preseason poll.  Both wrestlers captured Southern Conference championships at their respective weight classes a season ago and competed at the 2012 NCAA Championships in St. Louis.

Luvsandorj, who is entering his senior season, posted an overall record of 31-10 last year, tallying four major decisions, one technical fall and three pins.  After an opening match loss at the 2012 NCAAs, the Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, native earned a sudden-victory decision over No. 10 seeded Te Edwards from Old Dominion to advance to the second day of competition.

Luvsandorj began Session III with a 7-3 decision over Lance Bryson of West Virginia, but later would fall to Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland in a 3-1 sudden-victory decision.

Redshirt senior Delaney dominated in the heavyweight division a year ago, collecting an overall record of 28-4 including three major decisions, and 14 pins. The Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., native came up just one victory shy of earning All-American status at the 2012 NCAAs.

After winning both of his matches on the first day of competition, Delaney took his first two falls of the season against the No. 1- and 7-ranked wrestlers to close out his remarkable season.

Both wrestlers earned spots on the All-SoCon team, while Delaney was also honored with The Citadel's Male Athlete of Year Award.


Orces  Wins Singles Draw Championship at USC Upstate Fall Classic

David Orces won the singles draw championship at the USC Upstate Fall Classic on Sunday in Spartanburg.

As the No. 1-ranked seed in this tournament, Orces fought in a three-set match to defeat No. 3-ranked Grayson Mills to earn a spot in the finals. Mills went up early taking the first set 6-1, but Orces battled his way back to win the second set 6-1 to even the match.  Orces would take the match in the third set, 6-3.

Orces played for the championship at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex against No. 7-ranked Rafael Berghaus.  Orces took the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.


North Charleston Students to Experience Athletics at The Citadel

Over the next six weeks, The Citadel Athletics Department and the city of North Charleston are partnering to give participants in North Charleston’s 14 after-school programs The Citadel Athletics experience. 

The experience coincides with North Charleston Recreation Department’s fall curriculum for after-school programming, focused on leadership, dedication, goals and positive life choices.

Approximately 150 children between the ages of 5-12 years old will visit The Citadel and observe the Bulldogs football team at practice as they prepare for the weekend’s game.  Additionally, they will take tours of McAlister Field House and Johnson Hagood Stadium and familiarize themselves with The Citadel campus.

Visits will be made to The Citadel every Wednesday until Oct. 24 from 4-5:15 p.m.


TCBF Launches New Website

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation recently launched its own website and we’ll ask that you make one of your bookmarks.  The site is clean and easy-to-navigate site, and is full of information on facts and events surrounding TCBF.  We hope you find it beneficial.


Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Almost Sold Out

Those wishing to attend the 35th Annual Induction Ceremony & Banquet on Sept.28 at the Holliday Alumni Center are encouraged to secure their tickets now as this event is one the verge of being completely sold out.  Tickets are $50 each and tables of 10 are $500.  To secure your seat(s), please contact Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon at 843/953-6300 or email him at


6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic Will Be Friday, Sept. 28

The Sixth Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic, hosted by Bufort Blanton ’54, will be held at Miler Country Club in Summerville on Friday morning, Sept. 28.  All proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the football program.  The Citadel Football Association looks forward to your participation as a player, sponsor or both.  

For registration and additional information, please contact Connie Tuza ’58 at or 843/452-9801 or visit and click on "events."


22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament Is Nov. 2

The 22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Nov. 2 at Patriots Point Golf Club on Mt. Pleasant.  Registration is set from 7:15-8am with the shotgun start going at 8:30.  Participants that sign up prior to Sept. 30 get a discount ($125 as compared to $135 AFTER Sept. 30).  Fee includes green fees, cart, box lunch, beverage, Citadel Titleist golf cap, Citadel Footjoy Golf shirt, sleeve of Prov1 golf balls, range balls and more.  Hole sponsorships are available as is the opportunity for Reunion Classes to battle each other for a tournament within a tournament.  Early registration is encouraged as we are sure to sell out.  For more information, please call The Citadel Brigadier Foundation 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.


John Hartwell ’87 Named AD at Troy University

John Hartwell ’87, a former basketball player and later The Citadel’s internal auditor, has been appointed the new director of athletics at Troy University.

Hartwell, a native of Mobile, comes to Troy following nine years at the University of Mississippi where he was the senior executive associate athletics director, serving as the number two administrator in athletics

Hartwell managed the growth of the Ole Miss Athletics’ budget from $26 million in 2003 to more than $47 million in 2012.  He was heavily involved in contract negotiations for Athletics and has increased revenues with contracts for apparel and footwear (Nike), merchandise sales (Sports Avenue/LIDS), concessions (Centerplate), wireless provider (C Spire) and video boards (Daktronics).  

A 1987 graduate of The Citadel, Hartwell spent four plus years as a CPA with Ernst & Young before returning to his alma mater to serve as the Director of Internal Audit in 1991.  In his three years working at The Citadel, Hartwell also was the basketball color commentator for The Citadel Network.  From 1994 to 1997, he was in private business as the Chief Financial Officer for a $36 million (annual sales) local beverage distributor.

Hartwell's experience in athletics administration began as Assistant AD for Business at Georgia State in 1997.  He was promoted to Associate AD for Internal Affairs in 1999, and his responsibilities expanded to include sport supervision for baseball, men and women's golf, and men and women's track and cross country.  He also had oversight of athletics facilities and game management, in addition to his previous responsibilities of all financial aspects of the department.  He also was the color analyst for men's basketball on the Georgia State Radio Network for the first three years he was at Georgia State.

While at Georgia State, Hartwell earned a Master's Degree in Sports Administration.


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!


They Said It:

“I never thought I’d see a Citadel player out-running App State players.  But that’s what Ben did.”

  • Coach Kevin Higgins, on quarterback Ben Dupree.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the children of North Charleston.  It gives exposure and first-hand experience of The Citadel and the opportunities available after high school graduation.”

  • North Charleston Recreation Program Director Trish Elsie, on the relationship with The Citadel’s Department of Athletics.


Upcoming Birthdays

Sept. 26           Matt Smith                              Sports Medicine

Sept. 28           Lt Gen John Rosa                   President

Sept. 29           Quinton Ferrell                        Basketball


Upcoming Events

Sept. 28           6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Outing @Miler Country Club

Sept. 28           35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Nov. 2             22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament @Patriots Point

Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House


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