Today's Blue & White June 14, 2012

Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Thursday, June 14, 2012


First Pitch!

The Citadel has again moved to a four-day work week during the summer that saves the college tens of thousands of dollars in utility costs.  Therefore, we will send out the summer issues of Today’s Blue & White on Thursdays.

It remains a tad on the quiet side on campus, as one would expect during the early weeks of Summer School I.  However, that doesn’t mean that things in the Department of Athletics are quiet.

Preseason “watch” lists are beginning to appear and a pair of defensive standouts – Chris Billingslea and Derek Douglas – is two of the latest to make a list.  And speaking of the football team, they again made a mark in the community with their help with Habitat for Humanity.

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


First, A Little Business

You know that we have rules and regulations that come with our being what we are.  A recommendation for the Board of Directors is soon up for a vote, and by law, we are to publish it in advance:   

All officers shall take office July 1 of the year in which they are elected to their respective offices and serve a two (2) year term, with the exception of the Treasurer, who will serve no more than two (2) consecutive terms.  Any vacancy in office shall be filled by appointment by the President for the unexpired term.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this proposed recommendation, please contact TCBF Executive Director Jerry Baker at 843/953-5277 or email him at


Defensive Duo Named to CFPA Preseason Watch List

Senior defensive end Chris Billingslea and junior defensive tackle Derek Douglas have been named to the College Football Performance Awards “watch list” for the upcoming 2012 season.

The duo joins junior fullback Darien Robinson as Bulldogs gaining preseason CFPA recognition.  The watch list for linebackers, defensive backs, punters and kickers will be announced later this month.

Douglas will miss the opening portion of the 2012 season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during spring practice.

Billingslea is a three-year letterman and was selected second team All-SoCon last season after leading Citadel defensive linemen and ranking third on the team overall with 53 tackles.  Eleven of his tackles, including two sacks, came behind the line of scrimmage, and he added five pass breakups and three fumble recoveries while blocking two kicks.

Billingslea has started 28 consecutive games entering the 2012 campaign and has career totals of 129 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, nine passes defended, five fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks to go along with one interception.

Douglas was named to the All-SoCon first team by both the coaches and media a year ago after a sophomore season which saw him rank fifth in the conference with 14.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks, and make a total of 43 stops.

Douglas, from Garland, Texas, was chosen as The Citadel's defensive player of the year for the 2011 season.  He has played in all 22 games over his first two seasons on the active roster, moving into the starting lineup a year ago, and has made 84 tackles with 22 tackles for loss and seven sacks over that time.


Citadel Graduate Returns to Alma Mater as Assistant Football Coach

Scott Yielding ‘93 is returning to The Citadel as a member of the football coaching staff and will work with the tight ends.

Yielding spent the past four years at Oklahoma State as assistant director of football operations and assistant director of recruiting.  Included in his responsibilities were film breakdown, quality control and situational tendencies of opponents.  He also recruited, coordinated and selected walk-on players for the Cowboy roster.

During his stay in Stillwater, Oklahoma State posted a record of 41-11, including a 23-3 slate the past two years.  In 2011 the Cowboys finished 12-1, won the Big XII title and defeated Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl to earn the No. 3 spot in the final national polls.  The previous season Oklahoma State finished No. 10 in the country, shared the Big XII South championship and was victorious over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.

Prior to his stint at Oklahoma State, Yielding spent 10 years coaching on the high school level, beginning his career at North Charleston High School (1998-00) and then coaching at four different schools in Georgia.

Yielding earned his bachelor's degree in history from The Citadel in 1993 and received a master's degree in secondary education from The Military College of South Carolina in 1998.  While a graduate student he worked in the office of admissions and served as NCAA and academic liaison to the football program.

His father, Jack, is a member of The Citadel Class of 1958 and was a fullback on the football team.

Football Team Continues Work with Habitat for Humanity

Members of The Citadel football team and coaching staff continued their involvement with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, June 9 when they assisted with the building of a house on Johns Island.

A group of 15-20 cadet-student-athletes, including senior leaders on the 2012 team, worked alongside families who previously benefited from the Habitat for Humanity program.  This is just one of several community service projects in the Charleston area in which the football team participated.

The house where the team worked is located at 2545 Bohicket Road on Johns Island.  A year ago, players were involved in building a shed and roof and assisting with finishing the drywall and installation.

A second Habitat for Humanity date for The Citadel football team is scheduled for June 23.

Charleston Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to qualified families at no profit and with no interest charged.


Rifle to Host Past NCAA Champions As Schedule Is Released

Rifle coach William C. Smith released his team's schedule for the 2012-13 season and the Bulldogs are slated to host nine matches at the Inouye Marksmanship Center including two Southeastern Air Rifle Conference matches and the SEARC Championships.

The Citadel opens the season with a non-conference match against rival VMI on Sept. 22, in Lexington, Va.  The Bulldogs have topped the Keydets in each of their previous six meetings.  The marksmen will compete against seven other schools throughout the 2012-13 season, all of which are ranked by the NCAA.  The 2010 and 2012 national champion Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University will come to the Inouye Marksmanship Center on Oct. 6 and 8, while Kentucky, the 2011 national champions, will compete in Charleston on Nov. 3-4.

The Bulldogs will also host to No. 4 Army, No. 8 Jacksonville State, No. 13 Air Force, No. 17 Columbus State and conference foe No. 19 N.C. State.

In conference play, the Bulldogs will look to notch their fifth SEARC championship since joining the conference with their most recent coming in 2010-11 when they topped rival N.C. State.  SEARC competition begins on Sept. 29-30 in Dahlonega, Ga., and will include seven competitions throughout the season, culminating on March 2 in Charleston for the championship.

To view the entire schedule, please refer to


Women’s Football 101 Returns for Third Year

The Citadel Football Association will present the Third Annual Women’s Football Clinic on Friday, July 27 at Seignious Hall on campus.   

The experience is open to ladies and teenage girls only.  Registration is 5-6 pm and the event runs from 6-9 pm.  Advance cost is $50 per person or two for $85, and $75 for on-site registration.

Attendees to Football 101 will spend time going behind-the-scenes with tours of the team’s meeting room, weight room, and training and equipment rooms.  Citadel coaches will provide instruction on the basics of the game as well as the option offense that is currently being utilized by the Bulldogs.  Participants will also get in-depth instruction in player positions, walking through plays in addition to offensive and defensive strategies.

A catered dinner for all attendees will be held at the Pearson Lounge at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  A special program will follow with Kay Higgins, wife of head coach Kevin Higgins, and other of the coaches’ wives, in addition to a tour of the press box area. 

Prior to the dinner, the group will “hit” the stadium field for a “practice” that includes running plays, passing and receiving, tackling dummies and the all-important “fun run to the end zone,” where one can perform individual touchdown dances.

Goody bags for all attendees contain a T-shirt, a complete football information notebook, a 2012 souvenir schedule poster and wallet schedule, and two reserved-seat tickets ($50 value) to a Citadel home football game. 

Last year, more than 50 women enjoyed a memorable time and learned enough about football to impress even their husbands and/or male friends. 

A portion of the clinic is tax deductible as proceeds benefit The Citadel Football Association’s Scholarship through The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.

To register, please refer to  or call 843/953-5123. 


Attention Women: Learn to Shoot Handguns Properly … Free

The Women of the NRA, the Palmetto Gun Club and The Citadel Rifle team jointly offer an opportunity to receive free handgun lessons from NRA instructors.

On Sunday, June 24 from 1-5 pm at The Inouye Marksmanship Center on campus, women will have the opportunity to learn how to shoot safely in a women-friendly environment.  Whether one has shot before or if it is the first time a gun has been in hand, women will learn how to load, get a sight picture, aim and squeeze the trigger.

 Class size is limited to the first 24 women, and there is no cost.

For more information, please call 843/345-6396 or email


 Horry Citadel Club Invites All to Their 28th Annual Golf Tournament

Our good friends at the Horry Citadel Club are inviting everyone to attend their 28th Annual Golf Tournament that will be held on Saturday, June 23, at the Litchfield Country Club on Pawley’s Island (for those of you with a GPS, use this: 619 Country Club Drive, Pawley’s Island SC 29585).

Check-in is set from 12-1 pm with a 2 pm shotgun start.  Format is Captain’s Choice, and single entries will be paired.  The $100/person entry fee includes green and cart fees, on-course beverages, post-tournament food and drinks, two mulligan tickets and one blind raffle ticket for appropriate prizes.

In addition, the club is holding a reverse 50/50 Raffle with only 100 tickets sold at $100 each and the winner can bring home $5,000.  Drawing will be held at their annual Holiday Event at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot in Dec. 2012.  One does not have to be present to win.

Proceeds benefit the Horry Citadel Club Scholarship Fund that aids cadets from Horry and Georgetown counties.  For more information, please contact Gary Browning ’74 (; 843/839-1344), Mike Howle ’66 (; 843/361-4088) or Jonathan Kresken ’87 (; 843/222-0147).


Summer Sports Camps at The Citadel

Are you looking for something for your children/grandchildren to do this summer?  Consider attending a sports camp that is offered by our coaches:


Baseball                       June 25-28                   Day Camp                   

                                    June 29-July 1              Father/Son Camp


Basketball                    June 18-22                   Day Camp Clinic                                                                               August 3-5                   Shooting Clinic


Wrestling                      July 5-13                      Multiple                       


Soccer                         June 18-22                   Day Camp                   

                                    July 9-13                      Day Camp       


Football                        June 15-16                   Skill/Lineman Camp

                                    June 20-22                   QB/WR Camp


For more information, please call the Department of Athletics at 843/953-5070.


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:

"It touches my heart to be able to work for a cause in which so many people benefit.  There is no more satisfying benefit in life than to give back, and hard work and sweat is sometimes a bigger gift than money."

  • Assistant football coach Gerald Dixon, who is helping coordinate the football team’s volunteer activity with Habitat for Humanity.


“It’s a great way for them to understand that life is not about them.  It’s about others, and the more they give back to the community and society, the better off they will be.”

  • Coach Kevin Higgins, on the football team’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity.

"Returning to my alma mater to coach football is a dream come true.  I believe in the mission of The Citadel, and I look forward to making a positive contribution to the efforts of our coaching staff and cadet-student-athletes."

  • New assistant football coach Scott Yielding ’93, on his return to The Citadel.


Upcoming Birthdays

June 27            Rob Hjerling                             Wrestling

June 28            Jamie Stewart                           Soccer


Upcoming Events

June 23            Horry Citadel Club 28th Annual Golf Tournament @Litchfield Country


June 24            Free Handgun Lessons @Inouye Marksmanship Center

July 27             CFA’s Football 101 @Seignious Hall/Johnson Hagood Stadium

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

Sept. 28           35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


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

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

Editor………………….....Andy Solomon

Layout…………………...Mike Petrini


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