Today's Blue & White
The Citadel Brigadier Foundation's Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, August 24, 2012


Opening Kickoff!

Classes began on Wednesday and the campus is rapidly returning to a state of normalcy.

We hope you have been enjoying our "Countdown to Kickoff" series of videos that have been posted regularly on our website ( as they've been entertaining and informative.

Along similar lines, we have beefed up that area of the website and hope that they whet your appetite for all of our fall sports.

From all accounts, the 14th Annual Bulldog Kickoff Classic Presented by Wells Fargo at Wild Dunes Resort yesterday was another hit, and a good time was had by all.

We're counting down the days until the football season's opener, which will be Sept. 1 against Charleston Southern. Note that kickoff is at 6 pm, and if you don't yet have your tickets, please call us at 843/953-DOGS (3647) and we'll take good care of you.

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


Offense Takes Center Stage in Coke Zero "Meet the Bulldogs" Day Scrimmage

The first and second team offenses scored on six of its nine drives, including long touchdown runs by Aaron Miller, Dalton Trevino and Ben Dupree, to highlight Saturday's scrimmage before an estimated crowd of 1,200 fans at the Maybank Triplets Practice Field.

The gathering included some 750 Citadel freshmen and more than 400 family, friends and supporters. Prior to the scrimmage, fans feasted on grilled hamburgers and hot dogs inside McAlister Field House and were then treated to watermelon slices at the field while watching the Bulldogs in action.

Following the scrimmage, players and head coach Kevin Higgins signed team posters in the field house. The first 200 fans received a free car flag courtesy of Coke Zero.

In the scrimmage, The Citadel had two players rush for more than 100 yards. Trevino led the way with six carries for 109 yards and touchdown runs of 20 and 39 yards. Miller added 100 yards on 10 carries and scored from 26 yards out while Dupree electrified the crowd with a 57-yard touchdown run en route to 95 yards on seven carries.


Fans Are Encouraged to Pledge Their Allegiance to The Citadel by Registering on

The Citadel is participating in the inaugural Pledge Your Allegiance for College Colors Day spirit competition and is asking for fan support to help win the prestigious College Colors Day Spirit Cup and $10,000 toward the general scholarship fund.

By visiting, Bulldog fans can register to pledge their allegiance to The Citadel as the school with the most college spirit and loyal fan base.

All registrants are entered to win weekly $50 gift cards from ESPN Shop and one of two grand prizes including a $500 college shopping spree at ESPN Shop.

We encourage all students, alumni, staff, and fans to show their support for the Bulldogs by registering for The Citadel as the institution with the most school spirit. With colleges and universities across the country vying for this top award, it is important that our fans visit and register for The Citadel.

The website-based rivalry competition, which includes 165 participating colleges and universities and is an element of this year's 2012 College Colors Day celebration, began going live earlier this month and will run through August leading up to College Colors Day on August 31. Throughout the competition, standings will be tracked nationally, as well as by conference.

College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience by encouraging fans across America to wear their favorite college or university apparel throughout the day on Friday, August 31.

The inaugural national spirit competition is presented by The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), a division of IMG College, and NCAA Football.


Individual Football Game Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for all five Citadel home games this season are now on sale on individual basis by purchasing online at, calling (843) 953-DOGS or stopping by the ticket office at McAlister Field House during regular business hours.

Tickets are $30 for premium reserved seats, $25 for standard reserved seats and $15 for general admission for games vs. Charleston Southern (Sept. 1), Georgia Southern (Sept. 8) and Chattanooga (Sept. 15). Those three games kick off at 6 pm.

The prices are $35 for premium and $30 for standard for the Parents Day game vs. Western Carolina on Oct. 13 and the Homecoming game against Elon on Nov. 3.

General admission tickets for those two games are $30. Kickoff is at 2 pm.

For children, students and Citadel faculty and staff, ticket prices are $20 for premium and $10 for standard and general admission seats for each of the five contests.


Fireworks to Conclude First Home Football Game

An expanded fireworks display will light up the night-time sky over historic Johnson Hagood Stadium after the Sept. 1 football home opener against Charleston Southern. Provided by Kirkman Broadcasting and their family of stations and sponsors, the pyrotechnical presentation by Zambelli Fireworks will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game, giving fans ample time to return to their respective tailgate areas and enjoy the show.


Sweet Johnson Hagood Stadium Suite Is Available

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


Soccer Team's Match vs. Winthrop Rescheduled

The soccer team's match against Winthrop on Sunday in Rock Hill was moved to Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 pm as Eagle Field was deemed unplayable due to poor weather conditions.


Volleyball "Meet the Bulldogs" Night is Tuesday

The volleyball team will host its annual "Meet the Bulldogs" Night on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6 pm in McAlister Field House.

The event will feature an intrasquad scrimmage in which the team will be broken into two units and play a best of a three-set match. Following the scrimmage, fans will have an opportunity to meet and greet the players and enjoy food provided by grilling specialist Gil Pohl '76.


Wrestling Welcomes 13 to the 2012-13 Roster

Coach Rob Hjerling announced this week the addition of 13 wrestlers to the 2012-13 roster. Four of the incoming cadets are nationally ranked and National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) All-Americans. The group covers eight states including four from South Carolina. They include:

Austin Brown of Myrtle Beach (St. James High); Caleb Brack of Lexington (Lexington High); Drew Ferguson of Suwanee, Ga. (Collins Hill High); Matt Frisch of Oxford, Mich. (transfer from Northern Illinois University); Nicholas Grossi of Philadelphia, PA (Germantown Academy); Nathaniel Harper III of Columbia (Columbia High); Charles Johnson of Waycross, Ga. (Ware County High); Nick Kiter of Yadkinville, NC (Forbush High); Michael Nelems of Suwanee, Ga. (Lambert High); Tom Scerbo of Whitehouse Station, NJ (Hunterdon Central High); Aaron Walker of Walker, Texas (Judson High); Jordan Wigger of Summerville (Summerville High); and Zachary Young of Bremen, Ga. (Bremen High).

For additional information on all of the signees, please refer to


Wrestling Adds Nebraska Standout Tucker Lane to Coaching Staff

Coach Rob Hjerling has announced the addition of Tucker Lane to the wrestling coaching staff. Lane comes to The Citadel from the University of Nebraska where he was a four-time NCAA championship qualifier at the heavyweight division while making it to the All-American round his junior and senior years.

On the mat, Lane collected 105 career wins, becoming just the 20th wrestler in Nebraska history to record 100+ wins, including eight victories in his four NCAA championship appearances. After the Cornhuskers made the move to the Big Ten in 2012, Lane nabbed seventh place as a No. 4 seed at his first conference tournament.

As a Big XII contender from 2008-10, Lane earned three consecutive third place finishes in the league tournament, racking up six victories.

Lane also excelled in the classroom, having received numerous accolades including the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He was a Big Ten distinguished scholar (2012), two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (first team in 2012, second team in 2011), four-time NWCA All-Academic team member, academic All-Big Ten and two-time first team academic All-Big XII and an eight-time member of the Big XII's Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Before enrolling at Nebraska, Lane was a three-time state champion at Nucla High School in Nucla, Colo., where he competed under his father, Larry Lane, a professional wrestler.


Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Set for Sept. 28

Those wishing to attend the 35th Annual Induction Ceremony & Banquet on Sept.28 at the Holliday Alumni Center are encouraged to secure their tickets early as this event sells out annually. 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.


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!


And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do (Directly) with Athletics, Part I

The profile for the Class of 2016 has been created with more than half of this year's freshman class of 779 students hails from South Carolina. The Class of 2016 reported on Aug. 13 and broke previous admissions records to total applications and women who matriculated.

It is the sixth consecutive year that The Citadel has matriculated more than 700 freshmen. Here's a closer look at the Class of 2016.

Total Applications


Total matriculate



States represented


Top 9 states

South Carolina Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia,

Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California and Massachusetts.

Foreign countries



Percent transfers

6.5 percent (51)

Percent from high school

93.8 percent (726)



64 (8.2 percent of the class)

African American

60 (7.7 percent of the class)

Total minority

160 (20.5 percent of the class

International students

6 (0.7 percent of the class)


South Carolina residents

398 (51. percent)

Out of state/international

379 (48.8 percent)


Average SAT score


Above 1100


Up to 1090



Average high school GPA


Top 25 percent of high school class  

196 (34 percent)


Most subscribed majors


Business Administration


Civil and environmental engineering


Criminal Justice


Political Science




Electrical engineering




Physical education


Computer science


And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics, Part II


With school getting into full swing, stress may increase in homes across the area. The S.C. Psychological Association suggests these healthy stress management habits at home:

Get moving! Exercise is a natural stress reliever and increases the production of good neurotransmitters called endorphins. Have your children devote at least an hour per day to physical fitness and reinforce to them that everyone needs exercise to keep healthy.
Take a balanced approach to food. Avoid too many sweets and use home meal time and family outings as opportunities to teach your kids how to make balanced and healthy food choices.
Get good sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, school-aged children should get 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night. A lack of sleep can negatively affect children's mood and behavior and their physical health.
Don't overwhelm kids with extracurricular activities. Be mindful of your children's after school activities and notice how these affect their schoolwork and relationships with family, friends and teachers. Try to properly balance their after-school activities and your own commitments to reduce stress.
Communicate regularly with your kids. Talking to friends and family about problems is a healthy stress management tool. Children can manage stress in the same way, and having open dialogue with your children is important to a healthy home. Try to make the dinner table an "electronics free zone" and engage in conversations with your children about their day.



He Said It:

"The team has been working very hard to incorporate the newcomers into the offense. The freshmen have done a solid job of acclimating themselves to the system and familiarizing themselves with returning players. We are very fortunate to have an experienced team returning from last season, with four starters that are familiar with our concept. That will be very beneficial in the early stages of the season as we make these adjustments with the freshman class."

Upcoming Birthdays

Aug. 31 Bill Mottola Football

Sept. 10 Jody Huddleston Cross Country/Track

Sept. 17 Bob Bodine Football

Sept. 26 Matt Smith Sports Medicine

Sept. 28 Lt Gen John Rosa President

Sept. 29 Quinton Ferrell Basketball


Upcoming Events

Aug. 27 Volleyball's "Meet the Bulldogs" Night (McAlister Field House)

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


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