Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, September 7, 2012


Opening Kickoff!

With an impressive second half explosion, The Citadel had a terrific season-opening win over Charleston Southern this past Saturday in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have the same results as nationally-ranked Georgia Southern comes to town this weekend?

Two cadet-student-athletes came away from the CSU game with weekly awards as end Chris Billingslea copped the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award while freshman defensive tackle Colin Parsons was recognized by the College Football Performance Awards for his efforts.

Please consider this a reminder to join the Stray Dog Society two hours prior to kickoff as they meet, greet and cheer the Bulldogs as they arrive at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  This is rapidly becoming a terrific tradition that is greatly appreciated by the team and coaches.

Basketball and wrestling announced their respective schedules this week, and it certainly isn’t too early to start thinking about those two sports.

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


Citadel Routs Charleston Southern in Season Opener

Ben Dupree scored two touchdowns in a 28-point third quarter onslaught and Rickey Anderson found the end zone three times as The Citadel broke away from a halftime tie to cruise past Charleston Southern, 49-14, in the season opener for both teams Saturday night at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

The Bulldogs rushed for 479 yards, their most in a game in 18 years, with fullback Darien Robinson leading the way with a career-high 120 yards on only 12 carries and a touchdown.  Anderson, a sixth-year senior, picked 80 yards and his three touchdowns matched his career total entering Saturday's contest.

Dupree added 77 yards while freshman Vinny Miller ran for 66 and a touchdown.  The Citadel's rushing total was the sixth-highest in school history and the most since running for 506 against VMI in 1994 while its seven rushing touchdowns fell one shy of the school record set against Lees-McRae in 1993.

The Bulldogs finished with 527 yards of total offense, reaching the 500-yard plateau for the first time since gaining 541 against Western Carolina in 2008.

Chris Billingslea paced the defensive effort with eight tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two pass breakups.  Fifth-year senior Austin Boyle grabbed his first career interception and Colin Parsons joined Billingslea with a sack.  The Bulldogs surrendered 263 yards of total offense but only 70 in the second half.

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Chris Billingslea Named SoCon Defensive Player of Week

The football team’s Chris Billingslea has been named the Southern Conference defensive player of the week.

 Billingslea, a senior defensive end from Fort Mill, had eight tackles with a sack, a forced fumble and two pass breakups in Saturday’s season-opening 49-14 win over Charleston Southern at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Billingslea forced a third-quarter fumble that set up the Bulldogs’ go-ahead touchdown, and then knocked down two passes on CSU’s next series to force a punt, leading to another TD.

The Citadel won only one SoCon player of the week award last season, and that was by linebacker Rod Harland.


Colin Parsons Receives Weekly Honor from CFPA

Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Colin Parsons has been honored by the College Football Performance Awards for his efforts in Saturday's 49-14 win over Charleston Southern.

Parsons, making his college debut, tied for second on the team with six tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack.  He also forced and recovered a fumble to help lead a defensive effort that limited the Buccaneers to 263 yards of total offense and just 70 in the second half of the season-opening victory.

The 6-3, 275-pound product of Butler (N.C.) High played a key role in The Citadel's 28-point outburst in the third quarter that enabled the Bulldogs to pull away from a halftime tie.  With The Citadel in front, 28-14, Parsons sacked and stripped the ball free from the Buccaneers’ quarterback and made the recovery at the CSU 24, leading to a touchdown that made it a 21-point lead.

Parsons made all six of his tackles in the second half as The Citadel outscored Charleston Southern, 35-0, over the final 30 minutes.


Bulldogs Host Eagles in Southern Conference Opener

The Citadel and Georgia Southern begin Southern Conference play after posting resounding victories in non-conference openers last week.  The Bulldogs scored 42 unanswered points to defeat rival Charleston Southern, 49-14, while the Eagles dominated Jacksonville in a 58-0 triumph.

The Citadel has been snake bit against Georgia Southern during a current five-game losing streak in the series.  Four of the five losses have been by a touchdown or less including a 14-12 defeat a year ago when the Bulldogs missed a 37-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining in Statesboro.


The Citadel – Georgia Southern Football Series

The Citadel and Georgia Southern have met 21 times on the gridiron with the Eagles holding a 17-4 advantage.  Georgia Southern has won five in a row, but four of those games were decided by a touchdown or less and one went into triple overtime.

Last year Georgia Southern escaped with a 14-12 victory when Ryan Sellers missed a 37-yard field goal with 13 seconds remaining.  The last Citadel win in the series was a 24-21 triumph at Johnson Hagood Stadium in 2006.

The first two meetings came in the Division I-AA playoffs, and the Ea­gles won both in Statesboro by scores of 38-20 in 1988 and 31-0 two years later.

Kevin Higgins is 1-6 vs. Georgia Southern. Jeff Monken is 2-0 vs. The Citadel.


The Citadel vs. Ranked Opponents

When The Citadel hosts Georgia Southern on Saturday it will at­tempt to knock off a nationally-ranked FCS opponent for the second straight season.  Last year the Bulldogs rallied from a 27-0 deficit to win at No. 15 Chattanooga, 28-27.

The win over the Mocs was the just the third in 23 games against ranked opponents under coach Kevin Higgins.  The other two vic­tories were 17-7 over No. 18 Western Carolina in 2005 and 42-31 over No. 19 Elon in 2007.


"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 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


Wolfpack Stop Bulldogs in Soccer

The soccer team fell to ACC foe N.C. State, 5-0, in an evening match at Dail Soccer Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday..

Both teams came out and played tough at the start of the game as Citadel goalkeeper Sarah Katchen staved off the Wolfpack attack, recording three saves in the first 35 minutes.

It wasn't until the 36th minute when N.C. State forward Shannon Colligan recorded the game's first goal on a header shot that deflected off the post and into the back of the net.

Just over four minutes later the Wolfpack found the back of the net again as a penalty kick handed N.C. State a 2-0 lead heading into the half.  The Wolfpack attack would prove to be too much for The Citadel defense in the final 45 minutes as the hosts came out firing.  Just 10 minutes into the second frame, N.C. State fired a rocket past Katchen to give her team a 3-0 lead.

The Wolfpack would add two late goals in the 62nd and 72nd minutes to down the Bulldogs 5-0.  N.C. State outshot The Citadel 19-5 as Katchen would record seven saves in her 90 minutes in goal.

Mariana Garcia recorded just one shot on the day but it was enough to move her into sole possession of third place in program history with 129 for her career.  The junior sits just 10 shots behind teammate Vanessa Aponte and 36 behind The Citadel's all-time shots leader Kelly Pesterfield.

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Volleyball Falls at Radford Tournament

The volleyball team on Saturday extended both Radford and St. Francis (Pa.) to the limits in the second day of action at the Radford University Tournament, but was unable to complete a victory in their second in-season tournament.  The Bulldogs suffered a tough five-set loss in the morning session and returned to the court four hours later to fall just shy of St. Francis (Pa.) by scores of 19-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 15-13.

Sophomore outside hitter Ise d'Angelo finished with 13 kills, eight digs and a .229 attack percentage for the Bulldogs.  She was joined up front by the combination of Lauren Hurt and Bailey Kernodle, who capped off the loss with six kills, respectively.  Amanda Rudnik led The Citadel with 14 digs, while all-tournament selection Jessica Maxwell assisted on a team-high five blocks.

On Friday d’Angelo finished with a team-high eight kills and Rudnik and Maxwell added seven kills apiece, but it was Murray State that emerged with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 win over The Citadel at the Radford University Tournament.

While The Citadel's offense struggled, the team got a lift from Emily Dalton on the defensive end as she finished with 15 digs.  Lauren Hurt was also instrumental on the defense with a pair of assisted blocks.  Mikaela Tracy dished 21 assists from the setter position.

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Cross Country Men Take Second, Women Third at Gamecock Invitational

The men and women's cross country teams opened the season with second and third place finishes, respectively, at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia on Friday evening.  Both teams ran the 5k course at Hilton Field in Fort Jackson.

The men placed five of their runners in the top 10 including a second-place finish by Austin Waldrop, who recorded a time of 16:05.  Following Waldrop was Atom Young (5th place; 16:50), Raeven Lantz (6th place; 16:56), Jordan Ashley (9th place; 17:08) and William Epps (10th place; 17:12).

The men took second place out of three teams, running an average 5k time of 16:50 as Bo Hutchinson (13th place; 17:27), John Gatewood (14th place; 17:34), Brandon Rabon (15th place; 17:54), Christian Sevidal (17th place; 18:00) and William Sloane (20th place; 18:20) also competed.  Senior captain Kyle Keene did not compete.

Danielle McKee led The Citadel with a time of 19:23 to take 13th place.  Two of the top-5 Bulldog women were first-time runners in Jackie Thompson (17th place; 19:38) and Jessica Dewitte (32nd place; 21:21). Christina Shonbeck took 30th place with a 21:16, while lone senior Micah Wessinger rounded out the top-5 with a 36th place finish and a 21:39.

The women took third place out of five teams, topping Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern while running an average 5k time of 20:39.  Caillian Colquitt (38th place; 21:47), Emily Fields (40th place; 22:07), Nicole Ogilbee (41st place; 22:08) and Kristen Kessinger (43rd place; 22:57) also competed on the women's side.

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Basketball to Host All-Military Classic as It Releases 2012-13 Slate

The basketball team released its 2012-13 schedule this week, showcasing a slate that will include 14 home games, five first-time opponents and three teams that earned bids to a 2012 postseason tournament.

Highlighting the non-conference schedule will be a first-ever meeting with NCAA Tournament participant St. Bonaventure, as well contests against ACC opponents Georgia Tech and Clemson, and the program's initial participation in ESPN's Bracketbusters on Feb. 23.

Among the games at McAlister Field House, which consists of nine Southern Conference tilts, is the second installment of the All-Military Classic.  The Bulldogs will host longstanding rival VMI to open the season on Nov. 10, preceded by a meeting between Air Force and Army.  The following day the Bulldogs square off with either the Falcons or Black Knights to complete the two-day event.

The five-game November homestand continues with a pair of games against Montreat College and Union College, both first time meetings.

League action begins on Dec. 1 when the Bulldogs head to UNC Greensboro as they look to improve to 2-1 in conference openers under Coach Chuck Driesell. Three days later The Citadel travels to Charleston Southern for their eighth consecutive meeting with the Buccaneers, dating back to the 2004-05 season.

Following a break for exams, The Citadel returns to the road for first-ever meetings with Gardner-Webb and St. Bonaventure.  Three days after facing the Bonnies, the Cadets head to Atlanta and face Georgia Tech.  The Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs, who have played each other four times, last met during the 1998-99 season when Georgia Tech emerged with a 73-50 win.

The Bulldogs will enjoy a Christmas break before heading to the Upstate to face Clemson in the 82nd all-time meeting between the two programs.  The game will be played on either Jan. 1 or 2, dependent upon the Tigers’ football program participating in the Orange Bowl.  Among the 22 victories for The Citadel in the all-time series, seven have come at Clemson, including a 73-72 win on Jan. 2, 1969, the inaugural season of Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Citadel returns to SoCon play beginning in January with a four-game stretch of home games against Western Carolina, Chattanooga, Samford and finally against cross-town foe College of Charleston, which takes place at McAlister Field House on Jan. 14.

The Cadets will endure a series of road bouts at Davidson, Georgia Southern before the second meeting of the season with College of Charleston on Jan. 24.  The final two games of the month take place at McAlister Field House against Elon and Wofford.

Among the eight February games include the Bulldogs’ first appearance in the ESPN Bracketbusters.  The month begins with a series of road contests at Furman, Chattanooga and Samford.  The Citadel returns home to host South Division rivals Georgia Southern and Davidson, before heading to Appalachian State. After a meeting with an undetermined opponent in the ESPN Bracketbuster, the Cadets cap off the month by facing Furman for the final home contest of the season on Feb. 28.

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Driesell Adds Rogers as Director of Basketball Operations

Coach Chuck Driesell has announced the addition of Patrick Rogers as director of basketball operations.  Rogers replaces Matt Scherbenske, who last week accepted the video coordinator position at the University of California.

Originally from Providence, R.I., Rogers joins The Citadel staff after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant with the Providence College men's basketball program under the direction of coach Ed Cooley.

Among Rogers' primary responsibilities were editing practice and game film for scouting purposes, coordinating film exchange, directing on-campus recruiting and working with Providence's 40+ team camps. 

Prior to joining the Friars, Rogers served as the senior manager for personnel for Notre Dame basketball.  He controlled all travel arrangements and expenses for the Fighting Irish as well as coordinating recruiting events at all home football games.  Under Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, Rogers maintained recruiting databases and observed individual workouts and conditioning sessions.

Rogers graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Notre Dame.  He completed his master's in business from Providence in May 2012.


Wrestling Releases Schedule

Coach Rob Hjerling announced this week the wrestling team's 2012-13 schedule and it is highlighted by hosting six matches and participating in several of the most competitive tournaments in the country.

Opening the season will be the annual Citadel Open at McAlister Field House on Nov. 3 where the freshmen and sophomores get a shot to compete.  That same weekend, the varsity lineup will head to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the Hokie Open for the third consecutive year.

The Bulldogs will host five dual events this season beginning with Arizona State on Nov. 11 while Davidson, new SoCon wrestling member Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Campbell and Gardner-Webb also pay visits to Charleston.

The Citadel will head north for the next two events as the grapplers take part in the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 17 and once again return to University Park, Pa., on Dec. 2 for the Nittany Lion Open, hosted by defending two-time NCAA Champions, Penn State.  The Bulldogs also head to Reno, Nev., for the nationally-prominent Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 16 that also includes powerhouse programs such as Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Missouri and Wyoming.

The season will also be highlighted by perhaps the toughest regular-season tournament in the country, the Southern Scuffle, on Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn.  The meet features nine top 30 teams including four that are nationally ranked in the top 10.  

Following the Southern Scuffle the team will trek to Hampton Roads, Va., for the always competitive and nationally touted Virginia Duals.

After away matches at Appalachian State on Jan. 18 and Chattanooga on Jan. 27, The Citadel will head to West Point, N.Y., to participate in the 19th annual All-Academy Championships on Feb. 2 before closing out the regular season at VMI on Feb. 15 and the UNC Duals in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 17.

The 2013 SoCon Championships will take place in Lexington, Va., on March 9 and the NCAA Championships will be in Des Moines, Iowa from March 21-23. 

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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 annually sells 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.


Citadel Football Weekend Package

Stay at the Holiday Inn Riverview, with rates starting at $119 per night!

Enjoy an amazing stay at the "round" Holiday Inn Riverview, located less than a mile from Johnson Hagood Stadium.  Your trip would not be complete without the hot breakfast buffet for two and a voucher valid for two tickets to either the Georgia Southern game on Sept. 8 or the Chattanooga contest on Sept. 29.  For details, call 843/556-7100 or refer to  (Note:  One must book a minimum of 24-hours in advance.) 


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:

“In any offense, six fumbles is disappointing.  But in the end, we handled it well.  We handled the adversity and did what we needed to do.”


“The good thing is, we executed the option real well.  The fumbles were not as much on exchanges as they were down field, the ones that hurt us.  That’s a matter of protecting the ball and being smart. … Our guys know they didn’t play as well as they could have, and that they have work to do next week.  That’s probably good with a team like Georgia Southern coming in.”


"I think it is a competitive and well-balanced schedule for our lineup and roster.  The team should be prepared for the SoCon Championships and the NCAA Championships by March."

 "I am excited about this seasons upcoming schedule and can't think of a better way to kick the season off than having The All-Military Classic at home in McAlister Field House.  This was a great tournament last year and I am confident our players and fans will enjoy a special experience as we host this year's Classic."

Upcoming Birthdays

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

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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