Archive for October, 2010

Dogs lose 20-0

October 23, 2010

Yep, those ramblin’ Rednecks from Georgia Southern shut us down allowing the Bulldogs only 160 yards total offense and 22:49 minutes of possession.  Dogs go 0-5 in the SoCon.  Wofford’s up next.  They beat Elon with a Hail Mary pass for a TD with less than 10 seconds left on the clock, spoiling Elon’s Homecoming.  Hope to see some of you in Sparkle City next Saturday!

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Romeo Weekend & GA Southern

October 22, 2010

The Dogs look for win #3 as Georgia Southern comes to town.  They have returned to running an option offense and while they have not had the success that Wofford has, the are farther along the road than our boys in blue.  We have very few legitimate chances for win #3 and this is one of them.  We must play great on offense (and not turn the ball over!) and the defense must stand their ground and keep GaSo out of the end zone.  Both are tall orders for the Bulldogs but while I breathe I hope…….

This is also Romeo Weekend.   The Men from Romeo will gather at our normal watering hole in the Altman Athletic Center parking lot at spot 519 to meet, greet and b*llsh*t , even if the game gets cancelled because Georgia Southern runs out of Skoal or their entire offense is incarcerated.  One change this year is there will not big three grills or cookers going to prepare food for the hungry hoards, mainly because the hoards never arrived and we threw food away.  There will be some food but there will not be a big spread like in past years.  Beer, b*llsh*t and camaraderie will be in abundance and there will be no charge and no collection will be taken.  Show up to say hey, drink a beer and enjoy some of the best tailgating in the lot!   ALL Romeo alums are invited and encouraged to drop by.  Sad to say I will not be there as I will be performing my Grandfatherly duties here in GreenVegas to my two (Class of  ’27& ’30)  grandsons for the weekend.

Drop by AAC 519 and Say Hey!  Gotta go, my real job calls………

Go ‘Dogs

Dogs lose 39-10 to App State

October 17, 2010

The Dogs had only 197 total yards and lose again to Yosef. Wait til next year…….

Yosef up next

October 14, 2010

Our Bulldogs did not look good against Chattanooga, losing 28-10.  The only good thing was that sophomore punter Cass Couey won the award as the SoCon Special Team player of the Week for a 51 yard punt, two punts inside the Mocs 20 and a 33 yard gain on a fake punt in the second half.  Cass was the highlight folks and it was downhill from there.

This week the ‘Dogs to go to Boone, NC to face  Yosef, aka App State, the #1 team in the SoCon and the FCS (1AA) polls.  For those who may not know, the Mountaineers mascot is a mountain man they call Yosef.  I do believe their version of the Brigadier Foundation is called the Yosef club and Yosef  is App State speak for “your self”.  Some of you NC Mountain men out there tell me if I am right…  Now, what do the Bulldogs face this week other than a long ride up the mountain?

App State is undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation.  They have only lost ten regular season games in the last six years and have made the FCS playoffs each of those years.  This year will make their seventh in a row.   They won three consecutive National Championships and twice made the championship game in years they didn’t win the National title.  Needless to say they are the cream of the crop, not only in the SoCon, but the nation.  They also own a big win over Michigan that made national headlines, like the ‘Dogs did when we beat Arkansas.  Coach Jerry Moore has been there 20 years which helps their stability. 

Just for  your information App State  ranks #1 in the conference in points per game (40), Total offense (515.4 yards), scoring offense (17 TDs), Passing (248.8 yrds per game), third down conversions and sacks allowed ( 4 in 5 games).  On top of that they are second in the SoCon in rushing defense giving up only 127 yards per game and are third in rushing the ball gaining  over 264 yards per game.   They are a well oiled football machine.

We have lost six straight to App State and we have never defeated an opponent who is ranked #1.  With the Bulldogs retooling the offense it is doubtful we will pull of the upset but as they say, “That’s why they play the game”   so we shall see if our Dogs can steal one in Boone.  Stranger things have happened but I wouldn’t bet on an upset.  Game time is 6p.m. so dress warmly if you are headed to Boone for the game.

Next weekend is Romeo Weekend and basketball is heating up.  Talk at you next week & Go Dogs!

New Era in Citadel Basketball starts Friday

October 13, 2010

Yes, my friends,   basketball practice begins this Friday, October 15.  Our team is pretty much intact but our coaching staff is  brand spanking new.  You all know about our Head Coach  Chuck Driesell but how ’bout the rest of the staff?  He’s some info on all of them, including Coach Chuck.

Chuck Driesell is a Maryland grad, where he played for his father Lefty.   You can read more about him in post I put up  when he was hired, just scroll down a couple of posts.

 Coach Driesell’s top assistant is Rob Burke, a graduate of Chowan University.  He was head coach at Spartanburg Methodist College,  a junior college in Spartanburg,  for six years where he was 112-67 with a graduation rate of 94%.  Coach Burke’s teams won 20 or more games two of his six years at SMC. 

J. D.. Powell is a Summerville, C.C. native and Clemson grad.  He was the top assistant  for six years at Charleston Southern and spent two years as a graduate assistant at Furman before his serving his sentence at CSU.

Damien Price played and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and has been an assistant at the University of Tulsa for the past three seasons and prior to Tulsa he ran the UNC JV team for one year.  I didn’t know colleges had J.V. teams anymore!  

While the players will be the same, the Bulldogs will play a different style of ball this season.  More on that as we get closer to the opening game.

A few non-basketball notes.  Bulldog football goes to App State this Saturday.  I hope to get a post up tomorrow since I will not have access to my computer Friday.  Last week I had every AT&T e-mail address kick back.  I hope not to have that problem again!

Parents Day & the Mocs of ‘Noga

October 8, 2010

Yep, we had a heart breaking loss to Western Carolina.  It was a game we should have won but that is behind us and we move on.  Parents Day is tomorrow and many knobs get to see their families for the first time since Matriculation Day.  We also welcome another class of Cid grads that wear The Ring as the Class of 2011 gain possession of their Band of Gold.  There is nothing like seeing brand new Citadel ring on a cadet’s finger and I don’t think I will ever forget the feeling of putting mine on for the first time…. enough of that: let’s talk about the game. 

They are expecting 15,000 fans in the stands as the University of Chattanooga Mocs come to Johnson Hagood.  They are 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SoCon  They run a multiple spread west coast type offense,  have 18 starters returning from last year and 41 lettermen back.  Needless to say, the Mocs are experienced.  They had an  open date last week so they have had two weeks to prep for our option oriented Bulldogs. 

The Moc offense begins and ends with the passing combo of QB B.J. Coleman (a Tennessee transfer) and receiver Joel Bradford.  The statistics say they are the best passing combination in all of FCS/1AA football this year and they have a great tight end, Garrett Hughes that is used in short yardage and red zone situations.  They can also run the ball when the need arises so you can’t call them a pass only O.

On defense they have a great secondary and the remainder of the D is not bad either. Their kick and punt return guys are supposed to be very good but the bottom line is that Chattanooga is one of the better offenses the Bulldogs will face in the SoCon this year and their defense is not great except against the pass where they have a top corner cover and great safety.   The Mocs have not faced an option team this year so we have hope but our defense will be challenged to stop one of the top offenses in the SoCon.  We will have to dominate time of possession to have a chance to win and that means not making freshman mistakes on offense and holding on to the ball!  On paper we are rebuilding and can’t compete but our offense is gaining experience and we could steal one if the Mocs come in overconfident, we minimize mistakes and play our grind it out type game.

Once again the old Men from Romeo will be tailgating at AAC 519. Drop by, say hey and root for the Dogs.  Win or lose, they are still our boys!  Come out and support them. 

OBTW,  the Summerall Guards perform at halftime.  Let the annual, “they aren’t as good as we were” begin!

Catamounts Come Calling

October 1, 2010

The rain has stopped in Charleston, I think, as the Western Carolina Catamounts come to Johnson Hagood on Saturday for a 1p.m. kickoff.  The Cats are a SoCon bottom dweller and both the Bulldogs and the Cats want this win badly.  The Cats look at this as their one chance for a SoCon victory and they want to salvage their Head Coach’s job, which many think is in jeopardy.  The Bulldogs remember last year’s disappointing loss in rain on a cold day Cullowhee to a WCU team that worse than this year’s version.  The Dogs also want to bounce back from last week’s error filled loss to the dreaded Furman Paladins.  The Cats, like the Dogs will start a freshman QB and the game will come down to how few turnovers we have and how strong our defense plays.  We should win this game but with Knobs starting, or getting large amount of playing time, anything can happen.  I believe we should win 24-13, but I also thought we would blow the Cats out up in Cullowhee last year.  Turn out, have fun tailgating and pull for YOUR  Citadel Bulldogs.

For those of you who are interested, Arizona Cardinal Coach Ken Whisenhunt has stated he is sticking with Andre Roberts as his punt returner for this week’s game saying that Andre is young and has things to learn after the Cards lost two punts because Andre failed to call off his blockers against the Oakland Raiders.  The punt hit the blockers and the Raiders recovered the ball both times.  The learning curve is as great for Andre as it is for our Knob football players.   Learn quickly Andre, we want to see you playing on Sundays!

Parents Day in Saturday October 9.  The Chattanooga Mocs are in town for a 2p.m. kick and the Summerall Guards will perform at halftime. Make your plans to attend today.