Archive for March, 2011

Dog’s win again! + other stuff……

March 30, 2011

This is from Sunday’s Charleston Post Courier, The State in Columbia and The Republic in Columbus, Indiana.   It speaks to the kind of young people we have at our alma mater.

While their counterparts at other schools are enjoying sun and fun over spring break, a group of Citadel cadets is getting only the scorching sun.  Five cadets from the state military college in Charleston are joining about 5,000 other participants in New Mexico on Sunday for the Bataan Memorial Death March. The march is a 26-mile hike through a scorching desert known for windstorms blowing dust at 30 mph. The event is held each March to commemorate the servicemen who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II. In April 1942, tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers surrendered to Japanese forces and were forced to march through jungles where thousands died.”

The Bulldogs beat Charleston Southern 12-5 after trailing 4-3 in the early innings. The diamond Dogs pounded our 14 hits and stole 7 bases.  On a two game win streak they face an uphill battle against #3 ranked USC Gamecocks in Columbia tonight.  First pitch is 7p.m. barring any rain delay/postponement.  The Bulldogs are an underdog in this one but then again we are never favored when we play them and we have barbequed those roosters in the past.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal has reported that Wofford has expelled two sophomore football players from the team, giving them five players expelled from school year to date. Two of the five are QBs and the latest to go are the starting safety and his classmate who lettered last season but sat out this season due to an injury.

Did you know….that the “voice” of the Final Four VCU Rams is none other than former “Voice of the Bulldogs” Robbie Robinson?   Robbie is a great play by play announcer and even better guy.  Who knows, maybe one day current Bulldog voice Darren Goldwater will have to chance to broadcast a Citadel football team in the National Championship  game or other team in the championship tourney.

 That’s all for this week, hope to have more on Monday……


Dogs drop 2 of 3 to Ratdogs

March 28, 2011

It was not a good weekend for the Bulldogs as they lost 2 of 3 in the series played in Spartanburg. 

Game 1: 5-3 Ratdogs

Game 2: 6-4 Ratdogs

Games 3: 13-5 Bulldogs

Perhaps the Dogs will come back this week as we play Charleston Southern Tuesday night 3/29 at Riley Park but Wednesday night will be a challenge as we travel to Columbia to play the defending National Champion U.S.C. Gamecocks.  The game may be on cable so check your local listings if you live down south….  There will be no post on Friday as I am out of pocket but I will return with something by next Monday…..who knows, I may have something interesting this Wednesday….

Good luck & Go Dogs……

Dog’s drop 2 to Davidson-One newbie-recievers coach leaves

March 21, 2011

Today we add a new member to this august group. Welcome aboard Dan Estaban, Romeo ’93!  

The weekend did not go well for the Diamond Dogs as we lost 2 of 3 to the Davidson Wildcats.  All three games were decided by one run.  The Bulldogs now sit 8-11 overall and 4-5 in the SoCon. 

 At the annual Blue-White spring football game the Blue team dominated the White team, 14-3.  Approximately 1,000 fans enjoyed the Bulldog action in 80-degree temperatures as The Citadel defense ruled the day for the Blues.  Next game, September 3 at Johnson Hagood verses Jacksonville with a 7 p.m. kick off. 

Don’t forget that you can always go to if you want to keep current on Bulldog sports 

Cam Turner ’09 the Bulldog’s wide receiver coach has left the staff and taken a position as the full-time special assistant to  head coach Leslie Frazier of the NFL Minnesota Vikings.  Cam starts his new position today.  This should not come as a surprise since his father Ron Turner is a long time NFL Assistant (now with the Indianapolis Colts) and Uncle Norv is the Head Coach with the San Diego Chargers.  We wish Cam all the luck in the world as he joins the “family” business of NFL coaching.

Finally, Miss Dixie won the Bulldog Contest held at Johnson Hagood before the spring football game. Dixie’s proud owner is Eric Wooten, Band Co. ’79.  Dixie is a beautiful bulldog and if I am not mistaken she is a direct descendant of Boo IX one of our official Citadel Bulldogs.

That’s all for now.  Have a great week.

Corps Day Weekend

March 18, 2011

Well, the weekend is here and it promises to be a nice one if you live in the Carolinas. It is Corps Day weekend at old El Cid and the old alma mater celebrates its 168th Birthday. The weekend will have the usual celebrations like dress parades, Regimental Band performances, spring football, baseball and the 1st performance of the 2012 Summerall Guards. The Gold Corps also gather on Corps Day. The Gold Corps are the alums who graduated 50+ years ago and the Class of ’61 enters the Gold Corps this year. Sail on brothers…..

One very fairly new Corps Day tradition is the Principled Leadership Symposium hosted by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. This is the 4th year of the Symposium and it has grown tremendously since its inception. There will be student delegations from colleges through out the southeast, senior military colleges and the federal service academies. The will interact with others exploring topics ranging from military leadership challenges to corporate ethics. There will more than a few alums in attendance also.

If you are close by and want to join in the Corps Day fun, the full program for Corps Day and the Leadership Symposium is available at:

Rooms may be hard to find this weekend but if you are headed down the official Romeo Company hotel, the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Charleston Airport/Convention Center at 4841 Tanger Outlet Blvd North Charleston, is the place to be. If you are looking for a room this weekend, or any other weekend, call 1-843-300-3100 ask for The Citadel rate. Bill Carter, Romeo ’79 and his staff will do you right and yes; it will be our HQ during football season.

The spring football game will be at Johnson Hagood Saturday afternoon at 1330 hours. First pitch for Saturday’s baseball game will be 1500 hours. If you are tired of March Madness & need a Citadel sports fix do a football/baseball double header. This weekend’s baseball opponent is Davidson. They are 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the SoCon. We should match up favorably against them but I jinxed the Bulldogs last week so I am saying NOTHING. OBTW, Tuesday’s game with Winthrop was rained out but we lost to them on Wednesday night to extend our losing streak to 4.

DID YOU KNOW: that TERRENCE REESE ’10 is the starting defensive tackle for the Arena Football team in Pittsburgh? If you live in the Pittsburgh area go to the game and give him a Bulldog shout out.

Finally, Baird Sanders, Romeo ’85 is Swimming around Key West to raise awareness and $$$ for the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. The information is in the blog and Baird’s e-mail and other contact information is included. I’m in for $25 Baird……but you gotta finish the swim!

Have a great weekend!

Baird’s Gonna Swim around Key West!!

March 18, 2011

And here’s why…

March 18, 2011

A Story by Baird Sanders

My name is Baird Sanders, and I am the President of the Board of Directors of the Florence Crittenton Programs of SC.

First, I would like to tell you a story about a girl named Margaret, who a while back was unwed and pregnant.  Her step father had closed the door on her and was not welcome at her home.  She turned to her minister, and he arranged for her to go to the Florence Crittenton Home after her first trimester.  While living with some family out west, she did receive some information about abortions somewhere in Miami, which were illegal back in the 60’s, and quickly dismissed that information, and eventually made it to the Home.  Back then, the girls had alias names, and she went by the name of Rusty, because of her red hair. She stayed at the home until a baby boy, which she named Baby Ray.  Back then, most babies born from the home were put up for adoption, and Ray was adopted by a couple named Jim and Rosie.  Ray was brought up with a strong work ethic and eventually graduated from The Citadel, married 1 week after graduation, and had 3 beautiful children.  Curiosity eventually caught up with Ray after his father, Jim has passed, and with the blessing of his mother, Rosie, which she always had told Ray that he had been adopted, and his mother was at the Home, was encouraged to do a search for his biological mother. 

 So in 1997, Ray did a search for his biological mother through DSS for a medical search.  DSS provided information, with all the names blacked out, about Rusty and her stay at the Home, and some information after birth.  DSS also provided the names of people who performed searches for a small fee.  Ray selected a woman from the Columbia area, and she located the biological mother.  In fact, the woman who did the search actually went to church with the biological mother’s mother and knew the family.  When Ray received this information, he was cautioned to be patient, and really think about making initial contact with his biological mother.  Once he received her phone number from the searcher and discontinued their call, he immediately dialed her number, which he said he could feel blood pumping up to his ears, in anticipation of his first communication with his mother.

 “Hello, is this Margaret?”

“Yes it is”

“My name is Baird Sanders, and I was born on August 26th, 1963, is this a good time to talk?”

A long pause continued, and then I said:

 “Before we hang up, I only have 2 things that I want to share with you.” “Nothing else.”

Another pause,

“Well ok”

“I just wanted to thank you for your decision, and I am married and have 3 beautiful children and I am doing ok”.   

  To sum up where we are today, Margaret and her family have accepted me into her family, as my family has with hers.  It has been very rewarding putting this piece to my life puzzle into our lives. 

  The bigger story is where I am in my life.  There is not a day that goes by that I feel so blessed that The Florence Crittenton Programs of SC was there for Margaret and my birth.  Where I would I be today if FCP of SC was not there, my adoptive parents, Jim and Rosie Sanders, all the friends that I have made, my wife, my children, etc?

 So now, I am the President of the Board of Directors of FCP of SC and attached is something that I am doing for FCP of SC, which I wanted to share with you, because the feeling that I get while I am training and swimming in the pool for this event, can not be explained in words, because it is coming from my heart.  I feel that I could actually swim TO Key West, instead of just swimming 12.5 miles Around Key West.  I will send you the Swim Pledge form attachment next, as I wanted you to read my story first.

Baird Sanders

Crittenton Baby and Board President

Email:  Cell: 843-303-0119


March 14, 2011

Well, so much for the winning streak.   Our Bulldogs got swept by the Samford Bulldogs so we go from a 5 game wining streak to a 3 game losing streak.  All 3 games were one run victories for Samford;  4-3 on Friday, 8-7 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday. The Dogs try to right the ship tomorrow night in Rock Hill as we take on the Winthrop Eagles.

More info, perhaps, later in the week.

Cortez Allen Shines + the SoCon POTM

March 11, 2011

The Citadel’s sophomore right hander  Austin Pritcher has been awarded the SoCon  pitcher of the month for February. Pritcher went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA.  That’s a great start for the kid and the Bulldogs.  This weekend the “Diamond Dogs” face the Samford Bulldogs at the Joe.  Samford is 8-6 overall but are 8-1 at home at 0-5 on the road.  Let’s hope that Samford’s road record is 0-8  Sunday night.

Now let’s switch to football and talk about the NFL combine. Yep, the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Did you know that for the second consecutive year the Bulldogs sent a player to the combine and for the second consecutive year the Bulldog player has IMPROVED his draft status at the combine?  Citadel Defensive back Cortez Allen had an outstanding effort at the combine. Cortez got his combine invite after impressing NFL scouts at the East-West Shrine game in Orlando and he did not disappoint.  Cortez measured 6’1” 197lbs and benched 225 lbs 18 times.  He ran a 4.45  40 and had a10ft 9inch broad jump.  Just to top it all off he finished the Wonderlic IQ test that all combine attendees must take in 12 minutes.  Needless to say our long gray line brother Cortez Allen was impressive.  So impressive that had this to say: “the small school corner who received a late invitation to the combine proved his worth on the field.  He moved quickly in reverse displaying NFL caliber footwork and smooth hips. He looked athletic in all routines and proved himself worthy of a middle-round selection.”  According to reports Cortez has already scheduled workouts with the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos.  Want to know more?  Click on the link below and you’ll see an interview with Cortez.  It is worth your time……have a great weekend.

Baseball/F’ball Spring Practice & Col. Heiser

March 9, 2011

Well boys, it’s baseball season which means things are looking up on the sports front at El Cid. The Bulldogs won the SoCon title in 2010 but were decimated by the MLB draft and graduation. So much so that on any given day we have three knobs in the starting line up and more as we sub during the game. We SWEPT the AppState Mountaineers over the week end and beat Ball State yesterday 6-4 giving the Dogs a 5 game winning streak and making them 7-5 overall for the season. Knob Joe Jackson from Greenville SC, & yes he is the great-great nephew of the legendary “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, drove in three and Knob starting pitcher Conner Hitchingham went 5 innings to get his first collegiate win. Here was the line up that played most of the weekend and against Ball State last night. This should be the lineup, except for the pitcher’s spot, for the upcoming weekend series (stats do not include Ball State): 1. Nick Orvin JR. RH … 2B … .200 … 5 doubles & 2 FOR 2 in stolen bases 2. Brad Felder …. JR.[RS] … LH …CF … .210 …two of three in Steals. 3. Matt Simonelli… SR,[RS] … RH … SS … .419 … 6 doubles, 3 for 3 in steals 4. Justin Mackert… JR. … RH … 1B … .279 … 5 doubles, 10 RBI and 4 of 6 stolen bases 5. Drew Dekerlegand… Knob… LH … 3B … .390 … 4 doubles, 11 RBI 6. William Ladd… JR.[RS] … RH … RF … .343 BA 7. Joe Jackson… Knob.. LH … DH/C … .462 BA 8. Grant Richards… JR. [RS] … RH … C/DH….261 BA.   

Another very strong Knob pitcher, Hughston Armstrong, a lefty that is only allowing opponents a .167 BA in 3 starts, will be our Friday night starter until further notice. He will be on the mound when Samford comes to town for a weekend series. Hopefully our Knobs will keep hitting and pitching well and supporting our excellent upperclassmen. Needless to say Coach Freddie Jordan has done an excellent job so far but it is early in the season. We have played 12 games and have 44 more to go, not including the SoCon and the NCAA Tourney.

On the football front the word is no news is good news. Spring football is underway with no big controversies or injuries according to my sources. Coach Higgins’ new staff has settled the team down and they look good running the option. Fumbles are “almost nonexistent” according to my source. That is all well and good but spring practice is one thing, regular season games with opponents who want to rip your head off are another. Still, even the experts expect us to be a better team in 2011. If things go according to Hoyle, Ben Dupree will be our starting QB, with Matt Thompson backing him up and getting a lot of playing time while Charlie Company 1st Sgt Fullback Terrell Dallas will lead the running backs. Center Mike Sellers & guard Keith Carter will anchor the O-line. The B’Dog Defense returns (among others) starters DE Chris Billingslea, LB Rod Harland, safety Joseph Boateng and team Captain/Rock LB Tolu Akindele who will graduate in May (in 3 years!) but will return next year while working on his MBA. I know that 2010 was a horrible football year but I am extremely optimistic about this 2011 team!

Gotta go, but before I do you guys from the late 70s & early 90s will remember Major, now Colonel, Joel Heiser. Col. Heiser was, in my opinion, the finest TAC officer Romeo Company had during our tenure. I was surprised on Monday when he stopped by my office. We had a nice visit, reminiscing about old times and catching up. Those of you who knew him will be glad, but not surprised, to know that he is still a straight up, look you in the eye, stand up guy. The good Colonel was Citadel Class of ’62 but he looks a good 10+ years younger. many of you may know his son Dirk who was Oscar Company ’90, who also lives in the Greenville area.

If the good news keeps coming Iwill find the time to post.