Archive for April, 2011

Cortez is a Steeler!

April 30, 2011

Cortez Allen was drafted in the 4th round by the Pittsburg Steelers. Here’s what ESPN.com had to say about Cortez.

4 31(128) Cortez Allen CB Citadel
  What he brings: Allen has the potential to become an effective press corner. He plays the ball well but will have a hard time staying with receivers in off-man coverage and could be more aggressive against the run.
How he fits: The Steelers have addressed their significant CB needs with back-to-back picks in Curtis Brown and Allen. Their starting CBs, Bryant McFadden and Ike Taylor, are solid but Taylor is aging and could be too expensive. They really suffer versus spread offenses and Allen could contribute as a press edge guy and add depth in the sub packages.
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Football Draft & Friday news….

April 29, 2011

The NFL draft is in full swing and I am sure you, like me, were surprised that Bulldog cornerback Cortez Allen slipped out of the first round!  All kidding aside, Cortez is expected to be a third or fourth round pick according to draft “Guru” Mel Kiper of ESPN.   Kiper said “I thing when you are looking at Cortez Allen, he is a big corner that runs well, tests well atheltically and has good strength. I think he will transition well from a 1-AA  program to the NFL.”  That is high praise for a young man who played for a little military college on the banks of the Ashley river. Let’s hope Cortez gets drafted by someone who will give him a chance. 

Weekend baseball redux – Saturday’s baseball game between The Citadel and Presbyterian has been pushed back to 4 p.m. to accommodate final exams at The Citadel. The two teams will begin their series on Saturday, April 30 at 4 p.m. at Riley Park, instead of a 2 p.m. start time as originally scheduled. Earlier in the week, the two teams agreed to play a doubleheader on Sunday, May 1 beginning at noon. The final game of the series will start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game on Sunday. The series finale was originally scheduled for Monday, May 2 at 1 p.m., but was also moved to Sunday due to the final exam schedule at The Citadel. 

Greenville/Upstate golf and coaches meeting:  The Greater Greenville Citadel Club led by two men from Romeo, Luke Hardaway and Thomas Young, is having its annual Coaches’ meeting/golf tourney to raise money for a Brigadier Foundation Scholarship on Friday, May 13.  Attendees will include Coach Higgins, Coach Driesell, voice of the Bulldogs Darrin Goldwater and who knows who else.  Chris Hodge ’87 is the Pro at Willow Creek Golf Course where the tourney will be held and Budwieser of Greenville is this year’s beverage provider.  You don’t have to play golf to attend the dinner meeting and you can sign up online at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/event/1417645215?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_attendee&utm_term=event_name

You may have to cut and paste to get it to work but it will take you to the registration site.

If you can’t attend but want to contribute to the scholarship sign on to eventbright and make a donation.  Sponsors welcomed also!  Got questions about the tourney?  E-mail me and one of us (Luke, Thomas or I) will get you an answer!

Have a great weekend Bulldogs!

April 27, 2011

 Four Citadel wrestlers competed at the 2011 ASICS University Nationals at the University of Akron over the weekend.  Reigning Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (pictured)  led The Citadel at this year’s event with a second place finish. Redshirt sophomore Odie Delaney made it to the quarterfinals of the heavyweight division.   Bulldog freshmen Kenneth Radford  and Joaquin Marquez also competed.

Citadel Marines raise $15,000 for memorial scholarship:  The 2011 running of The Citadel’s Bulldog Challenge raised $15,000 in memory of Marine Capt. Warren A. Frank, Citadel Class of 2004. Frank was killed inIraq in November 2008 while delivering humanitarian aid. He is one of 15 Citadel graduates to have died in the line of duty since the war began. Sponsored by the Naval ROTC unit and Citadel Marines, the Bulldog Challenge is a six-mile endurance race course and one of the Lowcountry’s premier fitness events and fundraisers. This year’s race, which was held in March, fielded more than 500 competitors from military and civilian organizations, colleges, universities, law enforcement and the general public from around the nation.

Baseball schedule changes for P.C. series mean a single game Saturday with a double header on Sunday begining at 1:00.  The twin bill is being played so that the Dogs don’t play Monday, which is exam time at El Cid.

Have a good hump day….

Land Grant & sports update

April 25, 2011

 Alumnus donates 544 acres of Black River property

Gift to be used for science and environmental studies.

Lee Faircloth, a 1967 graduate, has donated 544 acres of Black River property in Georgetown County to The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics. 

An undeveloped and virtually untouched tract of the Lowcountry, the preserved river land is a pristine Black River watershed on more than a mile of fresh tidal waterfront.  The land is home to wild turkeys, black bears, coyotes, deer, alligators as well as host of birds and plant life.  “This is an extraordinary gift and we’re grateful to Lee for his generosity,” said Charles Groetsch, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics.  “Among the vast possibilities for education and research that we are exploring is the idea for an environmental field station.”

Faircloth, who lives in Charlotte,N.C., graduated from The Citadel with a degree in mathematics.  He will retain a parcel of land that adjoins the gifted property. “Every year my appreciation of The Citadel grows.  I cherish the principles, the values, the discipline, and the lifelong friends I made at The Citadel,” said Faircloth.  “My wife Jane and I decided to give something substantial back to the institution to enhance the educational capabilities of The Citadel for years and years to come.” With a myriad of wildlife and plant life in an ecosystem that has a great bearing on the local environment, the property will be an asset for environmental science research and education. “We hope that the research conducted will improve the level of understanding of the entire Lowcountry environment,” said Faircloth, “and that The Citadel will assume a position of leadership in coastal environmental science.”   

Sounds like El Cid has gotten it hands on some prime Black River/God’s Country hunting land.  I wonder if they will let the Rod & Gun Club hunt that tract?

The Diamond Dogs split a double-header Saturday with the Rifles of USC Upstate (Spartanburg) after Friday’s game was rained out.   Game one went to the Rifles 6-2 while the Dogs took the second brace 3-2.   Our Bulldogs have struggled mightily this year and are ranked LAST in the SoCon in fielding and pitching.  That being said, we are playing a large number of freshman after being decimated by last year’s MLB draft.  Freddie Jordan will whip them into shape so look for a better team next year.

Track & Field:  Sophomore Brunson Miller tallied his sixth Southern Conference title with a school-record breaking run in the 400m dash at the 2011 SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, April 23 in Birmingham Al. The Citadel men’s team concluded the meet in fifth place with 48 points, while the women finished in ninth place with 20 points.

Miller entered the meet as the defending champion in the 400m dash after winning the event last season with a time of 47.25 This season he improved his run and established a new school record with a time of 46.90 after cruising past his opponents to a first place finish. Miller concludes the sophomore campaign of his SoCon career with three indoor titles and three outdoor titles. Miller also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay team with Daniel Till, Christian Graham & Blane Woodfin. The Bulldog quartet became No. 4 all-time among The Citadel’s most prolific runners after posting a time of 3:13.93 for a second place finish and All-Conference recognition.  The Bulldogs are the Penn Relays set for April 28-30 in Philadelphia,Pa.

2011 All-Conference Bulldogs
Brunson Miller – 400m dash (Champion), Brunson Miller – 4x400m Relay (2nd)
Kevin Poland, Benjamin McCoy, Christian Graham, Daniel Till – 4x100m Relay (3rd)
Micah Wessinger – 800m (3rd)

Baseball news and who is looking @Cortez?

April 21, 2011

FYI…..Recognition Day was last Saturday so the 4th Class system is closed until Cadre rolls around in August.  With the system over and graduation near there are smiles all around campus.

The Dogs continue their downhill slide by losing 3 out of 5  since we last posted.  They started by losing 2 of 3 to Furman due mainly to double digit fielding errors in the series.  Then they come back to beat Charleston Southern 11-3 on Tuesday then lose to Coastal Carolina last night. There is a better than average chance we will not qualify for the SoCon tourney, which takes only the top eight teams. Can you spell “rebuilding year”?  Yes, but we are building for the future because Knob lefthander LOGAN CRIBB was named the  SOCON PITCHER OF THE WEEK for his outstanding performance over the #3 ranked Gamecocks last week.  Cribb shared the honor with an App State starter who didn’t beat the #3 team in the nation in his 1st start as a freshman.  Senior relief pitcher Drew Mahaffey is out for the year after slipping on the mound while facing the lastCollege ofCharleston batter on April 10.  He was thought to have a hamstring pull and ankle sprain.  When it didn’t improve he got an MRI which revealed a torn ACL.  Drew is a senior so his surgery will end his Citadel baseball career.  Drew was a great relief pitcher for the Bulldogs and is in the top ten on saves and appearances.

You all know that Cortez Allen was a shining star at the NFL Combine.  Here is some info from www.bleacherreport.com on who just might be consider drafting him.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft: Bucs could find defensive back value in middle rounds:  BY Jon Gilbert (Correspondent) on April 11, 2011

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to address their cornerback concerns in the draft and could find some value in the middle rounds with The Citadel prospect Cortez Allen.

Allen saw some stiff competition while at The Citadel, playing against Percy Harvin from Floridaamong other talents. He held his own in those opportunities. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Vic Carucci of NFL.com reports, Allen had interviews with 25 teams.

Obviously, Allen was doing something right.

TampaBay could pick him up in the fourth or fifth round. While his combine 40-yard dash wasn’t outstanding (4.51 seconds), it was still solid.

With the work ethic and discipline that Allen developed at The Citadel, a service academy, the sky is the limit for him. He has shown the athleticism. Now he can turn that into being a quality cover man in the NFL. He’ll likely start in a reserve role or at the nickelback.

 Gotta go, that’s it for this week as I head to the Easter weekend.  Have a safe and happy Easter weekend guys……

Dogs v Paladins and other news…..

April 14, 2011

Dogs vs. the Purple Puke….The Bulldogs come to Greenville, SC for a weekend series with the dreaded, hated Purple Paladins of Furman.  I make no predictions but hope we can take 2 of 3 from the Purple Puke.  And yes, we play them the second week of the 2011 Football season so start hating Furman NOW!

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: SENIOR pitcher Matt Talley has been named the SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week.  Matt has thrown two consecutive complete games, picked up his 20th win as a Bulldog and notched his 200th strike out in his last game.  OBTW, did I mention that Matt is the top ranked Civil Engineering majoring his class at El Cid with a 3.72 GPA??

Do you ever keep up with Bulldogs in Pro baseball?  I try to and have followed Chris McGuiness’ career ever since he played for the Red Sox organization here in Greenville SC.  Chris is now with the Texas Ranger organization and is the starting 1st baseman for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Rangers “High A” level club.  Others you may be interested in are:

Dallas McPherson is with the Chicago White Sox “AAA” affiliate Charlotte (NC) Knights. It is early but Dallas has a .400 BA early in the season.  Chris Swauger is hitting .429 with the Springfield (Missouri) team which is a St. Louis Cards while Asher Wojciechowski, a first round draft choice of the Toronto Blue Jay is playing for the Jays’ High “A” club inDunedin (Florida). Asher was the opening day starter and allowed one hit in five innings.  MATT CRIM is in the Atlanta Braves system at theirLynchburg (Virginia) “A” level and is being used as a closer.  Matt pitched two shutout innings over the weekend.  Richard Jones, son of Oscar Company alum and ’76 Regimental Commander Dickie Jones, is in the hapless, but lovable, Chicago Cubs organization with thePeoria (Illinois) Chiefs.  Richard has been switched from catcher to outfielder and it seems to be working out for him.  He hit two home runs in the first four games and it may not be long before he will be hitting them out of Wrigley!  Go see these young men play and cheer them on if you get the opportunity.

Finally, the Citadel Football Association will have its 5th Annual Golf Tourney April 28th.    The tourney is open to anyone & the info is below:

 5th Annual CFA Kevin Higgins Golf Tournament

Thursday
April 28, 2011

Miler Country Club
(Summerville)

12 noon – includes cart, beverage cart, supper and awards

This event, along with Membership Dues, help fund our Football Programs that we sponsor during the year.   These include Summer Meals for players, Player Mentoring, Football Strength Program, and Annual Football Dinner and Awards Program.

Many of you have been very loyal in supporting this initiative and again this year we need your support as Players ($100), Hole Sponsors ($150), and Tee Box Sponsors ($500).  Please go to our web site, www.thecitadelfootballassociation.com, for Forms or contact Daryle in Football Office at 843-953-5123.

We want to thank all of you that have already made a commitment to this year’s tournament and hope that many more will join us for a day of fun and comradeship.

For more information, contact Connie Tuza:  843-452-9801 (cell) or elcid58@knology.net

 

I am out of touch until Wednesday but may get a baseball post done Monday, time permitting.  Have a great weekend and GO DOGS!

BULLDOGS BEAT GAMECOCKS!

April 13, 2011

From Citadelsports.com:

Cribb’s Masterful Performance Stuns No. 3 South Carolina

 

Charleston, S.C. – Freshman Logan Cribb hurled 8.0 scoreless innings in his first career start as The Citadel shutout No. 3 South Carolina for the first time since 1971, 2-0, on Tuesday evening in front of a season-high 5,032 fans at Riley Park.

Cribb (Rock Hill, S.C.) had never pitched more than 2.2 innings, but scattered eight hits and three walks while striking out three batters in 8.0 innings. The win moves Cribb to 1-1 on the season and gives the Bulldogs their second shutout of the season. It is the first shutout for the Bulldogs over the Gamecocks since a 2-0 win on April 28, 1971 in Charleston.

“Before the game started I was a little nervous,” said Cribb of his first career start. “I talked with guys like Matt Talley a little bit and calmed down and just went out there and things just sort of fell into place. My goal was to throw strikes and get through the lineup one time. Things were going well, so I stayed out there for as long as I could.”

The win snaps South Carolina’s nine-game win streak and gives the Bulldogs (13-20) their highest ranked victory since February 18, 2007, when they defeated No. 1 South Carolina, 7-6, at Riley Park.

“Cribb did a great job tonight,” said head coach Fred Jordan. “He threw strikes, had some good defensive plays behind him and didn’t give in. Clarkson did a phenomenal job at the end of the game in a tight situation for us.

The Citadel didn’t need much offense on Tuesday evening, but wasted no time getting their first run of the game as Brad Felder (Bowman, S.C.) led off the contest with a base hit to center of Gamecock starter Steven Neff, who was making his first start since March 19 against Georgia. A sacrifice bunt by Drew DeKerlegand (Pearland, Texas) moved Felder to second and a balk by Neff advanced the Bulldog center fielder to third base. An RBI groundout by Matt Simonelli (Orlando, Fla.) would plate Felder to give the Bulldogs a quick 1-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs would threaten again in the fourth as Ladd reached on a base hit, prompting a pitching change for the Gamecocks (26-6) as they brought in Bryan Harper from the bullpen. Neff (2-1) went 3.1 innings, allowing two hits, two runs and walk. After a wild pitch by Harper sent Ladd to second, Joe Jackson (Mauldin, S.C.) hit a ball to deep center that was caught, but advanced Ladd to third. Justin Mackert (Cleveland, Ohio) then roped an RBI single through the left side to make it 2-0 for The Citadel.

Cribb worked out of trouble in the seventh, after allowing a leadoff hit, by inducing Robert Beary into a double play. He would not be able to go this distance however as Brady Thomas singled for the fourth time in the game off Cribb to lead off the ninth and then a walk to Beary would prompt the Bulldogs to make a pitching change and bring in Jeremy Long (Clover, S.C.) from the bullpen. Long would walk Evan Marzilli to load the bases with no outs.

TJ Clarkson (Coral Springs, Fla.) was then brought into the game to face pinch hitter Michael Roth. After going full on Roth, Clarkson blew a pitch past the Gamecock ace for the first out. Leadoff man Peter Mooney then popped up to shallow right and Scott Wingo grounded out to Mackert at first to end the bases-loaded threat and preserve the shutout. The save was the first of Clarkson’s career.

“My blood was pumping there at the end for sure,” said Clarkson of coming in with the bases load and no outs. “I just went in throwing as many strikes as I could, hoping to get us out the situation and bring home a win.”

Felder went 2-for-4 with a run to lead the Bulldog offense while freshman Hughston Armstrong matched his career high in hits, going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. Thomas had a career-high four hits to lead the Gamecocks.

The Citadel begins a five-game road swing on Friday as they return to Southern Conference action in Greenville against Furman. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m. at Latham Park. Live stats and audio featuring play-by-play announcer Darren Goldwater calling the action will be available for each game of the series on all new CitadelSports.com.

Short-n-Sweet – Dogs win 2of 3!

April 11, 2011

Geez was I wrong! The Bulldogs won 2 of 3 games from the CofC over the weekend. The wins came on Friday,6-2 Saturday,17-14 but we lost a chance for the sweep on Sunday when our boys lost 10-5.  Oh well, at least we know they can win some conference games as they grow.
No news on the Offensive Coordinator search. If I hear something I will let you know.
Have a good week!

News Flash – Bulldog O Coordinator leaving

April 8, 2011

Tommy Laurendine Bulldog Offensive Coordinator is leaving after one year to accept the top job at Sewanee. Here’s the link:  www.sewaneetigers.com/news/2011/4/7/FB_0407111623.aspx

New R Co. Commander and more…..

April 8, 2011

Sorry to have been away for so long but turkey hunting in the backwoods of Williamsburg County, job obligations and a great day at the Masters have kept me away from blogdom.    Today I bring you a lengthy update…

The Bulldog baseball team is obviously in a rebuilding phase after losing 3 starters in the MLB draft last year.  They sport a five game losing streak after losing to the USC Banty Roosters last Wednesday,  getting swept by the rednecks from Georgia Southern over the weekend then losing to Winthrop 9-0 Wednesday night.  The dreaded College of Charleston Cougars come to Riley Park tonight for a weekend series and there is a good possibility the Diamond Dogs will sport an eight game losing streak come Monday.  I hope I am wrong on that but the CofC is that good and we are playing poorly.  

Col. Stacy Hull: I am sorry to inform the “senior” Math majors out there that former Citadel Math professor Stacy Hull has passed away.  Colonel Hull was at The Citadel from 1952 until retiring in 1978.  He was 97 years young when he died.  

Thomas J. Elzey has been named the college’s first executive vice president for finance, administration and operations. He will be The Citadel’s senior, non-academic vice president and will work closely with the provost, who remains the No. 2 college official and serves as the chief academic officer.  Elzey comes to The Citadel from Drexel University where he has served as senior vice president for finance, chief financial officer and treasurer.  Previous to Drexel, Elzey worked at Howard University, reaching the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer, where he oversaw a $655 million operating budget. Elzey earned his master’s degree in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Bradley University. 

Jersey Auction: The Citadel Baseball jerseys worn during their 2010 Southern Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championship run are being offered to the fans as part of this special auction. The “Citadel Blue” jerseys were the typical Sunday selections for the Bulldogs, and were worn during the SoCon Tournament championship game against Western Carolina on May 30, 2010 at Riley Park.   These jerseys feature the “Citadel Blue” color prominently with white stripes on the shoulder/on the sides and “Bulldogs” written across the front in cursive in navy blue.  The gray pinstripe jerseys were worn when the 2010 Bulldogs won the regular season Southern Conference title at Georgia Southern on May 21. These uniforms are gray throughout and feature navy pinstripes with “THE CITADEL” scripted across the front in navy blue with a Citadel blue trim.

Official Game-Worn Jersey’s of the 2010 SoCon Regular Season & Tournament Champion Citadel Baseball Team can be bid on at this website:   http://www.citadelsports.com/marketplace/auctions/featured

Did you know….That Alexander Morgan of Fredrick, Maryland has been named Romeo Company Commander for next year and that Matthew Collier of Greer, SC has been name the Regimental Commander?  Tobias Hyman will be the R Company 1st Sgt.