Archive for May, 2011

A message from General Rosa

May 31, 2011

General Rosa sent a message to all alumni today.  If you are a member of the alumni association you may already have this.  If not, here it is.

“On 7 May, 507 cadets and active duty students graduated from The Citadel. The day before, for the first time in many years, it rained on the Long Gray Line parade. Wet wool could be smelled throughout McAlister Field House the next morning, but commencement remained one of the most moving ceremonies of the year. This year a cadet received his diploma from his father and both grandfathers. It was thrilling to see the Long Gray Line stretch so far in one family.

The Citadel Graduate College commencement was also significant. More than 330 individuals from throughout the Lowcountry earned advanced degrees that will equip them to make a greater contribution in their chosen professions.

The Citadel’s Board of Visitors also met recently and I would like to provide you the highlights.

In my report to the BOV I noted the Corps had a very solid year. The president’s inspection this spring was the best since I returned to The Citadel. I attribute this success to strong cadet leadership and that to the fact that our commandant, Col Leo Mercado, USMC (Ret.), ’79, has had two years to reinforce his emphasis on one standard throughout the Corps.

I reported that the new Sophomore Seminar proved a great success, improving the transition from knob to upperclassmen, but its true impact will not be felt until these cadets move up and classes following them participate. Then all the upper three classes will have the same grounding in the challenges and opportunities of leadership. The Krause Center for Ethics and Leadership was central in developing the Sophomore Seminar, and is now investigating similar programs for Junior and Senior years.

This BOV meeting also provided an historic opportunity to bring together representatives of The Citadel Foundation, The Citadel Trust, The Citadel Brigadier Foundation and The Citadel Alumni Association in order to receive the preliminary findings of the Boston Consulting Group regarding the college’s financial status. BCG’s analysis can be boiled down to three main points. First, the fiscal landscape for public higher education has changed profoundly. This transformation has been ongoing for a number of years, but dramatically accelerated with the state appropriation cuts necessitated by the Great Recession. Just a few years from now there are well-known colleges that may no longer exist or will be forced to make drastic changes.

Second, The Citadel and the other public colleges in South Carolina and across the country can no longer assume their states will furnish sufficient funds to support their missions. For 2011-12, the state appropriation will support only 8.8 percent of The Citadel’s total budget. As the state reduces its support, we must secure new sources of revenue.

Third, we must develop a broader mix of revenues to make up for what we will not receive from the state – fundraising must support a much larger portion of the college’s operating budget. We will continue to look to our generous alumni, but we cannot rely on you entirely. The college needs a blend of giving to include individuals without a direct connection to The Citadel, corporate patrons, and government grants. I am confident that there are many who, if asked, will want to support our values and unique college experience that produces high caliber graduates.

Fundraising has been running at last year’s strong pace. That’s significantly better than just a few years ago, but we now know that it isn’t enough to preserve our alma mater and the principles and traditions in which we take such justifiable pride. We must pull together our entire fundraising community in order to maximize our efforts and reach our full potential.

This is an exciting and challenging time to be at The Citadel. To us has fallen the responsibility of adapting to new circumstances but doing so in a manner that preserves what we hold precious. We face tremendous challenges but I am confident we’ll emerge even stronger than before.

As always I am proud and thankful for your support. The Citadel alumni are second to none.”


New O-Coordinator & Raleigh Jackson returns!

May 31, 2011
New hires Raleigh Jackson and Bill Mottola
New hires Raleigh Jackson and Bill Mottola

Charleston, SC –The Citadel Football Head Coach Kevin Higgins announced Friday that former Bulldog Raleigh Jackson, ’07, will return to his alma mater to join the Bulldog coaching staff as the new tight ends coach. In addition, Bill Mottola, of Miami University (Ohio), has been selected as the new slot back coach as Higgins has promoted offensive line coach Bob Bodine to offensive coordinator.


“Our offensive staff is finally complete, said Higgins about the hires. “I am very excited to bring Raleigh back to The Citadel to coach our tight ends. Raleigh was a four-year letterman for us and an outstanding leader,” said Higgins. “It is nice to have another Citadel graduate on the staff.”

Jackson, who played linebacker for The Citadel from 2003-2006, started all 11 games as a senior and helped lead the Bulldogs to their first Southern Conference winning record in 15 years, going 4-3 in 2006. Jackson, originally from Orangeburg, S.C., spent the last three seasons coaching at Missouri Southern State, where he coached the linebackers and defensive line. Under his tutelage, Jared Brawner was an All-MIAA, All-Region, and All-America selection after leading the league in tackles and ranking 10th in Division II.

Jackson previously coached at Goose Creek High School in Goose Creek, S.C., where he coached under former Baylor Head Coach Chuck Reedy. Jackson served as the defensive ends coach and assisted with special teams.

Assistant coach Nathaniel Hogge, who previously coached the tight ends, will now coach the wide receivers. Mottola, who will be coaching the slot backs, replaces former Bulldog Offensive Coordinator Tommy Laurendine who accepted a head coaching position in the spring.

Mottola, a 1989 graduate of Springfield College (Mass.), has coached every offensive position during his career. His coaching resume includes stops at Maine Maritime Academy, Vanderbilt University, University of the South, West Point, Western Kentucky and Kent State. He most recently coached the offensive line at Miami University.

In 1995, Mottola took his coaching career to the United States Military Academy in West Point, where he coached tight ends for three seasons and the offensive line for two. During his time at Army, they set the record for number of wins in a season (10), won the national rushing title twice (1996 & 1998), played in the Independence Bowl (1996) and ended the 1996 season ranked 25th in the final AP poll.

In 2000, Mottola was named offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky. In his one season with the Hilltoppers they finished No. 1 in the country in passing efficiency, No. 1 in turnover margin, No. 9 in rush offense, and No. 25 in scoring offense. On its way to an 11-2 record and postseason playoff appearance, WKU had the distinction of being the only Division I football team in the country without an interception thrown. Western Kentucky finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation in the final USA Today poll. 

 “Bill brings a wealth of experience to The Citadel. He is yet another coach that spent time at a military academy,” said Higgins. “While at West Point, Bill learned the intricacies of the triple option offense as they were one of the top rated offenses in the country during his tenure. His background in the triple option, plus his experience at Army, makes him a great match.”

Bodine will take over coordinator responsibilities, previously held by Laurendine, while continuing to coach the offensive line.

“Bob worked for Paul Johnson and has a thorough knowledge of every aspect of triple option football. He was part of a team that won a national championship and his experience at VMI has made for an easy transition to The Citadel,” Higgins added. “While at VMI his offenses were ranked very high in several statistical categories. He is one of the most respected option coaches in the country.”

Jackson and Mottola join Craig Candeto, former Navy standout quarterback, as the newest members of the Bulldog coaching staff. Candeto was hired in February to coach the Bulldog quarterbacks and b-backs.

“I purposed to be patient in evaluating all candidates. Candeto, our QB coach from The Naval Academy, will be an excellent complement to Bob as they both learned the system from Paul Johnson. Craig and Bill’s background in the option will be invaluable, as well as Nate’s who was part of the triple option as a player at Elon.”

The Bulldogs will return for fall camp on Aug. 4 and the first game of the 2011 season will take place on Sept. 3 against Jacksonville at Johnson Hagood Stadium. For more information on tickets or on Bulldog Football, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics, the new

“From Athletes to Artists” & Dogs finish last……

May 24, 2011

In case you haven’t heard, the Diamond Dogs got swept by the Cats from Cullowee  over the weekend and finished DEAD LAST in the SoCon for the first time in team history.  I am up to my ears in work so we will not dissect it today but things are looking up as we put two players on the SoCon All Freshman team.  You can go to to read the obit.

To end on a positive note… We have two football lettermen who have done well in the music field.  Check them out if you have a chance when Spoleto come to El Cid….and thanks to the Citadel Football Association for the info.

Former Citadel Football Standouts Return for Piccolo Spoleto’s Spotlight Concert Series:
They wore The Citadel Blue and White football uniforms and toiled in the trenches of historic Johnson Hagood Stadium 17 years apart, yet both were named among the Southern Conference’s best linemen during their time.  Now they return together to their Alma Mater to present the most unique concert ever held in McAlister Field House.

Dr. Tony Cicoria, Class of 1974, and Morris [Dehron]Robinson, Class of  1991, revisit The Citadel on Sunday, June 5TH  at 7 pm, as part of the 2011 Piccolo Spoleto “Spotlight Concert Series.”  Both return to give back to the college they love so as a fundraiser for The Citadel Football Association in a concert setting that is appropriately entitled, “From Athletes to Artists.”

Cicoria is an orthopedic surgeon inNorwich,NY.  Having no musical background, he developed an insatiable desire to listen to piano music, taught himself to play and is now a celebrated concert pianist.  Robinson, on the other hand, is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most fascinating and sought after basses [Singer] performing today.  A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in their production of Fidelio.

Both Cicoria and Robinson will appear with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Donald Portnoy. Tickets are $51 (Gold), $36 (Silver) and $16 (Bronze) and may be secured by contacting the Piccolo Spoleto Ticket Hotline at 866/811-4111.  General festival information may be secured by calling 843/724-7305 and the website is   Proceeds benefit The Citadel Football Association, its athletic scholarship and efforts to enhance the football program for players and coaches.

Dookies drop Dogs, Dallas back in “the show”- Citadel yard sale

May 18, 2011

Not much news today except that the Diamond Dogs played Duke last night, not Wednesday as I previously posted.  The result was not good,  7-5 Dookies and we continue to ride a losing streak into our last SoCon series of the 2011 season in Cullowee.   I don’t mean to be a downer but I don’t thing the SoCon tourney is in the cards for us this year.  That being said, I don’t think Freddie will let it happen two consecutive years!

On the plus side Bulldog alum Dallas McPherson got the call back to “the show” with the Chicago White Sox after battling from back surgery in the minor leagues.  He got a pinch hit last night and I will keep my eye on the ChiSox box scores and try to keep you informed.

2011 football schedule was posted yesterday.

Finally, you know news is slow when the Jeff Perez and the Citadel External Affairs office sends out info on a yard sale!  In all honesty the Annual Citadel Women’s Club charity yard sale is NEXT weekend and it has raised a ton of $$$ for needy cadets.  I include the info so you can see some of the things staff and their spouses do for our school and so that you can go get some big a$$ bargains if you are in Charleston Memorial Day weekend!   I wonder if they will have any Springfields , M-14s or bayonets  at good prices?????

“If you’re interested in finding real bargains this spring you will want to put the annual Citadel Women’s Club Yard Sale on your calendar for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 28, in Deas Hall adjacent to McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus.

All proceeds from the sale go to the John S. Carter Scholarship Fund, providing financial aid to cadets. In the last 10 years $185,892 has been raised by the Women’s Club and 200 cadets have received awards.

The Citadel Women’s Club is a charitable organization that works to improve campus life for cadets, faculty, staff and families at The Citadel and adopts projects to better the community.

“This sale has gotten bigger every year, and the cadets play a big role themselves. Many of the items we sell are discarded each year before the cadets graduate or leave campus for the summer,” said Edith Riggle, the volunteer coordinator of the sale. “Cadets are moving on, many of them into the military, and we recycle what they don’t want, and that in turn helps their fellow cadets in need by raising money for the yard sale.”

Some of the merchandise available includes furniture, linens, kitchen and household items, decorations, office and school supplies, clothing, Citadel uniforms, apparel and accessories, books, appliances and cleaning supplies.

“We collect items to sell all year long from Citadel families and the community. Then volunteer members of the club put in hundreds of hours organizing the sale, helped by the very cadets who are receiving financial assistance,” said Vanya Perez, president of the women’s club. “It’s a sight to see it all come together in the end.”

Anyone interested in donating items can contact Edith Riggle at 817‐1844 or Vanya Perez at 789‐3981 for more information.

Details about The Citadel employee sneak peek sale are available in the Lesesne Gateway announcements.”

2011 Football Schedule…

May 17, 2011

September 3:  Jacksonville  6 p.m.

September 10:  Furman 6 p.m.

September 17:  Open date

September 24:  at Elon  start time TBA

October 1: at Chattanooga  6 p.m.

October 8:   Wofford 1p.m. (Military Appreciation Day)

October 15: Appalachian State 2 p.m.  (Parents Day)

October 22:  at Western Carolina  time TBA

October 29: VMI 1 p.m (Hall of Fame game)

November 5: at Georgia Southern 2 p.m.

November 12: Samford  2 p.m. (Homecoming)   Years ending in 1 & 6 have reunions this year!

November 19:  at South Carolina  time TBA

Cadet’s Family Tragedy

May 17, 2011

This young man endured more than some of us can imagine. His story is below and the Corps of Cadets support/donation website is also listed FYI…..


Diamond Dog get Swept but Brunson wins the 400!

May 16, 2011

Well boys, there ain’t  a whole lot positive on the banks of the Ashley after the weekend.  The Dogs got swept by UNC Greensboro 5-1 Friday & Saturday & 12-11 on Sunday and are riding an eight game losing streak.  We now sit at 20-32 on the season and 8 -19 in the SoCon which places us in 10th place and out of the SoCon baseball tourney.  We play the Duke Blue Devils at the Joe Wednesday and travel for the regular season end in Cullowee with Western Carolina.  If we sweep Western in Cullowee and Wofford gets swept at home by UNC-G we make the SoCon Tourney.  Our chances are slim to none but that is why they play the game.  I would not bet on this young Bulldog baseball team to win three straight on the road but stranger things have happened. 

I said that there ain’t a whole lot positive but there is some and it’s a pretty big one.  Brunson Miller WON the 400 meter at the Kent Taylor Texas Roadhouse Carolina Relays at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Brunson’s winning time was 47.52 and he moves on the  NCAA championships May 25 & 26 in Indiana.

FINALLY, the blog will continue through the summer months but news from Old El Cid tends to be rare during the summer months.  I hope to post twice per week but you never know.  I will continue to send e-mails notifying you when I post new info.

I will post the 2011 football schedule sometime this week.

Have a great day……

Romeo Loss

May 11, 2011

Just a note to let some of you know that Critt Collins Romeo ’73 passed away May 9th. You can access his obit here.

Dogs lose Tuesday – In GVL tonight

May 11, 2011


Cougars Pull Away Late to Down Bulldogs, 7-1

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Mt. Pleasant, S.C. – The Citadel Baseball team gave up seven unanswered runs on Tuesday night to fall in a non-conference contest at Patriots Point to College of Charleston, 7-1.

The Cougars (32-17) scored five runs in the eighth in the midst of a lightning delay to seal the win behind strong pitching and capitalizing on three Bulldog miscues.

The Dogs play USC – Upstate (Spartanburg) tonight at 1900 hrs at Fluor Field in Greenville SC’s beautiful West End downtown.  I gotta work but plenty of Bulldogs, most of them non R Company guys & gals will be in attendance.

2011 Honors and Awards

May 10, 2011

David Shingler Spell Honor Graduates

The awards recognizing the two cadets with the highest academic achievement are sponsored by David Shingler Spell, Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston, S.C.

  • First Honor Graduate – Noah Koubenec, Pilot Mountain, N.C.
  • Second Honor Graduate – Hamad Al-Meer, East Riffa, Bahrain

Honorary degrees 
The honorary degree is the highest honor the college can bestow on someone.

  • Charlie B. Coe, Class of 1973, honorary doctor of business administration 
  • William Baer Endictor, Class of 1959, honorary doctor of laws 
  • Charles Albin Klinger, Class of 1969, honorary doctor of humane letters 
  • Sen. John C. Land III, D-Manning, honorary doctor of public administration 
  • George F. Will, columnist and political commentator, honorary doctor of journalism 

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is a bronze medallion presented through the New York Southern Society to students or others in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor. Recipients are Steven Anthony Muñoz of Miami, Fla.  And Spanish professor Sara Fernández Medina   

John O. Willson Ring: The Willson Ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected by his or her peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class. Willson, who was a Citadel student until 1862 when he left to join the Confederate Army, established the award to honor the most popular student among his or her peers.  This year’s winner is Zachary Charles Honeycutt of Albermarle, N.C.

The James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award
The James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award for outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students was created in 1986 and named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, U.S. Army retired, who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient and John Carter, head, department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science  was this year’s winner.

American Legion College Award:
The award is presented to a first-class (senior) cadet in recognition of the qualities of honor, courage, scholarship, military leadership, discipline and citizenship. Key attributes are service to others, dedication to values and honor to self and country.
Samuel P. Keeler

The Brigadier Foundation President’s Award:
The Brigadier Foundation Award is voted on annually by members of the graduating class, recognizes a senior athlete who has contributed the most to The Citadel’s athletic program and the Corps of Cadets.
Matthew Talley

Cadet Medal of Merit:
The adjutant general of South Carolina presents the award to an outstanding first-class (senior) cadet who exemplifies the traits of leadership, scholastic achievement, conduct and participation in cadet and college activities.
Toluwalase E. Akindele

Col Floyd W. Brown, Jr. Memorial Award:
The award is presented annually to a first-class (senior) cadet who will be commissioned into the military. It recognizes the cadet who has contributed to the success of the Department of Cadet Activities, who best exhibits the highest degree of customs and courtesies of a cadet, citizen and soldier and who possesses love and loyalty to The Citadel traditions of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, loyalty, high moral standards and service.
Sarah Creel

The School of Science and Mathematics:
Dr. Francis Eugene Zemp Award – John Synovec Given annually to the senior cadet with the highest academic average in the field of pre-medicine.

Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Medicine:
Keith Hamilton Award – Patrick B. Hopkins and Tatum N. Jestila                                                                                                                                     

The French Journal Award

Cadet Jessica Maxwell, Sarah C. Creel & Alexander J. Winton

FYI, Sam Keeler, Matthew Talley, Tolu Akindele, John Synovec, Tatus Jestila and Sara Creel are all scholarship athletes at The Citadel.

For detailed biographical information on award recipients and other commencement, news, videos and photos, visit the college web site online at and click on the Commencement 2011 link.