Archive for July, 2011

Catching up on Citadel Football- 2011

July 29, 2011

Knob Football players reported this week so athletic cadre  is in full swing.  Sorry I haven’ t posted this week but I will try to catch you up!

Former Citadel defensive end Erik Clanton became one of 15 free agents picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Clanton, the Bulldogs’ only 2010 All-Conference first team selection, will join teammate cornerback Cortez Allen who was drafted in the fourth round by the Steelers in April.

The Citadel Football’s wide receiver Greg Adams and fullback Terrell Dallaswere named to Phil Steele’s 2011 Preseason All-Southern Team. The honor marks the second preseason accolade for Adams as a punt return specialist and the first for Dallas at running back.

 In 2010, Adams had 22 punt returns for 158 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per return. The breakout performance for the junior from Gadsden, S.C., came in a 26-14 victory over Presbyterian College when he returned six punts for 70 yards, including a season-long 27-yard return.  Dallas, a coaches and media All-Conference second team selection in 2010, started at fullback for the Bulldogs in their first season running the triple option. The Fernandina Beach, Fla. native finished the 2010 campaign with 135 carries for 665 yards and six touchdowns. His average of 60.5 yards a game ranked him sixth in the SoCon. Dallas recorded a career-high in rushing yards when he ran for a total of 172 yards and two touchdowns, including a TD run of 80 yards against Presbyterian.

The Southern Conference media selected the Bulldogs to finish last out of nine teams, according to the 2011 football preseason poll released by the league office on Tuesday.  The Citadel received 45 points behind Western Carolina, who was picked to finish eighth (56). Georgia Southern (254) was the media’s favorite as they edged Appalachian State (249) by the smallest margin in the poll between the top two teams since ASU topped Marshall by just six points in 1996. [
IMHO  I don’t think we are that bad of a team.  Our defense should be VERY strong and our offense is much improved. We will not compete for a SoCon championship but I think we are much  better than last year.  I would guess 5th or 6th in the conference but what do I know…….

2011 SoCon Football Preseason Media Poll

Place School (First-place votes)      Points

1. Georgia Southern (15)                254
2. Appalachian State (13)               249
3. Wofford (2)                                 215
4. Chattanooga                              180
5. Furman                                       143
6. Elon                                            116
7. Samford                                      92
8. Western Carolina                        56
9. The Citadel                                  45


That’s all for this week…..more next week .



Romeo Company/Citadel Grad named DO at Langley AFB

July 26, 2011

Congratulations to Maj. Gen. Charlie Lyon, Romeo ’80 and thanks to Keith Midgette ’76 for the info!

“Maj. Gen Charles W. Lyon is Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He is responsible to the Commander, Air Combat Command, on all matters pertaining to the direct operational planning, training, command and controlling functions to deploy and employ regular and Reserve component combat air forces, including more than 1,900 aircraft, in support of U.S. security objectives.

General Lyon entered the Air Force in 1981 as a distinguished graduate of The Citadel’s ROTC program in Charleston, S.C. He has served in a variety of key staff assignments including duty on the Joint Staff as special assistant to the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff and Deputy Director, Air Force Programs; and most recently as the Director for Joint Integration, Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements. As a junior officer, he served as an F-16 weapons instructor pilot, flight commander, aide-de-camp to the Commander, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe (NATO), and requirements action officer on the Air Combat Command staff. He has commanded a fighter squadron, operations group, fighter wing and an air expeditionary wing in Southwest Asia that conducted air and space missions in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The general is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours, including more than 1,100 combat hours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Serbia flying the B-1, F-16C, KC-135R, RC-135, E-8C and RQ-1 unmanned aircraft system.”

Adams 3rd Bulldog named to CFPA watch list

July 20, 2011

From    Charleston, S.C.—The Citadel’s Greg Adams was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Punt Returner Watch List on Monday.    The CFPA releases a weekly watch list for all positions throughout the summer and Adams becomes the third Bulldog, along with Keith Gamble (Kickoff Returner) and Cass Couey (Punter) to be placed on the watch list.

In 2010, Adams had 22 punt returns for 158 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per return. The breakout performance for the junior from Gadsden, S.C. came in a 26-14 victory over Presbyterian College, when he returned six punts for 70 yards, including a season-long 27-yard scamper.  Adams and Appalachian State’s Travaris Cadet represent the Southern Conference on the 2011 watch list.

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

Brian Holmes Obit

July 20, 2011

2000 Romeo grad killed in Charleston

July 19, 2011

Brian Holmes, Romeo class of 2000, was killed in Charleston over the weekend.   Charleston Police are investigating.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.  Thanks to Luke Hardaway for getting the info for us. 

Here’s a link to the incident:


2011 Citadel Hall of Fame Announced

July 18, 2011

I am on road this week but the news keeps coming…. the 2011 Hall of Fame has some good ones… It’s nice that we are recoginizing Coach Taffe for his contribution to Citadel football…..  The info is from

“CHARLESTON, SC – Third baseman Dallas McPherson, a two-time All-Southern Conference performer who has been playing professional baseball since 2001, highlights a list of six individuals that will be inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night, October 28, at the Holliday Alumni Center.

Also entering the Hall as members of the Class of 2011 are track and football speedster Philip Florence ‘90, basketball standout Randy Nesbit ’80, and baseball and football star Tony Skole ’91, while former football coach Charlie Taaffe and supporter Tom McQueeney ‘74 enter as honorary members.

The six increases the membership of the Hall of Fame, which originated in 1977, to 161 individuals.  The Hall is located in the lobby of McAlister Field House on campus.

Dallas McPherson ’02 (Baseball)
A third baseman-pitcher from 1999-01, McPherson earned all-league honors in 2000 and ’01.  He was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second round (57th overall) of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, becoming the college’s second-highest draft pick at the time.  A career .322 hitter, McPherson was tied for seventh on the school’s charts with 21 home runs and continues to rank among the top-10 in slugging percentage.  A well-rounded athlete, he won 17 games on the mound during his three-year career at The Citadel.  After garnering several minor league player of the year honors, McPherson was a September (2004) call-up by the Angels and made his Major League debut on September 10 against the Chicago White Sox. McPherson started 11 games down the stretch and was the Angels’ starting third baseman in their playoff series against the Boston Red Sox.  He has since been a member of the Florida Marlins, San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics’ organizations, and is currently playing for the White Sox’s AAA affiliate in Charlotte.

Philip Florence ’90 (Track & Football)
A six-time All-Southern Conference pick in outdoor and indoor track and field, Florence was the 1990 league champion in the 100m dash (10.61; outdoors).  Three times he earned all-league honors in the 55m indoors and twice captured all-conference honors in the 200m.  He remains among the school’s top 10 in the 55m and 200m (indoors), the 100m and 200m (outdoors) and is also a member of the sprint medley relay, 4×200 relay and 4×100 relay teams.  He continues to hold second place in the 55m indoors and 100m outdoors.  A Dean’s List student, Florence was a three-year member of the football team as a wide receiver where he twice led the team in receptions and once in kick returns.  At one point, he held the single-game school mark for 160 kickoff return yards and two of the college’s 21 times that a receiver caught 100+ yards in a game.  Coached by Charlie Taaffe, Florence was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1990. He is currently an attorney in Charleston.

Randy Nesbit ’80 (Basketball)
A three-year starting point guard on Les Robinson-coached basketball teams, Nesbit was a key member of The Citadel’s 1979 team that won 20 games, a first for the college.  The captain of the ’80 team, Nesbit was selected to the 1979 and ’80 All-Southern Conference second team and paced the ’78 team with a 54.0 field goal percentage and a 92.5 free throw percentage in 1980, which was the second-best in the NCAA.  He tied a school mark with 13 assists in a 1979 game against Marshall, and established the school’s season record of 120 dishes that season.  Holding the school’s record for most career assists (324), Nesbit played only three years having transferred from Gulf Coast Community College.  He later served as an assistant to Robinson, and coached the Bulldogs from 1986-92.  Nesbit is currently the director of athletics and head basketball coach at Roane State Community College in Tennessee.

Tony Skole ‘91 (Baseball & Football)
One of the most popular athletes on campus, Skole, who was considered the “ultimate teammate,” was a baseball player who also played defensive back on the football field.  A third baseman, Skole was a member of The Citadel’ 1990 World Series team and is remembered for recording the game-winning hit in the 12th inning to score Anthony Jenkins in the Bulldogs’ win over Cal State Fullerton.  Skole also slammed a game-clinching home run in The Citadel’s second victory over Miami in Miami during the ’90 NCAA Regionals.  He twice earned second team All-Southern Conference honors (1991, ’92) at third base and when he graduated, he held the school record for most career games (206) and at bats (731).  On the gridiron, he started 35 consecutive games and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1988 and ’90 I-AA playoffs.  A football team captain, he led the league in interceptions his senior season.  Skole is currently the head baseball coach at East Tennessee State.

Tom McQueeney ‘74 (Honorary)
One of six McQueeney brothers to graduate from The Citadel, this native Charlestonian served as chairman of the Johnson Hagood Stadium Revitalization Committee (2003-08) and worked very closely with governmental agencies to secure the college’s partnership with the South Carolina Army National Guard to complete the project.  A recipient of the Southern Conference Distinguish Service Award, McQueeney has served as chairman of the Charleston Metro Sports Council and was directly involved with his hometown hosting the Southern Conference Basketball Championships. Selected by the SC General Assembly to serve on The Citadel’s Board of Visitors, McQueeney is a 2009 recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian award presented by the SC governor.  A major donor to many, he was the sports editor of The Brigadier, the college’s student newspaper where he was recognized for his journalistic abilities.  He continues to live in Charleston and operates a successful State Farm Insurance agency.

Charlie Taaffe (Honorary)
The Citadel’s winningest football coach in terms of victories (55), Taaffe is credited with resurrecting the football program as he served as coach from 1987-95.  Twice named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year (1988, ’92), the Taaffe-led Bulldogs captured the 1992 SoCon Championship, only the second in school history.  That ’92 team finished with an 11-2 record and tied for No. 1 (with Northeast Louisiana) in the final I-AA national poll.  He was named 1992 I-AA National Coach of the Year by The Sports Network and by the American Football Coaches Association while receiving the Eddie Robinson Award (as the I-AA National Coach of the Year).  His teams defeated I-A programs a total of six times and include memorable victories over Army (twice), Navy (twice), Arkansas and South Carolina. He currently serves as the offensive coordinator at Central Florida University.”

More news as we get it!

Turt Going to World Championship???

July 16, 2011

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia– The Citadel’s Turtogtokh Luvsandorj went 4-1 en route to capturing the Mongolian World Team Trials last week.   The reigning Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year will be attempting to represent his home country at the World Championships in Turkey in September. Luvsandorj (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) will be bumping up to wrestling at 174 pounds in the upcoming season and is not guaranteed a spot on the national team despite winning the trials.  Unlike the American World Team Trials, winning the Mongolian tournament does not automatically earn you a spot on the national team as team officials they will now begin deliberations about who they think is the best representative for the country.

Luvsandorj is coming off a stellar sophomore season at The Citadel in which he went 38-10 and competed at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year. He was one win short of tying the single season school record for most victories and became the highest ranked wrestler in school history this season when he came in ranked in the top-10 of all four major wrestling polls in early February.


Bulldog Minor league update

July 14, 2011

Some of our brothers in the  Minors, like Richard Jones, are doing well while others are struggling.   Needless to say, if you struggle in A ball, like some of our guys are doing, your chances of making  “the show” and playing at the Major League level are not too good.  Those who are struggling have to make a push the last half of the season if they want to stick around in 2012.  Here is the latest run down on Citadel alums who are in the minors.

 Dallas McPherson (Charlotte Knights – AAA – International League): After seeing his first action in the major league since 2008, McPherson hit .133 in 11 games with the Chicago White Sox with a run and two hits. With the Knights, the former Bulldog is hitting .257 in 58 games with 29 runs, 58 hits, 15 doubles, seven homers, 31 RBI, 18 walks and 94 total bases.

 Chris Swauger (Springfield Cardinals – AA – Texas League): Swauger is excelling in Springfield again in 2011 as he is currently batting .294 in 68 games with 31 runs, 62 hits, eight doubles, eight homers, one triple, 14 walks, 33 RBI, two stolen bases and 96 total bases.

 Bryan Altman (San Antonio Missions – AA – Texas League): After shooting up to AA San Antonio after extended spring training, Altman is hitting .156 in 24 games between San Antonio and Class-A Advanced Ft. Wayne. He has five runs, seven hits, a double, a stolen base and four RBI at second base.

 Matt Crim (Lynchburg Hillcats – A-Advanced – Carolina League): Between splitting time at Mississippi (AA) and Lynchburg (A-Advanced), Crim is 1-8 with an ERA of 5.28 in 18 games and five starts. Crim has thrown 61.1 innings and has struck out 41 while walking just 14.

 Chris McGuiness (Myrtle Beach Pelicans – A-Advanced – Carolina League): It has been a rough season for McGuiness who just went back on the disabled list for the second time this season. McGuiness was batting .218 in 46 games at first base in 2011 with 17 runs, 37 hits, nine doubles, a homer, 20 RBI, 28 walks and 49 total bases.

 Asher Wojciechowski (Dunedin Blue Jays – A-Advanced – Florida State League): After a stellar first four starts to the season, Wojciecowski had a rough month of June but is off to a great start in July as he is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.50 in two starts with seven strikeouts in 12.0 innings of work this month. On the season, “Wojo” is 5-7 with an ERA of 5.25 in 85.2 innings pitched and 62 strikeouts in 16 starts.

 Richard Jones (Peoria Chiefs – A – Midwest League): Jones was selected as a Midwest League Mid-Season All Star for the Chiefs and is batting .302 in 72 games with 86 hits, 37 runs, 21 doubles, 16 homers, 57 RBI and 155 total bases at first base.

 Matt Talley (GCL Braves – Gulf Coast League – Rookie League): Talley has appeared in five games, all in relief and allowed just one earned run in 13.0 innings for an ERA of 0.69. The southpaw has struck out seven and walked four.


Coming Soon: Bulldog Football Games on TV

July 13, 2011

Charleston, S.C. – “The Citadel’s home football contests against Furman on Sept. 10 and against Samford on Nov. 12 are set to be televised this fall according to Director of Athletics Larry W. Leckonby.  The Southern Conference, in conjunction with its marketing partner CSE, announced Monday the league has agreed to a three-year plan with public television systems in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina to televise the conference’s football package.  The distribution platform will reach nearly 11 million homes through 32 affiliates, making it the largest regional distribution option across both broadcast and cable.  The conference’s football package for the 2011 season was also announced as part of the agreement.

“We’re genuinely excited by the partnership with Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina public stations,” said Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino.  “This is an important step for us. It increases our previous reach by 2 million households, while allowing us to control our rights and our content, and it enables us to use this partnership to promote and publicize not only SoCon football, but other educational activities taking place on our campuses.”   This unique partnership provides each of the three state public television networks state-wide distribution of Southern Conference football games in 2011, 2012 and 2013, with coverage from Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media) also covering the Chattanooga, Tenn., market.  The league is exploring additional distribution outlets in Alabama and Tennessee.  The deal calls for an eight-game football package each fall.

The conference office is also working with each of the three state systems to put together a similar distribution network to carry men’s and women’s regular season basketball games, as well as the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament in March 2012.

The game against Furman on Sept. 10 will be carried on WMYA 40 in Greenville/Asheville through IMG College and feature Chuck Hussion on play-by-play, Corey Stewart on color commentary, and David Cobb on sideline reports. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.   Meanwhile, The Citadel’s game on Nov. 12 against Samford has been pushed back an hour and will now start at 3 p.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium.”

Just so you guys know,  the Samford game  on 11/12/11 is  Homecoming.

Keith Gamble &Cass Couey Being Watched!

July 12, 2011
Charleston, S.C. – Two Bulldogs have made the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA)  watch lists.  Keith Gamble was named to the  Kickoff Returner Watch List  while punter Cass Couey made the  Punter Watch List.     Gamble, a redshirt junior from Sumter, S.C. had 20 kickoff returns for 499 yards and averaged 25.0 yards per return last season. He had a career-long 87 yard return against Elon on Nov. 6, which was the second longest in the Southern Conference in 2010. Gamble joins Georgia Southern’s Laron Scott and Samford’s Fabian Truss as the three representatives out of the SoCon listed on the upcoming season’s watch list.

Cass  Couey  of Tampa, Fla. punted in 10 of 11 games in 2010, recording an average of 39.1 yards per punt, fifth best in the Southern Conference. The redshirt junior had a pair of stellar games to begin October last season as he booted a career-best 68-yard punt against Western Carolina on Oct. 9 which was the longest punt of any kicker in the SoCon last season.
 The following week, Cass earned SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week as he averaged 44.5 yards per kick against Chattanooga, including a 51-yarder and placed a pair of punts inside the 20-yard line. He converted a fake punt in the second quarter when he ran 33 yards up the middle for a first down on a drive that would eventually lead to a touchdown for the Bulldogs.  Couey is one of four SoCon punters listed on the upcoming season’s watch list.  The others are:  Appalachian State’s Sam Martin, Georgia Southern’s Charlie Edwards and Western Carolina’s Blake Cain.