Archive for September, 2011

Chatty up next

September 30, 2011

Let me apologize for the lack of posts recently but that’s how it will be for a while, or at least until I can get a few of my irons out of the fire.   In case you hadn’t heard the Dogs lost a heartbreaker in OT to Elon.  Once again it was a game either team SHOULD have won in regulation.  The Bulldogs are better than last year but they need to learn how to win the close games…and score TDs on a regular basis.  We will not win games on defensive scores or field goals.   Up this Saturday evening is UT Chattanooga.  Chatty is one of the best teams in the SoCon and are loaded for bear after losing to AppState in a close one last week.    They have a great QB,  B.J. Coleman, ranked in the top five nationwide.  He is a transfer from Tennessee and may have started at UT had he stayed.  They are ranked#15 in the nation and folks whom I trust tell me they could move higher as the year goes on.  The Bulldogs are young on offense and Terrell Dallas is out with an injury.  Our defense must hold Chatty close for us to have any chance and a betting man would need a big spread to take The Citadel.  The again, stranger things have happened and miracles do happen, especially if Chatty comes in cocky.  The game is in their house so the deck is stacked against the Dogs, but that’s what they play the game.  Kick off is 6:05 and you can follow he game on www.citadelsports.com

If you are planning on attending go by and tailgate with Bill Wilson ’79 and the Chattanooga Citadel Club.  Here’s the info:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Finley stadium, 6 pm

Pre-game BBQ and Tailgating hosted by Chattanooga Citadel Club

What: BBQ (Sticky Fingers), sides, home cooked specials, desserts, drinks

Where: FirstTennessee Pavilion (Carter Street End Zone)

(From stadium, walk to back left corner of covered pavilion)
GPS: 1826 Carter Street,Chattanooga,TN37402

When: Come early, tailgating starts at 2 pm

It is our privilege to sponsor this event. We want you to come and have a good time, support the Dogs, leave the worries to us. However, if offered, donations to the Chattanooga Citadel Club would be accepted.)

Questions: Bill Wilson ‘79

Email: wlw1979@alumni.citadel.edu

Mobile: 423-314-719

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Elon up next -Minor leaguer report

September 21, 2011

The Bulldogs travel to Burlington to take on the Phoenix of Elon.  It is a came we could win if we play to our potential but more on that later this week,   I hope.  Here’s a rundown of how the Bulldogs in the minor leagues did in 2011.

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 the Knights, he hit .283 in 101 games at third base.   He led the team with 20 homers and a slugging percentage of .505 while scoring 54 runs and racking up 111 hits, 27 doubles, 69 RBI, 31 walks and 198 total bases.

Chris Swauger (Springfield Cardinals – AA – Texas League): Swauger batted .296 in 114 games in the outfield.   He scored 52 runs with 107 hits, 13 doubles, a pair of triples, 12 homers, 56 RBI,160 total bases and 24 walks.    

Bryan Altman (San Antonio Missions – AA – Texas League): After shooting up to AA San Antonio after extended spring training in late May, Altman hit .189 in 44 games between San Antonio and Class-A Advanced Ft. Wayne – all affiliates of the San Diego Padres.  

Matt Crim (Lynchburg Hillcats – A-Advanced – Carolina League): Between splitting time with the Atlanta Braves teams at Mississippi (AA) andLynchburg (A-Advanced), Crim went 2-10 with an ERA of 5.83 in 32 games and 11 starts. Crim threw 83.1 innings on the season and struck out 57 while walking 26.

Chris McGuiness (Myrtle Beach Pelicans – A-Advanced – Carolina League): After battling through three trips to the disabled list in 2011, McGuiness ended the season on a strong note. The former Bulldog hit .214 in 53 games at first base forMyrtle Beach – a Texas Rangers affiliate.  He scored 19 runs with 42 hits, 10 doubles, a pair of home runs, 30 walks, 26 RBI and 58 total bases. In the final week of the regular season fresh off the disabled list, McGuiness won the game for the Pelicans on Sept. 1 when he went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI.

Matt Talley (Lynchburg Hillcats – A-Advanced – Carolina League): Talley earned a pair of promotions at the end of the season after spending the majority of 2011 in the ‘Gulf Coastal League’ following graduation from The Citadel.  The left-hander went 1-3 in six starts and 12 total appearances with the ‘GCL’ Braves, but had an ERA of 2.95 in 42.2 innings of work with 31 strikeouts and just 10 walks. He was bumped up to the Danville Braves in the Rookie League before landing with former Bulldog teammate Matt Crim inLynchburg and the Carolina League. With the Hillcats, Talley made one start and did not receive a decision as he went 5.1 innings and gave up three runs.

Asher Wojciechowski (Dunedin Blue Jays – A-Advanced – Florida State League): In his first full season in the minor leagues, Wojciechowski had an up and down season forDunedin. “Wojo” started the 2011 campaign on a strong note before running into a tough patch in the middle of the season and landing on the disabled list in July. The former Bulldog finished strong as he went a perfect 6-0 in his final six appearances (four starts) of the season with an ERA of 2.70 in 33.3 innings over that stretch. For the season, Wojciechowski went 11-9 with an ERA of 4.70 in 130.1 innings of work. He made 25 appearances and started 22 games while recording 96 strikeouts to just 31 walks.

Richard Jones (Peoria Chiefs – A – Midwest League): Jones had a huge year forPeoria, a Chicago Cubs affiliate, and was selected as a Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star for the Chiefs.  He batted .309 in 123 games at first base with 146 hits, 62 runs, 36 doubles, 24 homers, 32 walks, 98 RBI and 254 total bases with a slugging percentage of .538. The former Bulldog had over twice as many homers as anyone else on the roster and nearly twice as many RBI and total bases as the next highest Chief.

We’re #1!!

September 16, 2011

The Citadel named top public college in the South by U.S. News

The Citadel ranks No. 1 among the top public universities in the South that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs, according to the 2012 Best Colleges rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings were released today highlighting the best public and private colleges and universities and programs around the country.The Citadel appears in the Best Regional Universities category because it grants undergraduate (South Carolina Corps of Cadets) and master’s degrees (Citadel Graduate College).  Among the top public (regional) universities in the South, the only other South Carolina schools ranked along with The Citadel are College of Charleston (4th) and Winthrop University in Rock Hill (7th).

“The Citadel offers an outstanding academic and leadership experience,” said Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel. “We are very proud that U.S. News & World Report has recognized the efforts of our faculty and staff and put The Citadel at the top of its list.”

When compared against both public and private regional universities,The Citadel is ranked No. 5 by U.S. News. The 626 colleges in the category are ranked by region against their peers because in general they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states, according to the rankings.

The Citadel School of Engineering retained its place at No. 21 among 50 undergraduate engineering schools ranked by U.S. News this year. Schools considered in the best undergraduate engineering program category are the 600 colleges and universities nationally that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The 2012 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Sept. 20. The rankings can also be viewed online at http://www.usnews.com.

Bulldogs Lose to Furman

September 16, 2011

Yep, I’m running late due to my extended time on the road….  For those you who didn’t hear the bad news the Bulldogs suffered a 16-6 loss against dreaded Vermin Paladins before a crowd of 13,414 at Johnson Hagood last Saturday. The Bulldog offense recorded their first 100-yard passing game since throwing for 106 against Western Carolina on Oct. 2, 2010 as Ben Dupree went 9-of-15 with one interception, but was unable to get The Citadel in the end zone.   Furman (1-1, 1-0), who took an early lead, never trailed as the Bulldogs’ rally fell short. The Paladins totaled 271 yards of offense with 215 on the ground. Jerodis Williams recorded his second-consecutive 100-yard running game with 120 yards on 27 carries.

The Dogs look like an improved team but the record will tell the tale.  One of my friends says that we should look to the future because that future is bright.  We have loads of talented players in the pipleline, more than he has seen in his 40 years of following Citadel football.  We shall see.  I for one see the positive and agree that we have a bright future.  Hope springs eternal.   The Bulldogs have a bye this Saturday but action next Saturday, Sept. 24 on the road at Elon. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

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Paladins come to Charleston

September 9, 2011

Sorry it’s been spotty this week but sometimes my paying job interferes with this important stuff.  The hated F.U. Paladins come to town tomorrow and they will be loaded for bear after losing to Coastal Carolina in week one. That being said, I have been told that our team is ready to play and smell success after last week’s victory.  They know that they need to win this game.  It would put them 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference proving to everyone, including themselves, that the 2011 version of the Bulldogs cannot be taken for granted. They also have an open date  next Saturday so if they win, they have 2 weeks to prepare for conference game #2  @ Elon.  Our men know they can do it but they must play at  a high level every week.  Furman is a very talented and experienced team that should have won their game with Coastal.  They will not roll over and die if they get down by a TD or two.  Our team must play better than they did against Jacksonville to win this game and I have faith they will!   Kick off is at 1800 hrs and a crowd of 15,000 is expected.

For the first time in more than 20 years, there will be postgame tailgate fireworks. They will be shot from Stony Field (where Burke HS plays) about 20 minutes after the alma mater is sung at the end of the game.  To see the fireworks, fans will have to be in the Tailgate area or on the Terraces at the stadium looking back toward the AshleyRiver.  The Citadel will also have a 9/11 video tribute to 15 from The Citadel family who gave their lives in the war on terror. There are rows and rows of small American Flags all around the main Citadel Street in front of the Chapel / Library on the “Avenue of Remembrance” today and tomorrow.

Members of th 1961 SoCon Football Conference championship team will be introduced and honored at halftime. 

I am out of the mainstream next week but will try to get a report or two posted.

GO DOGS!!!

September 6, 2011

You can mark this under useless information with which dazzle your friends with your infinite knowledge of  all things
Furman during the week……

While cruising the Alumni Association web site I noted that Lt. Col Carroll Furman’s obituary was listed.  That started me thinking, how many Furmans attended The Citadel.  The answer, only 5 Furmans have attended The Citadel.   Richard Furman, class of 1886, was the first, Carroll “Hez” Furman, ’43 was the last.  There were 3 other men named Furman who attended in the 30’s, included one who was a minister, presumably Baptist.

 Lt. Col. Carroll Furman, who earned a Bronze star and Purple Heart during WWII,  passed away on August 30, 2011 after an illustrious career as an attorney in the Camden area.  It has been 68 years since a Furman has been in the long gray line or worn the ring.  Hez Furman was the last and with his passing there are NO living Citadel alums named Furman.

Rest in Peace Lt. Col. Furman.

 

Game #1 – Dogs beat #25 Jacksonville U.

September 6, 2011

In case you haven’t heard, the Dogs pulled out a 31-9 victory over 25th ranked Jacksonville Saturday night.  We looked HORRIBLE in the first quarter and were down 9—0 when sophomore QB Ben Dupree led his team back.  It was a sight to behold to watch our Bulldogs come back and to see, and be part of, the excitement in the stands.  We have a long way to go but there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

College Sports Madness named Citadel sophomore quarterback Ben Dupree as the ‘SoCon Player of the Week’ after the Bulldogs’ season-opening performance against Jacksonville. The madness identities the highest impact player nationally and one from each 1-AA conference in their weekly feature. The Harrisburg, Pa. native had 141 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Dupree rushed for 58-and 28-yard touchdowns in the second quarter.

Derek Douglas was named to the “College Football Performance Awards” (CFPA) “Performers of the Week” on Monday.   Douglas (Garland, Texas) wreaked havoc against Jacksonville on Saturday as the starting right defensive tackle. He recorded three solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards, recovered a fumble and picked up a pair of sacks for 15 yards.  Derek was part of the tandem that sacked Dolphin quarterback Josh McGregor five times and held the Jacksonville offense to negative 22 yards rushing.  Jacksonville, who led the 1-AA in total offense in 2010, was held to just 186 total yards in the contest.

 INJURY REPORT AND TWO DEEP CHANGE:

Senior Fullback TERRELL DALLAS [#23] suffered a knee sprain on the Bulldogs 1s offensive play.  He will be out for at least two weeks and should return by the Elon game.  Redshirt Senior Defensive Tackle  QUINTON TURNER [#69]  sprained his ankle in the second half of Saturday’s game but is probable against Vermin, I mean Furman.

 I will not bore you with the full stats but they are available at

  http://www.citadelsports.com/sports/fball/2011-12/box_scores/20110903_fng4.xml

 if you are so inclined.

Furman comes to the Holy City Saturday.   More on that later.

Football 2011 – Game 1 kicks at 6p.m.

September 2, 2011

Yep we kick it off tomorrow against Jacksonille U at 6p.m.   Tailgating on the Romeo Row will be somewhat subdued but if you show up around 4:30 or so I’ll try to have a cold Thomas Creek ale in the cooler for you.  Look for spot 519 in the Altman Athletic Center parking lot.  You will probably see Big Red and R Co guidon flying in spot 518!  It you can’t make it to the game but want to follow it on the internet the info is at he end of today’s info.  Have a great weekend and Go Dogs!!

 Saturday’s game marks the first meeting between the two schools and only the second time a Bulldog team faces off against a current member of the Pioneer Football League. The Dogs, entering their second season running the triple option offense under the helm of Head Coach Kevin Higgins, returns 40 lettermen from the 2010 squad, including 10 offensive and eight defensive starters. Jacksonville, who finished the 2010 season atop of the PFL after a 10-1 record tied them for first place, returns 53 lettermen that include six offensive and eight defensive starters.

 The Citadel will look to continue the momentum on Saturday from last season’s finale at Samford, where they shocked the Bulldogs on their home turf with a thrilling 13-12 victory for their first Southern Conference win of the season. The Citadel holds a 53-44-4 record in season-openers, 47-10-3 in season-openers at home, and is 4-2 in season-openers during Higgins’ tenure. The only two losses in season-openers for the Bulldogs in the last six years were against FBS opponents Texas A&M and North Carolina. Last season the Bulldogs won their season-opener against Chowan, 56-14, at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Watch and Listen: Bulldog fans can listen to Saturday’s live action on ESPN 910 with new “Voice of the Bulldogs” Danny Reed and color analyst Walt Nadzak or enjoy a live video stream of the event on Bulldog Insider found on the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.Citadelsports.com.

 For rosters, depth charts and game notes for both The Citadel Bulldogs and visiting Jacksonville Dolphins, go to www.CitadelSports.com, click on Football and then Game Day Central on the right under Team Information. For more information on tickets, call the ticket office at (843) 953-DOGS (3647). For more information on Bulldog Football, follow the Dogs on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/citadelsports and twitter.com/citadelfootball.

Open Letter to Alumni from the College Provost

September 1, 2011

 Members of The Citadel Alumni :

 As the chief academic officer of the college I write you regarding discussions lately pertaining to faculty uniforms.  There have been statements made that have not been accurate and I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the facts. 

First and foremost, the policy addressing faculty uniforms has not changed.  That policy can be found in the Faculty Manual, section III, paragraph F (5):  

 5. Uniforms and Insignia.

a. The staff and faculty wear the uniforms of the Unorganized Militia of South Carolina during the performance of their duties. Except for insignia, this uniform is the same as that prescribed for the South Carolina National Guard.

b. Personnel of the Armed Services on duty at The Citadel will wear the uniform prescribed for them by proper authority.

c. On campus, officers of the College will be in uniform at all times that they are on duty except when the Corps of Cadets is on leave. The faculty is considered to be on duty between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at any other time the faculty member is meeting with cadets in an official capacity. The general philosophy is that the faculty serve as role models for members of the Corps of Cadets and should be in proper duty uniform while contact with cadets is likely.

d. The uniform and its wearing, personal grooming and appearance, and wearing of adornments and other supplementary dress will be as prescribed by the President and generally as outlined in appropriate service regulations.

 Second, the policy will not be changing.  While periodically some faculty members raise the issue of modifying this policy, The Citadel Faculty Council recently voted not to discuss the matter.  Furthermore, the administration did not seek a change in the current policy. Thus the fact remains that there is no active effort on campus to change our time-honored practice whereby permanent faculty and certain administrators are required to wear the uniform of the Unorganized Militia of South Carolina.

 Lastly, Lt Gen Rosa and his senior staff remain resolute in their commitment to preserving The Citadel’s unique academic and leadership experience, the cornerstone of which is its military environment.

 I hope that I have been able to clear up any confusion that may have existed.  And let me take this opportunity to offer my deepest thanks for The Citadel alumni’s steadfast support of their alma mater.

 Samuel M. Hines, Jr., Ph.D.

Provost and Dean of the College

Brigadier General, SCM

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