Archive for October, 2011

Dogs win exhibition game over Tennessee Wesleyan, 87-60

October 31, 2011

A good start to the season but let’s wait to get happy until we start winning some SoCon games….

Freshman guard Ashton Moore scored a game-high 21 points behind six 3-pointers as The Citadel earned an 87-60 exhibition victory Tennessee Wesleyan at McAlister Field House on Saturday evening. Moore was one of five players in double figures, along with Mike Groselle (15 points, 13 rebounds), DeVontae Wright (13 points), Lawrence Miller (12 points) and Cosmo Morabbi(10 points).

The Bulldogs capped off the victory by hitting 31-of-59 (52.5%) from the floor, including 14-of-30 from beyond the arc. The freshman tandem of Moore (6-10) and Miller (4-7) paved the way for 14 Citadel 3-pointers. Morrabi also returned to form, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers en route to 10 points. Groselle crashed the boards for 13 rebounds, while teammate Jordan Robertson finished with seven to give the Bulldogs a decisive 48-28 edge on the glass.

“I am pleased with the entire effort of the team,” said Citadel Head Coach Chuck Driesell. “We play these games to try and find out where we are defensively and in terms of our offensive execution after two weeks of practice and we did a really nice job tonight. Moore played an outstanding game, but everybody played an outstanding game. Moore stood out because he is really smooth and under control, but more importantly because he was knocking down shots.”


Dogs Pound VMI

October 31, 2011


Billingslea scores !!!


 Behind three blocked punts and 358 rushing yards on Saturday, The Citadel was able to retain the “Silver Shako” as they defeated VMI, 41-14, in front of 11,184 fans at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  It is the fifth consecutive win over Virginia Military Institute for The Citadel as they renew the “Military Classic of the South” in a six-part home-and-home series through 2017. The Bulldogs rushed for over 300 yards for the third time this season and the second consecutive game.

A promising opening drive for The Citadel ended in a fumble by Ben Dupree that was recovered by VMI, but a solid effort by the defense forced the Keydets into a punting situation in their first possession. The Bulldogs then blocked their seventh punt of the season as freshman Carl Robinson recorded his first career block. The ball was then scooped up by Chris Billingslea, who returned it 19 yards for the touchdown.   After another three-and-out possession by the Keydets, the Bulldogs drove 86 yards on eight plays as Dupree found the end zone on a 23-yard run. The extra point by Sellers made it 14-0.

Capitalizing on a strong kickoff return and back-to-back penalties by The Citadel, the Keydets then drove 46 yards on six plays to cut the lead in half when Chaz Jones scored on a three-yard run up the middle late in the first quarter. Jeff Sexton’s extra point made it 14-7.  The second quarter was dominated by defense until Domonic Jones blocked his fifth punt of the season and the Bulldogs blocked their second punt of the game late in the second quarter. Taking over on VMI’s 19-yard line, The Citadel used four plays in the drive to score as Darien Robinson‘s 1-yard touchdown run put the Bulldogs ahead, 21-7, just before halftime. 

Forcing a VMI punt to begin the second half, the offense would move quickly down the field on big runs by Rickey Anderson and Aaron Miller. Unable to move past the Keydets’ 20-yard line, Sellers came on and converted a 37-yard field goal attempt to boost the lead to 24-7.  On the ensuing Keydet possession, the defense forced the sixth punt attempt of the day by VMI which was blocked by John Synovec, the third blocked punt of the day for the Bulldogs. Taking over on the 26-yard line, The Citadel needed just three plays to punch it in as Robinson rushed for his second touchdown of the day on a 13-yard run to make it 31-7, midway through the third quarter.  The Bulldogs put together an eight-play, 63-yard drive late in the third quarter as Dupree rushed for his second score of the game on a 9-yard run to the end zone to make it 38-7.

In the fourth quarter, Thomas Warren converted on his first career field goal attempt as his 37-yard kick bumped up the lead to 41-7 halfway through the final quarter.  The Keydets drove 12 plays and 65 yards late in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game as Jabari Turner scored from two yards out for the second VMI touchdown of game to make it 41-14.

The Citadel gained 381 yards of offense, 358 of which were on the ground. Anderson had 81 yards on the ground to lead the Bulldogs while Robinson added 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Dupree was 2-for-3 for 23 yards and had 49 rushing yards with two scores. Smith led the defense with eight total tackles, a pass break-up and blocked punt.

VMI had 224 total yards, 156 of which were on the ground. Eric Kordenbock was 8-for-23 for 51 yards and an interception while Jones racked up 112 yards on 16 carries with a score. Logan Staib recorded 14 total tackles (11 solo) to lead the Keydet defense with 1.5 tackles for a loss of five yards and a fumble recovery.

The Bulldogs improve their record to 4-4 overall while VMI falls to 1-7. The ‘Dogs returns to conference action next weekend when they face  Georgia Southern at 2 p.m. at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga.

VMI is Next…

October 28, 2011

The Citadel Football team returns home on Saturday for the Hall of Fame Game to renew the “Military Classic of the South” against VMI. The non-conference tilt is slated for kickoff at 1 p.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

The Match-up: The Citadel and VMI will meet for the 67th time in the programs’ history at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday. The Bulldogs, in their second season running the triple option offense under the helm of head coach Kevin Higgins, return 42 lettermen from the 2010 squad, including 10 offensive and eight defensive starters. VMI returns 37 lettermen, including eight offensive and six defensive starters. The Citadel is coming off a 35-7 win at Western Carolina on Saturday where they rushed for 435 yards and five different Bulldogs rushed for a touchdown. Meanwhile, VMI is coming off a home 42-14 loss against Stony Brook in Lexington, Va. on Saturday.

The Series: The Citadel and VMI series dates back to 1920 with the Bulldogs leading the all-time series, 34-30-2. The Bulldogs have won five of the last six games in the series. The most recent victory came on Nov. 17, 2010 as The Citadel blasted VMI in Lexington, 70-28. The last time the two teams played in Charleston came in 2006 with a 48-21 win by The Citadel. The Bulldogs have won the last four match-ups in Charleston with the last VMI victory coming in 1995, 34-7. The last overall win for the Keydets in the series came in 2002 where the Bulldogs fell, 23-21, in a two-year series that was played in Charlotte, N.C.

Last Week: Five different Bulldogs rushed for a touchdown on Saturday as The Citadel racked up 435 rushing yards in a 35-7 romp over Western Carolina in front of 7,277 fans on Homecoming at E.J. Whitmire Stadium. The Citadel scored on its first two possessions of the game and took a commanding 21-0 lead into halftime. The 28-point margin of victory is the biggest for the Bulldogs in the all-time series with the Catamounts, surpassing the 25-point victory in 1991. It is also the third victory for the Bulldogs in their last four road contests, dating back to the 2010 season. The Citadel totaled 447 total yards, 435 of which were on the ground. Robinson rushed for over 100 yards for the second consecutive game as he picked up 106 yards on 13 carries.

Renewing the “Military Classic of the South”: After taking three years off from their rivalry, The Citadel and VMI renew their long standing series referred to as “The Military Classic of the South” in 2011. The meeting this weekend is the first of a six-game series between the military rivals. The teams will alternate home fields, playing three games in Charleston and three in Lexington. The series between the two schools dates back to 1920 as they have met every year since 1946 with the exception of 1956, 2004 and 2008-2010.

Last Game Against the Keydets: The Citadel Football team scored early and often en route to a 70-28 drubbing of rival VMI in The Military Classic of the South. The Bulldogs maintained their claim to the coveted Silver Shako trophy behind 509 yards of total offense and a record for points scored at Alumni Memorial Field in Lexington, Va. on Nov. 17, 2007. The Citadel (7-4, 4-3 Southern) ended the 2007 season with a winning record for the first time in 10 years. The 70-point mark on the scoreboard was the third-highest point total scored by the Bulldogs in school history and the second highest in 2007. That mark is also the most number of points scored by any team at Alumni Memorial Field, topping VMI’s 69-point performance in a 69-0 rout of UCF in 1982. The offensive records fell quickly with the Bulldogs ending the 2007 season with 434 points, the most ever scored by a Citadel team in a season. Andre Roberts became the first Bulldog receiver since 1971 to record over 1,000-yards receiving in a season while Tory Cooper, who set a new points scored record at 126 in a season, became the 11th Bulldog in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards.

Bulldog Bites:
● Rod Harland is second in the SoCon in average tackles per game (10.7) and third in total tackles (64).
● The Citadel leads the SoCon and FCS in the fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards per game.
● The Bulldogs’ only passing touchdown of the season came by RB Rickey Anderson vs. Elon.
● The Citadel ranks third in the FCS this season in punt return average at 18.80 yards per return.
● The Bulldogs’ rushing offense ranks fourth in the FCS this season at 273.7 yards per contest.
● Sophomore FB Darien Robinson has recorded a pair of 100-yard rushing performances this season.
● The Bulldogs have five blocked punts on the season, two of which were returned for a touchdown.
● The Bulldogs are outscoring their opposition 95-44 in the second half this year (57-13 in the 4th quarter).

VMI game & Hall of Fame inductions

October 27, 2011

Below is an except from the e-mail blast that Coach Higgins sends to each member of the Citadel Football Association.  It deals with theVMI game and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees:

“We look forward to Saturday as the Keydets from Virginia Military Institute travel to Charleston for “The Military Classic of the South.”  We have kept the ‘Silver Shako’ on our campus since 2002.  We intend to keep it that way.  Most of our players were not here in 2007 when we last played VMI.  I spent yesterday’s meeting sharing with our team the significance of this rivalry.  We have spent ample time in the past talking about the Furman rivalry and must do the same with this one.  Beating VMI helps relationships in the Corps and can serve as a catalyst for uniting Corps and Corps Squad.  That is always an objective of ours!

Saturday is also Hall of Fame weekend.  Congratulations to Phillip Florence ’90 (Track & Football), Dallas McPherson ’02 (Baseball), Tommy McQueeney ’74 (Honorary), Randy Nesbit ’80 (Basketball), Tony Skole ’91 (Baseball & Football), and Charlie Taaffe (Head Football Coach 1987-95) for all their accomplishments. 

Have a good week.  Beat VMI!”


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Bulldogs Basketball Completes First Full Week of Practice

October 27, 2011

 The Citadel Basketball team heads into their exhibition game against Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday, at McAlister Field House, with 10 days of practice under second-year head coach Chuck Driesell.

With eight newcomers and seven returnees on the 2011-12 roster, Driesell has emphasized sound defense throughout preseason practice sessions. The Bulldogs are looking to improve on their 2010-11 numbers, in which they allowed 69.9 points per contest. While the Cadets had an advantage in defensive rebounds over the opposition, 759-734, their opponents converted 215 3-pointers against The Citadel’s defense.

Another emphasis for the Dogs has been to institute the leadership of senior Cosmo Morabbi and Goose Creek native DeVontae Wright in The Citadel backcourt. With three freshmen guards vying for playing time, including Marshall Harris III, Lawrence Miller and Ashton Moore, the familiarity of Wright and Morabbi with Driesell’s offense will certainly prove valuable. Wright appeared in 26 contests for the Bulldogs last season, where he scored 21 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and dished out 14 assists. His counterpart, Morabbi, was limited to 16 games and 22 points after suffering a broken finger halfway through the season.

Junior Mike Groselle will be the focal point of The Citadel’s post game this season, after making 21 starts in 31 appearances last season. The 6-foot-8 Plano, Texas native looks to add to his eight career double-doubles and improve on his program-leading 60.5 field goal percentage, after converting 161-of-266 field goal attempts in his first two years with the Bulldogs.

“The one thing that I have tried to work on offensively is being a lot stronger with the ball,” said Groselle. “I definitely have been more assertive during practice, especially with the freshmen that have not played at this level before, because you can make them better in the process. Around the basket I want to make the easy buckets, convert the shot and the free throws when I am fouled and most importantly create a better angle on my shots than I did last season.”


Oct. 18:  Single game tickets went on sale for non-season ticket holders.
Oct. 29:  Exhibition Game vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 5 p.m.
Nov. 11: First Regular Season game vs. VMI (Colorado Springs, Colo.; All Military Classic)
Nov. 12:  vs. Air Force or Army (Colorado Springs, Colo.; All Military Classic)
Nov. 16: Regular Season home opener vs. Clemson

The 2011-12 Citadel Basketball season opens at the inaugural All Military Classic in Colorado Springs, Colo. against VMI, on Nov. 11. The All Military Classic concludes the following day when The Citadel goes head-to-head against either Air Force or Army.  On Nov. 16, The Citadel hosts Clemson, marking the first time that the two teams have played at McAlister Field House since Nov. 28, 1989. Five days later, the Bulldogs complete a two-game homestand when they square off against Florida Christian. The Dogs complete the first month of action with a road game at High Point on Nov. 26.

Bulldogs Beat CofC in Soccer

October 27, 2011

Any win against the College of Charleston is great!

The Citadel soccer team beat the College of Charleston in exciting fashion on Wednesday afternoon as the Bulldogs capitalized with two unanswered second half goals to top the Cougars 3-2 on WLI Field. The win is The Citadel’s first in program history against College of Charleston and keeps their Southern Conference Tournament chances alive.

The three goals scored are the most that The Citadel has posted on their rivals in 11 meetings between the two teams. With a Western Carolina loss or draw tonight against Appalachian State, the Bulldogs receive the eighth seed in the tournament and will travel to Birmingham, Ala., to take on Samford in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament on Sunday, Oct. 30.

MOH Recipients to Speak at The Citadel

October 26, 2011

Reflections on Leadership

A public discussion with two recipients of the Medal of Honor

Two soldiers. Two wars. Both men two generations apart but bound by a singular patriotism and, now, a common bond recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor in combat.


Bruce Crandall

Bruce “Snake” Crandall, flew 22 mission in an unarmed helicopter into enemy fire to transport ammunition and rescue the wounded in the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, South Vietnam.

Sal Giunta charged into the middle of a hailstorm of gunfire to save the lives of men in his squad after coming under attack by Afghan insurgents.

Both men will visit The Citadel on Nov. 15 to discuss their experiences and reflect on the meaning of principled leadership Open to the public, the event will be held at The Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., across from Johnson Hagood Stadium at 7 p.m. It is free.

“This rare evening with such highly decorated former members of our armed forces provides an extraordinary opportunity not only to learn more about the individual conflicts in which they were engaged but also the enduring qualities of effective leadership that span across the different generations of the American experience,” said Bo Moore, dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Crandall’s actions 46 years ago while an Army major are featured in the book and movie “We Were Soldiers Once…And Young.” A veteran Master Army Aviator in both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, he received his Medal of Honor in 2007.


Sal Giunta

Read more about Crandall by clicking here or watch a video about him here.Giunta received the Medal for his actions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan on Oct. 25, 2007. His service has been profiled on television’s 60 Minutes and in Sebastian Junger’s bestselling book “War.” He is the first living recipient of the Medal since the Vietnam Conflict. He received his Medal of Honor in November 2010.

Read more about Guinta by clicking here or watch the CBS News/60 Minutes story here.

The discussion on Nov. 15 will be moderated by Stacy Pearsall. Twice recognized as military photographer of the year, Pearsall received the Bronze Star for her actions under fire in Iraq. She is director of the Charleston Center for Photography and a member of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board.

The event is co-sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and The Citadel Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics and made possible by the support of the South Carolina State Guard Foundation and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. 

A.D. Out in Cullowhee (updated) + defensive depth

October 25, 2011

Changes at Western Carolina/shades of Arkansas:

Reports have Western Carolina firing their athletic director.  The reason is not known but some say it is because he refused to fire the head football coach.  What is it about schools that want to fire their coaches or A.D. after losing to The Citadel??

UPDATEThe Western Carolina website is confirming the dismissal. Here’s what they said, or part of it, on the WCUsports website.

  Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher announced today (Monday, Oct. 24) that C. Joseph “Chip” Smith will no longer serve as WCU’s director of intercollegiate athletics effective Tuesday, Oct. 25.  Belcher also announced that Fredrick Q. Cantler, WCU’s longtime senior associate athletic director for internal operations, has agreed to come out of retirement to serve as interim director of athletics.  “I want to thank Chip for his hard work on behalf of Catamount student-athletes since he came to WCU in September 2004,” Belcher said. “The athletics program has achieved some significant accomplishments over the past seven years, both on the fields and courts of play and in the classroom. Nevertheless, upon careful consideration, I have reached the conclusion that a change in leadership is needed at this time.”

Injuries on D help backups get needed experience:

Starting defensive tackle DEMARRIO SIMS [#97] had a sprained ankle and did not play in Cullowhee.  While Demarrio could have played, redshirt Senior QUINTON TURNER’s [#69]  ankle injury healed allowing him to start in Demarrio’s spot. He had his best game of the year and Demarrio got to sit the week out,completely heal and get ready for VMI.

 True Freshman CAMERON MOBLEY [#72] did not play due to a thigh contusion.    With all the D-line injuries things are getting thin.  Defensive end  BAY AMRHEIN [#44] saw a great deal of action allowing  DEREK DOUGLAS [#91] to be moved inside and given some in-game rest.  The injuires have also given redshirt Freshman JUSTIN OXENDINE [#96 – DE]  Playing time he would not have normally received.  He has played well, and gained valuable  experience while filling in on the  D-line

 Starting “Mike” (middle) linebacker DEANDRE SMITH [#9] continues to battle some nagging injuries, cutting back on his playing time.  Knob  CARL ROBINSON [#29] started Saturday at Western and another knob  CARSON SMITH [#58] split the Mike linebacker duties most of the day.  Another Knob linebacker ROC MUHAMMED [#40] is getting some valuable playing time and redshirt Freshman TREVON DAVIS [#16], now completeley recovered from knee surgery, played  in his first game Saturday at WCU .  Some folks thing Mr. Davis is the most talented of this young and talented linebacker group.  We shall see.

 Nothing major to report on offense that we don’t already know. 





Bulldog Quotes on WCU & VMI

October 25, 2011
We plan on retaining the Silver Shako this Saturday….Go Dogs!

 Coach Kevin Higgins’ comments on the Western Carolina game…  “This was our second Southern Conference road win and it was a great game. Last week we challenged our players to get off to a good start and they certainly did that. We had a team meeting and talked about the importance of playing with emotion and getting off to a good start by making key plays and some players had standout performances. On the opening kickoff, Kevin Hardy returned the ball for 59 yards and it gave the offense great field position. During the first drive Ben Dupree had two runs for over 10 yards. Rickey Anderson had a nice score in the end zone and Rod Harland had a big sack that got us some momentum. Cass Couey did a nice job punting the ball, as well. On the sideline we never lost enthusiasm and emotion. The guys played at a high level in all three phases throughout the game”

“Over the course of the game we got a lot of players on the field. Our upperclassmen really stepped up. The young guys had a chance to play and we got most everybody on the field.”   “Our guys had an outstanding showing from a defensive standpoint. Western Carolina has an offense that can put up a lot of yards and points. We held them to 61 yards rushing and about 230 yards overall. In third down conversions they were 2-of-13.” 

“From an offensive standpoint, we had 435 yards rushing and possessed the ball for 37 minutes to their 22, which was good to see. It was a great road trip and a good win.”

Coach Higgins’ comment on the upcoming VMI game… “I shared with our team about the rivalry between The Citadel and VMI. There was just about a hand full of guys that were at the game in 2007, when we played them last.  VMI is a well coached team. They play hard and don’t give up. They do a nice job from a scheme standpoint and they will play hard against us. This is our opportunity to get win number four and get to .500 on the season. We are looking forward to continue our progress.”

Coach Higgins’ comments on The Citadel offense… “Ben Dupree was 10-for-11 on his triple option reads. We got the ball on the perimeter and our offensive line did a nice job with their assignments.”

Coach Higgins’ comments on The Citadel defense…”Our defensive coaches did a great job this past week getting the guys to focus on understanding what their responsibilities were and that really showed in the game against Western Carolina.” 

Ben Dupree’s comments on playing VMI…”The game this week has a different meaning and the Corps is really excited. Since week one the Corps has been talking about this game and all season they have wanted us to win this one.”

Coach Higgins’ comments on the VMI rivalry game… “We talked to the players about tradition. I shared with the team what this game means to the campus and the Corps. We want to make sure we represent The Citadel throughout the country. The players are representing their classmates and we want to have a great outing and a great performance. We are playing for the Silver Shako trophy and it means something. At the end of the game, one team is going to carry the trophy off the field. Only one team is going to have their name engraved on it for life.”

The Ring Statue

October 24, 2011



The Citadel Ring Statue is located at the three-way intersection of Hagood Avenue, Lee Avenue and Avenue of Remembrance – the gateway to The Citadel campus. Its unveiling on Friday, Oct. 14, coincides with the presentation of rings to the Class of 2012. More than 380 seniors are expected to receive their rings. It is the first major event of Parents’ Weekend, which runs Friday through Sunday.

 Here are some fast facts about The Citadel ring monument:

  • The ring statue was created by Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas.
  • The ring statue stands about 6 feet tall and is 8 feet long. 
  • It weighs about 3,000 pounds, or a ton and a half. 
  • • The Citadel’s core values – Duty, Honor and Respect – are engraved in the granite footing in front of the replica of The Citadel’s signature barracks quads. 
  • It is made of bronze. It is covered is a clear coat finish just like what is used on airplanes. 
  • The ring traveled 1,200 miles from the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas, to Charleston. It arrived on Thursday, Oct. 13. 
  • More than 40 employees at the foundry had a hand in creating the statue. The foundry was shut down for several days because of wildfires nearby. Three employees lost their homes to fire. More than 20 of the staff were displaced for more than a week. The owner was displaced for nearly a month. Everyone on staff had either direct family or friends lose their homes. As families recovered and the foundry reopened the dedicated team returned to work, non-stop to finish the ring in time for Parents’ Weekend at The Citadel.
  • The numbers on the crest of the ring, which are about a foot tall, are interchangeable. Each Parents’ Weekend they will be changed to represent the most recent class to receive their class rings. 
  • The statue is a gift to The Citadel Alumni Association from Palmetto Balfour, the South Carolina division of the national class ring manufacturer. Palmetto Balfour is the official provider of Citadel class rings. 
  • The Citadel Alumni Association paid to create the monument site. No state money was used to create the ring or for the site work.