Archive for November, 2011

Give Back your Ring???

November 23, 2011

I recieved the following information in an e-mail this morning.  I cannot confirm this information but knowing my classmate,  John Ripley, this is probably true…….In a letter to the editor in the Charleson Post &  Courier a Mr. Ron Brown, a Citadel graduate, threatened to send his ring back because he was so disgusted by the state of affairs at The Citadel.  John, a ’77 classmate of mine and staunch Citadel supporter sent the following note to Mr. Brown.   I agree with the alum & friend who sent me this that I think John says about all there is to say.   

“Mr Brown,

 As a fellow Kilo Company grad, I am disappointed that you think no more of your ring than to threaten to send it back because of an instance at The Citadel.  Our alma mater has been through many issues in it’s 169 years and I am glad that all of it’s alumni haven’t jumped ship like you seem to want to.  As a lifelong Charlestonian I have seen many things at El Cid that I didn’t agree with but would NEVER consider sending my ring back. 

I went through “hell” to get it.

 That being said, the address is:

 The Citadel

171 Moultrie Street

Charleston, SC

 I can send you a self-addressed envelope if you want.”

 

God Bless you John Ripley…..Happy Thanksgiving!

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3 Bulldogs Make All-Socon – Football Wrap Up

November 23, 2011

The Citadel had three players named to the Southern Conference  Coaches’ 1st team All Conference.  They are: 

Mike Sellers, Sophomore,  Center

Derek Douglas, Redshirt (RS) Sophomore, Defensive Tackle

Cass Couey, RS Junior, Punter

We had one on the Coaches’ All Conference 2nd team

Chris Billingslea, RS Junior Defensive End

We placed two on the All Freshman Team:

Aaron Miller, Quarterback

Rah (Rock) Muhammad, Linebacker

We have seven Red shirt senior returning.  All either start or letter.  They are:

 Chris Billingslea  Defensive End

Austin Boyle, Safety

Davis Boyle, Safety

Cass Couey, Punter

Terrell Dallas, Fullback

Keith Gamble, Cornerback

Neal Strange, Left Tackle

The following starters or lettermen,  have exhausted their eligibility even though one,  Ricky Anderson will apply for a 6th year of eligibility due to medical hardship.

Tolu Akindele, Linebacker

Ricky Anderson, Halfback

Jeremy Buncum, linebacker

Luke Caldwell, Wide Reciever

Kevin Hardy, Kick Returner

Rod Harland, Linebacker

Ryan Sellers, Placekicker

DeAndre Smith, LInebacker

John Synovic, Linebacker and special teams starter

Tyler Thornton, Offensive Tackle

Tolu Akindele was a four year letterman, two year captain and the heart and soul of the defense. His leadership is what the team will miss the most.

We had six true freshmen that played and several started before the year was over.

Alex Glover, tight end

Cameron Mobley Defensive Tackle

Aaron Miller, Quarterback

Rah Muhammad, linebacker

Carl Robinson, linebacker

Carson Smith, linebacker

Miller and Muhammad were All SoCon Freshman and Muhammad, Smith and Robinson may be starting linebackers next season.

While we are losing some seniors, most of our key players will be back next year, if we can keep them in the Corps.  The future appears to be bright but wins and championships must be earned on the field by these young warriors, not in the hopes and dreams of alumni.  We will see if we grow to a winning season in 2012 but let’s remember that we are not the only team in the SoCon that is improving.

Strides go beyond the 4-7 record, so says Sapakoff

November 23, 2011

I think that most folks will tell you that Gene Sapakoff rarely writes anything positive in his sports column about El Cid’s Battlin’ Bulldogs but this one is worth  read. 

“COLUMBIA — Down three touchdowns with 22 seconds remaining Saturday, and with Williams-Brice Stadium two-thirds empty, Citadel coach Kevin Higgins called a timeout. One fullback dive later, he called another timeout with 16 seconds left.

“Twofold,” Higgins said after No. 14 South Carolina’s 41-20 victory. “No. 1, we wanted to give our guys a chance to run more plays; we have a lot of guys coming back. And we wanted to show we will never quit. We will keep battling right to the end, and that was a way of showing that to ourselves.”

True, the Bulldogs finished a mere 4-7. But they improved and spread work ethic all over the field all season, Saturday included.  Quarterback Ben Dupree had smudges of red on the white number 2 in the middle of his Citadel blue jersey.  “Blood? Looks like blood,” Dupree said. “Yeah, that’s blood.” The 5-9, 180-pound sophomore had just led a 241-yard rushing effort against South Carolina.  “A 4-7 record is pretty much horrible,” Dupree said.   But Dupree agreed with Higgins, who likes the big picture. The Citadel was 3-8 last year, its first with a triple-option offense.

Only sophomores

The Bulldogs averaged 14.9 points per game in 2010. They averaged 23.4 points in 2011.

“Our team is a much, much better football team than it was last year,” said Higgins, 32-46 after seven seasons at The Citadel. “We have the majority of our players coming back next year and we have a lot of competitors in our program. Our guys know we are very close to being a good football team.”  Evidence includes the body of work within an 11-game regular season.

There were four losses by 10 points or less, with two in the last three games (14-12 at first-place Georgia Southern, and 19-14 against Samford).  The 28-27 comeback win at Chattanooga on Oct. 1 was near-miraculous.  And throwing USC a few triple-option formation wrinkles, and giving the Gamecocks fits for three quarters despite only one pass completion.

“Any time you’re the underdog and you come out and just pound the ball, it feels good,” said running back Rickey Anderson.  Darien Robinson led the Bulldogs with 88 yards rushing on 20 carries. He, like DuPree, is only a sophomore.  Plenty of time to make more strides.

“We have a long offseason,” DuPree said. “What is it, eight months until our next game? But we just went out and battled with the No. (14) team in the country.”

SoCon gauntlet

It won’t be easy; the Southern Conference is such a nightmare. Georgia Southern clobbered relentless Wofford, which almost upset Clemson but lost to Furman, which just took Florida to the wire. Appalachian State remains the league’s model program.

The Citadel tried an onside kick after Anderson’s 12-yard run on fourth-and-2 trimmed South Carolina’s lead to 34-20. The Gamecocks’ Devin Taylor pounced on it, but it was one in a flow of never-quit statements.  “We ran the ball,” Higgins said, “against a very good football team.”  South Carolina gave up 79 rushing yards against Kentucky, 35 against Tennessee and four against Vanderbilt.

“We’ll use this as a building block,” Higgins said.  The message was heard loud and clear, right down to those last few timeouts.”

Cadets serve Lowcountry boil to raise money for VA Hospital

November 22, 2011

So you didn’t see this in the Post & Courier?  I didn’ think so…….. 

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Members of the Pre-Health Society and the BioCid clubs combined forces to help veterans on Heroism Day.  Cadets prepared and served a Lowcountry boil (shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn) on the patio of Mark Clark Hall to raise money for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.  Last week, the students presented the hospital with a check for $1,100.

Cadet Nicholas Slater, president of Pre-Health Society, planned and coordinated much of the event.  Other cadets shopped, sold tickets, and chopped potatoes and sausage for the boil.  Cadet Andrew Hancox, treasurer of the Pre-Health Society, made several trips out to the water to catch most of the shrimp himself.   The students served more than 150 people.

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“I think that everyone who volunteered for the shrimp boil learned that there’s more to helping people than just treating the symptoms of their problems,” said Slater.  “Rather you must look holistically at a person’s needs and then address them.”

The cadets donated $500 for the hospital’s Social Work Fund which provides items like clothing to veterans.  They also gave $600 in gas cards for patients who cannot afford transportation to and from the hospital.  This was the first year of the event.

“We are proud to support the VA, and we hope to make this a Heroism Day tradition,” said Slater.

 

Dogs win, Driesell gets win #100

November 22, 2011
Barry Smith on defense.
 
Charleston, S.C.- Mike Groselle and Barry Smith scored 19 points apiece to lead five Citadel players in double figures as the Bulldogs routed Florida Christian by a final score of 97-44 at McAlister Field House on Monday evening. Groselle became the first Citadel player, since Rodney McKeever in 1974, to record five consecutive double-doubles, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds, as Bulldog Head Coach Chuck Driesell earned his 100th career coaching victory in dramatic fashion.

Groselle and Smith were joined in double figures by the likes of Ashton Moore (11 points) and C.J. Bray (10 points), as 12 different Bulldogs scored at least one point in the contest. The Citadel converted 36-of-65 (55.4%) from the floor, including 9-of-24 (37.5%) from 3-point range, led by Smith who hit 8-of-15 from the floor. Groselle, who posted a game-high 11 rebounds, was joined in the post by Smith and Bray, who accounted for six rebounds each, to give the Cadets a 46-28 edge on the boards. The Bulldogs improved to 2-2 on the season.

The Citadel improved on a 58-21 lead at the break by putting together a 14-7 run over the first 7:14 of the second half. Highlighted by four points from Groselle and three from Bo Holston, the Cadets stretched their lead to 70-25. The second half offensive spurt, combined with a 27-10 run that closed the final 9:27 of the first half, allowed the Dogs to outscore the Suns 41-18 over a 16:41 stretch of the contest.   Three points from Montique Lynch and Joseph Wood helped Florida Christian to a 10 point spurt over a 4:31 stretch to make the score 79-38 with 8:15 left in the half.

The Citadel allowed just five points over the remainder of the contest and in the process scored 18 points of their own. Reserve Nathan Conley accounted for five of the final 18 points, hitting a long distance 3-pointer from the top of the key and followed with a layup on a fast break pass from Will Keistler with under a minute to go for the 97-44 final.

The 44 points mark the fewest points allowed by The Citadel since a 55-43 victory in the opening round of the 2010 Southern Conference Tournament against Samford.  The Bulldogs will enjoy a four-day break before returning to action on Saturday, Nov. 26 at High Point University. Tip-off between the Bulldogs and Panthers is set for 7 p.m

I support Gen. Rosa!

November 21, 2011

The folks as the Post Courier are doing their damnedest to put a noose around Gen. John Rosa’s neck. The P&C has even gone so far as to post a “public opinion vote,   “Should Lt. General Rosa Step Down as The Citadel President”.      He and the school have already done their mea culpa and admitted more could have been done.  I will not rehash the facts but I will say that The Citadel issue is different from the Penn State and the more recent Limestone College (S.C.) issue. 

Once you click on the link below you will see the results of the poll.  right below the results in a line, in small print that says :   Vote in this poll ( I think it is in blue print)  Click on that line in the P&C website to cast your vote.   Please vote and vote your conscience.  We hold no grudge against any Citadel grad who may vote yes for they are entitled to their opinion and I respect them for having it, but this decision should be made by those who wear the ring, not those who have an agenda.   Vote as you may gentlemen but  I am standing behind Gen Rosa. and voting NO.

 Please follow this link to the voting page at the P&C.     

 http://www.postandcourier.com/polls/2011/nov/should-lt-gen-rosa-step-down-citadel-president/results/

 Onward and Upward, Bulldog Blue!!

Dogs lose, but hang, with USC Banty Roosters

November 19, 2011

The Bulldogs lost 41-20 but played pretty well against the #12 South Carolina Banty Roosters, er….Gamecocks.  Before a sold out crowd of 80,000 plus the Bulldogs put up 241 rushing yards, scored two touchdowns and praise be, kicked two field goals.  The game was never really in doubt eventhough it was tied 7-7 at one point in the first quarter.

Sophomore Darrien Robinson and Ricky Anderson scored TDs while Ryan Sellars kicked two field goals, including one from 41 yards out (why couldn’t we do that against SoCon teams?!).  True Freshman linebacker Roc Muhammad had an interception and Junior Cass Couey averaged 45 yards per punt.

The season is now over for the gridiron dogs but most of our solid players return, allowing us to build on this year’s 4-7 record.  We are long suffering but we have some gladiators returning and we are a YOUNG football team.  The record is poor but the future is brighter…..and we move to basketball season.

P.S. – for you non-country whippersnappers, here’s the Wikipedia definition of a Banty Rooster.  Fits those fans in Columbia perfectly, especially the adopting a somewhat exaggerated male posture part…… 

“Banty is short for Bantam. The old folks back in the day just always call Bantam Roosters, “banty” roosters. In addition this term is used to describe the behavior of some short men who may tend to walk with a swagger and adopt a somewhat exaggerated male posture.”

 That makes “duckbutt” sound grand don’t it …….

Two Cadets win Himelright Award

November 17, 2011

Cadet Capt. Franklin Clay Settle of Inman, S.C., and Cadet Private Aaron Jacob Lee of Summerville, S.C., are the 2011 recipients of the Col. Loring K. Himelright Award presented annually by The Citadel School of Engineering.   Presented during Homecoming weekend each year, the award recognizes an outstanding first class (senior) cadet majoring in civil engineering for an exemplary record of academic achievement.

This year – and only for the third time in the award’s 38-year history – two cadets were honored. Both will receive a $2,000 cash award.   “Not only do they fulfill all of the criteria for the Col. Loring K. Himelright Award, but cadets Settle and Lee exemplify the spirit of the professionalism that Himelright demanded of The Citadel civil engineering graduates during his tenure,” said Ronald Welch, dean of the School of Engineering.

Settle currently serves as the president of The Citadel Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the acting Delta Company Commander. His academic and other cadet achievements have earned him a spot on the Dean’s List, President’s List and the Commandant’s List, as well as a Gold Star.  

Lee has been an active member of The Citadel ASCE Student Chapter. Currently the secretary of the club, Lee also authored its annual report, served as chapter webmaster, and led the surveying team to the 2011 Carolinas Conference as captain. Lee also dedicates much of his time to service projects, such as the Battery2Beach community service project.

The award is named for  Col. Loring K. Himelright, the former head of the civil engineering department. The award was created upon his retirement in 1981. 

Arland D. Williams Society inducts first woman

November 17, 2011
Abigail Webber Zuehlke, Citadel Class of 2003, today became the first woman and the 20th member inducted into the Arland D. Williams Society at The Citadel.  Created in 2000 by The Citadel Alumni Association, the Arland D. Williams Society recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to their communities and or have acted in the noblest way in placing the well-being of others before themselves. It is named in honor of Arland D. Williams, Class of 1957, who drowned after surviving a 1982 plane crash in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. After repeatedly passing a life ring to other survivors, Williams drowned before he could be rescued.

“Abigail’s selfless service in the face of danger undoubtedly saved the lives of the two swimmers,” said Mike Rogers, director of the alumni association. “Her exemplary calmness and courageous actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Arland D. Williams Society and reflect great credit upon herself and The Citadel.”   Zuehlke, who lives in Earlysville, Va., was recognized for saving the lives of two people in July at Hunting Island State Park, near Beaufort, S.C. Zuehlke was on vacation with family and friends at the beach when she saw three men caught in a rip tide and on the verge of drowning. She immediately passed her 9-month-old baby from her lap to her husband, kissed him, swam into the ocean and saved two of the men with the help of Tim Glas, Class of 1993, who was at the beach as well. The third swimmer was able to make his way to shore.

“Principled leaders are those that place the needs of others ahead of themselves and are willing to take action when necessary. Abigail has demonstrated this important quality and we honor her courage,” Rogers said.    While a cadet Zuehlke was an English major and a member of Band Company. She grew up in Lucerne, Ind., and is a captain in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Zuehlke was presented with the award during Homecoming ceremonies at the Holliday Alumni Center.

Two MOH Winners Speak at The Citadel

November 16, 2011

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They are mirror images of each other. Soft-spoken men who earned the nation’s highest military honor for selfless acts that occurred four decades apart. Lt. Col. Bruce “Snake” Crandall, 78, flew 22 repeat missions in an unarmed helicopter over Vietnam by running through heavy enemy fire to bring ammunition in and the wounded out.  Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, 26, was caught in an ambush in Afghanistan but went on the offensive when two insurgents attempted to carry off a wounded fellow soldier.

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta listens to fellow recipient retired Army Lt. Col. Bruce ‘Snake’ Crandall at The Citadel on Tuesday. Video Medal of Honor Recipient Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta talks about honor and the people he served with in Afghanistan. And just like many of the 84 other living Medal of Honor recipients, the younger Giunta still has mixed feelings about why the medal was placed around his neck — feelings Crandall is helping him to overcome. “One of the things that I see in him, that I see in every one of us … is that right off he didn’t think he did anything to deserve the medal, and that he was just doing his job,” Crandall said. “It took a little while for me to get it in his head that’s the way we all felt, because we were all just doing our job.”

The two heroes visited The Citadel campus Tuesday where, just like rock stars, they posed for pictures, shared their stories with cadets and spoke about the best qualities of leadership. “Lead from the front,” Giunta said. “Lead by example. Choose the harder right, rather than the easy wrong.” The appearance represented one of the dozens of visits the living Medal of Honor recipients make every year to discuss their experiences with audiences of all ages. Even so, Giunta said the medal and its celebrity is not what he envisioned when he joined the Army after high school. “This is not a comfortable spot for me,” he told reporters. “I did not join the U.S. Army because I thought I wanted to talk in front of a whole bunch of cameras.” Their stories represent incidents of heroism rising out of bad situations.

In 2007, Giunta, now of Colorado, was a rifle team leader in the Korengal Valley when his platoon was hit after five days in the field. Recovering quickly, he stepped into what was described as “a wall of bullets” to run down two Taliban fighters who were carrying a mortally wounded soldier away. He became the first new living medal recipient in nearly 40 years. “I’ve never seen so many bullets travel in such a small space,” Giunta said of the firefight. Giunta said his memories of that time are not so much what he did that night, but of the men he’d served with, or who didn’t come home. “These are men who beat as much in my heart, and yet you all only know my name,” he said.

Crandall was an unarmed helicopter pilot who flew multiple missions to rescue 70 wounded Americans in one of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. The flights during the 1965 Battle at Ia Drang Valley were part of Mel Gibson’s 2002 film “We Were Soldiers,” adapted from the book “We Were Soldiers Once … And Young.” During his day-long rescue attempts, Crandall said his biggest fears were not of his own safety but what it meant if he failed in the slightest. Additional coverage Military news and events “What scared me is, I didn’t want to screw up and have the unit on the ground suffer more dead and wounded than they had to,” said Crandall, of Washington state.

The pair, who said they have a sort of mentor relationship, agreed that even with their recognitions, the medal remains much bigger than them. “Getting the award is not the toughest part, it’s living up to it,” Crandall said. One of those in the audience said hearing the soldiers’ stories should be mandatory in schools today. “If they reach just one kid, it will all be worth it,” said Coast Guard veteran Dave Horner of Summerville.