Archive for December, 2011

Five questions with Andre Roberts – cbsports.com

December 27, 2011
A great interview with R Company’s own Andre Roberts.  
 
Here’s the link if you want to scope out more cbssports.com inteviews:   http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/34004986     
 
Posted on CBSsports.com on December 23, 2011  
A. Roberts has helped Arizona win six of its past seven games (US Presswire).
Written By Josh Katzowitz

Andre Roberts is a second-year receiver for the Cardinals, but if you haven’t heard of him, that’s to be expected. Arizona has been ignored for much of the year — that’s probably because of San Francisco’s ridiculous season — and even when the Cardinals got hot and started their current streak (they’ve won six of their past seven games), Roberts wasn’t a receiver on which the average fan focused.

He’s no fantasy football hero, and with Larry Fitzgerald sucking up all the attention for the entire Arizona receiving corps (and deservedly so), Roberts has quietly put together an effective season as the team’s No. 2 receiver. Not bad for a Division I-AA player who planned on going into the accounting field if pro football failed him.

On the season, he’s caught 41 passes for 487 yards and two touchdowns, but in the past three games, he’s begun to record impressive numbers. In Arizona’s upset of Dallas in Week 13, Roberts lead the team with six catches for 111 yards. Against Cleveland last week, he reeled in another six catches for 60 yards. With Fitzgerald in the lineup, Roberts won’t be the THE star, but still, he’s established a niche for himself for a team that seems to have plenty of potential.

We caught up with Roberts this week, and during our discussion, we touched on why John Skelton has played well after taking over the quarterback spot for Kevin Kolb, why Victory Monday can be so sweet and why playing football at the Citadel wasn’t the easiest road he could have taken.

1. CBSSports.com: With the 49ers playing well, not a lot of people paid much attention to the rest of the NFC West. But you guys have won six of seven, and you’re still here. How’d that happen?

Andre Roberts: Just working hard after our losses. It’s easy to get down after having six losses straight (from Weeks 2-8). We kept working at it, we kept grinding away.

CBS: But the 49ers got off to such a fast start and left everybody else in the NFC West behind. Obviously, that’s not something you guys can control except when you play the 49ers. But on a mental level, how tough is it when the 49ers just keep on winning and pulling away in the division?

Roberts: For the most part, we just worry about us. You can’t worry about other teams. As for us and the other teams in the NFC West, it just makes us play harder. We have to compete with those guys in order to get in the playoffs.

2. CBS: But after beating Dallas and then San Francisco a few weeks back, that must have been a big thing for you guys.

Roberts: It was big for us. It was keeping our win streak alive. It’s really about the team we play every single week. We came out and worked hard. Just tried to do our best. Dallas is good and San Fran is a good team. We just worked hard and had a good time.

CBS: But everybody works hard. I could ask every guy in the NFL, and they all would say they work hard every single week. What’s different about the Cardinals lately?

Roberts: I don’t know, maybe Victory Mondays. If we win, we get Mondays off. We get a little more rest. I don’t know, it’s just something about our team. We have a resilience.

CBS: What do you guys do if you have a Victory Monday?

Roberts: For the most part, we come in and get treatment and work out. Hot tub and cold tub. But when we have a Victory Monday, we don’t watch film from Sunday. We don’t have to watch that until Wednesday. We still come in and work out and everything. But it’s just the feeling of having that day off; it’s us getting something from winning the game on the weekend.

A. Roberts has been Arizona's No. 2 receiver this year (US Presswire).3. CBS: You guys still aren’t out of playoff picture yet. You’ve already beaten Dallas and San Francisco. You have to win out and get a lot of help. It’s still a longshot, but you’re still here.

Roberts: Definitely, last year at this point of the year, we had no chance of making the playoffs. We’re really treating every game like a playoff game. In order for us to have the opportunity, we have to win out. We can win out and still not go, but that’s why we’re treating every game like it’s a playoff.

4. CBS: Kevin Kolb was obviously the big money free agent to come in, and for John Skelton, that must have been tough. Now, he’s had to take over for Kolb a few times because of Kolb injuries. How did John get through that and still manage to be effective when he has to play?

Roberts: He responded great to it. I’m sure he knew we were going to have a free agent come in. Kevin came in and we wanted him to start. But John handled it great. Like everybody else, he just works hard. He’s definitely a hard worker, and when you go about it like that, you’ll come out on the right side.

CBS: Was there a little bit more familiarity with John because you guys came into the league together and because he played some quarterback last year with you guys?

Roberts: It helped a lot with the familiarity of him and his ball and the way it comes at you and him knowing the playbook. I’m sure it helped him a lot. We didn’t have the offseason, but being able to see the defense and to read them in preparation to know routes we were running, it helps with the timing. 

5. CBS: You played at the Citadel. I want to know what that’s like — with all the military exercises and the school and playing football on top of that. I don’t know how many guys in the NFL played at the Citadel, but I can’t imagine there are many. And I can’t imagine there’s anybody from VMI in the league. That has to be a tough existence in college.

Roberts: It’s really tough. At the Citadel, you have to deal with the military life and football and school. Most of the time you go to college, and you only have to worry about football and school. It can take a toll on you if you let it. That hardest year is that first year, when you’re introduced to it all. You come into football camp, and you go into school and everything is so new. It is tough.

The first-year guys everywhere have it rough. You don’t know the environment. You don’t know your teammates. You don’t know who your roommate is going to be, because our roommates weren’t football players but other people in the regular corps. All that stuff combined with classes and knowing what your major is, after the military exercises and then having to learn plays, it’s tough.

CBS: How did you do it?

Roberts: I had to fit in real quick. Football actually helps. It takes away some of the military duties. Football is a getaway and that’s how I used it. I used it to get my mind off school and military stuff. That what helped me the most.

CBS: I know both of your parents were in the military. Was that a route you were going to take if the NFL thing didn’t work out?

Roberts: I actually never wanted to go into the military. I went to a military college and my parents were military. I had a strict household growing up. I thought it wouldn’t be that hard, but I didn’t want to.

CBS: I read an interview with you when you were still in college, and you said that the only Division I offers you had were the Citadel and Coastal Carolina, and that since Coastal is by the beach, you didn’t think you’d be able to finish school. Is that true?

Roberts: I don’t know if I really needed the structure the Citadel gave me, but it helped me get through school and to grow up and to learn how to be a man. I didn’t know if I could have done that at Coastal. ”

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Dog lose again but Groselle gets 7th double/double

December 20, 2011
Can anyone besides Groselle (below) put the ball in the hoop on a regular basis??
 
 
 

full stats

Harrisonburg, Va.—Citadel junior Mike Groselle posted his seventh double-double of the season, 11 points and 11 rebounds, but it was James Madison that emerged with the decisive 67-49 victory on Monday evening at the JMU Convocation Center. Groselle was joined in scoring by teammates Lawrence Miller (eight points) and Bo Holston (seven points).

The Citadel (2-8) was unable to find consistency in their shooting, hitting 19-of-53 (35.8%) from the floor and 6-of-21 from 3-point range. The one bright spot came in the form of rebounding, as the Bulldogs tallied 30 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive glass. Groselle was one of five Cadets to post an offensive rebound, finishing with six. Meanwhile, the tandem of Holston and Miller gave the Dogs a 23-18 edge in bench scoring.

full write up at www.citadelsports.com

NFL Bulldog update…

December 20, 2011

Romeo’s own Andre Roberts had six receptions for sixty yards and a touchdown in Arizona’a 20-17 overtime win over Cleveland.
Cortez Allen played on special teams and had one solo tackle in Pittsburg’s loss to San Francisco last night.

Citadel Wrestling Defeats North Carolina State 19-18

December 19, 2011

Charleston, S.C.Odie Delaney scored the only fall of the match and four other Citadel wrestlers scored decision victories as the Bulldogs captured their opening home dual meet of the season with 19-18 victory over North Carolina State at McAlister Field House Saturday afternoon.

Delaney scored a pin over the Wolfpack’s Josh Davis at the 1:53 mark of the 285-pound bout to improve to 5-0 on the season. The six-point win turned a 11-9 deficit into a 15-11 advantage for the Bulldogs (1-3) that they would not relinquish. Kelby Smith improved to 4-0 in dual-meet action with a 5-2 decision over KaRonne Jones, while No. 17 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj improved to 10-4 on the season with a 5-2 decision over Quinton Godley in a rematch of their bout at the Nittany Lion Open on Dec. 4.

After David Ivashchenko dropped a close 7-6 decision in the opening match at 149 pounds, Pierre Frazile evened the score at 3-3 with a 5-3 decision over Colton Palmer at 157 pounds. A major decision victory by NC State’s Nijel Jones at 165 gave the Wolfpack a 7-3 lead, but Luvsandorj cut the deficit to 7-6 with his decision. Another major decision for the Wolfpack at 184 pounds opened an 11-6 lead before Smith and Delaney won back-to-back matches, posting nine points and giving the Bulldogs a 15-11 advantage.

Coltin Fought’s 19-6 major decision at 125 pounds for NC State knotted the score at 15-15, but Kyle Casaletto‘s 4-2 decision at 133 pulled the Cadets ahead 18-15. Darius Little closed out the meet with a 5-1 decision over Jordan Dix at 141, but the Bulldogs emerged victorious on the afternoon with the 19-18 victory.

The Bulldogs return to action at the Southern Scuffle on January 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Match Summary

149 Matthew Nereim (NCST) over David Ivashchenko (CIT) Decision 7-6
157 Pierre Frazile (CIT) over Colton Palmer (NCST) Decision 5-3
165 Nijel Jones (NCST) over Michael Harper (CIT) Major Decision 12-1
174 #17 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (CIT) over Quinton Godley (NCST) Decision 5-2
184 Robert O`Neill (NCST) over John Duane (CIT) Major Decision 19-8
197 Kelby Smith (CIT) over KaRonne Jones (NCST) Decision 5-2
285 Odie Delaney (CIT) over Joshua Davis (NCST) Fall 1:53
125 Coltin Fought (NCST) over Richard Alarcon Jr. (CIT) Major Decision 19-6
133 Kyle Casaletto (CIT) over Adam Matthews (NCST) Decision 4-2
141 Darius Little (NCST) over Jordan Dix (CIT) Decision 5-1
2nd Tie-breaker Criteria (Total Falls 1-0 CIT)
Final Dual Meet Score 19 18

For more information on Bulldog Wrestling, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at http://www.CitadelSports.com.

No good news….

December 15, 2011

Well, I have no good news to give you so I will just give you the bad…..with a touch of sports gossip.

The Basketball team is on a five game losing streak as they head go out on the road to play James Madison, Denver & Tennessee.  Looks like we are headed for an 8 game losing streak but the question is can we beat U of Virginia – Wise on January 2nd?  That may be our only victory the rest of the season.

Things are not looking good on the ReVille front as the mother of one of the victims has filed suit requiring The Citadel report all past and future cases of sexual abuse.  They are doing this to help the school.  Of course there is always a dollar sign attached to the “help” and the lawyer is from MINNESOTA, not South Carolina.   I had more written on this topic but my attorney told me I had better keep my mouth shut and  let you read it here:

 http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/dec/14/lawsuit-demands-citadel-report-all-child-sexual-ab/

In the sports gossip column  there are two rumors going around about former Citadel players and coaches.  The first is that former Bulldog player and head coach Ellis Johnson ’75, will interview for the top spot at Southern Mississippi.   Ellis is currently the defensive coordinator at South Carolina.   Also Maurice Drayton ’98 may be in the mix for the running backs coach at South Carolina. 

That’s all for this week unless some big pops up.  Talk at you next week.  

 

 

AP Wire Story Speaks to Revile Situation

December 12, 2011

This was on the front page of today’s Greenville (SC) News but was also in yesterday’s HamptonRoads Pilot, which means it is probably nationwide by now.  It is an Associated Press  story about the ReVille case.  Below is the link to the Pilot, which is a much easier read….

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CITADEL_SEX_ABUSE?SITE=VANOV&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Great Article – worth the read

December 9, 2011

This article is too long to post but you NEED to click on the link and read it.  Written by Cid gradDr. Tom Horton ( Not the Romeo Company Tom Horton of  ’74).  Thanks to Grover Croft for sending the link!

http://www.moultrienews.com/column/-07HISTORYRINGPIC-#.TuC9Dp-WrXU.facebook

 

Groselle get Honored & Bulldogs in NFL update!

December 9, 2011

Groselle wins SoCon honor

Basketball standout Mike Groselle earned his second honor of the season from the Southern Conference when he was named “November Athlete of the Month”.  The athletes of the month are nominated by each member institution and selected by the conference office. Groselle finished the month of November with five consecutive double-doubles and in the process extended his personal and program-high streak to six, including a double-double in the 2011 SoCon Tournament against Elon.

Keeping up with Bulldogs in the NFL

Cortez Allen – Steelers: In Sunday’s ‘NFL’ game, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau added a wrinkle in sub packages he uses on obvious passing downs. For six plays when the Cincinnati Bengals had four wide receivers on the field, the Steelers used four cornerbacks in the secondary as well as strong safety Troy Polamalu. On those six plays, free safety Ryan Clark was replaced by rookie Cortez Allen.    “Coach Lebeau just wanted a couple more guys in there who are more experienced as cover guys, just for that scenario” said Cortez Allen, a former standout at The Citadel who was taken in the fourth round of this year’s draft. “Any time I can contribute in any way, I’m all for it.”

Allen is one of two rookie cornerbacks on the roster. Taken ahead of him in the third round of the draft was Curtis Brown, a former Texas star. Both Allen and Brown are seeing a lot of action on special teams. But unlike Allen, Brown has yet to take a snap on defense. Allen has even passed  veteran Bryant McFadden on the pecking order in the cornerback rotation.

 Andre Roberts – Cardinals was named in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S Top 10 NFL Players making an impact.   Over the course of Arizona’s recent 4-1 spurt, Roberts has emerged as one of the Cardinals’ most reliable targets, catching 20 passes for 286 yards, including his second career 100-yard game in Sunday’s upset of Dallas (six receptions for 111 yards, including a 40-yarder).  In addition to being Arizona’s third-leading receiver this season, he might be a Cowboys-killer in the making, given that both of his career 100-yard games have come in home wins over Dallas.

 

 

Update from Gen. Rosa

December 8, 2011

For your information sent out by the Citadel Alumni Association:

 Members of The Citadel Family:

I want to provide you with an update on the steps The Citadel is taking to address the 2002 incident that came to our attention in 2007 and the changes that have occurred on campus in the last several years. It is important that you have the facts and that you are fully aware of how The Citadel is responding.

First and foremost, we are profoundly saddened by what has occurred. We extend our deepest sympathy to the young men and their families.   We take the allegations that have been made very seriously and are complying in every way with all authorities involved in the criminal investigations. On November 14th the college released a packet of several hundred documents related to the ReVille matter, and, on November 30th, we released an additional 47 pages of emails concerning this matter.

For the last five years, The Citadel has taken aggressive and continuous steps to enhance our campus culture. We began that process with the administration of a sexual assault and sexual harassment survey of the entire Corps of Cadets. The results were published and used by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Council and The Krause Center as the basis of a year-long Values and Respect Program. This program evolved into the current Leadership Education Program that focuses on character development to promote the creation of a safe and healthy campus and learning environment. We created a full-time Cadet Advocacy, Response, and Education position. We also closed Citadel-sponsored camps and completely revised the policy for children on campus.

As has already been shared publicly, South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division and Attorney General are each investigating these matters. SLED began its investigation on campus this week. While we initially considered hiring a consulting group to conduct a separate review, we felt that it was more important to ensure complete transparency and independence by asking the S.C. Attorney General to conduct this review. The Attorney General’s office has stated that its review will begin upon the completion of the SLED investigation. We are also working with the U.S. Department of Education as they conduct an off-site program review concerning the requirements under the Clery Act, which requires annual reporting of campus violence, including sexual misconduct. We have submitted that report routinely.

We all want answers, but we must give these investigators time to conduct their work. When the findings are in, the college is committed to taking whatever actions are necessary to emerge as a stronger institution.

As we await the reports of the independent investigations, we are initiating a review of Citadel policies and programs that involve minors to ensure that they meet the appropriate professional standards and are consistent with best practices in the higher education community. Also, we will look at establishing new partnerships with external organizations that may be able to assist us in this process.

Let me take this opportunity to remind everyone on campus to notify Citadel Public Safety if you are aware of any activities that should be reported. We are all responsible for maintaining the safety of our campus, which is one of our highest priorities.

Throughout this process, we are committed to being transparent and forthcoming, and as part of that commitment I will keep the campus community updated periodically on all of these matters. We have posted all the documents that have been released to the media on our website. They are available at: http://www.citadel.edu/root/public-documents

We will also provide the means for you to share comments and suggestions (anonymously if you wish) which I encourage you to use if you have any other thoughts for strengthening our institution. The link is: http://www.citadel.edu/root/confidential-comments

I will be meeting with Faculty Council, Staff Council and the Academic Board early next semester. We will also hold our regular Town Hall meeting February 7th where I will respond to questions.

The Citadel has so very much to be proud of and so much to be thankful for as an institution. Because of the hard work of everyone on campus, the standing of The Citadel has never been better. U.S. News and World Report ranked The Citadel the top public college in the South. We continue to set admissions records because high school students and their families recognize the quality of our academic and leadership experience and believe in what we’re trying to accomplish.

Foremost among our strengths are the students, faculty, staff and alumni that constitute our extended Citadel family. We need you more than ever to assist us through this difficult time and to make The Citadel an even stronger institution. I know we can count on you! It is a real honor for me to be a part of The Citadel family. Thank you for all you do to serve this great institution.

Lt Gen John W. Rosa (USAF, Retired)

President

The Citadel

Citadel Employees get Salary Supplemement for Christmas

December 6, 2011

Bonus part of revamped performance review process

The Citadel Board of Visitors today approved an amendment to the college budget providing for a year-end salary supplement that is part of a five -step Employee Recognition Program. The supplement has been made possible by cost savings and an increase in revenue above what had been projected in the college’s budget.

The board’s decision provides for $1,000 salary supplements for all faculty and staff that began full-time employment on or before Sept. 1, 2011, and earn less than $100,000. Salaried temporary employees and hourly temps working 1,000 hours or more will receive a $500 supplement. Other temporary staff employees who meet the criteria will receive $200. The supplements are a one-time payment that will not be added to base pay.

“The Citadel’s faculty and staff work extraordinarily hard on behalf of our students, and they are the primary reason for our No. 1 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report college guide,” said BOV Chairman Doug Snyder. “The BOV is delighted to be able to reward their efforts over the last year.”

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa directed Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college, and Thomas Elzey, executive vice president for finance, administration and operations, to develop a proposal to more accurately evaluate and reward employees for their work. The Employee Recognition Plan is the result.

The salary supplement is just one part of a five-step Employee Recognition Program, said Elzey.

The first step was a 1 percent salary increase that was effective July 1 of this year. It was the first wage increase for employees in three years. The salary supplement is the second step in the program. Step three is the completion of supervisory training for The Citadel’s 142 supervisors with emphasis on leadership, communication and performance evaluation. Step four will include the rescheduling of all evaluations, known as Employee Performance Management System (EPMS) reports, to a universal date of October 2012. Then, in December 2012, the final step will be to institute performance-based salary increases based on EPMS reports and identify and address salary disparities on a case-by-case basis, Elzey said.

Rosa said: “By creating a better system to evaluate the performance of employees we improve our ability to reward them for their hard work and for a job well done.”