Archive for December, 2012

J.L. Mann kicker Vanvick plans to play at The Citadel

December 19, 2012


Citadel legacy Will Vanvick will follow his father& brother to ElCid

Citadel legacy Will Vanvick will follow his father& brother to ElCid









by: Bob Castello, The Greenville News,  December 18, 2012

J.L. Mann punter/place-kicker Will Vanvick has committed to continue his football career at The Citadel.   Patriots coach Brian Strickland said Vanvick averaged between 44 and 45 yards per punt each of the past two seasons.

“I think they’re getting a pretty dynamic punter,” Strickland said. “He may be a better punter than place-kicker at the next level, just because he seems to have a more natural knack for punting than he does for kicking.

“There were several times during my two years here that he flipped the field. Field position’s so important in high school football. It’s so hard to drive the ball 70 or 80 yards, and he made people do that consistently. And he probably put the ball into the end zone (on kickoffs) at a 90 percent clip. He was a weapon.”

Vanvick is a legacy at The Citadel. His father, Scott (1980), and brother, Matt (2011), are graduates.

“That’s kind of what he always wanted to do,” Strickland said. “He wanted to go to school there and wanted to play football for them, so I’m glad it worked out for him


Basketball in a funk and other tidbits…..

December 17, 2012


Dylen Setzekorn came off the bench to lead the team in scoring.

Dylen Setzekorn came off the bench to lead the team in scoring.







Gardner Webb 71 Bulldogs   58

The ‘Dogs lost their 4th straight and are now 3-5 with the tough part of the schedule on the horizon.   They play St. Bonaventure Wednesday, Georgia Tech Saturday and Clemson New Year’s Day.  We are looking at 3-8 before we hit SoCon action.  Not good my friends.

 If things weren’t bad enough, C.J. Bray, our 6’7” sophomore forward, is out for the year with a severe ankle injury  Word has it that he will file for a medical redshirt. 

Senior Mike Groselle had a double-double (14 points/15 rebounds) against Gardner Webb and redshirt freshman Dylen Setzekorn came off the bench to score 16 points and lead the Bulldogs in scoring.

 Georgia Southern beat Virginia Tech 78-73 in Blacksburg Saturday and Elon lost in OT to a pretty good UMass team so not everyone in the SoCon is struggling like we are.

 On the football side of things Freshman defensive end Koty Allen will not return second semester.  He will be transferring to a BCS program and attempting to walk on.  Let’s hope he is the only one we lose over Christmas.

 Finally, the SoCon is out of the football championship hunt .  Georgia Southern lost to #1 ranked North Dakota State 23-20.  North Dakota State, who beat Georgia Southern and Wofford in consecutive weeks, plays Sam Houston State on Saturday, Jan 5 for the FCS championship.

Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen establishes football scholarship at The Citadel

December 14, 2012

  • Jeff Hartsell: The Charleston Post-Courier
  • Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 2:54 p.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 2:55 p.m.

  • Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen has established a football scholarship at The Citadel, where he began his coaching career in 1973. AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
  • Former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen has established a football scholarship at The Citadel, where he began his coaching career in 1973. AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

Former Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen got his start in the business at The Citadel in 1973.   Now, the former ACC and national coach of the year is giving back to the military school.  Friedgen and his wife, Gloria, have established a football scholarship with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.

The Ralph & Gloria Friedgen Scholarship will go to an offensive player beginning in 2013-14.  “The Citadel is where we got our start,” said Friedgen, who coached under Bobby Ross and Art Baker at The Citadel from 1973-79. “And Gloria joins me as we remember the many good years we had in Charleston.”  The Brigadier Foundation raises money for athletic scholarships at The Citadel, and athletic director Larry Leckonby praised the Friedgens’ generosity.  “They are first-class people, and we’re happy they wanted to remember The Citadel in this fashion,” said Leckonby, who worked with Friedgen at Maryland.

Friedgen was an offensive lineman at Maryland, and after his years at The Citadel served as an assistant at William & Mary, Murray State, Maryland and Georgia Tech, and with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers.  He was hired as head coach at Maryland in 2000, and led the Terps to a 10-2 record and an ACC title in 2001; an 11-3 mark and Peach Bowl victory in 2002; and a 10-3 record and Gator Bowl win in 2003. He finished his career with a 75-50 record, including a 9-4 record in 2010

Mike Sellers Becomes Consensus First Team All-American

December 13, 2012


New York – Mike Sellers earned an honor received by only four players in Citadel football history on Wednesday when he became a consensus first team All-American after his selection by the Associated Press.

Previously, the junior center was chosen to All-America first teams by the American Football Coaches Association and The Sports Network. The only other players chosen to the first team by all three organizations in the same season were offensive guard Carlos Avalos in 1988, safety Lester Smith in 1992 and wide receiver Andre Roberts in 2008. 

Sellers was named to the All-Southern Conference first team and was the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Award as the top offensive lineman in the league.

Sellers (Summerville, S.C./Fort Dorchester) led the team with 75 knockdown blocks and earned the highest assignment grade of all Citadel offensive linemen. He anchored a line which enabled the Bulldogs to rank fourth in the nation with an average of 300.6 rushing yards per game while allowing only two sacks.

A year ago Sellers was the team’s offensive MVP, and he has started the past 22 games at center after originally coming to The Citadel as a defensive lineman.

Joining Sellers on the AP first team from the SoCon are Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein, Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette, Georgia Southern nose tackle Brent Russell, Samford defensive back Jaquiski Tartt and Appalachian State punter Sam Martin.

Bulldog This-n-That

December 10, 2012

Chris McGuiness goes to Cleveland

Former Citadel  baseball standout Chris McGuiness was picked by the Cleveland Indians with the fifth overall selection in last week’s MLB Rule 5 draft.

McGuiness, a left-handed hitting first baseman was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League this year, hitting .370 with five doubles, four home runs and 27 runs batted-in in 25 games. In Class AA last season, McGuiness hit .268 with 25 doubles, 23 homers and 77 RBI in 132 games for the Texas Rangers affiliate in Frisco, Texas. 

During the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, an eligible player left unprotected from his club’s 40-man roster may be selected for $50,000.If he does not make the Cleveland major league roster he must be offered back to the Rangers for $25K.

Ross Atkins, director of player development for the Indians, told the Cleveland Plan Dealer that (McGuiness) “checks out in a lot of different ways for us,” . “He plays a position where we’re going to try and be creative to find someone who can help our Major League team.  “He had a very good year in AA and a very productive Arizona Fall League. We feel he’s an average defender at first base already and could make an impact soon.” stated that “ the Indians tentatively addressed their weakness at the position (1st base) by nabbing Chris McGuiness from the Rangers with the fifth-overall pick.  A left-handed hitter with solid plate discipline and power that should translate in the major leagues, the 24-year-old batted .268/.366/.474 with 23 home runs and 107/69 K/BB in 123 games for Double-A Frisco. McGuiness went on to hit .283/.370/.467 with a league-leading 27 RBI in the Arizona Fall League.”

We wish Chris all the best in the 2013 season…..and will become Indian fans if he makes the team!

Coach Higgins gets extension

A 7-4 record this season earned The Citadel football coach Kevin Higgins a one-year contract extension, through the 2014 season.  Higgins, who earns an annual salary of $227,352 according to state government salary databases, had previously had his contract extended through the 2013 season in an agreement signed on Jan. 18, 2012.  As part of that agreement, he is to receive a one-year extension for each season that the Bulldogs win a majority of their games against FCS competition.

On Nov. 20, athletic director Larry Leckonby sent Higgins a letter acknowledging that the Bulldogs’ 7-3 record against FCS foes this season had earned him an extension through June 30, 2015. Higgins is also due a bonus of $50,000 if he is still the head coach on Feb. 1, 2013.

Cortez Allen gets the start for the Steelers

Cortez Allen (#28), former Citadel starter got his first start at cornerback for the Pittsburg Steelers in yesterday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers.  Allen moved into the starter role when his mentor Ike Taylor  broke his ankle in the Baltimore game. Cortez  was second on defense in tackles with 8 total and 7 solo tackles.  If he continues to play that well he will likely start the last two games of the season.

Andre Roberts catches 3….

In the Cardinals blowout loss to Seattle.  Andre, who is nursing an ankle injury, was #2 in catches and yardage with 3 catches for 36 yards.  He has had a decent season with a team that cannot find a QB that can get the ball downfield.

Citadel center Mike Sellers named football All-American

December 5, 2012

Charleston Post-Courier – Staff Report – 12/4/12

Center Mike Sellers of The Citadel has been named to the FCS All-America team by the American Football Coaches Association.   Sellers, a junior from Fort Dorchester High School, is the first Citadel player honored by the AFCA in four years. He also was named first-team all-Southern Conference this season, and won the league’s Jacobs Blocking Award as the top offensive lineman.

The last Citadel player named to the AFCA All-America team was wide receiver Andre Roberts in 2008; Roberts now plays for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. The last Bulldog offensive lineman on the squad was Levi Davis in 1994.

Sellers led the 7-4 Bulldogs with 75 knockdown blocks and earned the highest assignment grade of all Citadel offensive linemen. He anchored a line which enabled the Bulldogs to rank fourth in the nation with an average of 300.6 rushing yards per game, while allowing only two sacks.

In addition to Sellers and Davis, three other Citadel offensive linemen have been named to the AFCA All-America team, including Jim Gabrish (1984 and 1985), Carlos Avalos (1988) and DeRhon Robinson (1990).  Rounding out the list of AFCA All-Americans from The Citadel are defensive lineman Jim Ettari (1982), safety Lester Smith (1992) and defensive lineman Brad Kenney (1995).

This and That SoCon and alumni news…

December 3, 2012

Ellis Johnson ’75 is rumored to be in the running for the Florida State Defensive Coordinator job.

Wofford beat one of the Colonial League’s best  23-7 in the playoffs.  They had 479 yards offense and held the U of New Hampshire to 200 yards on offense.  The Rat Dogs face former #1 North Dakota State (11-1) next.

Georgian Southern beat Central Arkansas 24-16 and the Eagles QB had 316 rushing yards and two TDs.  GaSou will face Old Dominion in Norfolk Saturday.   Old Dominion is 11-1 and this is their last game as a FCS (Division 1AA) team. 

Appalachian State lost at home, in OT to Illinois State  48-37.  App State coach Jerry Moore resigned/retired as head coach after the game. Supposedly, he was urged to do so and rumor has it that Offensive Coordinator Scott Satterfield will be named the new Mountaineer head coach.

It is official: The College of Charleston is leaving the Southern Conference.   The Board of Trustees made it official this week-endThe CofC Cougars will join the Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) in August 2013.  The total cost for leaving the SoCon, included CAA fees is in the area of $1.1million.

Citadel drops SoCon basketball opener at UNC Greensboro

December 3, 2012

Charleston Post-Courier Staff report:  Sunday, December 2, 2012 12:12 a.m

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Plagued by turnover problems in the early season, The Citadel solved that problem Saturday night, giving the basketball away only seven times.  But the rest of the Bulldogs’ game plan fell apart, resulting in an 84-54 loss to UNC Greensboro in The Citadel’s Southern Conference opener at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Guards Drew Parker and Trevis Simpson scored 15 points each as UNCG (2-5, 1-0) shot 59 percent from the field and made 11 of 21 attempts from 3-point range. The Bulldogs (3-3, 0-1) got 20 points from center Mike Groselle. But The Citadel shot just 30.9 percent, and despite missing 38 shots, grabbed only four offensive rebounds.  “Seven turnovers, that was a plus,” said Citadel coach Chuck Driesell. “Problem is, we couldn’t stop them. They got out to a 15-point lead just like that, and then your game plan gets a little tweaked. You have to try to get back in it by doing things you didn’t plan on doing.”

Ashton Moore scored 11 points for The Citadel, and Marshall Harris had six assists. Groselle scored his 20 points on just 12 shots, making six from the field and 8 of 10 from the foul line. “Mike did yeoman’s work down there,” Driesell said. “They really pushed and shoved on him all night. When we got the ball to him, he did a nice job with it. I still think we can get the ball to him more in our offense.”

The Spartans, shooting just 41.9 percent coming in, had little trouble getting their offense cranked up against The Citadel’s 2-3 zone. Parker hit 3 of 5 and Nicholas Paulos 3 of 4 from long distance for UNCG, which was picked to defend its North Division title this year. “Prior to tonight, they had not shot it well,” Driesell said. “We’ll have to look and see if we were there on the shots, if they just had a hot night or if there is something we need to fix.”

The Bulldogs won’t have much time to fix things, as they play at Charleston Southern on Tuesday.  “We’ve got to learn from this and not let everybody get down and depressed,” Driesell said. “It’s a journey, and we’ve got to stay even-keeled throughout the whole season.”