Archive for January, 2013

Davidson HS QB Cam Jackson commits to The Citadel

January 31, 2013
Dual-threat quarterback Cam Jackson (Press-Register file)

Dual-threat quarterback Cam Jackson (Press-Register file)

from: al.com

by Ben Thomas | bthomas@al.com   on January 29, 2013 at 1:14 PM, updated January 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

 

 MOBILE, Alabama – A pair of Davidson seniors decided on their football future this week.  Warriors’ versatile quarterback Cam Jackson committed to The Citadel late Monday, while linebacker William Pritchett committed to Alabama A&M this morning after visiting the Huntsville campus last weekend. The 6-foot-2, 182-pound Jackson was a two-year starter for Davidson. He led the Warriors to an 8-1 regular season record this year, running for 1,204 yards and 13 touchdowns and passing for 1,105 yards and six touchdowns. A visit to the Citadel earlier this month cemented his choice.   “He and his mom just really enjoyed that trip,” Davidson coach Fred Riley said. “I could see  it on their faces when they came back. They have told Cam they want him to be their quarterback of the future, and that is where he wants to play. If you are a quarterback, it’s tough to give that up and play another position. I think he wanted to play there a few more years.”

 Jackson also had offers from West Alabama and Air Force. Arkansas State also had shown increased interest in him of late. Air Force apparently was looking at Jackson as defensive back, according to Riley.   “This will be a great fit for Cam,” Riley said of The Citadel. “They are an option team – kind of Georgia Tech-style. Obviously, it’s a very disciplined school and Cam will thrive in that type of environment.”

 Jackson will see some familiar faces when he arrives in college. Former teammate James Riley is a freshman linebacker. Former Theodore star Carl Robinson is a sophomore linebacker for the Bulldogs, while former St. Paul’s standout Cam Mobley is a sophomore on the defensive line.  The 6-foot, 200-pound Pritchett committed to Alabama A&M today, canceling a scheduled visit to Jackson State this weekend. He also had an offer from Alabama State.

With College of Charleston departing, SoCon eyes expansion

January 31, 2013
  • by Jeff Hartsell  The Charleston Post & Courier
  • Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 1:43 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 1:59 p.m.

As Southern Conference athletic directors meet today and Wednesday in Charlotte, commissioner John Iamarino wants them to get serious about expansion.“It’s clearly time,” said Iamarino, whose league is losing College of Charleston to the Colonial Athletic Assocation starting in 2013-14. “While the athletic directors have discussed membership issues before, now is the time we have to get down to what we want the league to look like in the near future.”

The annual athletic directors’ meeting is the first time league officials have met since College of Charleston announced its move last November.In addition to College of Charleston’s departure, the SoCon also faces the potential loss of Georgia Southern and Appalachian State to an FBS league. That could leave the SoCon with as few as nine members in men’s basketball and seven in football.

Iamarino did not mention any specific target schools. But the names of Mercer, UNC Wilmington and Richmond were floated recently by an official at one SoCon school, The Post and Courier has confirmed. Mercer, located in Macon, Ga., is a member of the Atlantic Sun, and its new football team will begin competing this year. UNCW, which does not play football, is in the Colonial Athletic Association, and Richmond is a member of the Atlantic 10.  VMI and East Tennessee State, which is debating whether to bring back its football program, also have been mentioned as possible SoCon candidates.

Geno Porter Named SoCon Track & Field Athlete of the Week

January 31, 2013

 

Spartanburg, S.C. – Geno Porter was tabbed as the Southern Conference’s track and field athlete of the week for his performance in the 35lb. weight throw at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational this past weekend. The selections are made by the league’s track and field coaches.

In the midst of his first season as a member of the Bulldogs’ track and field team, Porter has broken the school’s freshman record in the weight throw in consecutive weeks to open his collegiate career.

The Ladson, S.C., native took sixth place at last weekend’s meet, hosted by The United States Naval Academy, recording a huge 50’6.75″ throw to shatter the freshman record and move into sixth place in The Citadel’s all-time record book.

The Citadel will be back in action this weekend as it heads to Winston-Salem, N.C., to participate in the Hilton Garden Invitational. The meet will be held at the brand new JDL Fast Track, which will be the site of the 2013 Southern Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-24.

January 30, 2013

 

Dee Delaney may play defense at The Citadel

Dee Delaney may play defense at The Citadel

Warriors’ star receiver will focus on defense for the Bulldogs

By STEPHEN FASTENAU in the Hilton Head Island Packet
sfastenau@beaufortgazette.com

Dee Delaney visited The Citadel this past weekend, touring the campus and talking to Bulldogs football players about what to expect.   The Whale Branch Early College High School wide receiver and defensive back doesn’t have any experience with the military lifestyle. He wanted to be prepared.  Delaney was pleased with what he heard on his visit and in previous conversations with Bulldogs coaches. He committed to The Citadel after his visit and plans to make it official Feb. 6, National Signing Day. 

The Football Championship Subdivision school offered the Warriors senior a full scholarship. Bulldogs coaches want him to play defensive back.  Whale Branch coach Jerry Hatcher said the school should be a good fit, once Delaney adjusts to cadet life  “It’s quality football,” Hatcher said. “That’s as good as it gets at the (FCS) level.”

Delaney was a North-South selection at receiver and forced opposing defenses to scheme for him. The Citadel wants his ball skills at safety, and coaches liked what they saw on video when Delaney came up to the line to stop the run. Delaney will be joined by Warriors teammate Trey Nelson, who has a spot in the Bulldogs locker room as a walk-on. Whale Branch linebacker Tyrik Spicer plans to play for Edward Waters College, an NAIA school in Jacksonville, Fla.

Before committing, Delaney visited Presbyterian College, where he also had an offer. Coaching changes at Georgia State and Charleston Southern cooled the interest on both sides.

Delaney was sold on The Citadel’s academics and the regimented lifestyle. He said players told him the experience improved after the first year.  Citadel coach Kevin Higgins asked Delaney during an in-home visit whether Delaney thought he could handle the adjustment. Delaney said yes.  “They told me it’s not as bad as people make it seem,” Delaney said. “After the first year, it’s like any other school. You have to do the same things the average student do.”

Delaney also expects to get a shot at returning punts and kicks, where he excelled at Whale Branch. He has worked with cousin Tremel Kline, a former Division-I recruit out of Battery Creek, on his skills as a defensive back.  Kline, a receiver who signed with South Carolina but did not qualify, attended Delaney’s visit to Presbyterian and traveled to watch his cousin in the North-South game in Myrtle Beach. Kline told Delaney to go where Delaney wanted and not always listen to the crowd.

The pair originally worked to build Delaney into a receiver and now will work on Delaney’s coverage skills in the defensive backfield. Delaney feels good about his chance of getting on the field in the fall.

“I just have to come to the system ready and prepared to be more physical,” Delaney said.

Google awards The Citadel with $14,500 grant for engineering

January 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, SC  from WCSC TV Website 1/29/13 –

Google has awarded The Citadel’s School of Engineering with a $14,500 grant, the college announced Tuesday.  A release states the grant, which came from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation, will be used to support various programs during Engineering Week, set for Feb. 16-23.

Each year, The Citadel hosts an engineering event that serves as an outreach program for K-12 students as well as the general public. This event offers an opportunity for future engineers to gain a deeper understanding of the profession and for the community to come to The Citadel and learn about engineering.

Funding will support three fundamental project areas:

  • Community outreach during Engineering Week. Competitions for students include: craft stick bridge, Lego golf robotics, Lego baseball robotics, demonstrations, and presentations of electrical and computer engineering inventions.
  • Support for the Autonomous Vehicle project for the design and construction of an intelligent vehicle. Based on product realization, this project stands at the cutting edge of engineering education, offering an experience that is multidisciplinary, theory based, hands on, team implemented, and outcome assessed.
  • Leadership and education programs for cadets. Citadel students participate in programs that teach mentoring skills, develop leadership, and encourage the participation of women in engineering.

Former Citadel official Joseph Cameron dies

January 29, 2013

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Joseph Price Cameron, former director of admissions and registrar at The Citadel, died Sunday. He was 90. Born July 29, 1922, in Mobile, Ala., he was the son of James E. Cameron and Vera Smith Cameron. He graduated from The Citadel in 1943, entered the service and was a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve during World War II. In 1947, he became a math professor at The Citadel, taking leave to earn his master’s from the University of Georgia in 1950. The Citadel promoted him to captain in 1954.

In 1959, Cameron was appointed as a Presbyterian educational missionary to Korea for four years, teaching mathematics at a college in Taejon. After positions in academics and administration with Wofford College and The University of South Carolina at Sumter, Cameron was named director of admissions and registrar with The Citadel in 1977.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Cameron; three daughters; one son; two stepchildren; and 27 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethany Cemetery, Charleston.

Arrangements by Stuhr’s Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Groselle Scores 17 but Dogs lose to Cougars

January 25, 2013

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Willis Hall scored 14 points and led three College of Charleston players in double figures as the Cougars earned a 69-54 victory over The Citadel at TD Arena on Thursday evening. Hall was joined in scoring by Andrew Lawrence (12) and Anthony Stitt (10), as CofC knocked down 50 percent from the field in the second half to earn their sixth consecutive win the series.

Hall capped off his performance by hitting 7-of-8 from the field and guided the way for a CofC offense that shot 25-of-57 (43.9%) from the floor. Lawrence finished 4-of-9 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Stitt converted two 3-pointers and a team-high four free throws. College of Charleston improved to 13-7 overall and 5-3 in Southern Conference play.

The Cougars benefitted from 48 total rebounds, including 16 on the offensive glass. College of Charleston’s 32 defensive rebounds were the 15th most by a Citadel SoCon opponent during the regular season. Adjehi Baru took home game-high honors as he climbed the glass for 12 rebounds (10 defensive).  Trent Wiedeman tacked on seven boards (three offensive), while teammate Willis Hall also made his presence felt with five rebounds, snagging three on the defensive end.

Mike Groselle was the bright spot for The Citadel (4-14, 1-7 SoCon) offense with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds. The senior center hit 8-of-17 from the floor, both game highs, to notch his first back-to-back double figure contests in over a month. Sophomore guard Ashton Moore narrowly missed double figures as he added nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.

The Bulldogs struggled to find any offensive rhythm, hitting just 23-of-63 (36.5%) from the field. The Citadel offense was not limited by turnovers, tying a season low (seven), which was previously set at UNCG. However, the Cadets made just six trips to the free throw line, as CofC committed only seven personal fouls in the contest.

Working with a seven-point lead at the intermission, College of Charleston maintained its lead over The Citadel to open the second half, despite seven points from the trio of Moore, Groselle and Marshall Harris III.

After Lawrence Miller found Harris open in the corner for a 3-pointer, trimming the deficit to eight, College of Charleston ran off 10 of the next 11 points, over span of 3:52, to move in front 49-32. The scoring stretch was highlighted an alley-oop pass from Wiedeman to Baru and a 3-pointer off the hand of Matt Sundberg. Groselle responded with the Bulldogs’ next six points, but the Cougars extended the lead to 57-38 following a long range 3-pointer by Anthony Stitt.

Six Bulldogs, including Stephen Elmore and Janeil Jenkins who accounted for four points each, made up the final 16 Citadel points of the game. Meanwhile, College of Charleston was led offensively by Theo Johnson, whose four points over the final 7:39 of the contest helped provide CofC with its seventh victory at home this season.

Despite being limited by two early fouls, Groselle led seven Citadel players in scoring with six points, converting 3-of-7 from the floor. Joining Groselle among the offensive leaders were Moore (five points) and Horgan (four).

The Citadel made up for its offensive struggles with a strong showing on the defensive end that included five steals, highlighted by Harris’ three in the opening frame. The Bulldogs also grabbed 10 defensive rebounds, led by the trio of Groselle, Moore and Elmore, who had two apiece.

College of Charleston’s offense came primarily from the duo of Lawrence and Willis Hall, who were responsible for eight points apiece. Hall knocked down 4-of-5 from the field, leading all Cougar shooters, while Lawrence connected on 2-of-5 from the field, including a pair of treys.

The Citadel spent their first timeout of the contest after falling behind 10-2 following a pair of Lawrence 3-pointers. The Bulldogs outscored CofC over the next 5:26 of the contest, taking advantage of layups by Groselle and Harris along with a jumper by Van Scyoc, cutting the lead to 16-10 with just over 12 minutes remaining. Trailing 20-10, following a dunk by Wiedeman, The Citadel responded with buckets by Jenkins and Groselle to again pull within six.

Just over a minute later Miller drained a 3-pointer and narrowed the deficit to three, 20-17, only to allow a four straight points by College of Charleston over the next 2:23 of the frame.  A 3-pointer by Moore again brought the Bulldogs within striking distance, 24-20, but CofC answered with a trey by Lawrence and a layup from Hall to make for the 29-20 lead. Despite layups by Groselle and Moore, The Citadel headed to the lockerroom facing a 31-24 deficit at the intermission.

The Citadel Announces 2013 Football Schedule

January 23, 2013

2013 Citadel Football Schedule

Charleston, S.C. – Six home games, including meetings with longtime rivals Furman and VMI, four contests against teams that reached the FCS playoffs a year ago and a season finale at Clemson highlight the 2013 Citadel football schedule.

“Once again our schedule is comparable to any school in the FCS,” said head coach Kevin Higgins, who is entering his ninth season at The Citadel after leading the Bulldogs to a record of 7-4 and 5-3 in the Southern Conference a year ago for the first winning overall and league marks since 2007.   “Having our two biggest rivals come to Johnson Hagood Stadium along with Wofford and Appalachian State makes this an attractive home schedule.”

For the third straight year, the Bulldogs open the season with two home games, hosting Charleston Southern on Aug. 31 and Wofford the following week. Both of those games are scheduled for 6 p.m. kickoffs. Last year The Citadel rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit but fell just short in a 24-21 loss to a Wofford team that reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.

Following a road game at Western Carolina on Sept. 14, The Citadel heads to Norfolk, Va., for a first-ever meeting with Old Dominion. The Monarchs are entering their final season as an FCS team before joining Conference USA. Led by Walter Payton Award winning quarterback Taylor Heinicke, ODU won 11 games last season, advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs and finished the season ranked sixth by The Sports Network.

A second set of back-to-back home games takes place Sept. 28 against Furman at 6 p.m. and Oct. 5 against playoff-qualifier Appalachian State for a Parents Weekend contest at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs defeated both of those opponents on the road in 2012, knocking off the then-No. 8 Mountaineers 52-28 and downing the Paladins 42-20 in the final game of the season.

The Citadel heads to Georgia Southern on Oct. 12 and will be looking to duplicate its 23-21 victory over the then third-ranked Eagles at Johnson Hagood Stadium last September. Georgia Southern won a pair of playoff games last year to reach the national semifinals for the third consecutive season.

After a bye week, the Bulldogs travel to Chattanooga on Oct. 26 and host Samford on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in their Homecoming game, and The Citadel will be seeking to avenge 2012 losses to both the Mocs and Bulldogs. The Southern Conference schedule wraps up on Nov. 9 with a trip to Elon with The Citadel looking for consecutive wins over the Phoenix following a 38-24 victory at home last year.

“Not only is the Southern Conference one of the best leagues in the nation, going out of conference to play an outstanding Old Dominion team on the road will present us with yet another challenge,” said Higgins.

VMI visits Charleston on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. in the 34th edition of the Military Classic of the South and 69th overall meeting with the Keydets. The Bulldogs have won six in a row over VMI, including a 27-24 victory in Lexington in 2012.

The Citadel plays its lone game against an FBS opponent on Nov. 23 at Clemson in the first meeting with the Tigers since 2008. Clemson is coming off an 11-2 season that included a victory over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and final national rankings of No. 9 in the Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the Associated Press poll.

“It’s always exciting for our players and coaches to match up against an FBS school, and Clemson should be one of the top teams in the country again next season with a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Tajh Boyd,” said Higgins.

Season tickets are available by calling 843-953-DOGS during regular business hours. Individual game tickets are not yet available.

The Bulldogs open spring practice on Friday, Feb. 8 and will hold their spring game at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday, March 9 in conjunction with the Beautiful Bulldog Contest.

Brantley Breaks Track Record in 200 Hurdles at Captain’s Invitational

January 23, 2013
Jamaal Brantley

Jamaal Brantley

Newport News, Va. – Jamaal Brantley established a school and track record in the 200 hurdles on Sunday when the junior posted a time of 25.78 at the Captain’s Invitational on the campus of Christopher Newport University.

Brantley, who broke Nat Jones’ track record of 25.87 set last January, also ran a personal best in the 60 finals when he clocked in at 6.92 to earn fourth place in the event. The Summerville native’s time moved him into second all-time in program history.

Danielle Williams, who was competing in her first collegiate race, clocked in at 59.87 in the 400 to take fifth place. The time is good for second place in Citadel history and is only the second sub-minute time ever posted in the event by a Bulldog woman.  In the women’s 200, Tanisha Bethel improved her place in the school’s record book, moving up four spots to third place with a time of 26.08, while teammate Christine Hinds finished with a time of 27.29 in the same event.  Andriana Love, who established the school record in the 200 hurdles last season, improved on her time as the junior posted a mark of 30.25. Taylor Viana took fifth in the event, clocking in at 30.52 to move into second all-time. The women’s distance relay clocked in at 12:59.06 to take third in the event and placed seventh in school history.  Love highlighted the women’s field events with a seventh place shot put mark of 38’8.25″, while Nicole Levermann cleared the high jump bar at 5’3″.

In an event that has never previously been run by The Citadel, the 200 hurdles, freshmen Jayce Almes (second place, 26.18) and Darius Johnson (fourth place, 27.27) finished close behind Brantley to establish themselves in the school’s record book.  In the field events, pole vaulter David Melton took second place, clearing the bar at 14’9″, while Valian Brown took third in the triple jump with a leap of 43’7.25″. 

The Bulldogs will head to Annapolis, Md., next weekend for the Wesley A. Brown Invitational hosted by Navy.

President’s list and Commandant’s DSL – The Men from Romeo..

January 23, 2013

Fall 2012 Commandant’s Distinguished Service List announced

The following Romeo Company cadets have been named to the Commandant’s Distinguished Service List for the fall 2012 semester at The Citadel.    Cadets named to the Commandant’s List have made the most positive contributions to their platoon, company, battalion, or staff, and the Corps and The Citadel, during the fall semester.

Kevin T. Lowring
Timothy M. Hornbeck

 

Three R Company Cadets named to fall 2012 President’s List

The following Romeo Company cadets have been placed on the President’s List for the fall 2012 semester.

The President’s List is the most distinguished awards list on which a cadet can be placed. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties. The President’s List is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished List, which is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies and who have excellent military and academic records.

Timothy M. Hornbeck
Tobias L. Hyman
Kevin T. Lowring