Archive for July, 2013

Citadel quarterback Ben Dupree (aka BossType2) is ready to lead

July 31, 2013
Starter Ben Dupree will be more than just  QB this season

Starter Ben Dupree will be more than just QB this season

 By Jeff Hartsell, The Charleston Post-Courier

July 29, 2013

Citadel quarterback Ben Dupree comes by his Twitter handle — @BossType2 — quite naturally. Growing up, he had a cousin who used to call himself “the boss of the boss.” “Because of him, I always wanted to be the boss,” said Dupree, who wears No. 2 for the Bulldogs. “Hence, BossType2.” No question, Dupree is the boss of The Citadel’s triple-option offense as the Bulldogs head into one of their most eagerly anticipated football seasons in years.

With The Citadel coming off a 7-4 season that included upsets of Southern Conference powers Georgia Southern and Appalachian State — and with those teams ineligible for the SoCon title this year as they transition to the FBS level — Bulldogs fans are hoping for a run at the military school’s first league title since 1992. If the Bulldogs get there, it will be in large part because of the self-belief of their 5-9, 185-pound quarterback, who never wavered during his difficult first two seasons at The Citadel.

“The thing I love about Ben,” said coach Kevin Higgins, “is that he has thick skin. When I was with the Detroit Lions, (head coach) Steve Mariucci used to tell us, ‘You have to have thick skin to make it in the NFL.’ “Well, Ben does. You can get after him, you can challenge him and he will respond. If you said the same thing to other guys, they might go in the tank or they might sulk. Ben’s never done that because he’s got that confidence. He never questions whether he’s going to make a play or not.”

That confidence stems from Dupree’s youth in Harrisburg, Pa. Despite his size, Dupree was usually the best athlete on his team in whatever sport he tried. He led his high school basketball team to 32 wins and the state championship game, and guided his football team to a school-record 12 wins. He also ran track and impressed Higgins by dunking a basketball as a 5-7½ point guard.  “I played with guys who were as good as me,” Dupree said. “But they didn’t make it because they messed up off the field. I learned from them, and I think that’s what made me who I am now.”

Dupree was one of Higgins’ first signees in 2010, after the coach made the decision to switch his offense to run-oriented triple-option. Dupree earned the starting QB job as a freshman. But he lost that job by halftime of the season opener against Chowan, with fellow freshman Matt Thompson coming off the bench to throw three touchdown passes in a 56-14 victory.  Dupree didn’t return to QB until the 10th game of that 3-8 season. He won back the starting job as a sophomore, but the Bulldogs were only marginally better, losing their final three games to finish at 4-7. During those two seasons, the Bulldogs fumbled 79 times in 22 games as they struggled to master the triple-option.  

“I had to learn to shrug off a bad play, how to come back the next play and shake it off,” he said. “I struggled with that at first, so I feel like I have grown and learned a lot.” Dupree showed how much he’s learned in the upsets of Georgia Southern and App State last year. He ran for 92 yards and threw a TD pass in the 23-21 win over GSU, and strafed App State for 180 rushing yards and two TDs in a 52-28 win. He finished the season with 839 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, the most yards for a Citadel QB sinced Stanley Myers ran for 859 in 1995.

Higgins wants to squeeze as much as he can out of Dupree in his final season. Dupree has been catching 100 punts a week over the summer and will get first crack at the punt-returner job when practice opens Aug. 5. And with junior Aaron Miller and redshirt freshman Trey White providing depth at quarterback, Dupree could see some snaps at slotback as well.

No matter where Dupree lines up, Higgins is confident he’ll make something good happen. “He never questions whether he can make a play or not,” Higgins said. “With so many other guys, you have to work through a layer of fear or worry. With Ben, you don’t have to do that at all.”

That’s why he’s a BossType.

Bulldog Minor league update

July 31, 2013
Chris McGuiness spent some time on the Rangers roster this summer

Chris McGuiness spent some time on the Rangers roster this summer

 Asher Wojciechowski is having a great season with the Astro’s  AAA affilliate Oklahoma City. Since being promoted  AAA, he’s 6-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 15 starts, and is 8-5 with a 2.67 ERA overall. Wojo pitched a complete-game one-hitter on July 8 and allowed two earned runs in six innings in his latest start. He’s worked six or more innings in eight of his last 10 starts.  If Houston unloads starting pitcher Bud Norris before the MLB trade deadline Wojo may get his shot in H-town.

Chris McGuiness has settled back in at Class AAA Round Rock after spending some time in a MLB uniform. He’s batting .262 with seven homers and 45 RBI in 74 games, but is hitting just .229 in the last 10 games.

Chris Swauger is still waiting for his chance in “the Show” and is biding time with the Cardinals’ AAA team in Memphis He’s batting .254 with eight homers and 46 RBI in 102 games overall this season, and is hitting .203 in 25 games at the AAA level.

Joe Jackson’s pro debut was delayed by an injured thumb, but he’s now played in 17 games at short-season Spokane in the Rangers’ organization, batting .208 with 4 RBI. He’s got a modest 3 game hit streak going and the average will rise quickly it he can stay hot.

Austin Pritcher is working out of the bullpen for the Connecticut Tigers in the NY-Penn League, and is 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA and a save in 11 appearances. He’s allowing foes to hit .264 and has allowed just one earned run in his last four appearances

Citadel: Public safety officer accidentally hit gas pedal, crashed into marsh

July 30, 2013
The patrol destoyed a decorative fence before landing in the pluff mud.

The Citadel police cruiser destoyed a decorative fence before landing in the pluff mud.

By Cameron Easley WCSC Channel 5

Posted: Jul 25, 2013 8:50 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) –

The Citadel says one of their public safety officers accidentally hit the accelerator near Lowndes Grove Plantation Thursday morning, causing her cruiser to crash through a gate and into the marsh.

According to a statement released by the military college, the officer was conducting a routine patrol just before 7 a.m. when she crashed into the marsh at the end of St. Margaret Street.

That corner is a popular spot for walkers and bikers to stop and have a look at the Ashley River, but thankfully none were around at the time of the incident. A tow truck promptly responded to the scene and transported the cruiser, which had a muddied front bumper, to the college’s fleet maintenance facility. Our producer on the scene said it appeared the cruiser has just barely dipped into the marsh.

No one was injured.  The officer was not cited for the crash.

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Copyright 2013 WCSC.  All rights reserved

Palmetto Electric names Saleeby new VP

July 29, 2013
Will Saleeby, Romeo '02

Will Saleeby, Romeo ’02

By IslandPacket — info@islandpacket.com  July 24, 2013

Palmetto Electric Cooperative has named Wil Saleeby vice president of engineering and operations. The move was effective Monday, president and CEO Tom Upshaw said in a news release Wednesday. Saleeby fills the vacancy created by the recent promotion of Berl Davis to chief operating officer. Saleeby originally is from Florence. He attended The Citadel and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He has worked for SCE&G, is a certified professional engineer and has a master’s in business administration from the University of South Carolina.

Robert L. Atwell, Jr., R Company ’60

July 26, 2013

Robert Leroy Atwell, Jr., of Richmond, Va., died on July 21, 2013. Roy, the son of Robert Leroy Atwell and Lucy Williams Atwell, was born in Richmond, Virginia on September 9, 1937. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where he finished first in his class. Following his graduation from The Citadel, Roy served four years in the United States Air Force achieving the rank of Captain prior to his discharge. Roy later earned his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia. Roy was an avid runner, having completed 44 marathons including the New York and Boston Marathons and the first 24 Richmond Marathons with his best time being 3 hours 5 minutes which he achieved when he was in his forties. He was proud of his ancestry including his maternal grandfather, Archelaus Hughes Williams of Wytheville, who represented his community as a Delegate to the Virginia Constitutional
Convention of 1956. In memory of his parents, Roy recently founded the Robert Leroy Atwell and Lucy Williams Atwell Foundation. Roy returned to Richmond, to reside in his family home in 1974. He was a longstanding member of Willow Oaks Country Club. Roy was well-known and well-liked in his neighborhood, taking long walks during the warm weather months and stopping to visit with a dozen or more neighbors along the way. A lifelong learner, Roy was a voracious reader and knowledgeable on almost any topic a person could raise in conversation. Roy bravely faced illness and resulting disability during the past five years never losing his zest for living or interest in his friends. He is survived by many friends and  neighbors. A graveside service will held for Roy Atwell at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, in Maury Cemetery. A reception in honor and memory of Roy will follow at the Commonwealth Club, 401 W. Franklin Street at 4 p.m

Citadel quarterback Dupree ‘shocked’ at sixth-place projection

July 26, 2013

By Jeff Hartsell, The Charleston Post Courier

Wednesday July 24, 2013

SPARTANBURG — Last season, The Citadel’s football team was picked to finish seventh in the Southern Conference. The Bulldogs surprised by knocking off SoCon powers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern and earning a tie for fourth place.

All that earned them in this year’s preseason polls was a bump up to sixth in voting by both league coaches and media.

“It came as a shock, a little bit,” senior quarterback Ben Dupree said at SoCon media day on Wednesday. “I thought we’d be picked a little higher. But it’s just more motivation to work a little harder. If we were picked in the top three, I wouldn’t dwell on that either. It doesn’t change how I look at this season.”

Senior defensive tackle Derek Douglas said the Bulldogs, 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the league a year ago, will have to confound expectations again.

“I’ll say the same thing I said last year — someone is counting us out and making a mistake,” he said. “We proved that wrong last year, and this year we’re looking to win a conference championship and go as far as we can.”

Georgia Southern and Appalachian State were picked 1-2 in the coaches poll, but both are ineligible for the SoCon championship as they transition to FBS and the Sun Belt Conference.

But Eagles coach Jeff Monken and App State’s Scott Satterfield squelched speculation that they might redshirt players this season to save them for their Sun Belt debut in 2014.

“Nothing changes,” Monken said. “I’ve got fifth-year seniors, and we owe it to them to have the best season we can have. It wouldn’t be fair to them to redshirt everyone and say, ‘This season doesn’t count.’

“That might be the case some places, but not at Georgia Southern. We’re going to try to play the best football we are capable of playing.”

Said App State’s Satterfield, “Now, the regular season is even more important. That’s all you’ve got. You are not guaranteed anything else, so you have to play each game like it’s your last.”

With GSU and App State ineligible for the league title, Chattanooga, Wofford and Samford are seen as the top three contenders. Chattanooga was third in the coaches poll and fourth by the media; Wofford was the second pick of the media and fifth by the coaches; and Samford was fourth in both polls.

SoCon casts wary eye on talk of college football ‘Super Division’

July 26, 2013

by: Jeff Hartsell, The Charleston Post-Courier

Thursday, July 25, 2013

SPARTANBURG — Talk of a “Super Division” dominated discussion during recent football media days in leagues such as the Big 12, the SEC and the ACC.

The Southern Conference is in no danger of joining a “Super Division,” but league officials are watching carefully as momentum builds for a separate division within the NCAA for college football’s five power conferences.

“I have no doubt that there are big changes coming in Division I,” SoCon commissioner John Iamarino said during the league’s media day Wednesday. “And that includes a new subdivision for the five so-called power conferences down the road.”

Such a subdivision — whether it’s called a “Super Division” or “Division Four,” as some have proposed — would have serious implications for Division I FCS leagues such as the SoCon, which includes state schools The Citadel, Wofford and Furman.

And it might be even more problematic for schools such as Georgia Southern and Appalachian State, which are playing their final season in the SoCon this year before moving up to FBS and the Sun Belt Conference.

If the power conferences — the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 — form their own division with their own playoffs, where does that leave Georgia Southern and App State — in some sort of no-man’s land between FCS and the “Super Division?”

“It’s no surprise,” Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken said of the proposed new division. “It doesn’t come as a shock to anybody who follows college football. And I understand why they are doing it.

“But I don’t think that movement by those schools, I don’t see how that leaves everyone else out. There’s still going to be a need for the rest of us who are left to be part of their scheduling for football or any other sport. There will have to be an inclusion there.”

App State coach Scott Satterfield said he could foresee three subdivisions within Division I.

“It’s obviously driven by money,” he said, “and the big five leagues see those dollar signs and see if they go on their own, they can make even more money. I don’t know what that leaves for schools like us, making the transition up to FBS. Will there be three divisions in Division I — an elite league, the rest of us and the FCS? For us and Georgia Southern, I think we’re just setting ourselves up for whatever may happen. Our scholarship numbers are going up, and we will fall where we need to fall.”

For FCS programs, the big question is whether “Super Division” teams would continue to schedule the big money guarantee games they depend on. Already, the Big Ten has moved toward phasing out FCS games, and Alabama coach Nick Saban has advocated power conference teams playing only each other.

Iamarino doesn’t expect that to happen.

“I want to see it when they decide to just play themselves,” he said. “I don’t think the alumni at Michigan State or Texas are going to sit still for 6-5 records, so I will be surprised if that happens.

“If it does, though, it creates problems for us. I asked one of our athletic directors what happens if the money games dry up. And he said they’d probably have to drop some sports. That’s where we could be headed.”

Lower level FBS leagues such as the Sun Belt also could face problems if the “Super Division” decides not to share revenue from a lucrative playoff.

“If they create their own eight-team playoff and cut everyone else out and don’t share the revenue, that’s a serious issue for the BCS wanna-be leagues,” Iamarino said. “If they don’t share in that revenue, those leagues don’t look a whole lot different than we do. I don’t see how the Mountain West or Conference USA survives for long without that playoff money they are counting on.”

Whether there is a “Super Division” or not, Iamarino is confident that there will always be a demand for FCS football.

“This would just formalize what is already in place,” he said. “In terms of resources, attention and media, Nick Wallenda would be challenged to walk across the gap that is already there between the power conferences and everyone else.

“But I do think there will always be a place for FCS football. There will always be at least 100 schools in Division I that want to play for a national championship and do it with a measure of cost-containment that makes sense.”

Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kriese Selected to Head The Citadel Tennis Program

July 26, 2013

Charleston, S.C. – Chuck Kriese, one of the most renowned names in tennis world wide, has been selected as the head coach of The Citadel men’s tennis program.

Kriese (CREE-see) has been the senior director of coaching and competition at the prestigious Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., since March 2010 and has dedicated almost four decades to shaping successful tennis careers both on the collegiate and international levels.

His reputation has made his Total Tennis Training camps and teaching programs popular destinations for young players looking to improve their games. He has conducted youth clinics and coaching seminars in 16 countries on four continents, emphasizing teaching, motivation, leadership and coaching techniques. He has been a regular teacher and clinician throughout the U.S. for his entire career.

In addition to his work on the court, Kriese has authored sixbooks including “Coaching Tennis” which is considered one of the most comprehensive tennis and coaching books ever written. He has appeared on ESPN’s instructional series “Play Your Best Tennis”, hosts a weekly radio show on American Tennis and is a highly sought after lecturer.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen to work and teach at a place of such great heritage,” said Kriese. “It is the best environment I could think of to teach, coach and pass on those things that have been given to me through tennis. I recognize and embrace the deep level of commitment, dedication and work that is required to uphold the excellence which has been established by so many over the generations. My family and I are very happy to be at The Citadel.”

Kriese also emphasizes values beyond tennis. He created “Serve it Back”, a three-tier mentoring program designed to help youngsters learn how to plan their own career in tennis and in life while learning to help others.

It has been estimated that over 14,000 junior players have trained under his programs, hundreds have received college scholarships and many have continued on as professional players and coaches. Forty-six of his former pupils have appeared in the ATP world rankings with nine cracking the top 100.

“We are excited to have Chuck as our next head men’s tennis coach and welcome him and Claire and their children to The Citadel family,” said Bulldog Director of Athletics Larry W. Leckonby. “He has excellent credentials and is well-connected and respected nationally. We look forward to seeing our tennis program progress under Chuck’s leadership.”

Kriese spent the majority of his career as the head coach at Clemson from 1975-2008. He is the winningest coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history with 685, led the Tigers to 10 ACC titles and seven berths in the Elite Eight and produced 38 All-Americans. His accomplishments at Clemson earned him four national coach of the year honors.

In 2008 Kriese was appointed the technical director for the Southeast Asia Tennis Federation, where he conducted coaching courses and trained many of the top players from that part of the world. He coached the highest-ranked player in Thai and Asian history and 2008 ITF junior world champion who became the first Asian player in history to win the Wimbledon Girls’ singles title. In 2009, Kriese coached her to the Wimbledon singles and doubles junior titles.

Kriese has also been the coach of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team. In all, he has been the coach of players who have won five grand slam junior titles and three other grand slam finalists.

Kriese’s career achievements have earned him honors surpassed by only a few in the history of college tennis. In 2012 he was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame and the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. He was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983 and is enshrined in the hall at his alma mater, Tennessee Tech.

Kriese is married to the former Claire Williams, who is from the West Ashley area in Charleston, and they are the parents of three children.

Brig. Gen. Randy Witt inducted into the Communications & ATC Hall of Fame

July 25, 2013

 

Brig. General Randy Witt, Romeo '68

Brig. General Randy Witt, Romeo ’68

An organization of Air Force retired and active duty members held its annual meeting at Andrews AFB, MD, on May 15-16 this year.  The final dinner, presided over by Lt. Gen. Michael J.  Basla, USAF,Secretary of the Air Force Chief Information Officer and Air Force A6 announced the selection of five former Air Force veterans for the Communications and ATC “Hall of Fame.”  Romeo’s own Brig. Gen Randy Witt was fortunate to be one of those honored.  The narrative used is attached. 

 Congratulations General! You make us all look good!

 

Air Force Communications and Air Traffic Control Hall of Fame

Brig. Gen. (Retired) Buford R. (Randy) Witt

 

  • In the case of Brigadier General Witt, we had a unique advantage—an insider with the real “scoop”—his son, Major Randolph Witt, soon on his way to Creech AFB as a Squadron Commander.
  • General Witt started his career at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where in his Senior year, he was Romeo Company Commander—120 cadets — at the end he received the Commandant’s Cup, for the Best Company in the Corps of Cadets
  • Once commissioned, the General became an Air Traffic Control Officer and before long found himself at the 2nd Mobile Comm Group in Germany.  This was a career-shaping assignment where he learned hard lessons.  Five Operational Readiness Inspections.  Five failures.  Four Colonels fired.  Continuous ORI practice deployments. The end result was the announcement by the IG that the criteria were impossible to pass! This experience never left his memory and shaped the future.
  • Noting that Comm Officers were always in charge in AFCC, he determined to attend the Comm Officers Course, but he did not have Calculus– he was ineligible.  He challenged the system, explaining he had Physics, and that Physics had more to do with electronics than Calculus.  The application went to the Air Staff for a waiver.  It was approved, but he had to negotiate—he volunteered for the Vietnam War to get a school slot; the Personnel Center bought the deal and sent him to Thailand.  He brought his wife Peggy to visit and they did some forward area reconnaissance. He also did real work, like planning the air routes for the evacuation of Saigon.
  • As a Comm Officer, he was one of a very few formally dual-trained ATC and Comm Officers.  Now in Comm, he earned his spurs at SAC Headquarters when SAC Comm. Area was first established.  He became a key player in the reorganization of Air Defense Command into SAC and TAC.  He was noticed and soon found himself at the 509th Bomb Wing in New Hampshire as the 1916th Comm Squadron Commander.  After two years, he accepted the AFCC Award as the best Comm Squadron in the Command. Here presented by the 8th AF Commander on behalf of AFCC.
  • The Air Staff came next. General Gerry Prather noticed him and took him to AFCC Headquarters as Exec.  With Gen. Prather he observed The “E&I Shoot-Out” competition. He suggested to the General that the Shoot-Out was “like watching paint dry” and that a Combat Comm competition would be exciting!  General Prather bought the idea; this became COMBAT CHALLENGE.
  • Next thing he knew General Russ, TAC 4-Star, called to tell Gen. Prather 3rd Herd was a mess. After visiting the unit, Gen Prather told Randy Witt he would take command.  Prather saw Witt’s face go white.  “What’s wrong?  I love those Combat Commers!”  Remembering the 2nd MOB, Witt stammered, “I do too, boss, but you Generals put Colonels in them and then just fire them. The Witts signed in at Tinker.  Three hard years later, General Russ had told all General Officers in TAC to visit the 3rd Herd.  He visited too.  The 3rd was selected best Comm Group in the Air Force.
  • He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and was selected as a member of the first Mil-to-Mil visit to Russia in seven years.
  • After Industrial College of the Armed Forces, General Witt served in 9th Air Force /US Central Command Air Forces.  He deployed at the initiation of DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM.  There he was the Director of Air Force Comm. and ATC, supervising the largest comm deployment since Vietnam—25 bases were opened.
  • Later, he was European Command / J-6 where he supported the Bosnian War; he conceived an idea, sold the concept to the NATO AFSOUTH Commander, and led the effort to build a comm network around the theater, before the war was executed, avoiding large deployments of Comm and Intel personnel to the theater.
  • He also originated the idea of working with East European military in combined comm exercises where countries would engineer comm networks based on the equipment in the armies—not buying new systems.  In Warsaw he suggested the idea to the Hungarian Minister of Defense, and got a rousing response.  This became COMBINED ENDEAVOR.  It started with eight nations in the field near Stuttgart, Germany, and grew to 12, then 15 and over many years, up to 30.
  • Another legacy is “Buford.”  You see, when Colonel Witt discovered that the group logo was an Owl, he exclaimed “I’ve heard of the 3rd Herd since I was a lieutenant, but I never heard of a herd of owls! Soon the logo was the bull.  Years later, when Dale Meyerrose commanded the 3rd, a Chief built a statue of a bull at the headquarters’ entrance.  General Meyerrose placed a plaque there that said “Buford– named for a former commander who never liked to use his first name.
  • General Witt retired in June 1997.

Goodnight John Boy

July 24, 2013

John H. Eaton, Jr.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Mr. John Hart Eaton, Jr., of Bergen Rd., entered into rest at his residence. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM today in the Rowland Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Keck officiating. Interment will be private. Mr. Eaton was a graduate of The Citadel. He was a retired banker with Sun Trust Bank and was of the Methodist Faith. Survivors include two sons, Alex Eaton and Chadwick Eaton both of Navarre, FL.; his fiancee, Susan House of North Augusta; four sisters, Tara Parkman (Davis) of Johnston, SC, Stephanie Wickert and Barbara Schaffer both of Augusta and Jan O’Connell of Johnston, SC as well as several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service. Memorials may be made to the

American Heart Association

 1101 Northchase Parkway, Marietta, GA 30067. Visit the online register at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Published in The Augusta Chronicle from July 21 to July 22, 2013