Archive for March, 2014

Citadel Cadets Invade Cuba

March 27, 2014
Col. Bill Trumbull, SCM:  Dean, Citadel School of Business

Col. Bill Trumbull, SCM: Dean, Citadel School of Business

A message from Dean Bill Trumbull, The Citadel School of Business

On Friday, March 21st, I flew to Havana, Cuba with seven cadets and several faculty members. Don’t worry, no laws will be broken and we do have a license from Uncle Sam! The trip is part of the course I am teaching on the Cuban economy. Although I have been to Cuba nine times, including six with students, it has been ten years since my last visit, so I am excited to see the changes that have taken place. The last time I was there, Fidel Castro was president. Now his brother, Raúl, is in charge and he has made a lot of changes.

Why Cuba? There are many reasons. Cuba is a very different place. The culture is different; the language is different; the food is different; the music is different. Cuban’s attitudes are different. The way Cubans perceive the world and their place in it is different. Many of our students have never been outside the country. Many have seldom strayed far from their home state. Their view of the world, therefore, tends to be rather parochial. They seldom have an opportunity to see other’s perspectives or to defend their own. The value of any study-abroad experience, therefore, is to get students out of their comfort zone, to expose them to new experiences and different ways of seeing the world.

However, there is another reason for an economist like me to take students to Cuba, as opposed to most any other country. Cuba is almost the only country left that bases its economy on the planned-socialist system. Planned socialism is the economic system of the former Soviet Union and the Soviet-bloc countries. It is the economic system of China during the era of Mao Zedong. It is the economic system that replaced market forces, that is, resource allocation through the decentralized forces of supply and demand, with the dictates of central planning. The planned-socialist system proved unsustainable. China abandoned it in 1978. The socialist countries of central Europe, like the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland abandoned it in 1989. The Soviet Union dissolved itself and its fifteen newly independent former republics set off, with greater or lesser success, on their transitions to capitalism at the end of 1991. Cuba, however, remains a socialist economy.

So why study a socialist economy when socialism has all but died? It allows me to teach the basics of economics in a comparative setting. It’s hard for young people, who have known nothing else, to appreciate and understand the miracle of a well-functioning market economy. The contrast with an economy where there are chronic shortages of everything, where running a business is almost an act of suicide, where regulations and taxes stifle almost all private initiative is hard to miss.

We started the semester with a discussion of the characteristics of socialism and capitalism and then an outline of how a planned-socialist economy operates. We then discussed the Cuban socialist economy up to the time of crisis when the Soviet Union disintegrated. The disintegration of the Soviet Union created a crisis in Cuba because almost all of Cuba’s trade was with the Soviet Union and the Soviet-bloc countries. Furthermore, the Soviet Union was subsidizing Cuba to the tune of $4 billion a year. All that started to go away starting in 1989 and was gone after 1991. Between 1990 and 1993, Cuba’s economy contracted some 35 percent. Something had to be done to stop the free-fall. That something was, from Fidel’s perspective, a bargain with the devil. They dollarized the economy, invited foreign firms in to build hotels and create a tourist industry, allowed people to start small business, like restaurants and art galleries, and they allowed farmers to set up markets. All this was heavily taxed so that the regime could capture the dollars needed to import food and oil into a starving country. These reforms went too far, as far as Fidel was concerned, and Cuba started to pull back. The dollar can no longer be used, for instance. However, Raúl is now president and there is a new round of reforms.

While in Cuba, we will hear the perspective of Cuban economists at the University of Havana. These experts have spent a lot of time in the U.S., including some who have been guests in my home. I have known them for many years and know how they think. The cadets will have ample opportunity to freely question these experts and understand their perspectives. We will also visit with an American journalist who has been reporting from Cuba for over two decades, the U.S. Interests Section (basically, the U.S. embassy in Havana) and get their perspective on the Cuban economy as well as foreign firms and learn how they do business in Cuba. Moreover, we will have interactions, as well, with Cuban artists and cultural experts. This, I guarantee, will be the learning experience of a lifetime for these cadets. Stay tuned for lots of photos!

Turtog Luvsandorj one win from All-America status at NCAA wrestling championship

March 21, 2014
"Turt" Luvsandorj

“Turt” Luvsandorj

By: Jeff Hartsell Postandcourier.com
Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:36 p.m.,

The Citadel’s Turtog Luvsandorj is one win from qualifying as an All-American after the first day of the NCAA wrestling championships in Oklahoma City. Luvsandorj, a redshirt senior from Mongolia, is seeded No. 11 at 165 pounds and defeated No. 6 Corey Mock of Chattanooga, 4-3, in the second round Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals. A victory there against No. 3 Nicholas Sulzer of Virginia would make Luvsandorj the Bulldogs’ third All-American in two years.

Luvsandorj, a two-time Southern Conference wrestler of the year, opened the NCAAs with a 7-4 win over Dakota Friesth of Wyoming.

One of the Bulldogs’ All-Americans from last year, Ugi Khishignyam of Mongolia, lost twice Thursday to end his season and his Citadel career. Unseeded at 141 pounds, Ugi lost by 5-0 to No. 3 Zain Retherford of Penn State in the first round before falling by 13-2 to Nick Lester of Oklahoma.

At 149 pounds, The Citadel’s Matt Frisch opened with an 8-5 upset of No. 2 seed Nick Dardanes of Minnesota. He then lost by 8-1 to No. 15 Mitchell Menotti of Lehigh to fall into the consolation bracket.

At 157 pounds, The Citadel’s Aaron Walker, a redshirt freshman from San Antonio, knocked off No. 15 seed Cody Pack of San Diego State by fall at 5:25 in the first round. He lost in the second round by 18-5 to No. 2 seed Derek St. John of Iowa.

The Bulldogs’ Marshall Haas lost by fall to No. 12 Taylor Meeks of Oregon State in the first round at 197 pounds. He then fell by 9-7 to Abram Alaya of Princeton to end his season.

Citadel basketball coach Chuck Driesell still believes he can win with Bulldogs

March 18, 2014
Citadel basketball coach Chuck Driesell, 31-94 in four seasons, will be back for a fifth season in 2014-15. (Paul Zoeller/P&CStaff)

Citadel basketball coach Chuck Driesell, 31-94 in four seasons, will be back for a fifth season in 2014-15. (Paul Zoeller/P&CStaff)

by: Jeff Hartsell The Charleston Post and Courier

Despite a 31-94 record in four years and a school-record losing streak this season, Citadel basketball coach Chuck Driesell still believes he can win at the military school. And he’ll get a fifth year to try to prove it.

Citadel athletic director Larry Leckonby said Wednesday that Driesell will return for a fifth season in 2014-15. It will be the final season on Driesell’s current contract. He currently earns a reported base salary of $185,000 per year. Judging by Leckonby’s reaction to the question of whether Driesell would return next year – “As far as I know, he will be back,” Leckonby said – there was no real consideration among Citadel brass of dismissing Driesell after a season in which the Bulldogs went 7-26 overall and 2-14 in the Southern Conference, losing 17 straight games at one stretch.

Other mid-major programs have not been as patient. This week, Appalachian State fired coach Jason Capel with a four-year record of 53-70. UNC Wilmington fired coach Buzz Peterson with a four-year mark of 42-82, and will pay Peterson a reported $880,000 to settle the final two years of his contract. Driesell’s Bulldogs did put together a three-game win streak late in the season, including an 86-76 upset of UNC Greensboro in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament. “I think the program is in good hands,” said Leckonby, who hired Driesell in 2010. “Academically, we do well. Athletically, we were disappointed in some of the injury problems that key kids had this year. I’ve never seen injuries of that type all on one team at one time.”

The team did endure injuries to forwards P.J. Horgan and C.J. Bray, while junior point guard Marshall Harris battled through foot problems. Little-used reserve Dylen Setzekorn missed games with a staph infection in his knee. The most damaging injury was to Horgan, a 6-8 junior, who averaged 10.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 2012-13 as a complement to all-SoCon center Mike Groselle. But back problems threatened to end Horgan’s career, and he missed the first 15 games this season, averaging 3.8 points and 5.4 rebounds after his return. Bray, a 6-7 redshirt sophomore, missed 11 games while recovering from nerve damage in his shoulder and averaged 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds. There injuries forced freshmen forwards Brian White and Tom Koopman into early starting roles. White averaged 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds and made the all-SoCon freshman team; Koopman started 17 games and averaged 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds.

“We went into the season with the idea that we’d be able to start two juniors in the backcourt, with a sophomore at small forward and two juniors up front,” Driesell said. “We’d have a little bit of experience and maturity out there on the court. But the injuries that came up were freaky injuries that no one could plan for, and they put us in the familiar position of having to play true freshmen. I thought we’d finally get away from having to rely so much on freshmen.”

The emergence of junior guard Ashton Moore and the steady play of swingman Matt Van Scyoc were two bright spots this season. Moore averaged 23 points and shot 50 percent from 3-point range over the final six games of the season, boosting his season averages to 14.1 points and 41.2 percent. Van Scyoc, a 6-6 sophomore, averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, shooting 36.5 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent on free throws. “I think Ashton will be a guy who can make a difference night in and night out next year,” Driesell said. “He was just lacking some confidence, and now he’s got that. After our last game, he was very upset, but he said, ‘Coach, we’ll be really good next year.'”

Leckonby said he and Driesell have not discussed the coach’s contract, which ends on April 30, 2015. Driesell said he’s prepared to coach next year even without an extension. “I’ve been in this business a long time,” he said. “I’ve learned that you just focus on the things you can control, and for me that’s on trying to get better for next season.”

The Citadel has one player signed for next year, 6-4 shooting guard Jake Wright of Minnetonka, Minn. With no seniors on this year’s team, all the current Bulldogs could return. But it seems likely that at least Setzekorn, who already has earned his degree and did not play in the final 10 games even while healthy, will seek a transfer.

Driesell’s best season at The Citadel remains his first, when he inherited the senior core of a team that won 36 games in the previous two seasons under Ed Conroy. Driesell’s first team, led by Citadel all-time leading scorer Cameron Wells, went 10-22 overall and 6-12 in the SoCon in 2010-11. The rebuilding began the next year, with records of 6-24 in 2011-12 and 8-22 in 2012-13. “I really had envisioned that this year we’d be back closer to the .500 level,” Driesell said, “and that we’d take this class into next year and go from there. And if you look at how we played in the last four games, if we had been healthy all season, that might have been a reality.”

And, according to Driesell, it still can be. “Absolutely, no question,” Driesell said when asked if he can win at The Citadel. “I believe this is a special group of young men, and that they will come in next year and use their experiences to make it a really memorable season.”

Congratulations to the R Company Summerall Guards, 2015!

March 17, 2014

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CHARLESTON, S.C. −The Citadel introduced the 2015 Summerall Guards on Sat., March 15, 2014, during Corps Day, the 171st birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. For the rising seniors selected, being a member of the Summerall Guards will be one of the greatest achievements in their educational career. The free, public, event was marked by a ceremonial exchange of rifles and the first perfomance of the 2015 Summerall Guards. This year’s Commander is Cadet Michael Gross, India Company; Front Guide John C. Ogden, Third Battalion Staff; Rear Guide Sergio S. De La Cruz, Kilo Company and First Sergeant is Alex Worner, Romeo Company.

Your 2015 Summerall Guards from Romeo Company are:

John C. Doolittle of Pomaria, South Carolina

Timothy M. Hornbeck of Akron, Ohio

John M. Russo of Greer, South Carolina

Matthew G. Small (Alt) of Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Alex M. Worner (First Sergeant) of Copley, Ohio

Congratulations to our Romeo Company Summerall Guards!

For The Citadel’s Maurice Drayton, spring football game a homecoming

March 17, 2014
Coach Maurice Drayton

Coach Maurice Drayton

By Jeff Hartsell, The Charleston Post and Courier

When The Citadel football team takes the field at Johnson Hagood Stadium for its spring game on Saturday, Maurice Drayton will be back at the place that played a central role in most of his adult life. Drayton, hired by new Citadel coach Mike Houston as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach, previously spent 12 years at The Citadel as a player and assistant coach, the last in 2005.

It’s great to come home to my alma mater, the place where I cut my teeth,” said Drayton, who graduated in 1998 after coming to The Citadel from Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner. “I couldn’t be more excited and ecstatic.” Though he’s only 37 years old, Drayton has learned from a long line of coaches for whom he’s either played or worked. Those include Charlie Taaffe, Don Powers, Ellis Johnson, John Zernhelt and Kevin Higgins at The Citadel, and Chuck Reedy (Goose Creek High School), David Bennett (Coastal Carolina) and Buddy Pough (South Carolina State) at other schools.

“I’ve definitely learned from a lot of the great ones,” said Drayton, who worked for Johnson during his ill-fated stint as a head coach at Southern Miss in 2012. “I feel like I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge over the years from them. Now, we’ll take the good and the bad we’ve learned from all of them and try to create a formula for success.” During a career that’s ranged from stints with the Charleston Swamp Foxes in the Arena Football League to the Seinajoki Crocodiles of the European Football League in Finland, Drayton has learned that perceptions and titles matter to those who make hires in football.

That’s why this job as defensive coordinator at The Citadel might be the most important step yet for Drayton, who is married and has two children. “For athletic directors and presidents, it’s important to have that OC or DC by your name if you want to be a head coach,” Drayton said. “But I’ve been a special teams coordinator for many years, and I believe you can be prepared to be a head coach from that position. You bridge offense and defense and you have to be an administrator, and that’s what being a head coach is all about.”

Even the lost year at Southern Miss, when Johnson went 0-12 after leaving his job as defensive coordinator at South Carolina to coach the Golden Eagles, was a valuable experience, Drayton said. “Your learn that you can only control what you can control,” he said. “All the other things, you can’t worry about it. You can’t let it beat you up and get you down.”

In working for Houston, who was defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Lenoir-Rhyne before becoming the Bears’ head coach, Drayton is violating one of the coaching rules taught him by former Citadel great Everette Sands, now the running backs coach at South Carolina. “Everette once told me, ‘You never want to coach for a guy who coached the position you are coaching,’ Drayton said. “That’s what I’m doing with Coach Houston, but he’s a great defensive mind. A lot of what he believes flows from the great minds I’ve learned from.”

Indeed, Houston runs a 4-2-5 scheme very similar to what Ellis Johnson ran at The Citadel, South Carolina, Southern Miss and now at Auburn. “It’s almost scary how much we believe in the same things,” Drayton said. “We almost don’t have to talk about some things, because we believe in the same things.”

Backup QB Cam Jackson, DT Mitchell Jeter standout performers at Citadel spring football game

March 17, 2014
Would Mr. Jeter slowed Cam Jackson down?  Probably.......

Would Mr. Jeter slowed Cam Jackson down? Probably…….

By Jeff Hartsell, The Charleston Post and Courier
Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:09 a.m

The standout offensive performer at The Citadel’s spring football game Saturday was backup quarterback Cam Jackson, who led both touchdown drives in the two-hour scrimmage at Johnson Hagood Stadium. But that might have been because Jackson and the No. 2 offense did not have to block Bulldogs defensive tackle Mitchell Jeter.

Though no official statistics were kept, Jeter wreaked havoc on the No. 1 offense, racking up a sack and two tackles for loss in the early going. The 6-foot, 280-pounder, a rising junior from Rock Hill, lived up to the praise new coach Mike Houston heaped on him earlier in spring practice. “What you saw today from Mitchell Jeter is what we’ve seen all spring,” Houston said of Jeter. “He’s a really good football player and I think he’s poised to have a great season this fall. You saw more offensive productivity today when I pulled Mitchell out than anything.”

Jeter started five of 12 games for the 5-7 Bulldogs last season, making 37 tackles, including 3.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. “Spring practice went pretty good, but I feel like I can do way better,” Jeter said. “My plan is just to keep improving each and every day, and work on my fundamentals my most.” Jeter and his defensive mates made things difficult for starting QB Aaron Miller and the first-team offense, which punted twice and lost a fumble on its first three possessions. Aaron Miller did not play in the second half and finished with 18 yards on nine carries, hitting just 1 of 4 passes.

“The nerves or whatever you want to call it, we had a few bobbles early and we’ve got to sharpen that up,” Houston said. “To be honest, we haven’t looked like that a whole lot in the last week and a half. Aaron Miller has had an outstanding spring and we think he’ll have a great fall.”

Jackson, a 6-2, 195-pounder who redshirted last season, showed that he should be ready to play as Miller’s backup this fall. He ran 14 times for 86 yards, including a 1-yard TD plunge, and hit 7 of 9 passes for 52 yards. Jackson also had a 55-yard TD run called back on a chop block. “He’s got to sharpen up mechanically and fundamentally,” Houston said. “But when he gets going, he’s got tremendous God-given ability.”

Most of the best rushing numbers also came from the second-team offense. Slotback DeAndre Schoultz, 5-9 and 185 pounds, ran five times for 33 yards, including a 21-yard TD run. Slotback Craig Miller had six carries for 33 yards, and third-team QB Dane Anderson ran five times for 50 yards.
Kickers Austin Jordan and Eric Goins, battling for the first-team job, both had a good day. Jordan hit field goals of 36 and 42 yards, and Goins made a 45-yarder at the end of the first half. One of the best plays was turned in by defensive back DeVonta Delaney, who made a one-handed interception of a deep pass late in the game.

All in all, Citadel players said their first spring under their new coaches was different. “It’s a lot more intense,” Jeter said. “Everybody’s coming with a lot more passion.” Cornerback Walker Smith hobbled off the field after recovering a fumble early in the scrimmage, but Houston said the injury was not serious. “He just rolled his ankle,” he said. Defensive end Mark Thomas and tackle Cam Mobley also had sacks, and defensive back Ben Roberts recovered a fumble … Defensive end Nick Jeffreys, converted from tight end, had two tackles for loss in the second half.

Among those who did not play Saturday due to injury or illness were linebacker Carl Robinson, safety Nick Willis, defensive back Dondray Copeland, slotback Dalton Trevino and offensive lineman Jeremiah Cotton.

Rest in Peace Hank Walker, Romeo ’71

March 13, 2014

Henry Mazyck “Hank” Walker CHARLESTON, SC

Henry Mazyck “Hank” Walker, 65, of Peas Island, Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Linda Oltmann Walker, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Hank was born May 27, 1948 in Queens, New York, son of the late King Walker and Kathleen Hart Walker. He graduated from James Island High School, where he played football. He also graduated from The Citadel in 1971, where he progressed through the ranks of CPL, SGT, & 2nd Lt in Romeo Company. Hank was an avid sports fan, especially of The Citadel football team. He loved music, particularly since his father was a musician. As a matter of fact, Hank’s father and mother were introduced to each other by Frank Sinatra himself. Frank Sinatra was Hank’s favorite singer. Having lived his life on Peas Island (just before Folly Beach), he was affectionately known as “The Prince of Peas Island”. Hank was a “character”. He would always “have your back” . . . he was like Tony Montana. He had a very special heart that he did not allow everyone to see. To his friends, Hank was a little slice of Heaven . . . no one will ever replace him. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Hank was a retired used car manager with Palmetto Ford and was a member of Lighthouse Church. He is survived by his wife, Linda Walker of Charleston, SC; a daughter, Tiffany DiPrima of Folly Beach, SC; and several nieces and nephews. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Hank to The Citadel Athletics Department, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409 or Pet Helpers, 1447 Folly Road, James Island, SC 29412. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at http://www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charleston/obituary.aspx?n=henry-mazyck-walker&pid=170148618&fhid=23129#sthash.w6SXMvYz.dpuf

Citadel football spring practice update: DT Mitchell Jeter has been ‘fantastic’

March 13, 2014
Mitchel Jeter has impressed the coaching staff

Mitchel Jeter has impressed the coaching staff

Jeff Hartsell, postandcourier.com
Thursday, March 13, 2014 3:36 p.m.

With The Citadel’s spring football game set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium, new coach Mike Houston talks about how his defense has progressed in spring practice.

The Bulldogs will shift to a 4-2-5 look on defense next season with a “bandit” safety.t’s a lot of variety, a lot of different looks and pressures,” Houston said. “The package is really, really good. But we are still working on fundamentals. I don’t know how long it will take to get where we had it at Lenoir-Rhyne, where we had one of the top five defenses at the Division II level over the last five years. It took a long time to get to that point; hopefully we can accelerate it more here.”

Defensive Line

Rising junior Mitchell Jeter (6-0, 280) and senior Cam Mobley (6-0, 265) look to start inside at tackle, with senior Justin Oxendine (6-3, 260) and junior Mark Thomas (6-2, 215) at end.

“Jeter has been fantastic,” Houston said. “He’s the one who has stood out. He’s a really good football player, and I expect him to have a great season. Mobley has been a surprise at nose guard, but I’m really on him about his conditioning. He’s got to be able to play more than three plays at at time. He’s got to play a lot of reps.

“With Oxendine, I’m really on him about just learning how to play fast and physical. He’s a good specimen, a good-looking joker. But he’s got to learn how to use that ability. (Former tight end) Nick Jeffreys is really pushing him there. At the other end, we have a great battle going on with Joe Crochet and Mark Thomas. That one, I can’t tell you who is No. 1 and who’s No. 2.”

Linebackers

Rising senior Carson Smith (6-2, 230) is back after missing last season with an ankle injury. Junior James Riley (5-11, 205) and sophomore Tevin Floyd (6-1, 230) return, and senior Carl Robinson (6-1, 255) is out for the spring game as he rehabs a torn ACL.

“James Riley has had a great spring,” Houston said. “He’s another one, kind of like (receiver) Brandon Eakins, that I’m challenging every day to be more, because he can be. Carson Smith has had a solid spring. He’s got to be the guy who makes all the checks and adjustments, who knows the defense real well, so he’s got a lot of work on that end of it over the summer.

“Tevin Floyd is pushing Carson there at call linebacker, and we’ll be excited to get Carl Robinson back.”

Secondary

Rising senior Rah Muhammad (5-11, 200) is making the move from linebacker to “bandit”, a safety position. Junior Nick Willis (6-2, 200) and senior Julian Baxter (6-0, 195) are at safety, with several players competing at cornerback, including redshirt freshman Cody Richardson (5-11, 180) and senior Walker Smith (5-9, 180), the special teams player of the year last season.

“Rah is a good player and will be a great leader for us on defense,” Houston said. “He’s by far the No. 1 at that position. Dondray Copeland is a young kid who’s pushing to get into that 2 spot at bandit.

“Nick has had every bump and bruise injury that you can and has not practiced a lot this spring. I really want him to be our safety, but we’ve got to get him on the field and get him reps. Baxter has gotten better and better as the spring has gone on, and will be a solid player for us. Malik Diggs, an inside safety, is a young guy we’ve got to spend a lot of time with, but he’s got some potential. Kevin Thornton will be in the mix, a fifth-year kid.

“At corner, Cody Richardson is not where we want him to be yet, but he’s getting better. He’s got all the tools and potentially has everything you need to play the position. He’s just got to push himself to improve. Guys like DeVonta Delaney, Ben Roberts, Walker Smith, Tyus Carter, all those kids are in the mix at the other spot.”

Special teams

“Sophomore) Will Vanvick has had a great spring at punter, a good strong leg,” Houston said. “Eric Goins will be his backup, and Hunter Morris done a good job at long snapper. There’s a big battle going on at placekicker with Austin Jordan and Goins there.

“A lot of different guys have been working at punt return – Schoultz, who did it some last year, along with Delaney, Jake Stenson, Jorian Jordan. On kick return, Dalton Trevino, Schoultz, Jordan, a lot of the same guys.”

Redskins agree to terms with WR Andre Roberts

March 12, 2014
Will Andre be #12 in D.C.?

Will Andre be #12 in D.C.?

By Mike Jones, The Washington Post
March 11 at 10:45 am

The Redskins have agreed to terms with fifth-year wide receiver Andre Roberts, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available. Roberts can’t sign his contract until after the new league year begins at 4:30 p.m.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Roberts enters his fifth season out of The Citadel. A 2010 third-round pick, he has 182 catches for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns for his career. Roberts, who clocked a 4.36-second 40-yard dash out of college, last season recorded 43 catches for 471 yards and two touchdowns.

Wide receiver ranked among the Redskins’ needs with Santana Moss and Josh Morgan both free agents now. Washington hopes to add more weapons to the offense directed by Robert Griffin III. Pierre Garcon returns as the top wide receiver. Washington also needs help on special teams, and Roberts has experience as a return man.

Note from RomeoCompany editors: Sources report that Andre Roberts’ deal with the NFL Washington Redskins is for $16 million for 4 years. $8 million is guaranteed which included a $4 million signing bonus. With incentives, the deal has a maximum value of $17.35 million for the wide receiver. Andre has played the last four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

Presentation of Palmetto Medal Awards a highlight of Corps Day Weekend

March 11, 2014

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – One of the highest awards presented by The Citadel will be bestowed on three people who embody the college’s definition of principled leaders. The Palmetto Medal Awards will be given to the following leaders on March 15, 2014, during the 3:35p.m. dress parade as part of the festivities for this year’s Corps Day Weekend:

Command Sergeant Major Sylvan B. Bauer, U.S. Army (Retired)

For 18 years The Citadel and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets have enjoyed the selfless service of Command Sergeant Major Sylvan B. Bauer. He came to the college in 1996 after a distinguished military career during which he rose through the ranks to the top billet for an Army Non-Commissioned Officer.

“CSM Bauer joined The Commandant’s Department bringing with him an exceptional level of leadership and professionalism, “said Col. Leo Mercado, Commandant of Cadets for The Citadel. In his nomination of Bauer for the Palmetto Award, Mercado also reviewed Bauer’s many achievements while at The Citadel, such as the fact that he “single handedly designed cadre training programs which focused on upper class cadets’ teaching and coaching skills.”

Col. Joseph Trez, Executive Director of The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics commended Bauer for his intense loyalty to The Citadel and the Corps, as well as the personal impact he has made on the growth and development of many cadet principled leaders that Trez said, “is beyond something we can ever attempt to measure.”

Bauer’s military assignments included two tours in Germany – the Berlin Brigade and 1st Armored Division, as well as two combat tours; one in Vietnam and the other in South West Asia. Among Bauer’s military awards are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, The Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Col. Leo Mercado, Commandant of Cadets, USMC (retired)

Col. Leo Mercado, The Citadel’s Commandant of Cadets is a vice presidential level leader responsible for the command and control of the undergraduate 2,300-member S.C. Corps of Cadets. A 1979 graduate of The Citadel, Mercado joined the college’s leadership in 2009. Colonel Mercado has continually worked to implement a single standard for all cadets, continually stressing to cadet leadership the importance of positive reinforcement and role modelling.

“As Commandant, Col. Leo Mercado set the highest standards for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “Those fortunate enough to have been a cadet under his watch reflect his commitment to our Core Values, as well as, the culture and traditions of The Citadel.”

Prior to joining The Citadel’s leadership team in 2009, Mercado served as secretary of the General Staff at Headquarters Marine Corps in Arlington, Va. His command assignments have included tours as: Commanding Officer, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines; Commanding Officer, First Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, SC; Commanding Officer, Security Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA; and Commander, Education Command, Quantico, VA.

Mercado’s decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with gold star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars; and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star. Mercado earned a degree in political science from The Citadel in 1979 and received his master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

He will retire from The Citadel after commencement in May.

Cadet Daniel Smith, 1st Battalion Commander

Cadet Daniel Smith, a contracted Army ROTC cadet, consistently demonstrates The Citadel’s core values of Honor, Duty and Respect, in both his professional and personal life. He is known for a selfless attitude and for readily volunteering his time for The Citadel and for community service.

During his four years at the college, Smith has served the S. C. Corps of Cadets as Bravo Company operations clerk, regimental operations clerk and Bravo Company cadre platoon sergeant, in addition to his current position as commander for the First Battalion. During the fall, 2013 semester, and under his leadership, the first Battalion achieved both the highest 4th class grade point average (GPA) and highest 4th class retention rate in the Corps. In addition, First Battalion achieved the highest “all classes” GPA average with the averages of all four companies above 3.0.

Smith has a 3.6 GPA, has made the Dean’s List six times and received Gold Stars twice. He has been named to the Commandant’s List twice and the President’s List twice. His last physical fitness test score reached the maximum of 300. He is a member of the 2014 Summerall Guards. He is Bravo Company’s student government representative and Honor representative.

“Cadet Smith excels in all aspects of cadet life,” said Lt. Col. Charles H. Graham, First Battalion Tac Officer at The Citadel. “He is an accomplished scholar, a strikingly physically fit individual and his conduct over his seven semesters as a cadet is unblemished.

Smith has completed the following Army training programs: Airborne School, Air Assault School, Recondo Badge, Cordell Scroll and Ranger Challenge. He earned numerous awards while participating in those programs, including the Order of the Purple Heart Leadership Award.

The Palmetto Medal Award was created by the college’s Board of Visitors to recognize cadets, faculty, staff or alumni for exceptional performance that reflects great credit on the college or the state of South Carolina. The Palmetto Medal is the second highest honor bestowed by the college. The first is an honorary degree.

The parade will be held on Summerall Field. The public is invited. In the event of inclement weather, the awards move to Deas Hall. Other Corps Day events can be found here.