Archive for July, 2014

Wake Forest’s Mike Buddie emerges as AD candidate at The Citadel

July 31, 2014
Is this the frontrunner for the AD position?

Is this the frontrunner for the AD position?

by: Jeff Hartsell
The Charleston Post and Courier 7/30/14 posted postandcourier.com 6:07pm

The committee searching for The Citadel’s next athletic director will meet Thursday morning in Charlotte, apparently to interview candidates for the job. Sources said Wednesday that one of the candidates to be interviewed is Mike Buddie, associate AD for administration and development at Wake Forest.

Sources also said that Citadel baseball coach Fred Jordan is not a candidate for the job, and that Presbyterian AD Brian Reese is not among those who will be interviewed at the Thursday meeting. Bill D’Andrea, who just retired as Clemson’s senior executive associate AD and was reported to be a Citadel candidate, also is not among the group to be interviewed, sources said.

Buddie, 43, has worked at Wake Forest for nine years and is a former Deacon pitcher who played for the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers in Major League Baseball, spending two seasons with New York and three with Milwaukee. He won a World Series title with the Yankees in 1998. At Wake Forest, Buddie served as director of the Varsity Club before moving to his current job, where he oversees baseball, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s golf and works with football and men’s basketball, as well. Buddie was one of three finalists for the AD job at Chattanooga last year.

Search committee chairman Tee Hooper did not return phone messages Wednesday. The Citadel is seeking a replacement for Larry Leckonby, who left the military school after seven years to become AD at Catawba College.

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Roberts found everything he wanted at The Citadel

July 29, 2014
Andre Roberts hangs out on Military Appreciation Day at Redskins Camp

Andre Roberts hangs out on Military Appreciation Day at Redskins Camp

PAUL WOODY
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 11:14 pm

The easy way has no appeal to Andre Roberts. He chose to attend The Citadel and play football. The Citadel bills itself as “The Military College of South Carolina.” You don’t go there for the parties or the football. Middle Tennessee State University, which plays major college football, and Coastal Carolina, which, like The Citadel, plays a level below the FBS schools, offered Roberts scholarships. They came with no military environment attached.

Instead, Roberts chose The Citadel. “Both my parents were in the military, and I wouldn’t take it back for the world,” Roberts said of attending and graduating from The Citadel. Roberts wanted a degree, and he got one in accounting. “Football isn’t forever,” he said. “I understood that.” He wanted to play pro football, and he earned that opportunity as well. He was taken by Arizona in the third round of the 2010 draft.

When he hit the free agent market after the 2013 season, the Washington Redskins signed him. Roberts is an example for players in the NFL and those who hope to be in the NFL. Take advantage of every opportunity on the field — Roberts played well against Clemson and Florida, two powerful major college programs. Also take advantage of the academic opportunities.

Roberts graduated in 31/2 years because he was willing to go to summer school — 12 credit hours one summer, nine in another. He has options in his life and has shown his ability to adapt to new situations. “I was born in Alaska, lived in Texas and we settled in South Carolina,” Roberts said.

His father served in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. When Roberts and his brother were in middle school, his parents were assigned to duty in South Korea. Roberts and his brother lived with their grandparents in the Virgin Islands for a year. Roberts’ father retired as a command sergeant major. His mother retired as a first sergeant. His father teaches the Junior ROTC program at a Darlington, S.C., high school, about an hour from home in Columbia, S.C. His mother works at Fort Jackson army base in Columbia.

Roberts felt at home Sunday at Redskins training camp. It was Military Appreciation Day. Roberts, though, never had aspirations to serve in the military, which makes his decision to attend The Citadel even more interesting. “It really wasn’t about how hard or how easy it could have been,” Roberts said. “I think I made the right decision for school and discipline. It helped keep me in line and do what I needed to do to finish. “It probably helped me get where I am today.”

Well, maybe. But having excellent speed, soft hands and the ability to set up blocks probably played a larger role than going through the grind of life at the military school in Charleston, S.C. In four seasons with Arizona, Roberts caught 182 passes — an average of 45 per season — for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Redskins signed him to a four-year, $16 million contract.

The Redskins like all that Roberts can do. “He’s taking the first snaps at punt and kickoff returner, but that’s not etched in stone,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “He’s proven he can play every position on offense at the receiver spot — X, Z and Zebra. He’s doing a great job. “We had every intention of him being the No. 2 receiver. DeSean (Jackson) fell in our lap so now he (Roberts) is going to play inside (in the slot), which speaks to his versatility.”

If Roberts is bothered by the addition of Jackson, he doesn’t show it. Roberts goes through training camp with an ever-present smile. He makes it clear he wants to return punts and kickoffs and help whenever and wherever he can on offense. No one glides through any military school. Instead, Roberts went through a demanding college experience with a purpose.

“I always had aspirations to go to the NFL, and I knew my mom wouldn’t let me out of school before I finished,” he said. “So I took the summer classes.” Nothing is easy about any of that. But the effort has paid handsomely

Citadel unveils changes in football uniforms for 2014 season

July 29, 2014
This year helmets will carry a player's Company.

This year helmets will carry a player’s Company.

Jeff Hartsell
The Charleston Post and Courier
Jul 25 2014

The Citadel unveiled some changes to its football uniform for the 2014 season at the Southern Conference media day this week in Spartanburg. Perhaps the most noteworthy change is to the back of the helmet, where the name of each player’s company at the military school now will be displayed in red letters, the idea of equipment manager Kevin Yeager. Each cadet at The Citadel is assigned to one of 21 companies, named Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and so on.

On the back of the Bulldogs’ Adidas jerseys, where the players’ names usually go, will be one of the words from the school motto: “Honor, Duty, Respect.” And the Bulldogs’ gloves, also provided by Adidas, will feature an image of the school’s Second Battalion.

The Citadel will also sport a navy blue jersey with white letters this season, although Yeager said it’s not yet certain when the Bulldogs will wear that jersey.
The Citadel opens its season Aug. 30 against Coastal Carolina at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Justin Oxendine and Carl Robinson Earn First-Team Preseason All-Conference Honors

July 28, 2014
 L-R = Aaron Miller, Coach Houston & Carl Robinson

L-R = Aaron Miller, Coach Houston & Carl Robinson

Spartanburg, S.C. — Senior defensive end Justin Oxendine and senior inside linebacker Carl Robinson were tabbed with first-team All-Southern Conference honors in voting by the league’s head coaches, the conference office announced at its football media day Wednesday in Spartanburg. The coaches also named a preseason offensive and defensive player of the year, and quarterback Jacob Huesman and defensive lineman Davis Tull gave Chattanooga a sweep of those accolades. The head coaches and SoCon media also predicted the order of finish in this year’s conference race. Both groups picked The Citadel to finish sixth with Chattanooga as the preseason favorite.

Oxendine is coming off a huge season in 2013 which culminated in the defensive lineman earning spots on the media all-conference first team and coaches second team. Robinson joined Oxendine on the coaches’ second team. Oxendine started all 12 games and made 46 tackles last season while tying for fourth in the SoCon with 4.5 sacks and tying for fifth with 11.5 tackles for loss.

Robinson played and started in 11 games before injuring his knee before the season finale, recording 92 tackles and finishing tied for seventh in the conference averaging 8.4 per contest. The Mobile, Ala., native, enters his final season with career totals of 188 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, five passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. “It’s an honor to be named to the preseason all-conference team, and it is even more motivation to go out there and lead the team the best that I can,” said Robinson. “I am feeling 100 percent coming into the season, and I have a lot to show in my final year.”

In addition to picking Chattanooga first and the Bulldogs sixth, the media voted Furman second while the coaches poll had Furman and Samford tied for second. Both polls picked Wofford to finish fourth and Western Carolina fifth. SoCon newcomers Mercer and VMI finished tied for seventh in the coaches’ poll while Mercer edged VMI in the media ballot.

The Bulldogs open fall camp on Aug. 4 and begin the 2014 season on Aug. 30 against nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina at Johnson Hagood Stadium at 6 pm.

Season and individual game tickets are still available and can be purchased at etix.com or by phone at 843-953-DOGS.

Koopman Gains Experience as Member of Netherlands U20 National Team

July 28, 2014
#11 Tom Koopman

#11 Tom Koopman

By Jon Cole

For the second time in as many summers, The Citadel’s Tom Koopman is getting the opportunity to refine his basketball skills. Koopman is one of 13 players remaining on the roster for the Netherland’s U20 national team. “I’ve had lots of practices and games, which has given me a chance to prove my worth to the team,” said Koopman. “At the moment I’m certain of my spot in the final 12.”
The additional play overseas gives Koopman the opportunity to improve on his play around the rim and increase his freshman year numbers (2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg) that he had under Bulldog head coach Chuck Driesell.

“The things I learned last year at The Citadel have definitely been helpful with earning my spot on the team,” said Koopman. “Although we did have a tough year, I’ve learned a lot, such as playing through adversity and playing more physical. That is also one of the major differences between European and American basketball. “The European play is more technical while the American style is more explosive and physical. Playing last year in the United States has helped me combine these two playing styles, which will improve my game. Another helpful aspect is my verbal presence on the floor. It is mandatory to talk on defense, because it will improve your defense in many ways. This skill is definitely helping me solidify my spot with the Netherlands.”

Koopman is also enjoying team success as the Netherlands collected wins over Austria and Portugal last week. The next step is an exhibition tournament in Antwerp, Belgium, before the actual European Championships begin in Sarajevo, Bosnia. “The team has lots of individual talent, but we have to work on our team play,” said Koopman. “For me it is a great honor to play for my own country. It is something you dream of as a little kid. My work ethic and numbers at the practices and games haven’t gone unnoticed. They’ve put me on the reserve list for the men’s national team. Unfortunately, I will not be able to practice or play with them because I have to return to The Citadel to start school and basketball.”

Koopman, who started in 17 games for The Citadel over the course of the 2013-14 season, has added both weight and confidence to his overall game during these summer games. “I’ve already gained a good 10-15 pounds over this summer, and playing with my old friends on the national team is boosting my confidence,” said Koopman. “Both of these skills were aspects of my game that needed improvement and are the points that I’m focusing on this summer. Of course, when I return everybody at The Citadel can expect me to continue to work hard.”

At home with the Houstons

July 22, 2014
Coach Houston with his boys

Coach Houston with his boys

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) –
He’s a former football player and current head coach at The Citadel. There are plenty of accolades that come with Mike Houston, including a career record of 19-2 in the conference and a runner up finish in Division II last season. The Citadel is hoping their new head football coach is a home run hire. No matter the field for Houston, it’s the same goal: molding boys into men. That’s no more evident than in the back yard of his Charleston home with his family.

“I certainly have a lot more control as Coach Houston as I do as dad. When you get home here, you just kind of roll with the punches. It’s certainly the most enjoyable part of my day even though I love what I do. Evenings and grilling in backyard and playing in backyard and spending time with them are the highlight of the day,” he says of his family.

The highlights of the day as a dad are different than the calls as a coach. “I definitely think I’m not a ‘football is only thing in my life’ person. Family, I still enjoy golf, try to bike. I try to be pretty balanced which is pretty good for the mental aspect,” he said. Mom, Dad, Owen and Reid are still getting used to the lay of the land and life as Bulldogs on campus at The Citadel. They’re still reaching for what’s comfortable.

“This was just the right move and perfect for us It was still a big decision moving two kids, This is the first time we’ve moved babies with us. That was a little different,” said Houston’s wife, Amanda. In a different city, things are a bit foggy for the family at time. But for Mike Houston, once he steps out on the field, there’s a clear vision and the same goal and mindset as his old job. “It will be hard-nosed, intense, fiery attitude,” he said.

“He’s a fun Dad, likes to rough them up, and then they like to rough up Mom. Mom doesn’t hang quite as well. He is fun, very good Dad, likes to play, they like to play with him. You know he does a good job because they are yelling for Daddy as soon as he walks in the door,” said Amanda Houston.
He’s a winner at home for his wife and two sons, regardless of what happens in front of thousands of fans on game day. “I was fortunate to have the great year at Lenoir Rhyne,” Mike Houston said, talking about his son’s excitement after the games. “His biggest thrill was if we played at home and won, he came in the locker room with me and we sang the fight song. If we were on the road and won, he would ride the bus home with me.”

“It’s nice to have them surround him, let him chill, talk to them, play with the boys, kind of remind him they don’t care about the loss or big win. It’s important to play with them and forget about it as much as you can,” said Amanda Houston. Moving from Hickory to the Lowcountry, Mike Houston’s family are certainly his biggest fans and they’re snuggled up with the biggest bulldog on campus.

“I have a feeling they will be right in the middle of everything with me and my career,” he said.

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/26037677/at-home-with-the-houstons

Citadel graduate named one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans

July 15, 2014
Tevan Green

Tevan Green

Tevan Green, (T Co.’00), a Charleston native and Citadel graduate of the class of 2000, was one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans named by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) at their national convention in Baltimore on Saturday. Green, who attended Bishop England High School, retired from a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of major, earning a Bronze Star for his leadership roles in special operations logistics in Afghanistan.

He now serves as founder and CEO of Citadel Logic, a cyber-security firm in Hampton, Va. He has also served on The Citadel Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2011. Green was trained as a Special Forces operative and was serving in Afghanistan when he suffered a serious injury resulting from a helicopter crash. After rehabilitation, Green pursued the growing field of digital systems development and applications, starting his own firm in 2010.The TOYA award was begun in 1938 by the Jaycees and is awarded to ten individuals each year to “exemplify the best attributes of the nation’s young people.”

The JAYSON award is crafted by the same source that produces the OSCAR for motion pictures. Some of its past recipients were Orson Welles, Elvis Presley, and Christopher Reeve. Four past presidents received the award as young men—John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton. Green lives in Hampton with wife Chy and sons Cevan and Falcon.

See more at: http://www.citadel.edu/root/tevangreen-toya#sthash.hejus9bo.dpuf

Former College of Charleston player Bart Benton kept ‘diary’ of Coach Wojcik’s behavior

July 10, 2014

By: Andrew Miller, The Charleston Post and Courier

Bart Benton and his College of Charleston teammates began to notice a pattern of behavior from Doug Wojcik in the earliest days of his tenure as the Cougars’ head basketball coach. So Benton decided to start making a list of all of Wojcik’s verbal abuse and outbursts. He kept the “diary” for the entire 2012-13 season, his last year at the College. “I just felt like it was something I had to do,” Benton said in a telephone interview from Atlanta. “I felt like someone needed to document what was going on.”

A College of Charleston investigation exposed dozens of examples of Wojcik lashing out at players with obscenities, personal attacks and physical threats. The 50-page report was compiled with input from 12 players, 10 of them anonymous. Wojcik was placed on a one-month suspension without pay, or more than $33,000, for August and ordered to undergo mandatory counseling. The college also has established a “zero tolerance” policy for future behavior.

Benton recalled that Wojcik initially blasted him and other players during a preseason team meeting in the fall of 2012. He said Wojcik told him in front of the team, “Don’t act like a (expletive) lawyer when you’re on this team. You might can read faster than me, but I’ve got that street (expletive). You’re not (expletive) smarter than me.”
Benton, who is now in law school at Georgia State University, said he was shocked at the time and couldn’t understand why the coach had made his attack so personal.

It wasn’t the first time Benton had been on the receiving end of one of Wojcik’s verbal tirade in the short time the coach had been on the job. Benton, a walk-on basketball player for the Cougars from 2009-13, had played for three seasons under the easygoing Bobby Cremins. He had loved the game and his time with the basketball team. He was crushed when Cremins decided to retire following the 2012 season, but said he had an open mind about Wojcik when the school hired him. “Everyone loved coach Cremins,” Benton said. “He was going to be a tough act to follow, but I think everyone gave (Wojcik) the benefit of the doubt at first.” The honeymoon didn’t last long, he said.

“I can take a coach yelling at me and being demanding and tough,” Benton said. “But he crossed the line. He made it personal on levels that he shouldn’t have. It wasn’t just basketball. He talked about parents and players’ girlfriends.” As the season went on, Benton’s list of transgressions became longer and longer. He said all the players were aware of the list he was keeping, and as the verbal abuse began to mount, teammates would give him more examples. “Coach would go off on someone and they’d come up to me after practice and say, “Put that one on the list,”‘ Benton said. “All the guys knew what I was doing.”

All of the players interviewed during the investigation said Benton’s list was accurate.
At one point or another every player was a target for one of Wojcik’s rants, but Benton, forward Matt Sundberg and forward Trent Weideman seemed to take the brunt of his wrath. When the season was over, Benton, Sundberg and Weideman had exit interviews with College of Charleston Athletic Director Joe Hull. All three gave accounts of the verbal abuse under Wojcik. Benton and Sundberg were seniors and scheduled to graduate. Weideman, one of the team’s top post players, had decided to transfer to Georgia Southern.

Benton said Hull was shocked to learn of his treatment under Wojcik and told the walk-on that he would take it up with the coach during his end-of-the-year evaluation.
“I think (Hull) was pretty upset and surprised by the whole thing,” Benton said. “I think he genuinely felt bad about what had happened to us and the way coach Wojcik had treated us.”

But Benton wasn’t optimistic that much would come out of the exit interviews he had with Hull. The Cougars had gone 24-11 in Wojcik’s first season and made it to the finals of the Southern Conference Tournament. They’d also earned a bid to College Basketball Invitational Tournament. “I knew they were not going to fire him. How could they after they won 24 games?” Benton said. “I guess what I was hoping for was that someone would talk to him and that the administration knew there was a problem.”

According to the report, Hull discussed the issue with then-college president George Benson. Benson instructed Hull to talk with Wojcik about the issue. In the report, Hull said Wojcik understood that he needed to change his demeanor toward the players.
“I’m sure coach Wojcik just thought it was three disgruntled players,” Benton said. “I’m sure he felt like he hadn’t done anything wrong, that he hadn’t stepped over the line.”

The Cougars plummeted to a 14-18 record in Wojcik’s second season, followed by the report and its further accusations. On June 30, Hull met with players and indicated that he wanted to fire Wojcik, multiple sources told The Post and Courier. But Benson overruled Hull and the school handed out the suspension and other penalties.

Wojcik has three years left on a contract that pays him just more than $400,000 annually.

Courtesy of the post and Courier here is the report from young Mr. Benton. You make up your mind about Coach Wojcik. The warning posted by the P&C will shock no Citadel grad. The language is pretty vile but we have heard it before in the barracks.

WARNING: This report contains harsh and potentially offensive language.
Click hereto read the full report.
http://www.postandcourier.com/assets/pdf/Bart%20Benton’s%20List.pdf

Fifth Annual Ladies Football 101 includes meeting new coach

July 9, 2014

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Ladies get a crash course in 2014 Bulldogs football July 18

All women across the Lowcountry are invited to come to the Fifth Annual Ladies Football 101 event, sponsored by The Citadel Football Association. Designed for those who could already rival sportscasters with their play-by-play Bulldog commentary, to those who need to elevate their football savvy for the next tailgate party, this is a ladies‘- only evening of football, food and fun. And this year, Football 101 “students” will meet new Citadel Head Football Coach Mike Houston and his wife Amanda, as well as his coaching staff and their wives. The event will be held from 4:30 – 9:30 p .m. on Friday, July 18, with proceeds benefiting the association’s scholarship fund*.

“I’m addicted to college football, especially Bulldogs’ football,” said Kathleen Cartland, a long-time Bulldogs season-ticket holder. “But it doesn’t matter what you know or don’t know about the sport or the team. Each year I bring a friend to Football 101 at The Citadel hoping she’ll become as enthusiastic as me. “

The Ladies Football 101 “curriculum” includes:
•Wine & Cheese – Tea & Cookies Reception

“Lessons” begin at 4:30 with a one-hour event hosted by the coaches’ wives at Seignious Hall (behind McAlister Field House).
•Bulldogs’ Basics

The coaching staff will discuss the basics of offensive and defensive college football.
•Weight room demonstration and tours

See the Bulldogs build their strength as players demonstrate the equipment. Tour other training areas too.
•BE the player

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Take to the field for passing and catching practice and demonstrations. Develop your own victory dance.
•Get fed up

Relish a catered supper in the Altman Athletic Center.
•Shopping…enough said

Enjoy live and silent auctions benefitting the Bulldogs.
•Get two tickets

“Tuition” includes two tickets to attend the Citadel vs. Coastal Carolina game on Sat., Aug. 30.
•Designer T-shirts

Well…custom designed for the event.
•Goody bags and door prizes

The “tuition” for Football 101 is $50 per person. Two can register for $45 each. Three friends registering together only pay $40 each. A portion of the clinic fee is tax deductible.

*Please register online at http://www.cfabulldogs.org. The deadline is July 15.
– See more at: http://www.citadel.edu/root/football-101-ladies-2014#sthash.CBSENBcv.dpuf

Lt. Gen. Rosa commits to two more years

July 8, 2014
Gen Rosa at his installation as President of The Citadel

Gen Rosa at his installation as President of The Citadel

7 Jul 2014

Lieutenant General John Rosa will remain as president of The Citadel for at least two more years following a contract agreement reached with The Citadel Board of Visitors. The agreement extends the commitment of the college’s 19th president until at least June 30, 2016 with the option of renewing the open-ended contract on a yearly basis beyond that date.

“The Board of Visitors unanimously supports John and Donna Rosa. We have been fortunate to have the strong leadership of John Rosa for the past eight years,” said Lieutenant General Michael Steele, Chair of The Citadel Board of Visitors. “John Rosa is an extraordinary leader. He lives our core values of Honor, Duty and Respect and represents everything The Citadel and our alumni aspire to be. We could not ask for a better team to lead The Citadel.”

General Rosa said his decision to commit to additional years was influenced by his desire to move the college closer to the goals of LEAD 2018, the college’s ambitious strategic plan. “As a cadet, The Citadel had a powerful influence on me,” Rosa said. “Now, as I approach the final years of my career, Donna and I want to make a difference at this institution that has been so much a part of our lives.”
When General Rosa became president, he saw the need for a comprehensive program that would involve every cadet in systematic leadership training. One of the crowning achievements of his administration has been the implementation of a four-year leader development model that is available to every cadet. The program takes cadets through the stages of following, serving, leading and commanding in a framework that emphasizes the core values of honor, duty and respect.

Other successes in Rosa’s administration include expanded academic programs and record enrollments in the Corps of Cadets. The president has used his experience in strategic planning and fundraising to improve the financial health of the college and build endowments in The Citadel Foundation. During the past three years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked The Citadel as the top public college in the South among colleges offering master’s degrees.

Rosa became president of The Citadel in January 2006. The extension to his contract means that with a ten-year tenure, Rosa could be the longest serving president of the college since General Mark Clark, who served as 11th president from 1954 till 1965.

Rosa’s original contract went through June of 2015. The contract amendment does not alter the president’s base compensation of $336,200 which includes a state salary of $151,200 plus a supplement of $185,000 from The Citadel Foundation. The amendment does allow the president to receive an annual bonus for continued support and implementation of objectives in LEAD 2018 strategic plan. No state funds or tuition would be used for bonuses.

“The fact that John Rosa will continue to lead the college is great news for all in The Citadel family,” Steele said. “Thanks to the Rosas, our college has momentum. The Citadel will be ideally positioned to confront the challenges facing higher education and still offer a remarkable education in keeping with our military character and mission of developing principled leaders.”

– See more at: http://www.citadel.edu/root/citadel-president-commits-to-two-more-years#sthash.mIwAfF0G.dpuf