Archive for January, 2015

Mother’s suit against The Citadel over molester Skip ReVille dismissed

January 28, 2015

By: Dave Munday

Jan 27 1:17 pm

A mother’s lawsuit against The Citadel over molester Skip ReVille was dismissed before the jury could hear opening arguments Tuesday morning. The woman, identified only as Mother Doe A, claimed ReVille never would have molested her son and caused the family emotional distress if The Citadel had not covered up his crimes while he was a camp counselor there several years earlier, so the school owed her damages for her suffering.

Responding to a motion for summary judgment from Citadel attorneys, Judge Markley Dennis ruled that state law allows victims to sue but not parents of victims. The ruling came after most of Monday was spent picking a jury. It would have been the first lawsuit concerning ReVille’s behavior to make it to trial. ReVille allegedly molested the victim on numerous occasions in 2007 and 2008 when the boy was less than 16 years old, according to the suit.

The son also filed suit, and his case is also scheduled for trial, as well as several other victims, according to the plaintiff’s attorney, Gregg Meyers, formerly of Charleston and now living in St. Paul, Minn. There will be plenty of opportunity to expose what Citadel officials knew and didn’t report when those cases go to trial, he said. “So far no one has held The Citadel accountable,” he said after the ruling. “It’s time for them to be accountable.”

Dawes Cooke, an attorney for The Citadel, said he preferred not to comment as long as the case is open for appeal. Citadel officials have maintained they never hid anything. Gergel dismissed a suit against Citadel President John Rosa and the school’s general counsel, Mark Brandenburg, in May. In that case also, he ruled that the parents who brought the suit lacked standing for legal action. The plaintiff has 30 days to appeal the latest ruling. Meyers said an appeal would depend on whether it takes time away from the other pending suits.

ReVille pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 23 boys in June 2012 and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He must serve 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole. ReVille was a senior counselor at a Citadel summer camp in 2002, where he got naked, watched porn and masturbated with several of the boys. He continued molesting boys at Pinewood Preparatory School, where he was a teacher, and several other positions as coach, teacher and Bible study leader over the next few years.

In 2007, a former camper told Citadel officials that ReVille had watched porn and masturbated with him, but the complaint never became public and ReVille continued working with boys. His deeds were finally exposed in the fall of 2011 through complaints of more former victims


South Carolinas mid-major schools fuel athletics with student fees

January 28, 2015


By: Jeff Hartsell
Jan 24 2015 9:00 pm

Each Citadel cadet will shell out a student athletic fee of $2,392 this year, money that helps fund intercollegiate athletics at the military school. That’s almost a quarter of a cadet’s total in-state tuition and fees, and enough money to purchase 26 season tickets for football under the school’s young alumni plan.

At College of Charleston, each undergraduate and graduate student will have to come up with $1,210 this year to fund Cougar athletics. That’s 11.5 percent of in-state tuition and fees and enough to buy 12 season tickets for basketball under the Cougars’ young alumni plan.

Students at The Citadel, College of Charleston and the state’s six other public, mid-major universities pay the freight for athletics on their campuses, subsidizing an average of 78 percent of the athletic budgets at those schools in 2013, according to data collected by USA Today.

Fees from College of Charleston’s 11,000 undergrads and graduate students funded 72 percent of College of Charleston’s athletic department budget from 2009-2013, according to USA Today. That’s well above the average of 42 percent in 2010 for Division I schools without football, according to a study done by the American Institutes for Research.

At The Citadel, which has a student body of only about 2,300 cadets, student fees accounted for almost 39 percent of the athletic budget over that time. That is above the Football Championship Subdivision average of 29 percent, and does not include other subsidies that help pay for Citadel athletics.

It’s a mid-major model that is increasingly viewed as broken. Athletics fees contribute mightily to the $1.3 trillion in college debt that students face. USC Upstate business professor Jeff Smith, who has studied and written about the issue, estimates that students across the country borrow almost $4 billion per year to pay for college athletics on their campuses. Additionally, student athletics fees are often difficult to uncover and don’t often appear on school’s websites or student’s bills.

College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull said depending heavily on student fees is part of life at a mid-major school. “Unquestionably, we get a significant amount from the university,” Hull said, “whether it’s student fees or contributions from the campus. And no question, it’s a sign of the times at schools like College of Charleston or Coastal Carolina, or fill in the blank.
“It’s part of the budget, part of life at this level.”

Indeed, athletic department subsidies, including student fees, amount to $3.7 billion annually and account for 65 percent of athletic department budgets for the 286 Division I schools outside the so-called “Power Five” conferences, which include the ACC and SEC, according to Smith’s studies.

Enriched by the lucrative TV contracts of the SEC and ACC, Power 5 schools such as South Carolina and Clemson do not have to rely heavily on student athletics fees or other subsidies. Only 2.7 percent of USC’s total revenue from 2009-13 came from student fees; at Clemson, the number was not even 2 percent. But even at Clemson, with an athletic budget already at about $69 million, school officials have considered adding an athletics fee of $350 per year to student bills.

And the price of supporting athletics for students is only going up. Since 2005, the amount of annual athletic fees collected at The Citadel has risen 104 percent; at College of Charleston, that number has gone up by 110 percent. At the same time, state funding for public colleges in South Carolina has decreased dramatically; since 2008, per-student spending by the state is down more than 40 percent.

Recent decisions by the NCAA, including permitting schools to supply unlimited meals and snacks to student-athletes, and allowing scholarships to cover the full cost of attendance, only increase the pressure to raise athletic budgets. Virginia Tech of the ACC estimates that adding the full cost of attendance will increase its scholarship budget by some $950,000 per year; mid-major schools such as The Citadel and College of Charleston will feel pressure to follow suit.
Such increases have prompted the state of Virginia to consider a law that would cap student athletics fees, which run as high as $1,702 per year at Virginia Military Institute and account for 69 percent of athletic budgets at the state’s 11 Division I public schools. That’s an idea the state of South Carolina should consider, Smith said.

“According to studies I’ve done, Virginia was probably about the worst in the country when it comes to athletic fees,” Smith said. “And South Carolina is probably the second-worst. And that’s because we have six comprehensive universities in our state who are playing Division I athletics but are heavily subsidized.”

Citadel athletic director Jim Senter said rising athletic fees are a part of the ever-increasing cost of a college education. “I think it’s a question of how much more students and their families can afford for a college education,” Senter said. “I have two college-age sons myself, and they are doing their part to pay their way through school, and I’m doing my part as best I can. I think most parents are at the upper edge of being able to help their kids afford college, and I’m talking about the totality of the cost.”

Transparency issues

Student athletics fees can be hard to pin down for parents and students trying to figure out their bottom-line costs. They are not always listed on a school’s list of fees on its website or on the bills sent to students. “If you look at websites and the bills from most schools, you’ll see every fee in the world,” Smith said. “Parking fees, technology fees. But nobody wants to put the athletic fee on there, so it’s much harder to find.”
Some of the state’s public schools report their athletics fees to the state Commission on Higher Education; to their credit, The Citadel and College of Charleston are up front about their fees. But even those CHE numbers don’t always reflect the true extent to which students are paying for college athletics. Each school accounts for campus support for athletics differently, a CHE spokesperson said.

Coastal Carolina in Conway, for example, reports a student athletics fee of $350 per year for in-state students ($750 out-of-state) to the CHE. But subsidies made up fully 82 percent (or about $18.3 million) of the Big South Conference school’s total athletic budget of about $22.3 million in 2013, according to USA Today’s figures. Most of that money comes out of tuition, and that means the true cost to some 8,000 Coastal Carolina students for athletics is closer to $2,200 per student, according to Smith. “Coastal Carolina is the most extreme,” Smith said. “Their athletic subsidy amounts to real close to 25 percent of tuition.”

USC Upstate, an Atlantic Sun Conference school of about 4,000 students in Spartanburg, reports a student athletics fee of $0 to the Commission on Higher Education. Instead, according to school officials, $950 of each student’s tuition is dedicated to athletics. That amounted to 64 percent of USC Upstate’s athletic budget from 2009-13.

At The Citadel, the school kicked in about $3.8 million in 2013 on top of student athletics fees of about $5.5 million, combining for a total subsidy of close to $9.3 million (or 69 percent) out of an athletic budget of almost $13.4 million. Most of that $3.8 million came in the form of tuition waivers, the school said.

Accounting for student fees varies widely in South Carolina. Subsidies provided 85.2 percent of Winthrop’s $12.4 million budget in 2013, and 67.2 percent of South Carolina State’s $10.1 million budget. And yet S.C. State reported a student athletics fee of $2,129 for this year to the Commission on Higher Education, while Winthrop’s reported athletics fee is $0. Winthrop’s campus support for athletics comes out of the student activity fee of $1,450 paid by each student, the school said.

Charleston Southern, a private school, does not have to disclose its funding sources for athletics. A portion of each student’s tuition does go to athletics, said Rick Brewer, vice president for student affairs and athletics.

Reasonable number
Athletics fees are justified, school officials say, because students get in free to athletic events, and because athletics are an important part of the college experience, just like other extracurricular activities such as music and theater productions paid for with student fees. “I think it’s really important that students support student-athletes at the college,” said Ryan Spraker, a junior from Myrtle Beach who is president of College of Charleston’s Student Government Association. “We don’t all play sports, but we all benefit from having athletics on campus, having that school spirit and having our athletes spread the College of Charleston name when they compete across the country.”

At The Citadel, Senter said, athletic teams provide much of the racial and gender diversity on campus. “Every institution has to evaluate the unique value that intercollegiate athletics brings to its college,” Senter said. “Athletics brings a great mix of diversity to our campus, and if you didn’t have athletics that’s something you might lose.”
The Virginia proposal, for example, would require the state’s FCS and non-football schools to fund at least half their athletic budgets from sources other than student fees. That means schools would have to increase funding from sources such as ticket sales, broadcast revenue and fundraising, or cut costs, as College of Charleston recently did with its decision to drop its swimming and diving teams.

Such a law in South Carolina would have drastic effects, College of Charleston’s Hull said.
“We’d have to reassess the competitive level of our program and what our budget would be,” Hull said. “Something like that would have a serious impact.”

USC Upstate’s Smith said there is a reasonable number that schools can expect students to contribute toward athletics. “I love college sports,” Smith said. “College sports is great, it’s just out of perspective. I don’t think the fee for athletics at most schools should be more than $200 or $300 per year. Students do get tickets and all that, so a reasonable amount is OK for any school.” “That’s what I think legislatures should be working on,” Smith said. “What is a reasonable number? I think the stakeholders — universities, presidents, faculty, community, students — need to start having a discussion on this and figure that number out.”

Abolish West Point — and the other service academies, too

January 27, 2015

Editor’s note: This article does not reflect the opinions or views of The Men from Romeo. It is posted simply as information for the edification of our readers.

The Washington Post

By Scott Beauchamp January 23
Scott Beauchamp is a veteran and a writer who lives in Portland, Maine. He contributes to the Baffler, the Atlantic and Al Jazeera, among other publications.

Most Americans are familiar with the prestige that surrounds the United States military service academies. Various names and phrases, spoken like solemn incantations, attest to their sacrosanct status: the Point, the Long Gray Line, Annapolis, cadets. Their graduates constitute a who’s who of American greatness, including Ulysses Grant, Jimmy Carter, novelist James Salter and sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein, to name a few. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in a 1962 address at West Point, typified the veneration when he told the cadets that they were “the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense.”

The service academies — the U.S. Military Academy for the Army (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy — promise to educate and mold future officers charged with leading the enlisted members of the military. But they are not the hallowed arbiters of quality promised by their myths. Their traditions mask bloated government money-sucks that consistently underperform. They are centers of nepotism that turn below-average students into average officers. They are indulgences that taxpayers, who fund them, can no longer afford. They’ve outlived their use, and it’s time to shut them down.

The most compelling and obvious argument is the financial one. It officially costs about $205,000 to produce a West Point graduate, although a 2003 Government Accountability Office study put the price tag at more than $300,000; officers at the Air Force and Naval academies are minted for $322,000 and $275,000, respectively. According to at least one measurement, that’s about four times as much as it costs to produce an officer through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, which trains officers-to-be while they attend civilian colleges.

One reason for the expense is that attendance at the academies is free for cadets. In fact, since they’re technically members of the armed forces, the students get paid for going to school. As Bruce Fleming, a heretical professor at the Naval Academy, wrote for Salon, they receive “a government-sponsored guarantee of a golden ticket to life: college at taxpayer expense with no student debts, the highest salary of any set of graduates, and guaranteed employment and . . . health benefits for at least five years, frequently well beyond.”

Perhaps risking your life in patriotic service merits lavish treatment. During my own Army service, not having to worry about housing or medical care surely allowed me to concentrate on my duties as a soldier. But graduates of the academies, which cover every possible expense for four years, make up only 20 percent of officers serving in the military. The rest are from the ROTC and Officer Candidate School, which is for college grads and enlisted personnel who want an officer’s commission. Are those other officers less deserving of a “golden ticket”?

No, because they are not merely more numerous — they are also equally (or more) effective as officers. No evidence shows that officers who attended civilian colleges, or any one of the U.S. Senior Military Colleges such as The Citadel, are lesser leaders than their service-academy colleagues. Tom Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning defense journalist, put it succinctly: “After covering the U.S. military for nearly two decades, I’ve concluded that graduates of the service academies don’t stand out compared to other officers.” After all, perhaps the most preeminent Army leader in recent times, Colin Powell, is a product of the ROTC, not West Point.

This parity in skill has been slowly expressing itself in a rising number of promotions for ROTC officers over the past few decades. Thirty years ago, most Army three-star generals had graduated from West Point. As of 1997 (the last year for which data is available), only a third had. A study of naval officer ascension using data from 2003 concluded that, on average, there were no real differences in promotion rates between Naval Academy officers and ROTC officers. Of course, these arguments from statistics can’t be definitive, but they do indicate that ROTC officers are able to compete with their peers. Nearly half of the Joint Chiefs of Staff serving over the past decade bypassed the service academies.

These days, too, a little thrift wouldn’t hurt. The F-35 fighter jet, the most expensive boondoggle in weapons history, is six years late, has already cost taxpayers nearly $400 billion and still doesn’t work; in the latest budget, Congress allocated $120 million for M1 Abrams tanks the Army says it doesn’t want or need; the Daily Beast recently called the 2016 budget a Christmas present for military contractors. According to the Project on Government Oversight, it includes billions of dollars in spending that the Pentagon didn’t request.

Former defense secretary Robert Gates, who embodies bipartisan consensus, said at the Federal Innovation Summit last summer that “what is needed most of all are leaders who are prepared to challenge conventional thinking, break crockery, stop doing what doesn’t work well or at all, and set a new course.” Well, here’s our chance.

Some arguments in favor of the service academies cite the rigorous selection process. But we really have no idea how elite their students are. Admittance requires a nomination from a member of Congress, the vice president, a secretary of the respective military branch or other high-level officials. These nominations are doled out in a process with vague guidelines and nonspecific criteria, making political patronage inevitable. The academies admit recruits according to Title 10, U.S. Code, Section 6954 — which, for guidance, merely says how many cadets can be admitted, who can nominate them and where they can come from. According to an investigation by USA Today, nepotism often governs the nominations, with many going to well-connected families or big-name donors.

Fleming has complained in numerous media outlets about the low quality of the students he teaches at the Naval Academy, and he says three Freedom of Information Act requests about the admissions process haven’t gotten him any closer to understanding why some students are admitted over others.

Gore Vidal (born at West Point and connected to the institution by heritage) depicted the service academies as loathsome breeding grounds for a permanent military-elite class of “ring knockers,” as he wrote in the New York Review of Books in 1973. That’s exactly why people have been trying to shut the academies down since at least 1830, when folk hero and Tennessee congressman Davy Crockett tried to pass a bill abolishing West Point. Another attempt was made in 1863, when Sen. B.F. Wade (R-Ohio) said in the bill’s defense, “I do not believe that there can be found, on the whole face of the Earth . . . any institution that has turned out so many false, ungrateful men as have emanated from this institution.”

As an enlisted Army infantryman, I served under platoon leaders who attended both West Point and ROTC. All were competent and professional. But the best graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara. What made him singular was his bravery and his resourcefulness. He was willing, in small ways, to deviate from standard operating procedure when the situation called for it. He also connected to the enlisted guys in an extraordinary way.
The service academies are institutions with deep roots, but bravery and resourcefulness are eminently more American than any particular school. Our country deserves more officers like my platoon leader, and we can have them without the financial and social burden of the service academies.


January 27, 2015
Coach Craig Mosqueda

Coach Craig Mosqueda

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Craig Mosqueda has been named the new head coach of The Citadel volleyball program, it was announced today by Director of Athletics Jim Senter. Mosqueda (mo-SKET-uh) joins the Bulldog coaching staff after spending the past six years at Anderson, leading the Trojans to 105 wins including a 25-9 record and second consecutive appearance in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship match and NCAA Division II Tournament last fall.

In 2013, the Trojans finished 19-15 and defeated Tusculum in the Southeast Regional for the first NCAA Tournament victory in school history. Anderson was picked to finish 10th in the SAC before placing third in the regular season and following that up with the program’s first-ever berth in the conference championship match.

The Trojans had made only one appearance in the NCAA Tournament prior to Mosqueda leading them to the field of 64 the past two years. “I am so excited about the opportunity to work at The Citadel, and I would like to thank Jim Senter and the rest of the hiring committee for trusting in my abilities to move this program forward,” said Mosqueda. “My family and I love the Charleston area and are excited to get to work at such a prestigious institution and live in the best city in America. From the moment I stepped onto campus and met the staff and administration, I knew this would be an amazing opportunity.”

Mosqueda arrived at Anderson in 2009 and immediately made an impact on the program. The Trojans won 40 times in his first two seasons including records of 22-12 in 2009 and 18-15 the following year as he helped the team make its transition into the highly-competitive South Atlantic Conference. Several of his players earned all-conference and all-region accolades and are prominently featured in the Anderson record book.

His players have also been successful in the classroom. Jamie Lancaster was honored as the SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball, earned the school’s first-ever NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team in 2010. She was also chosen one of the top two college students among the 21 independent colleges and universities in South Carolina following her junior year.

The volleyball program was a multiple time recipient of the Dr. Shirley Jacks Academic Excellence Award as the Anderson team with the highest grade point average each semester. In the spring 2013 semester, the volleyball team posted a cumulative GPA of 3.55.

“We were very pleased with the quality of the candidate pool, and Craig quickly rose to the top,” said Senter. “Craig has proven he can win and has done so at every level of his career. He won in the high school ranks as well as the NAIA and NCAA Division II, and we are confident he can take The Citadel volleyball program to a more competitive level. “We can’t wait to get Craig here and watch him train our volleyball cadet-athletes and develop a team culture that believes it can win and does so on the court.”

Prior to his time at Anderson, Mosqueda was the head coach at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky. In eight seasons with the Lady Eagles, he compiled 136 victories including a 27-17 campaign in 2008 when Asbury won the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the first time in program history and earned a spot the NAIA National Tournament.

Mosqueda began his coaching career on the prep level, serving as head coach at Highland Park High School in his native Topeka, Kan., in 1997 and 1998 before moving to crosstown Seaman High School for two years. In 2000, his Seaman team went 30-12, won the region title and placed eighth in the state tournament. He also started his own club program and led it to a 64-12 record en route to a 32nd-place finish at the USA Volleyball National Tournament in 2001.

Mosqueda graduated from Washburn (Kan.) University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned a master’s in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State (Kan.) in 2007. He and his wife, Leah, are the parents of a daughter, Anna Claire, and a son, Jackson Craig.

Citadel wrestlers post win over SIU-Edwardsville

January 26, 2015

 Odie Delaney

Staff reports Facebook @postandcourier
Jan 26 2015 12:23 am

The Citadel wresting team posted six wins, including two by major decision and two by pin, as it completed a 29-14 victory over over SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday afternoon at McAlister Field House

The win improved the Bulldogs to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in Southern Conference action.

The Bulldogs opened the dual with a pin by Joaquin Marquez, 50 seconds into the 125-pound match. Marquez quickly grabbed his 16th victory of the season against Nathan Day and provided The Citadel with a 6-0 advantage in the team score.

VMI storms past Citadel, 85-75

January 26, 2015

By Danny Reed
Special to The Post and Courier
Jan 24 2015

On the strength of an overwhelming 28-5 second half run, VMI sent The Citadel to an 85-75 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Cameron Hall in Lexington, Va. Brian White’s transition dunk had The Citadel (8-12, 3-6 Southern Conference) within two points at 35-33 with 19:43 to play, but VMI (8-13, 4-6) scored the next 11 points to effectively put the game out of reach.

In a game that saw a Cameron Hall-record 59 combined fouls called, The Citadel set season highs in free throws made and attempts (27 of 35, 77 percent) but shot just 37 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range (6 of 20) and committed a season-high 21 turnovers, which led to 25 VMI points.

“I didn’t think our guys handled the situation very well,” said Bulldogs coach Chuck Driesell. “We have not played with enough confidence the last few games, and that’s something we really need to work on.”

Julian Eleby led four Keydets in double figures with 15 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the line, as VMI shot 25 of 39 (64 percent) as a unit. The Keydets also used two five-man platoons and unwavering full-court pressure to collect 15 steals — a season standard against Division I competition — and got five blocks from Phillip Anglade, who ranks second in the league in that category.

Ashton Moore scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to pace The Citadel, while P.J. Horgan notched his seventh career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Moore’s two free throws trimmed the deficit to 51-38 with 15:06 remaining. Again, though, VMI stormed back with 12 consecutive points over a 2:40 stretch in establishing the Keydets largest lead at 63-38 at the 13:12 mark. Over that seven-minute stretch, The Citadel was held to just one field goal while committing seven turnovers. The Citadel did manage a 21-9 run late to trail just 83-75 with 44 seconds left, but the contest had long been decided.

VMI’s early fullcourt pressure flummoxed The Citadel, as Brian Brown scored five quick points to give the Keydets a 19-10 lead with 13:02 left in the first half. Driesell’s timeout stemmed the tide, as the Bulldogs took advantage of VMI’s over-aggression by getting into the bonus with still 11:56 left in the half. The Citadel started 9 of 9 at the line and reeled off 10 straight points to grab its first lead at 20-19 with 8:36 on the clock.

Warren Sledge’s runner tied the game 27 with 5:01 left, but the Keydets outscored The Citadel 8-4 the rest of the way for a 35-31 halftime advantage.

Ultimately, the Bulldogs could not take advantage of VMI’s first-half foul trouble, making just three of their next 10 free throw attempts after the 9-of-9 start and missing eight layups. “VMI gives you chances to get the rim, but we were very hesitant inside,” Driesell said. “I’ll give VMI the credit, though. They made us miss shots.”

The Bulldogs now get a week’s rest between games, next traveling to Chattanooga on Jan. 31 for a 6 p.m. tip at McKenzie Arena. The Citadel was held to a season-low in points scored in a 67-48 loss to the Mocs on Dec. 11 at McAlister Field House.


The teams will meet for the third time in the regular season on Feb. 15 at McAlister Field House slated for a 5:30 tipoff.

With a career-high five steals, Marshall Harris now has 101 for his career.

Since topping Wofford eight days ago, The Citadel has lost three straight games, all by double figures.

East Tennessee State thwarts Citadel

January 23, 2015

By Danny Reed
Special to The Post and Courier
Jan 22 2015 10:01 pm

East Tennessee State built a 23-point first-half lead and held off numerous Citadel comeback bids in dusting off the Bulldogs, 70-59, Thursday night at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tenn. ETSU (12-6, 6-3 SoCon) jumped out to a 16-5 lead by forcing five turnovers over the first six minutes and never trailed in the first meeting between the schools since Jan. 24, 2005. The Citadel (8-11, 3-5 SoCon) committed 16 turnovers which the Buccaneers converted into 21 points.

Rashawn Rembert and Jalen Riley scored 18 points each to lead four ETSU players in double figures. The Buccaneers shot 51 percent from the field in the first half and 48 percent overall. Ashton Moore scored a team-high 19 for The Citadel, while Jake Wright knocked down a career-high-tying six 3s en route to 18 points off the bench.

Moore was fouled on a made 3 with 14:21 left in the first half and hit the corresponding free throw to cut the Bulldog deficit to 16-9. The Citadel’s well went notably dry after that.

ETSU ran exceptional offense and stifling defense in reeling off the next 16 points over the ensuing 7:07, expanding the margin to 32-9. “We were stagnant early,” said Bulldog head coach Chuck Driesell. “Their speed and quickness really took us by surprise.”

After a Rembert 3 pushed the ETSU lead to 37-15 with 5:21 left, The Citadel woke up on both ends, switching to 2-3 zone on defense and finding its offense in the form of Wright’s marksmanship, drilling three 3-pointers as part of a 15-0 run over the next 3:41 to trail 39-30 at the half. “I was just trying to play off my teammates,” said Wright, who ranks third in league games shooting 52 percent from distance. “They did a great job of finding me”

The second half began with five unanswered Bulldog points as the lead shrunk to 39-35, but The Citadel got no closer than that the rest of the way. ETSU, though, failed to pull away like it nearly did in the first half, confused by The Citadel’s switch to a 1-3-1 zone, but the Bulldogs shot just 33 percent in the second half and made only one field goal over the final 10:12 of the game. That field goal — a Moore 3 at the 4:31 mark — made for a 60-55 ETSU advantage. Rembert’s 3 with 1:29 left was the dagger, moving the score to 66-56.

“I’m proud of the fight they showed, sometimes that’s the toughest thing for a coach to get,” Driesell said. “We’ve got to be better, though. I’m tired of moral victories. I want to win.”

As part of this season-long three-game road swing, the Bulldogs head to Lexington, Va., for a rematch with VMI at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Keydets eked past the Bulldogs, 66-65, in the season opener at the All-Military Classic in West Point, N.Y.

Cadet Jamie sets sights on Tattoo

January 22, 2015
Cadet Jamie Crawford of Band Company

Cadet Jamie Crawford of Band Company

From: The Northern Scot 1/19/15
Elgin, Scotland

AN AMERICAN military college band has been invited to perform in the 2015 Edinburgh Tattoo, and among its ranks could be a former pupil of Lossiemouth High School. Jamie Crawford (18) was one of around 2,250 cadets to begin his first of four years at the Citadel – the military college of South Carolina – last August. As part of the Regimental Band Company, in which he plays the cymbals, he could be among cadets chosen to perform at the 66th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August.

“I won’t find out until around April if I’m chosen to go or not, but to be part of an event like that would definitely be worthwhile,” said Jamie, who returned home to Lossiemouth for the festive break. Attending the Charleston institution became an ambition while Jamie was in his teens, and he pulled up his grades from Ds to As and Bs and sat the American SAT exams in order to attend. He spent the summer with a group of Lossiemouth High pupils carrying out a project in India, before learning that his application to the prestigious institution had been accepted.

Dad Graham, minister of St James’ Church in Lossiemouth, called him on his mobile phone to deliver the happy news. “I caused a bit of a commotion when I got the call on the bus,” said Jamie, who is majoring in Criminal Justice. As a cadet, he follows a regimented daily schedule that includes physical training, academic classes, studies in military science, athletics, club sports, leadership training, club activities and diverse special events.
“I only get about five hours’ sleep a night, but I’m loving it,” he said.

Jamie is no stranger to South Carolina, as his mother hails originally from the state, and he still has relatives in the area. As soon as he decided that he wanted to attend the military college, he gleaned as much information as he could to increase his chances of being accepted. “The school was so motivating that I did all I could to get in,” he said. “I improved my grades through pure determination and motivation, because up until that point I had no real drive at all. I just wanted to get through school.

“When I went there for a visit, it really was a bit of an eye-opener. I knew it was what I wanted to do, and from that point on, it gave me purpose,” he said. Jamie hopes to enter the US Army after he graduates, joining around 35% of the institution’s cadets who will forge military careers.

The Military College of South Carolina Regimental Band was first selected to represent the United States at the 1991 Edinburgh Tattoo, returning in 2010 for the Silver Jubilee event. It is the only US military college band ever to be invited to take part in the famous event.

Sapakoff: Citadel basketball games are almost fun again

January 21, 2015
Coach Driesell has a little conversation with Jake Wright during the Furman loss. (picture from

Coach Driesell has a little conversation with Jake Wright during the Furman loss. (picture from

By Gene Sapakoff, Sports Columnist
Jan 17 2015 5:49 pm

Chuck Driesell kept his team in their suddenly sad McAlister Field House locker room longer than usual Saturday following a 74-62 loss to Furman. The Citadel head coach emphasized the pratfalls of new-found Southern Conference glory.

The lesson came less than 48 hours after the Bulldogs pulled off the best win in Driesell’s five years as head coach, a 69-66 upset of first-place Wofford. “Our guys have a lot to learn in terms of how to handle brief success and being able to turn it around and handle a quality opponent,” Drisell said. As good as the Wofford win was, allowing Furman (5-12, 3-4 in the SoCon) its first road victory since the Paladins won at McAlister 363 days before “was just as bad,” senior leader Ashton Moore said.

But what a stretch for The Citadel, where college basketball is just a little more consistency away from being authentically fun. An 8-10 record is nothing to tweet Dick Vitale about. But the Bulldogs are 3-4 in the SoCon with three victories in their last five games. It’s high cotton for a program that went 2-14 in conference play last season. The Wofford win offers hope from here to the SoCon Tournament in Asheville.

The McAlister scene is much more positive than a year ago, when The Citadel didn’t have cheerleaders and only four cadets showed up for a loss to Wofford. The crowd wasn’t overflowing Saturday – 1,426 attendance – but there were bleachers full of cadets behind one baseline and a dozen cheerleaders behind the other.

Rome, Ga., wasn’t built in a day.

“The fan base here this year is the best I’ve seen in four years,” redshirt junior forward C.J. Bray (James Island High School) said. “It’s incredible. My thanks go out to the cadets. Hopefully, we can keep winning for them.”

More SoCon parity

In the new-look SoCon, rapid advancement is possible. Davidson, the College of Charleston, Elon, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern are gone. The Citadel already has a road win at UNC-Greensboro. Surprises are lurking throughout the 10-team conference featuring a double-round robin schedule format.

“Every game is open,” Bray said. “It’s whatever team comes and wants to win the most.”

Fragility was on display Saturday. The Bulldogs, last in the SoCon in scoring, seek to maximize efficiency over their extended possessions. They are a throwback team in a fast-pace world. These are players with no names on the backs of their jerseys, just a Citadel “C” stamped on a tiny map of South Carolina above the jersey numbers.

Bray hit a 3-point shot at one end of the floor and senior guard Marshall Harris III stole the ball as the clock was running out on Furman’s next possession. Later, Bray scrambled to come up with a loose ball under the basket and fired to freshman Jake Wright, who dropped a 3-pointer from the right corner.

Next: Three road games

But Driesell, 39-104 at The Citadel and with only several weeks left on his contract, was unable to keep Furman from outscoring his team by 15 points in the second half. “We didn’t come as mentally prepared,” Moore said. Part of that had to do with the schedule timing. The Citadel, as a scrappy bunch, thrives on practice preparation. The quick-turnaround didn’t allow for that going into the Furman game. Now comes a week between games, and the start of a three-game road stretch.

The Bulldogs stumbled Saturday while trying to handle success. The fresh goal: Build up to a chance to correct Saturday’s mistake.

Beaufort High’s Brady Cormier commits to play for The Citadel

January 21, 2015

Strong-legged kicker had been committed to South Carolina as a preferred walk-on By MIKE McCOMBS The Island Packet (Hilton Head) January 18, 2015 In the end, Brady Cormier chose Charleston over Columbia. Beaufort High School’s senior kicker committed to play football at The Citadel on Sunday morning after his official visit to the Charleston military school.Cormier had been committed to play as a preferred walk-on at South Carolina.The scholarship money played a role in his decision, but Cormier said location was a big part, as well. “I felt more love from everyone here than I did anyone else,” Cormier said. “I love it here because I’m from around here and I know the town.” Obviously, there will be a big difference in lifestyles from South Carolina to cadet life at The Citadel.“It’ll be different but it’s worth it,” he said.Cormier battled through a hip flexor injury that limited his time this season for the Eagles. But he says, though he still must take precautions, his injury is healed. He is known for his strong leg and booted a school-record 52-yard field goal in 2013 and made 11 field goals over his junior an senior seasons, being named Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette first-team All-Area kicker twice. But kickoffs are Cormier’s biggest strength. His touchback percentage at Beaufort approaches 90 percent. Cormier will have some Beaufort County company with the Bulldogs. Whale Branch’s Dee Delaney had a standout freshman season at defensive back in 2014, and Hilton Head Christian’s Kyle Weaver did the same as a redshirt-freshman offensive lineman. Beaufort High’s Mike Rentz and Whale Branch’s Max Ford just spent their freshman seasons on the roster as offensive linemen, as well.