Archive for February, 2015

Hunter sets save record in Citadel sweep of Air Force

February 16, 2015
#14 Skyler Hunter: photo by Kim Connell

#14 Skyler Hunter: photo by Kim Connell

Staff reports from

Feb 14 2015 9:07 pm

Skylar Hunter worked the final two innings of the second game to set a Citadel record with his 30th career save, and freshman Drew Ellis homered in both contests as the Bulldogs took both ends of a doubleheader against Air Force on Saturday and swept the season-opening three-game series at Riley Park.

The Bulldogs scored five times in the eighth inning to win the opener 8-3 and held off a Falcon rally for a 6-5 victory in the nightcap. The Citadel is 3-0 for the first time since 1983.
The Bulldogs hit the road with a Tuesday game at North Florida. The Citadel takes on College of Charleston next weekend with games at Patriots Point on Friday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) and Riley Park on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Bulldogs used a baseball rarity to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth in the first game. After an Austin Mapes double put runners at second and third with nobody out, Falcon relief pitcher Nathan Stanford began to issue an intentional walk to Ellis when catcher Travis Wilkie left his box behind the plate before the ball was released.

A balk was charged to Wilkie, pushing across Philip Watcher with the go-ahead run. Ellis then drove home Mapes with an RBI single, and later in the inning freshman Clay Martin delivered his first collegiate hit, a pinch-hit triple with the bases loaded that broke the game open.
J.P. Sears, yet another first-year Bulldog, did not allow a hit over the final three innings and struck out three to pick up the victory. Austin Livingston went the first 5.1 innings and gave up all three Air Force hits and runs, and Zach Lavery stuck out the final two batters of the sixth with the bases full to keep The Citadel within 3-1.

The left-handed hitting Ellis went opposite field for his first career home run to lead off the second, and Johnathan Stokes brought the Bulldogs into a 3-3 tie with a two-run double in the sixth. Stokes had three hits including a pair of doubles, and Ellis reached base all four times with two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch.

Hunter moved ahead of Citadel Hall of Famer Hank Kraft on The Citadel’s all-time saves list in game two, but not before running into difficulty in the eighth. He surrendered two hits and a run in the inning before setting down the Falcons in order in the ninth. Hunter, who struck out three in his two innings, also batted for the first time in his Bulldog career and chopped a single up the middle in the bottom of the eighth.

The Citadel took advantage of wildness by Air Force starter Jacob DeVries in the first, scoring runs on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Connor Walsh to take a quick 2-0 lead. Watcher doubled in a run in a two-run fourth, his first career hit, and Ellis bombed a homer to center an inning later to make it 5-0.

Two Falcon runs and a Mapes sacrifice fly in the sixth kept the Bulldogs ahead 6-2 when Air Force’s Tyler Jones and Jordan Hanlin reached Watcher for solo homers in the seventh to pull the visitors within 6-4.
Austin Mason threw six solid innings for The Citadel, allowing only three hits and two runs (one earned) with no walks and six strikeouts. Ross White got the final out in the seventh before Hunter closed it out.


Citadel baseball’s Stokes, Hunter made all-SoCon preseason team

February 9, 2015
Citadel shortstop Johnathan Stokes was picked to the all-SoCon preseason team. (Russ Pace/The Citadel)

Citadel shortstop Johnathan Stokes was picked to the all-SoCon preseason team. (Russ Pace/The Citadel)

by: Jeff Hartsell

Feb 6 2015 1:20 pm

Southern Conference coaches picked The Citadel to finish tied for seventh place in the league this year, and also selected Bulldogs shortstop Johnathan Stokes and closer Skylar Hunter to the second team of the preseason all-SoCon team.

The coaches predicted the Bulldogs, 24-38 last year, to tie for seventh with Wofford. League media picked The Citadel to finish sixth.
Stokes, a senior, batted .254 and drove in 36 runs last year. Hunter. a junior from Hanahan, had 15 saves last year with an earned-run average of 1.67.

The Citadel will host a Meet the Bulldogs event beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at Riley Park. The Bulldogs open the season Feb. 13-15 with a three-game series against Air Force.

The Donald at The Citadel

February 9, 2015


Feb 8 2015 12:01 am

You can’t run for president as a Republican in South Carolina without first visiting The Citadel. Later this month it’s Donald Trump’s turn. The reality TV host and New York real estate mogul will be honored at the Republican Society’s Patriot Dinner Feb. 22. Also on the bill is U.S. Tim Scott, R-S.C. “We reached out to him,” Republican Society organizer Eddie Taylor said of getting Trump to appear. While Trump’s schedule is still in the works, he’s expected to fly into Charleston on his private plane. There will also be a tour of the interior for a group of cadets. “His own tab,” Taylor said of his flight arrangements.

The Republican Society is a school club with more than 300 members. The Patriot Dinner is the annual fundraiser that helps pay for club members to attend the Conservative Political Action

Citadel hangs on to strong class

February 6, 2015
Coach Houston & staff are very happy with their 1st real recruiting class

Coach Houston & staff are very happy with their 1st real recruiting class

By: Jeff Hartsell

Feb 4 2015

Citadel football coach Mike Houston spent nervous hours by the phone Tuesday night, wondering if he’d be able to hang on to the 17 players who had verbally committed to the Bulldogs. “You feel like you are going after the right guys when you have to fight pretty hard to keep your commitments,” Houston said in announcing his second Citadel recruiting class Wednesday. “We had a lot of very good football programs that we were battling to do so.”

With a full year to assemble his second class — Houston was hired in January 2014, just three weeks before signing day last year — The Citadel signed a group that includes four Shrine Bowl players and two North-South All-Stars, with eight players from South Carolina and seven from Georgia. “The best thing about this class is that for the most part, we got exactly who we went after,” said Houston, who was 5-7 in his first season at The Citadel. “These are the young men we wanted from the get-go.”

The class leans heavily toward defense, with 12 of the 17 scholarship players on that side of the ball. The defensive line, which currently has just three scholarship players at the interior tackle spots, could present some early opportunity for the incoming freshmen.

A couple of intriguing players there are Ken Allen (6-1, 275) of Elberton, Ga., and Kevin Graham (6-1, 2650) of Durham, N.C. Allen had an early offer from Georgia Tech as a junior and won the state wrestling title as a heavyweight; Southern Conference foes Chattanooga and Western Carolina were after Graham. Another candidate for early playing time is Shrine Bowl safety Aron Spann, a 6-2, 215-pounder from Dorman High School. He had heavy interest from Wofford, Furman, Elon, Western Carolina and Charleston Southern. The Citadel offered Byrnes defensive end Noah Dawkins (6-2, 230) at a camp before his senior year after watching him run the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds with a vertical leap of 38 inches and a standing long jump of 10 feet, six inches. Dawkins backed that up with a school-record 23 sacks last season and could make an early impact as a pass rusher.

Another player who had a choice to make was center Tyler Davis (6-1, 285) of Waccamaw High School, who also considered Air Force and Navy. He’s one of The Citadel’s four Shrine Bowl players. Other Shrine Bowlers include running back Rod Johnson of Ninety Six and defensive lineman Jordan Williams of Spring Valley High School. Williams’ brother, linebacker Jalon Williams, and safety Khafari Buffalo of Lakewood High School played in the North-South All-Star Game.

The lone quarterback in the class is Jordan Black of Vidalia, Ga., a likely redshirt candidate in 2015.

The Bulldogs also signed three recruited walk-ons, including running back Donovan Ward, son of South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward; safety Donald Rutledge of Sumter; and linebacker/long snapper Patrick Keefe of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Rest in Peace – William Beau Busch ’96 R Co.

February 6, 2015


William Beau Busch COLUMBIA, SC –

William Beau Busch, beloved son, brother and friend, 41, of Columbia, SC, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Beau was born in Columbia, SC, the son of Jennifer Rash and Stan Busch. Beau was a 1996 graduate of The Citadel and a 2002 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. He practiced law for over a decade at Chappell, Smith and Arden, P.A. Beau was a world traveler, having lived in Saudi Arabia and surfed from his beloved Folly Beach to the Baja Peninsula, Costa Rica, and throughout the Caribbean. Beau loved life and lived it to the fullest. Everyone Beau met, from his school days to his clients and traveling buddies, considered him a great friend and stayed in touch. Beau packed more into his 41 years than most people do in a life time. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer Rash and stepfather, Ron Rash of Yonges Island, father, Stan Busch of Elloree, sister, Joy Sanders, her husband, Darren Sanders and their children, Hank and Julia of Mount Pleasant, step-sister, Heather Rash of Lexington, and step-brother, David Rash of Columbia. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Etta June Williams of Ravenel. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Busch of Rowesville and Raymond Williams of Ravenel. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Beau had many wonderful and loyal friends whom he cherished. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3 o’clock PM at Christ St. Paul’s Church, located at 4981 Chapel Road, Yonges Island with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Water Mission International, which was one of Beau’s favorite causes. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at ARRANGEMENTS BY JAMES A. DYAL FUNERAL HOME, 303 S. MAIN STREET, SUMMERVILLE, SC 29483 (843) 873-4040. Visit our guestbook at charleston

Mercer muscles past Citadel

February 6, 2015

By Danny Reed
Special to The Post and Courier
Feb 5 2015 9:07 pm

Mercer put together a complete and dominant effort at McAlister Field House on Thursday night, steamrolling The Citadel, 76-53, in handing the Bulldogs their fifth straight loss. The Bears’ (13-11, 8-3 SoCon) starting frontcourt of Darious Moten (15 points, 7-7 FG) and T.J. Hallice (16 points, 7-10 FG) combined to shoot 14-of-17 from the field, as Mercer boasted a 58 percent clip for the game and pummeled The Citadel (8-14, 3-8 SoCon) on the glass to the tune of a 34-15 advantage.

“We had to play together and stay together to get this win,” said Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman. “They’ve beaten some good teams in that building, but fortunately we rebounded and executed really well on the offensive end.” SoCon assist leader Phillip Leonard finished with seven assists, as the Bears registered 18 as a team while committing just seven turnovers. In two games against The Citadel this season, Leonard posted 15 assists with zero turnovers.

Ashton Moore finished with 19 points to pace the Bulldog attack, making four 3’s in the process to move into sixth place in Citadel history with 192 triples. Jake Wright added 11 points on a trio of 3’s in his first collegiate start.

A 33-21 halftime lead was briefly trimmed by Wright’s 3-pointer with 19:16 to play, cutting the deficit to 33-24, but Mercer made its next 11 field goal attempts from eight different players in expanding the margin to 62-37 with 11:27 left. Leonard knifed through the Bulldog defense in transition and crushed The Citadel’s faint hopes with a powerful right-handed slam as part of a supplementary 10-2 run, giving the Bears their largest lead at 76-46 with 4:21 to play.

The Citadel shot 60 percent in the second half — and 47 percent overall — but could not keep pace with the Bears, who permitted just 16 points in the paint and allowed the Bulldogs only two offensive rebounds on 23 missed shots and no second-chance points. “I think we were certainly prepared for them because they do a lot with their different packages,” said Bulldog head coach Chuck Driesell. “But Mercer played extremely well tonight and beat us in every statistical category.”

Mercer started 8-of-11 from the field and established a lasting multi-possession lead by virtue of an 11-0 run over a 4:04 stretch early on, making for a 21-9 cushion with 11:21 left in the first half. Moten provided the bass during the run with a thunderous tomahawk slam at the 13:52 mark.

Offensively, The Citadel protected the basketball well against Mercer’s collapsing defense, committing just three first-half turnovers, but could not find enough openings inside and could not rebound missed attempts from the perimeter. “There’s not a lot of room for error against a good team like this,” Driesell said. “We got crushed on the boards tonight. We have to play better.”

Moore started 0-for-5 from the field but knocked down his first 3 with 7:24 left in the first half, but it was one of only two field goals for the Bulldogs over the final 8:18.

The Citadel goes for a season sweep of UNCG, hosting the Spartans at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Bulldogs squeaked past UNCG, 85-83 in overtime, at the Greensboro Coliseum on Jan. 5 to snap a 22-game road losing streak.

Autopsy shows no trauma in death of Columbia attorney

February 5, 2015
Rest In Peace Beau Busch '96 Romeo Company

Rest In Peace Beau Busch ’96 Romeo Company

UPDATE: Body of missing Columbia man found, no foul play suspected

By HARRISON CAHILL The State, Columbia SC
February 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, SC — The Richland County Coroner’s Office released the results of an autopsy conducted on the Columbia-attorney found dead Tuesday afternoon showed no signs of trauma. Coroner Gary Watts issued a release that said they are awaiting the results of microscopic and toxicology testing that will determine how 41-year-old Beau Busch died. Columbia police and investigators said they do not believe there is any foul play connected to Busch’s death.

Investigators began searching for Busch after he was reported missing on Saturday. According to initial reports, he was dropped off by a friend at his South Holly Street residence and did not responded to several text messages and calls from family and friends in the days following. Family and friends became increasingly worried after Busch did not show up for an appointment on Monday in Greenville and was reported to not have his medications with him. Busch worked as an attorney at the Chappell, Smith and Arden law firm based in Columbia since 2002.

According to Mark Chappell, one of the firm’s three founding partners, Busch worked for the firm for more than a decade and it was the only job he had during his professional legal career. “He was an outstanding lawyer,” Chappell said. “He fought very hard for his clients. He was a person of integrity. Beau lived life to the fullest.” According to Busch’s profile on the firm’s website, he graduated from The Citadel in 1996 before attending the University of South Carolina School of Law. He graduated from USC in 2002. Shortly after he graduated, Busch was admitted to the Chappell, Smith and Arden firm where he spent over ten years practicing law.

Busch was a member of several professional organizations such as the Richland County Bar Association, Charleston County Bar Association, the Injured Workers’ Advocates group, the South Carolina Association for Justice and was also a law clerk for the Honorable James C. Williams Jr. Busch also led a very active lifestyle. He just recently returned from a ski trip, according to Chappell, and he also liked to surf in Folly Beach and internationally.

Busch is survived by his mother Jennifer Rash, his father Elloree Mayor Stan Busch and his sister.

The Citadel Announces 2015 Football Signing Class

February 5, 2015
Coach Houston & staff got the players they wanted, a rarity these days.

Coach Houston & staff got the players they wanted, a rarity these days.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel head coach Mike Houston announced on Wednesday the addition of 17 players who have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Bulldog football program this year. The recruiting class is slanted towards defense, with 12 players recruited on that side of the line of scrimmage and six being defensive linemen. Three newcomers are being brought in on offense including Jordan Black, who spent his first three seasons at Vidalia (Ga.) High School as a wide receiver before moving to quarterback and earning all-state honors from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The Citadel coaching staff focused on the Southeast for this year’s class, with all 17 players hailing from the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama. The Palmetto State leads the way with eight recruits including Lowcountry product Brady Cormier, a kicker from Beaufort High School. Seven come from Georgia and one each from Alabama and North Carolina, although Tar Heel native Kevin Graham attended high school in Georgia. Four of the players from South Carolina (Tyler Davis, Rod Johnson, Aron Spann and Jordan Williams) were selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, and Khafari Buffalo and Jalon Williams were in the North-South All-Star Game.

The commitment from Tyler Jackson continues The Citadel’s recruiting success in Mobile, Ala. The Bulldogs have brought in a player from that city in each of the last four classes, with Jackson joining former high school teammates James Riley and Cam Jackson. Cam Mobley, a senior on the 2014 team, is also from Mobile but attended a different high school.

Black is a nephew of Pittsburgh Steeler great and NFL Hall of Famer Mel Blount. Isaiah Hawkins, a defensive lineman, is a cousin of Erik Kynard Jr., who won a silver medal in the high jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

In addition to the players who signing NLIs with The Citadel, three other recruited student-athletes will also be attending The Military College of South Carolina. That group includes safety Donald Rutledge (Sumter/Crestwood), linebacker/long snapper Patrick Keefe (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Choctawhatchee) and running back Donovan Ward (Columbia/Dreher).

Ken Allen, DL, 6-1, 275, Elberton, Ga./Elbert County
Lettered all four years in football and also competes in track and field, wrestling and soccer … four-time member of the all-region team and was named the region player of the year following his junior campaign … selected to the all-state squad in 2013 and 2014 and played in the Georgia Junior Bowl following the 2013 season … member of team that reached the Elite 8 of the state playoffs in 2011 and 2014 … won state heavyweight title in wrestling his senior year after placing sixth as a sophomore and second as a junior … outstanding student who has received excellence awards in economics, math and U.S. History … Kentavius O’Brien Allen … born Sept. 28, 1996 … son of Danny and Carolyn Allen … plans on majoring in civil engineering.

Jordan Black, QB, 6-1, 185, Vidalia, Ga./Vidalia
Lettered four times in football and has received three in basketball and baseball … was a wide receiver his first three seasons before taking over at quarterback his senior year … named to all-region team each year … served as team captain his senior year and was selected to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class 2A all-state team and the WTOC Super 11 squad as a quarterback as well as the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association 2A South Athlete of the Year … chosen to the All-Middle Georgia all-star team as a junior … three-time member of the all-region team in basketball and once in baseball … three-year member of the Honor Roll … Jordan Patrick Black … born Sept. 24, 1996 … son of Chris and Katrina Black … uncle, Mel Blount, played for the Steelers and is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame … plans on majoring in biology.

Khafari Buffalo, S, 6-2, 185, Sumter, S.C./Lakewood
Lettered three times in football and has received three in track and field and one each in basketball and tennis … named first team all-region his final two seasons and all-area his senior year … selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game in 2014 … posted career totals of 116 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups while catching 39 passes for 961 yards and six touchdowns … chosen to all-region team in tennis as a freshman and earned spots at the state track and field meet in the 200 meters and 4×100 meter relay … member of the A-B Honor Roll the past three years … Khafari Kamau Buffalo … born Nov. 18, 1996 … son of Kamau and Karen Buffalo … plans on majoring in health, exercise and sport science.

Brady Cormier, K, 5-10, 170, Beaufort, S.C./Beaufort
Lettered three times in football and four times in baseball … named to the all-area first team and was selected school’s special teams player of the year all three seasons … chosen to the All-Lowcountry team in 2012 … converted 21 of 30 field goal attempts during his career including a school-record 52-yarder his junior year and a 48-yarder as a sophomore … pitcher on the baseball team and was named team MVP, all-region and all-state last spring … received Best Pitcher Award as a sophomore when he helped Beaufort win a district title and finish as lower-state runners-up … member of the Honor Roll since his freshman year … Brady Callahan Cormier … born May 29, 1997 … son of Charles and Kristi Cormier … father played golf at Ferris State and later on the PGA Tour … plans on majoring in business administration.

Phil Davis, ILB, 6-1, 195, Marietta, Ga./Hillgrove
Lettered three times in football … recorded 130 tackles and five sacks his junior year and was named to the Cobb County Touchdown Club all-region team … posted 80 tackles to go along with two sacks and a pair of interceptions his senior season … Philip Louis Davis … born Oct. 8, 1996 … son of Philip and Maya Davis … plans on majoring in biology.

Tyler Davis, OL, 6-1, 280, Murrells Inlet, S.C./Waccamaw
Lettered all four years in football and has received three in wrestling … twice named to the all-region team, the WPDE All-Zone squad and as a recipient of the Toast of the Coast Award … selected to play in the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … chosen to the High School Sports Report all-state team following his senior season and was a member of that publication’s all-rookie team as a sophomore … earned a spot in the National Honor Society … Tyler Edward Davis … born Oct. 8, 1996 … son of Tyronne and Jonella Davis … father played football at Clemson … plans on majoring in engineering.

Noah Dawkins, DL, 6-1, 225, Lyman, S.C./James F. Byrnes
Lettered two times in football … set school season record with 23 sacks as a senior … named ESPN Upstate Player of the Year and the Spartanburg Herald Journal Defensive Player of the Year … received the team’s Strongest Rebel Award … played for Citadel All-American and Athletic Hall of Fame member Lance Hansen … member of the Honor Roll … Noah Deontae Dawkins … born Aug. 13, 1997 … son of Ronald and Sheryl Dawkins … plans on majoring in business administration.

Attorney Gallman, DL, 6-1, 255, Hiram, Ga./Hiram
Lettered all four years in football and has received two in track and field … posted career totals of 163 tackles and six sacks … made 77 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two sacks his junior season … recovered a pair of fumbles his senior year … has thrown the discus the past two track and field seasons … inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in 2013 … served as a student ambassador in Ghana in 2009 to aid underprivileged children … Attorney Levay Gallman … born June 16, 1997 … son of Carlos and Yolanda Gallman … plans on majoring in electrical engineering.

Kevin Graham, DL, 6-1, 265, Durham, N.C./Rabun Gap-Nacoochee (Ga.)
Lettered all four years in football and also played basketball … posted 107 tackles and 26 tackles for loss his senior season and was on the all-state team for the second consecutive year … helped lead team to 11 wins and the state championship his senior year … Kevin Desmond Graham … born Jan. 15, 1997 … son of Kaye Graham … an uncle, Arthur Jimmerson, played for the Los Angeles Raiders … plans on majoring in business administration.

Isaiah Hawkins, DL, 6-1, 230, Alpharetta, Ga./Milton
Lettered three times in football also competes on the wrestling and lacrosse teams … registered a career total of 131 tackles, 50 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and one interception which he returned for a touchdown … helped lead team to a record of 11-2 his senior year, losing in the third round of the state playoffs to Colquitt, the No. 3 team in the nation … Isaiah Miquich Hawkins … born Oct. 19, 1996 … son of Michael Hawkins and Takeisha Moore … cousin, Erik Kynard Jr., won a silver medal in the high jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and holds the NCAA record in the event … plans on majoring in business administration.

Tyler Jackson, CB, 6-1, 175, Mobile, Ala./Davidson
Lettered three times in football and four in track and field … joins former high school teammates James Riley and Cam Jackson as part of The Citadel’s Alabama connection … served as a team captain his senior year and finished the season with 25 tackles, 10 pass breakups, one interception and two blocked kicks … posted 24 tackles, defended six passes, recovered two fumbles and blocked a kick as a junior … competed in the 200 and 400 meters as well as the 4×100 and 4×400 relays in track and field … Tyler Keon Jackson … born Oct. 11, 1996 … son of Ramona Hall … plans on majoring in health, exercise and sport science.

Rod Johnson, A-Back, 5-11, 195, Ninety Six, S.C./Ninety Six
Lettered all four years in football and track and field and has earned three in baseball … named to the All-Lakelands team and Lakelands Player of the Year following his junior and senior seasons … selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … won county championship in the long jump … Rodriguez Kyre Johnson … born Nov. 13, 1996 … son of Rod Johnson and Nicole Brown … plans on majoring in civil engineering.

Curt Nixon, Athlete, 6-0, 180, Folkston, Ga./Charlton County
Lettered all four years in football and has received three in basketball and one in baseball … named to the all-region first team at several positions, including three times at wide receiver (2012-14), twice as a punt returner (2013-14) and once each at defensive back (2012) and kick returner (2014) … received the Champ Bailey Defensive Back Award following his senior season … three-time recipient of the team’s Most Outstanding Wide Receiver Award … member of the Georgia Sportswriters Association honorable mention all-state squad at wide receiver as a junior … twice chosen to the all-region academic team … on the basketball court was named defensive MVP and recipient of the Athletic Director’s Award in 2012-13 and honorable mention all-region in 2013-14 … four-year member of the A-B Honor Roll and earned the President’s Award last year … Curtis Jowuan Nixon … born Aug. 19, 1997 … son of Curtis and Pamela Nixon … plans on majoring in health, exercise and sport science.

Aron Spann, S, 6-2, 215, Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman
Lettered all four years in football and also participated on the basketball team his freshman and sophomore seasons … recorded 59 tackles, six tackles for loss, a sack, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and an interception his senior year … also scored 20 touchdowns as a wide receiver and out of the wildcat formation at quarterback … named team’s Most Versatile Player, chosen to the all-area and all-region team and selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior year … named team’s defensive MVP after posting 72 tackles and defending five passes his junior season … Charles Aron Spann III … born July 29, 1997 … son of Charles and Tamela Spann … plans on majoring in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

Jordan Thomas, LB, 6-1, 225, Fairburn, Ga./Our Lady of Mercy
Lettered all four years in football and has earned four in track and field … also played varsity football while in eighth grade … named an honorable mention all-region running back his junior and senior seasons while also starting at linebacker … played the rover position as a freshman before moving to outside linebacker as a sophomore and was an honorable mention all-region at that position … member of state-record holding 4×100 meter relay team among Class A private schools … has top marks of 148 feet in the discus, 46 feet in the shot put and 11.49 in the 100 meters … member of the Honor Roll … Jordan Brian Thomas … born March 12, 1997 … son of Brian and Monique Thomas … plans on majoring in business administration.

Jalon Williams, DL, 6-2, 245, Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley
Brother of Citadel recruit Jordan Williams … lettered three times in football and has received three in basketball and four in track and field … posted 98 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, six caused fumbles and 10 quarterback hurries his senior season … selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game and chosen team’s Defensive Linemen of the Year … placed fourth in the state in the discus and fifth in the shot put his junior year … also finished third in the state in the shot put his sophomore year and eighth in the discus as a freshman … helped team win state track and field championship in 2013 … Jalon Terrell Williams … born Oct. 28, 1996 … son of Karl Williams and Teresa Thompson and stepson of Maia Williams … plans on majoring in psychology or business management.

Jordan Williams, Bandit, 6-2, 195, Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley
Brother of Citadel recruit Jalon Williams … lettered three times in football and has earned three in track and field … recorded 119 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 13 sacks his senior season and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … registered 129 tackles, five sacks and an interception and rushed for seven touchdowns as a junior … placed seventh in the 4×100 meter relay while helping team win state track and field title in 2013 … also ranked No. 1 in the region in 100 meters and triple jump and sixth in the 4×400 relay … Jordan Terrell Williams … born April 8, 1997 … son of Karl and Maia Williams … related to former NFL players Willie Williams (Steelers, Seahawks) and David Patten (Patriots, Giants) … plans on majoring in sports management.

Missing ’96 Romeo Alum found, Rest in Peace

February 4, 2015

Missing Columbia Attorney Found Dead
8:09 p.m. EST February 3, 2015

Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Columbia police say a missing Columbia attorney has been found dead.

Officers confirmed that the body of attorney William Beau Busch, 41, was found late Tuesday afternoon. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

The Richland County Coroner’s office will determine his exact cause of death.

Busch was last seen by friends at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Sunday when he was dropped off at his home in the Rosewood Neighborhood.

According to friends, he did not respond to repeated text messages and calls. His family became increasingly concerned for his well-being when they learned he didn’t show up for an appointment in Greenville Monday morning.

Acclaimed historian accepts visiting professorship at The Citadel

February 3, 2015


Jacquelyn Dowd Hall named Mark W. Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor of History

The Citadel is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacquelyn Dowd Hall as its Mark W. Clark Distinguished Visiting Professor of History for the spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year. Hall is the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Senior Research Associate, Southern Oral History Program, at its Center for the Study of the American South.

“Jacquelyn Hall’s appointment will enrich the intellectual life of our campus and our community,” said Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences, Bo Moore.

A past President of the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the Labor and Working Class History Association, Hall is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading historians. Her many awards include the Albert Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association, and the Francis Butler Simkins Award of the Southern Historical Association. For her numerous contributions to a better understanding of modern America, Professor Hall was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in 1999, received the National Humanities Medal from President William Jefferson Clinton.

“As one of our faculty members Professor Hall will teach a course on Oral History and the Civil Rights Movement, deliver guest lectures, mentor students, assist in the development of The Citadel Oral History Program, and participate in the planning for the college’s co-hosting of the national meeting of the Southern Association of Women Historians in June of 2015,” said Katherine Grenier, Head of the Department of History.

A native of Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma, Hall earned her B.A. from Rhodes College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is the Founding Director of the Southern Oral History Program at U.N.C. and the author of numerous books including Revolt Against Chivalry: Jesse Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching; Like A Family: The Making of A Southern Cotton Mill World; and the forthcoming The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past.