Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Thursday, July 26, 2012

 

Opening Kickoff!

Freshman members of the football, volleyball and soccer teams report for cadre today and just like that, summer at The Citadel has come to a rapid conclusion.  Upper-class athletes in football and soccer report on August 2 while the upper-class volleyball student-athletes report on Aug 6.

The McAlister Field House playing surface is undergoing its annual refurbishing and it will be ready when the volleyball team hits it for practice next week.

The Hall of Fame Committee has elected another outstanding group that encompasses the Class of 2012, and the five will be enshrined during the 35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet on Sept. 28.  Former basketball coach and director of athletics Les Robinson leads the class that also includes baseball pitchers Jim Scott ’69 and Brian Wiley ’98, along with runner Mike Cason ’90 and football standout Travis Jervey ’95.

Tonight is The Citadel Football Association’s Third Annual Women’s Football 101 Clinic that begins at Seignious Hall and concludes at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  It isn’t too late to sign up, so call 843/953-5123 for more information.   

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

 
 

Les Robinson Leads The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Les Robinson, who guided the basketball team to its first-ever 20-win season and then led the Department of Athletics as its director, leads a list of five who make up The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012.

Also entering the Hall are baseball pitchers Brian Wiley and Jim Scott, football running back Travis Jervey and middle distance runner Mike Cason.

The five will be enshrined during a banquet on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Holliday Alumni Center on campus. 

This year’s induction class increases the membership of the Hall of Fame to 166 individuals.  The Hall, which originated in 1977, is located in the lobby of McAlister Field House on campus.

 

Les Robinson (Honorary)

Les Robinson guided Citadel basketball teams from 1974-85 and led the Bulldogs to their first-ever 20-win season in 1979, earning recognition by the NCAA as the second-most improved team in America.  He also directed teams that won a record 23 consecutive games in McAlister Field House and was voted Southern Conference Coach of the Year.  Robinson served as Director of Athletics from 2000-08 and was recognized as the 2007 Southeast Region’s AstroTurf Athletics Director of the Year.  Facility improvements included the revitalization of Johnson Hagood Stadium and Willson Field, and under his tenure the Altman Athletic Center and Inouye Marksmanship Center opened.  He spent six years as a member of the prestigious NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee and became the only individual in NCAA history to serve as basketball coach and director of athletics at three Division I institutions (The Citadel, NC State and East Tennessee State.  He was recognized by The Citadel Alumni Association in 2006 as a Lifetime Honorary Alumnus. 

 

Mike Cason ’90 (Track and Field)

A seven-time All-Southern Conference selection who earned eight letters, Mike Cason garnered The Brigadier Foundation President’s Award for the 1989-90 school year, the first track and field/cross country athlete to achieve the honor in modern times.  Holding the rank of Cadet Regimental Public Relations Officer and team captain in 1990, Cason was the 1989 and 1990 SoCon indoor 800m champion and the 1989 and 1990 SoCon outdoor 800m champion. He was a member of the squad that held the school mark in the outdoor distance medley relay, indoor 4x800m relay and outdoor 4x1500m relay.  Cason continues to hold the second-fastest indoor 800m time in school history and the third-fastest outdoor 800m time and remains a member of one of the three fastest indoor 4x800m relay teams in school history.  Cason was a member of the second-fastest outdoor 4x800m relay team and third-best indoor 4x800m relay teams in school history.

 

Travis Jervey ’95 (Football)

A local product, Travis Jervey waited his turn to play after backing up All-American Everette Sands for three seasons, but when his time came he had six 100-yard rushing games in 1994 and his 224 yards against VMI is the fourth-best effort in school history.  His 96-yard run on the opening play in the 1994 Oyster Bowl against VMI in Norfolk, Va., remains the longest running play in school history.  In 1994, he gained 1,171 yards, good for fifth in school history, and no one has rushed for more yards since.  Jervey averaged 7.7 yards per carry that season – tops in school history – and had 12 touchdowns.  He ranked third in the SoCon in rushing and sixth in scoring in 1994 and was named second team All-Southern Conference by both the coaches and media.  For his career, Jervey rushed for 1,490 yards.  He played professionally for nine years with the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons and is the first Citadel player ever to win a Super Bowl ring (1996).  He earned Pro Bowl honors in 1997.

Jim Scott ’69 (Baseball)

A hard-throwing left-hander who played for Coach Chal Port, Jim Scott appeared in 40 games from 1967-69, posted a 15-8 overall mark and recorded 14 complete games with five shutouts.  Scott allowed just 43 earned runs in 199.1 innings for a career ERA of 1.94.  He led the Southern Conference in ERA in 1967 with a 1.76 (12 earned runs in 61.0 innings) while earning all-conference accolades and continues to rank among the school’s top 10 in complete games (14), shutouts (5) and ERA (1.94).  After graduation, he joined the US Air Force where he eventually became a fighter pilot and the Commander of the 507th Tactical Air Control Center at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter who later flew missions in Operation Desert Storm.  Col. Scott was named Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies for the AFROTC unit at The Citadel and Assistant Commandant.  He is the founder and current president of the Diamond Dogs Club, an association that raises funds for the baseball team.

Brian Wiley ’98 (Baseball)

The 1999 Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year, Brian Wiley led the Bulldogs to the 1999 regular-season title and tournament crowns and NCAA Regional appearances in 1998 and 1999.  Earning second team All-America honors from CoSIDA and third team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, Wiley, a Gold Star student who graduated in 3½ years, finished with the school career record for games started (53), innings pitched (316.1) and strikeouts (431), which also established a SoCon record.  He led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings in 1998 with an average of 14.1, a mark that ranked tied for fifth in SoCon history and tied for first in school history.  His 159 strikeouts during the 1998 season ranked second in league history.  In addition to being named All-Southern Conference in 1999, Wiley was named the 1999 SoCon Preseason Player of the Year by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

 

Want to Attend?

Those wishing to attend the 35th Annual Induction Ceremony & Banquet on Sept.28 at the Holliday Alumni Center are encouraged to secure their tickets early as this event sells out annually.  Tickets are $50 each and tables of 10 are $500.  To secure your seat(s), please contact Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon at 843/953-6300 or email him at Andy.Solomon@Citadel.edu.

 

Golf Releases Fall Slate

The golf team will compete in five fall tournaments to open the 2012-13 season.

The Citadel, under sixth year coach Lori Bonacci, opens the year at the Terrier Intercollegiate, hosted by Wofford on Sept. 9-11 in Spartanburg.  The following weekend the Bulldogs head to Waynesville, NC, to appear in the Great Smokies Intercollegiate, hosted by Western Carolina.

The Bulldogs begin their first of three October matches on Oct. 5-7 at the Winthrop Fall Invitational.  The following week The Citadel heads to the Wendy's Invitational, hosted by Charleston Southern.  The fall slate draws to a close at the Edwin Watts Intercollegiate, hosted by College of Charleston, on Oct. 27-29.

 

Four of Eight Finalists for Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Have Citadel Ties

The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame’s advisory committee has released the eight candidates for their Class of 2012, and half of them have ties to The Citadel.

Gettys Glaze ‘92, Tom Hatley ’81, Joe Riley ’64 and Britt Reames ’96 are among the eight finalists that will comprise the Class of 2012. 

Official ballots are at Riley Park and on-line voting will also be available via a link posted at www.riverdogs.com.  Voting will conclude on Friday, Aug. 3 and on Friday, Aug. 10, the top three individuals with the most votes will be inducted prior to the RiverDogs’ game against the Hagerstown Suns.

Glaze was a member of The Citadel’s 1990 World Series team and is one of only a few that both pitched and caught in the same game while Hatley, who was an assistant coach for the 1990 team, is the highly-successful coach at James Island Charter High School.  Riley is in his 10th term as Charleston’s mayor and the Bulldogs play in the facility named in his honor and Reames, currently the Bulldogs’ pitching coach, played for six years in the major leagues.

The other finalists are Pete Ayoub, Tim Cook, Kiki Cuyler and John Rhodes.

Those from The Citadel that have already been enshrined include Coach Chal Port (2006), Anthony Jenkins and the 1990 Team (2007), Richard Wieters (2008), Donald Morillo and Doug Pounder (2009), and Lee Glaze and Coach Fred Jordan (2010).

 

 

Sweet Johnson Hagood Stadium Suite Is Available 

An environmentally-controlled luxury suite at Johnson Hagood Stadium is available in time for the season.  If you have an interest, please contact Senior Associate Athletics Director John McAleer ’72 at 843/953-1354 or email him at john.mcaleer@citadel.edu.



 

14th Annual Bulldog Kickoff Classic Information


The 14th Annual Bulldog Kickoff Classic Presented by Wells Fargo sells out every year and it will again this year.

Set for Aug. 23 at Wild Dunes Resort’s Links and Harbor courses, the event serves as the unofficial start of the football season.  And following the golf, participants are able to take part in The Citadel Club of Charleston’s annual Shrimp and Beer Night that takes place at the Beach House and begins at 6 pm.

Several hundred fans, friends and alums will be at the Beach House to hear Coach Kevin Higgins preview the season.  Also, other coaches will be there to meet and mingle. 


All proceeds from this event benefit athletic scholarships.

For more information – including sponsorship opportunities – please contact Rod Moseley ’74 at 843/708-1053 or Jimmy Bagwell ’74 at 843/270-0591.  For a registration flyer, please contact The Citadel Brigadier Foundation at 843/953-5277 or email forsbergg@citadel.edu.  Don’t be left out; sign up today!


6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic Set for Friday, Sept. 28

The Sixth Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Classic, hosted by Bufort Blanton ’54, will be held at Miler Country Club in Summerville on Friday morning, Sept. 28.  All proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the football program.  The Citadel Football Association looks forward to your participation as a player, sponsor or both.  

For registration and additional information, please contact Connie Tuza ’58 at Elcid58@knology.net or 843/452-9801 or visit www.TheCitadelFootballAssociation.com and click on "events."

 
 

22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament Set

The 22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament is set for Friday, Nov. 2 at Patriots Point Golf Club on Mt. Pleasant.  Registration is set from 7:15-8am with the shotgun start going at 8:30.  Participants that sign up prior to Sept. 30 get a discount ($125 as compared to $135 AFTER Sept. 30).  Fee includes green fees, cart, box lunch, beverage, Citadel Titleist golf cap, Citadel Footjoy Golf shirt, sleeve of Prov1 golf balls, range balls and more.  Hole sponsorships are available as is the opportunity for Reunion Classes to battle each other for a tournament within a tournament.  Early registration is encouraged as we are sure to sell out.  For more information, please call The Citadel Brigadier Foundation at 843/953-5277.

 

Admissions Update

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2016 is on track to smash four admissions records this year.

 

For the fourth consecutive year a record number of high school seniors and transfer students have sought cadet admission to The Citadel.  Among the record-breaking application groups are women, minorities and African Americans.  Applications from South Carolina residents are the highest in 10 years.

As of Tuesday, The Citadel Office of Admissions has received 2,760 applications for the cadet Class of 2016, which reports for military training on Aug. 11.  The college expects to enroll between 730 and 775 freshmen. T he largest known freshman class to matriculate, based on records dating back to 1965, was in the fall of 1975 when 763 freshmen reported.

 

Coach Bob Pollock ‘71 Named to National Hall of Fame Posthumously

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the six inductees that will be enshrined in the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame later this year and included in the list is former Clemson coach Bob Pollock, a member of the Class of 1971.

Pollock led Clemson to 21 ACC Championships in his 20 years as head coach of the school’s men’s track & field program.  He established department-wide Clemson coaching records for ACC titles (21), ACC Coach of the Year selections (19) and NCAA Regional Coach of the Year selections (16).  He coached the men’s indoor track team to 11 top-20 finishes and the men’s outdoor program to 10 top-20 seasons. Seven of the indoor track national finishes were within the top ten.

The Rochester, N.Y., native began his coaching career at The Citadel, where Pollock served as head cross country and assistant track coach from 1972-74.

Pollock earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from The Citadel in 1971, and was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs as a distance runner.  His senior year, he was voted the team MVP as well as team captain.  He also earned a master's degree in physical education from the University of Georgia in 1972.

Pollock passed away on February 18, 2010 at the age of 60. He was inducted posthumously into the Clemson Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs and at www.twitter.com/citadelsports.  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at www.twitter.com/citadelbaseball and www.twitter.com/citadelfootball.  Follow them today!

 

He Said It:

“No pressure.  I just try to see it as basketball.  It started off being fun for me, and I want to keep it that way.  I’ll just play as hard as I can, compete, and the rest will take care of itself.”

 
  • Former standout Cameron Wells ‘11, on his playing with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks team in the Summer League.

 

Upcoming Birthdays

Aug. 2             Ryan Powell                            Administration

Aug. 8             Larry Leckonby                      Administration

Aug. 8             Kevin Yeager                          Administration

Aug. 11           William C. Smith                    Rifle

Aug. 19           Britt Reames                           Baseball

Aug. 31           Bill Mottola                             Football

 
 

Upcoming Events

July 27             CFA’s Football 101 @Seignious Hall/Johnson Hagood Stadium

Aug. 3             First football practice @Willson Field

Aug. 23           14th Annual Bulldog Kickoff Classic @Wild Dunes Resort

Sept. 28           6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Outing @Miler Country Club

Sept. 28           35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Nov. 2             22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament @Patriots Point

 

 

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Today’s Blue & White is the official electronic publication of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc. with its office located at The Citadel, McAlister Field House, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC  29409 (office 843/953-5277).

Publishers……………...Jerry Baker & Larry Leckonby

Editor………………….....Andy Solomon

Layout…………………...Mike Petrini

 
 
 
 
 

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