Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Friday, October 19, 2012


Opening Kickoff!

The football team enjoyed its week off, which offered veteran Director of Sports Medicine Andy Clawson ample time to help those with nagging ailments the opportunity to recover.  Of course, things will quickly return to the “normal game week” routine as the Bulldogs head up I-26 to battle the Wofford Terriers next Saturday in a 1:30 pm showdown. 

Though falling to Chattanooga in soccer on Sunday, Mariana Garcia posted her third two-goal performance of the season and established The Citadel's all-time career goals mark with 29.  Congratulations, Mariana.

Coach Chuck Driesell’s third Citadel basketball team has begun practice and before you know it, it will be time for the All-Military Classic where Army, Air Force and VMI will join The Citadel in a two-day event in McAlister Field House to begin the 2012-13 campaign.  Action will include two games a day (Nov. 10-11) with the contests slated for 2 and 4 pm each day.

All of our news and tidbits this week are indeed noteworthy, yet we call your attention to the section toward the end that we’ve titled “And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics.”  We think you’ll find all three items of interest.

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


Balanced Rushing Attack Carries The Citadel Past Western Carolina

Rickey Anderson scored from 11 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter to spark a 21-point stanza, and four other Bulldogs also found the end zone to lift The Citadel to a 45-31 victory over Western Carolina on Parent's Day at Johnson Hagood Stadium this past Saturday.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Bulldogs, who head into their bye week with a record of 4-3 and 3-2 in the Southern Conference.

The win was the 35th for Kevin Higgins in eight seasons at The Citadel, moving him into sole possession of fifth place among the 23 men who have led the Bulldog football program.  He had been tied for fifth with Hall of Famer Tatum Gressette (1932-39).

Darien Robinson carried 24 times for 116 yards to eclipse the 100-yard mark for the fifth time this season and in the process became the 20th player in Citadel history to rush for 1,500 career yards, finishing the day with 1,578.  Ben Dupree ran for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns followed by Dalton Trevino with 59 and Terrance Martin with 45.

Anderson had 33 yards and went over the 1,000 mark in his career.  The sixth-year senior has a total of 1,010 yards on the ground and scored his team-leading seventh touchdown of the year against Western Carolina.  Anderson has at least one touchdown in five of The Citadel's seven games this season.

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"Rally to the Alley" -- Greet the Bulldogs on Their Arrival at Johnson Hagood Stadium 

Join the Stray Dog Society as they meet, greet and cheer the Bulldogs two hours prior to every home game at the Altman Athletic Center parking lot on Hagood Avenue.  The group invites everyone to join them as they help welcome the football-playing Bulldogs strut up “Stray Dog Alley,” accompanied by our cheerleaders and Spike.  The Stray Dog Society Tailgate hosts a pregame social and celebration following the Dog Walk two hours before every game with live entertainment, fellowship and loads of fun.  This is evolving into a great place to mix and mingle before the Regimental Band leads the Corps of Cadets as they march down Hagood Avenue and into Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Rent a Luxury Suite for Homecoming

Have you always wanted to entertain and impress your friends at Homecoming and enjoy one of the luxury suites at Johnson Hagood Stadium?  One suite (#617) is now available to rent for the Elon (Homecoming) game on Nov. 3.  For more information, please contact TCBF Executive Director Jerry Baker at 843/953-5277 or email him at

Basketball Practice Begins

Coach Chuck Driesell and the basketball team officially began the 2012-13 campaign following the first practice of the season on Friday evening.

The roster consists of one senior and a graduate senior, five sophomores, four freshmen and two redshirt freshmen.

Among the key returnees for Driesell's squad include Mike Groselle, C.J. Bray, Marshall Harris III and Ashton Moore, all of whom started 11 games or more last season.  Groselle and Bray combined for 392 rebounds last year while Harris III and Moore scored a collective 356 points, including 46 3-pointers.

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Mike Groselle Being 'Watched' Closely

Senior center Mike Groselle enters the 2012-13 season on a number of award watch lists.

Groselle was recently named as the ninth-best mid-major forwards/centers to watch this season by  He has also been listed among candidates for the Lou Henson Award, presented annually to the top mid-major players in NCAA Division I basketball.

The Plano, Texas, native is among several national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given to a NCAA Division I senior student-athlete that has notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Groselle enters the upcoming season with 891 career points, 109 points from becoming the 30th player in school history with 1,000 points.

Last season, Groselle posted 14 double-doubles and established a new single-season school record for most in a season, surpassing the previous mark of 13 which was set by Patrick Elmore (1989-90).  This moved Groselle into a tie with Regan Truesdale for the most career double-doubles (22) in Citadel history.

A highly efficient shooter around the basket, Groselle enters the season as The Citadel's all-time field goal percentage leader (59.7%; 359-601), sitting .006 percentage points in front of Moncrief Michael.


Mariana Garcia Sets Scoring Record As Soccer Bows to Chattanooga, Samford

Mariana Garcia posted her third two-goal performance of the season en route to breaking The Citadel's all-time career goals mark with 29 but Chattanooga's two second-half goals were enough to edge The Citadel, 3-2, on Sunday on WLI Field.

The Citadel peppered the Mocs’ goalkeeper with 36 shots -- 20 on goal -- but was only able to find the back of the net twice as the keeper stymied the Bulldog attack to record 18 saves.

Garcia notched the game's first score in the 17th minute when she found a deflected shot on goal by Vanessa Aponte and drove it into the back of the net to give the Bulldogs a quick 1-0 lead.  The score moved Garcia into a tie for most career goals in program history with 28, a mark that Kelly Pesterfield set in 2003.

The soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Samford in a Friday afternoon Southern Conference battle on WLI Field.  Samford was able to notch the game's first score in the 30th minute.  The visiting Bulldogs came out in the second half and scored its second goal in the 52nd minute on a header shot in the box.

The Citadel's best scoring opportunity came in the 78th minute when Ruth Leiva fired a laser on goal but the Samford goalkeeper was able to stymie the attempt and record her fifth save of the game to help her team collect the 2-0 win.


Chattanooga, Samford Tops Citadel in Volleyball

Sparked by the play of Ise d'Angelo and Rachael Farrell, who finished with 11 kills each, and a record-tying performance by Erin Bucherl, The Citadel went to five sets with visiting Chattanooga before falling by scores of 25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 14-25 and 15-13 on Sunday in McAlister Field House.

D'Angelo and Farrell led the Cadets with 11 kills, while Jessica Maxwell and Lauren Hurt recorded nine each.  Defensively, Erin Bucherl tied the school mark with 41 digs, set during the 2008 season by Rachel Sanders.  Farrell was also instrumental among back row hitters with 19 digs, while Emily Dalton added 13.  Freshmen setters Mikaela Tracy and Rachel Keefer posted 34 and 10 assists, respectively.

Keyed by a pair of double-digit dig performances by Samford, the visiting Southern Conference Bulldogs completed a three-game sweep of The Citadel by scores of 25-17, 25-13 and 25-17 on Saturday at McAlister Field House.

Despite six kills by Amanda Rudnik and five from Farrell, The Citadel's offense was unable to find any rhythm as the Cadets posted 20 team kills.  Defensively, Bucherl was the bright spot with 13 kills, while freshmen Tracy and Keefer handed out nine assists each.

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Danielle McKee Takes 10th Place to lead Bulldogs at Will Wilson Citadel Cross Country Invitational

Danielle McKee recorded a season-best time of 18:37 to take 10th place on Saturday morning at Laurel Hill Plantation in the 32nd Annual Will Wilson Citadel Invitational.

The men's team took fourth place overall while the women finished sixth.

McKee continues to improve as the junior has now recorded the top time for her team in each of her 17 collegiate races.  The freshman trio of Jacqueline Thompson (24th place; 19:37), Caillian Colquitt (34th place; 20:19) and Jessica Dewitte (35th place; 20:25) finished behind McKee for the Bulldogs.

The Winthrop women's team took the overall crown with 56 points behind an impressive 17:27 5k by overall champion Jeanne Stroud.

Raeven Lantz led the Bulldogs for the first time this season with an 8k mark of 27:05. Mt. Pleasant native Miles Keohane took second for the Bulldogs and 18th overall with a 27:30.  Paul Fleckenstein (21st place; 27:59), Bo Hutchinson (22nd place; 28:07) and Brandon Rabon (26th place; 28:47) finished out the top five for The Citadel.

Though the event celebrated its 32nd annual event, the race was changed in 2008 to the Will Wilson Citadel Invitational in remembrance of the fallen Bulldog runner who was tragically killed in a hit and run accident on Sept. 7, 2008 in Columbia.

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Erica Manor Finishes Strong at Wendy's Golf Invitational

Freshman Erica Manor, who appeared in only her fourth tournament, fired a three-round score of 237 (+21) and finished in a six-way tie for 36th at the Wendy's Invitational at RiverTowne Golf Club.

Manor opened the tournament with scores of 76 and 78 before posting a final round 83.  Erica Pellegrini recorded consecutive rounds in the 70s (74, 77) on Monday, but was forced to withdraw on Tuesday.

The Citadel received solid outings from Kellie Anderson (81-81-92=254), who placed 67th, Hollie Salvo (83-85-91=259) and Amelia Goodwin (104-91-100=295).

Team honors for the tournament went to Richmond, who finished with an 893 (293-294=306).  Second place went to SoCon rival Wofford (905) and third to tournament host Charleston Southern (906).  The Citadel recorded a two-day total of 1,001 (314-321-366).

Individual honors went to Richmond's Tracy Martin, who completed the Arnold Palmer Signature Course with scores of 70, 73 and 72 for one-under-par (215).

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David Orces, Elliott Sperr Compete in Final Day at Duckworth Fall Tennis Classic

The tennis team concluded play at the Duckworth Fall Classic, hosted by Clemson, on Sunday evening as Elliott Sperr and David Orces earned a third place finish in their respective singles flights and earned a second place finish in Flight-2 doubles over the course of the weekend.

Sperr fell to an Augusta State rival on Sunday morning in a three-set campaign for the consolation round final in Flight-4 singles.  Sperr took the early lead after he claimed the first set 7-6, but couldn't hold off the strong play of his opponent in the second set losing 7-5.  Augusta State would win the tiebreaker, 10-2, over Sperr.  During the course of the weekend Sperr collected two singles wins in his best outing of the fall.

In Flight-1 competition, Orces claimed third place in main draw.  To add to his accomplishments during fall play, Orces claimed his 10th singles win with the conclusion of the tournament.

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Design a Blue Out Rally Towel for Basketball Game

distributed at the Blue Out basketball game versus Davidson on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 pm.

The design may consist of up to three colors on one side of a blue towel.  The fan with the best design, as voted on by members of the athletics department staff and Coca-Cola, will win a $250 VISA gift card, courtesy of Coca-Cola and an autographed team basketball.

All designs must be submitted via email to or in person by bringing a CD to the sports marketing office in McAlister Field House, by Nov. 2, at 5 pm.

The winner will be announced Nov. 10 on the official Citadel Sports Athletics Facebook page at  For more information or questions please contact or 843-953-8303.


Another Citadel-Furman Competition Looms

In conjunction with The Citadel playing rival Furman in football, The Citadel Brigadier Foundation is seeking golfers in which to battle the Paladins on the links.  Anyone interested in playing on Friday, Nov.16, at The Furman Golf Course (1 pm tee time) are asked to contact Jerry Baker at (843) 953-5277 or email him at


Coach Jeff Ragan Shares Experience at DCI Archdale Clinic Grand Opening

Associate head wrestling coach Jeff Ragan spoke about his experience as a kidney transplant recipient on Thursday at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the DCI Archdale Clinic in North Charleston.

Ragan received a kidney from his brother, Brad, a former Citadel wrestler and a 2006 graduate with a degree in civil engineering, who is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot with a rank of Captain.

A husband and father of two, Ragan was an All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State and is also an adjunct math professor at The Citadel.  He also coordinates the school's math lab and orchestrates The Citadel's summer wrestling camp.

The primary responsibility of DCI is to initiate and provide comprehensive care for patients with kidney related ailments.  Patient care is assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated with the consistent aim of improving care.  The team strives to provide the highest quality of patient care possible through the utilization of available human and material resources.

DCI currently supports three organ procurement agencies and also contributes to research to improve methods of immunosuppressant.


TCBF Launches New Website

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation recently launched its own website and we’ll ask that you make one of your bookmarks.  The site is clean and easy-to-navigate site, and is full of information on facts and events surrounding TCBF.  We hope you find it beneficial.


Bulldog Business Partners

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation has once again begun the “Bulldog Business Partners” for the 2012-13 academic year and the first to sign up are:

  • Hay Tire
  • Radiste Tech
  • Charleston Crab  House
  • Wilson & Quirk
  • Delicious Management – East Bay Deli
  • Allstate - Kevin Shealy Agency
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Airport
  • Piggly Wiggly

We encourage you to please stop by and thank our supporters.  If you want more information on how your business can partner with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, please call us at 843/953-5277.


22nd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament Is Nov. 2

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.


Date for 25th Annual TCBF Auction Set

Be sure and mark down February 9 on your calendar or IPhone as that will be the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction.   If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.


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 and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!


They Said It:

"This is always an exciting time of the year for all the college basketball coaches across the nation.  My staff and I have been waiting since the end of the last season to get started.  This is a great group of young men who have some valuable experience from last season.  This along with the great work ethic they established this preseason has me feeling good about the 2012-13 season."

  • Basketball coach Chuck Driesell, on the opening of basketball practice last week. 

“To be recognized alongside some of the world’s most popular visitor destinations is a distinction that Charleston will cherish for quite some time.  This recognition is absolutely wonderful news for our city.”

  • Longtime mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Citadel Class of 1964, on Charleston being named the top travel city in the world.

And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics, Part I

Last year, Charleston was flattered.  This year, it’s on top of the world.

Readers of Conde Nast Traveler not only named the Holy City the No. 1 tourist destination in the U.S. for the second year in a row, but also the top travel city on the planet.

Last year, Charleston came in third in the world, behind Sydney, Australia and Florence, Italy.

Readers of the world-renowned travel magazine chose Charleston for the accolade based on overall ambiance, culture, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and shopping.

Cape Town, South Africa, came in second. Florence, Italy, came in third.


And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics, Part II

The Citadel School of Business Administration is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review.  The Citadel is a featured school in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook "The Best 296 Business Schools."

"We consider The Citadel School of Business Administration one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/publisher.  "We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S and 16 are international – based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools."

Student opinions are highly regarded in the rankings process. Students are asked to rate and report on their experiences on an 80-question survey.  Questions are asked about academics, the student body and campus life.

"The Best 296 Business Schools" has two-page profiles of selected schools, including information about academics, career placement, student life and admissions.  The profiles also have ratings (scores from 60 to 99) for academic experience, admissions selectivity and career services.  

In the profile on The Citadel School of Business Administration the Princeton Review editors describe the MBA program this way: "If there is one word students at The Citadel School of Business Administration keep repeating, it is reputation, reputation, reputation, with location, prestige and affordability all coming in at a close second.  The Citadel's long-standing record for building leaders and sound decision-makers, educating quality students, and having 'by far the best MBA reputation in South Carolina' make the school a universally respected institution worldwide."


And Having Absolutely Nothing to Do with Athletics, Part III

What should you do in the event of an earthquake?

You are safer in an earthquake under a sturdy table than under a doorframe, says  Here are some tips about what to do if there's an earthquake, of which Charleston is a potential target:

  1. Drop to the ground before the earthquake drops you;
  2. Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table. If there's not one nearby, move to an inside corner of a room and be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs;
  3. Hold on to your shelter and be ready to move when the shaking stops.

If you're in a bed, stay where you are and protect your head.  In a store, move away from heavy items; you can protect yourself with a shopping cart.  If you're driving, pull over and set the parking brake.  Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines and signs.  Stay inside the car until the shaking is over.



Upcoming Events

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

Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House


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