January 11, 2012

The Citadel to Honor Jake Burrows’ Jersey No. 3 with a Banner in McAlister Field House

CHARLESTON, SC – The Citadel Department of Athletics will honor Col. Jake Burrows' jersey No. 3 with a banner in McAlister Field House to commemorate the Hall of Famer's many contributions to his alma mater.

During halftime of the January 28 basketball game against rival Furman University, the Military College of South Carolina will unfurl their fourth banner alongside Les Robinson, Art Musselman and Regan Truesdale as individuals who have been previously recognized.  Another banner reflects the Bulldogs' participation in the 2009 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the college lone postseason appearance.

The 93-year-old Burrows, a member of the Class of 1940, is the lone member of the college's Hall of Fame who was both Regimental Commander and First Honor Graduate of his class.  As an athlete in which he competed for three years (freshmen were ineligible), Burrows earned eight total letters as he lettered in football three times, basketball three times and twice in track.

He was an all-state pick in basketball three times and twice was named All-Southern Conference and during his three years of basketball, Burrows averaged 11.5 points per game which equated to 31 percent of the team's total points.  In his three years on the hardwood, The Citadel defeated South Carolina and Furman six straight games each. 

The Regimental Commander for the 1939-40 academic year in which he also served as the basketball team captain, Burrows was the first cadet to graduate in the new "Armory" (now McAlister Field House), which opened that year.

After his cadet years, Burrows entered the U.S. Army and retired in 1967 as a full colonel.  He spent the last year of World War II on General Dwight D. Eisenhower's staff in Europe, and was later assigned to The Citadel's ROTC staff.

When he returned to The Citadel, Burrows revived the track program as its coach for three years as the sport had been discontinued because of the war.

Burrows replaced his friend and mentor, Col. David S. McAlister, as the college's director of cadet activities.  In that role, he created the coveted Silver Shako, a trophy that was presented to the winner of the annual Citadel-VMI football game that is still in existence.  He also guided the Class of 1976's gift to the college – the Liberty Bell, which continues to grace the lobby of Bond Hall.  Burrows also initiated a specific need for a non-cadet ring, which he designed and implemented for non-cadet graduates of The Citadel.


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