The Citadel Bulldogs football, 1980–89

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The Citadel Bulldogs football teams represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. The program was established in 1905. Their primary rivals are Furman University and Virginia Military Institute (VMI). The games against VMI are known as the Military Classic of the South, in reference to the two schools being the only remaining all-military colleges in the South.

The 1980s saw some a return to success for the Bulldogs, with their first playoff appearance in 1988. The following year saw a successful start to the season, followed by a 2–5–1 finish after Hurricane Hugo struck Charleston, forcing the team to play two home games in Columbia, South Carolina.

Contents: 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - NFL Draft selections


1980[edit]

1980 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1980 record 7–4 (3–2 SoCon)
Head coach Art Baker (3rd year)
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »
1980 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Furman 7 0 0     9 1 0
Chattanooga 5 2 0     8 3 0
Appalachian State 4 2 1     6 4 1
The Citadel 3 2 0     7 4 0
Western Carolina 2 4 1     3 7 1
VMI 1 4 1     3 7 1
East Tennessee State 1 4 0     2 9 0
Marshall 0 5 1     2 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 6 Presbyterian* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 21–14   20,240
September 13 at Appalachian State Conrad StadiumBoone, NC L 14–17   15,250
September 20 at Wake Forest* Groves StadiumWinston–Salem, NC L 7–24   22,500
September 27 Chattanooga Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 29–13   18,345
October 4 VMI Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) W 28–13   17,450
October 11 at Western Carolina E.J. Whitmire StadiumCullowhee, NC W 28–21   10,640
October 18 Newberry* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 37–0   18,980
November 1 Wofford* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 35–3   16,250
November 8 at #15 South Carolina* Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, SC L 24–45   55,937
November 15 Davidson* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 31–13   14,150
November 22 at Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC L 15–28   17,665
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1981[edit]

1981 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1981 record 7–3–1 (4–2–1 SoCon)
Head coach Art Baker (4th year)
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Furman 5 2 0     8 3 0
VMI 3 1 1     6 3 1
East Tennessee State 4 2 0     6 5 0
Chattanooga 3 2 1     7 3 1
The Citadel 3 2 1     7 3 1
Western Carolina 3 4 0     4 7 0
Appalachian State 1 5 1     3 7 1
Marshall 1 5 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 12 at Navy* Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD L 7–17   18,135
September 19 Western Carolina Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 12–3   18,950
September 26 Appalachian State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 34–30   17,250
October 3 at East Tennessee State Memorial CenterJohnson City, TN L 13–17   8,773
October 10 vs. VMI Foreman FieldNorfolk, VA (Military Classic of the South/Oyster Bowl) L 0–14   20,000
October 17 Davidson* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 23–3   12,890
October 24 Newberry* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 55–14   14,450
October 31 Presbyterian* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 21–3   10,850
November 7 at Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN T 28–28   10,132
November 14 Wofford* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 24–14   11,185
November 21 Furman Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 35–18   20,150
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1982[edit]

1982 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1982 record 5–6 (3–4 SoCon)
Head coach Art Baker (5th year)
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1981 1983 »
1982 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Furman ^   6 1         9 3  
Chattanooga   5 1         7 4  
Western Carolina   4 2         6 5  
The Citadel   3 4         5 6  
Appalachian State   3 4         4 7  
VMI   2 3         5 6  
East Tennessee State   2 5         2 9  
Marshall   1 6         3 7  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 11 Presbyterian* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 21–16   13,460
September 18 at Georgia Tech* Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 7–36   24,463
September 25 Wofford* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 21–14   12,680
October 2 at Appalachian State Conrad StadiumBoone, NC L 22–48   15,800
October 9 VMI Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) W 21–7   17,200
October 16 East Tennessee State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 0–3   11,650
October 23 at Navy* Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD L 3–28   29,249
October 30 Marshall Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 24–7   17,850
November 6 at Western Carolina E.J. Whitmire StadiumCullowhee, NC W 24–20   8,132
November 13 Chattanooga Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 7–24   18,480
November 20 at Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC L 0–27   13,123
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1983[edit]

1983 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1983 record 3–8 (2–6 SoCon)
Head coach Tom Moore (1st year)
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »
1983 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Furman ^ 6 0 1     10 2 1
Western Carolina ^ 5 0 1     11 3 1
Chattanooga 5 2 0     7 4 0
Appalachian State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Marshall 3 4 0     4 7 0
VMI 1 5 0     2 9 0
The Citadel 1 6 0     3 8 0
East Tennessee State 1 6 0     3 8 0
Davidson 0 5 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 10 Presbyterian* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 35–7   17,240
September 17 at NC State* Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC L 0–45   41,300
September 24 Appalachian State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 16–27   15,795
October 1 at Tennessee* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN L 6–45   20,351
October 8 at VMI Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, VA (Military Classic of the South) W 27–6   6,300
October 15 at Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN L 9–30   10,203
October 22 Davidson Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 41–12   15,560
October 29 at Marshall Fairfield StadiumHuntington, WV L 10–26   8,788
November 5 Western Carolina Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 17–44   13,240
November 12 at East Tennessee State Memorial CenterJohnson City, TN L 0–45   4,469
November 19 Furman Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 21–49   17,890
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1984[edit]

1984 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1984 record 7–4 (5–2 SoCon)
Head coach Tom Moore (2nd year)
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »
1984 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Chattanooga ^   5 1         6 5  
Western Carolina   5 2         8 3  
The Citadel   4 2         7 4  
Furman   3 3         8 3  
East Tennessee State   2 4         6 5  
Marshall   2 4         6 5  
Appalachian State   2 5         4 7  
VMI   1 4         1 9  
Davidson   0 5         2 8  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 8 at South Carolina* Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, SC L 24–31   71,200
September 15 Presbyterian* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 23–6   17,550
September 22 at Georgia Tech* Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 3–48   31,684
September 29 East Tennessee State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 6–16   11,460
October 6 at Davidson Richardson StadiumDavidson, NC W 37–14   4,000
October 13 at Western Carolina E.J. Whitmire StadiumCullowhee, NC W 34–33   12,204
October 20 Marshall Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 28–14   17,150
October 27 at Appalachian State Conrad StadiumBoone, NC W 21–5   9,852
November 3 VMI Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) W 27–24   18,550
November 10 Wofford* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 23–16   10,340
November 17 at Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC L 14–42   12,408
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1985[edit]

1985 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1985 record 5–5–1 (3–4–1 SoCon)
Head coach Tom Moore (3rd year)
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Furman ^ 6 0 0     12 2 0
Appalachian State 6 1 0     8 3 0
Chattanooga 5 2 0     6 5 0
Marshall 3 3 1     7 3 1
The Citadel 2 4 1     5 5 1
Western Carolina 2 4 1     4 6 1
VMI 1 4 1     3 7 1
Davidson 0 6 0     1 10 0
East Tennessee State 0 7 0     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
August 31 at #17 (Div-IASouth Carolina* Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, SC L 17–56   73,500
September 7 Presbyterian* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 14–7   18,000
September 21 Appalachian State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 3–14   16,246
September 28 at Marshall Fairfield StadiumHuntington, WV L 14–17   17,527
October 5 at VMI Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, VA (Military Classic of the South) T 14–14   5,500
October 12 Davidson Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 31–0   8,741
October 19 at Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN L 17–34   7,993
October 26 at East Tennessee State Memorial CenterJohnson City, TN W 28–21   8,154
November 2 Western Carolina Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 10–3   14,157
November 9 Wofford* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 42–28   10,867
November 16 Furman Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 0–42   20,592
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1986[edit]

1986 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1986 record 3–8 (0–6 SoCon)
Head coach Tom Moore (4th year)
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
1986 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Appalachian State ^ 6 0 1     9 2 1
Western Carolina 5 2 0     6 5 0
Furman ^ 4 2 1     7 3 2
East Tennessee State 4 3 0     6 5 0
Marshall 3 3 0     6 4 1
Chattanooga 2 4 0     4 7 0
VMI 1 5 0     1 10 0
The Citadel 0 6 0     3 8 0
Davidson 0 6 0     0 9 0
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 6 at North Carolina* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC L 14–45   48,250
September 13 Northeastern* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 24–14   14,583
September 20 Presbyterian* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 15–13   18,197
September 27 at Appalachian State Conrad StadiumBoone, NC L 10–33   20,800
October 4 at Clemson* Memorial StadiumClemson, SC L 0–24   75,540
October 11 VMI Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) L 30–47   17,953
October 18 Chattanooga Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 7–42   10,583
November 1 at Western Carolina E.J. Whitmire StadiumCullowhee, NC L 12–27   5,618
November 8 Wofford* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 20–6   8,178
November 15 East Tennessee State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 9–35   13,854
November 22 at Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC L 14–37   15,465
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1987[edit]

1987 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1987 record 4–7 (1–5 SoCon)
Head coach Charlie Taaffe (1st year)
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Appalachian State ^   7 0         11 3  
Marshall ^   4 2         10 5  
Furman   4 3         7 4  
Chattanooga   4 3         6 5  
VMI   2 4         4 7  
Western Carolina   2 4         4 7  
East Tennessee State   2 5         5 6  
The Citadel   1 5         4 7  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 5 Wofford* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 38–0   11,470
September 12 at Georgia Tech* Grant FieldAtlanta, GA L 12–51   31,211
September 19 Presbyterian* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 27–12   10,906
September 26 at Army* Mitchie StadiumWest Point, NY L 6–48   37,548
October 10 VMI Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) L 3–7   17,847
October 17 at Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN L 19–22   8,973
October 24 at East Tennessee State Memorial CenterJohnson City, TN L 21–24   9,682
October 31 Western Carolina Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 38–24   10,339
November 7 at Boston University* Nickerson FieldBoston, MA W 34–7   2,103
November 14 Appalachian State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 17–27   17,349
November 21 Furman Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 13–58   15,579
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1988[edit]

1988 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1988 record 8-4 (5–2 SoCon)
Head coach Charlie Taaffe (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Option
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1987 1989 »
1988 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Furman §^ 6 1 0     13 2 0
Marshall §^ 6 1 0     11 2 0
The Citadel ^ 5 2 0     8 4 0
Appalachian State 4 3 0     6 4 1
Chattanooga 3 3 0     4 7 0
VMI 1 5 0     2 9 0
East Tennessee State 1 6 0     2 9 0
Western Carolina 1 6 0     2 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 3 at Appalachian State Kidd Brewer StadiumBoone, NC L 14–38   13,428
September 10 Presbyterian* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 35–9   14,054
September 17 at Duke* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC L 41–17   12,400
September 24 Navy* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 42–35   20,754
October 1 at Western Carolina E.J. Whitmire StadiumCullowhee, NC W 27–21   9,135
October 15 Chattanooga Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 23–17   16,457
October 22 Boston University* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 24–13   13,123
October 29 East Tennessee State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 48–21   10,110
November 5 Marshall Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 20–3   20,011
November 12 vs. VMI Foreman FieldNorfolk, VA (Military Classic of the South/Oyster Bowl) W 31–20   20,800
November 19 at Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC L 17–30   16,460
November 26 at Georgia Southern Paulson StadiumStatesboro, GA (I-AA Quarterfinals) L 20–38   11,011
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

1989[edit]

1989 The Citadel Bulldogs football
Conference Southern Conference
1989 record 5–5–1 (1–5–1 SoCon)
Head coach Charlie Taaffe (3rd year)
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)[1]
Seasons
« 1988 1990 »
1989 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Furman ^ 7 0 0     12 2 0
Appalachian State ^ 5 2 0     9 3 0
Marshall 4 3 0     6 5 0
East Tennessee State 4 3 0     4 7 0
Chattanooga 2 4 1     3 7 1
Western Carolina 1 4 1     3 7 1
VMI 1 4 1     2 8 1
The Citadel 1 5 1     5 5 1
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant

The 1989 season was affected by Hurricane Hugo, which damaged Johnson Hagood Stadium as the eye of the storm passed over Charleston harbor before making its way inland. As a result, The Citadel played two "home" games at Williams–Brice Stadium, on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. The hurricane struck on September 22, 1989, and the Bulldogs did not play a game again in their home stadium until November 4, 1989.

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 9 Wofford* Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 42–21   17,768
September 16 Appalachian State Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 23–13   17,118
September 23 at Navy* Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 14–10   20,057
September 30 vs. South Carolina State* Williams–Brice StadiumColumbia, SC W 31–20   21,853
October 7 vs. Western Carolina Williams–Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC T 22–22   14,777
October 14 at Marshall Fairfield StadiumHuntington, WV L 17–40   13,927
October 21 at Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN L 9–17   7,921
October 28 at East Tennessee State Memorial CenterJohnson City, TN L 33–35   6,784
November 4 Samford* Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC W 35–16   15,214
November 11 at VMI Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, VA (Military Classic of the South) L 10–20   8,125
November 18 Furman Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC L 9–44   20,357
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

NFL Draft selections[edit]

2 NFL Draft Selections 
Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1981 9 5 226 Stump Mitchell St. Louis Cardinals RB
1987 9 23 246 Greg Davis Tampa Bay Buccaneers K

References[edit]

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2. 2011 Citadel Football Media Guide. The Citadel. p. 12. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
3. "2012 Citadel Football Factbook". The Citadel. July 17, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012.