The Citadel Bulldogs
|The Citadel Bulldogs|
|University||The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina|
|Athletics director||Larry Leckonby|
|Football stadium||Johnson Hagood Stadium|
|Basketball arena||McAlister Field House|
|Baseball stadium||Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park|
|Soccer stadium||WLI Field|
|Mascot||General and Boo IX (live), Spike|
|Fight song||"The Fighting Light Brigade"|
|Colors||Citadel Blue and White
|Homepage||The Citadel Bulldogs|
The Citadel Bulldogs are the athletic teams that represent The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. All sports participate in the NCAA Division I. Varsity sports compete primarily in the Southern Conference, although the Rifle teams compete in the South Eastern Air Rifle Conference. The Citadel fields teams in sixteen different sports, nine for men and seven for women.
The Citadel competes in the following NCAA sports:
- Boxing (discontinued 1953)
- Men's Golf (discontinued 2004)
- Men's Soccer (discontinued 2004)
- Men's Swimming (discontinued 1981)
The Citadel competes in the Southern Conference for all sports except Rifle. For NCAA purposes, rifle teams do not compete in conferences. The Citadel competes in the Southeastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) for air rifle, which uses a different scoring system from NCAA matches. Most matches are scored simultaneously using both systems.
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
From 1909 to 1935, The Citadel played as a part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a congolomerate of many schools which gave birth to the Southern Conference during a clash over freshman eligibility. The Citadel remained in the SIAA after eight schools joined with six non-SIAA members to create the SoCon in 1921.
Shortly after thirteen schools departed the Southern Conference to form the Southeastern Conference (SEC), The Citadel and six other schools joined the conference. Furman and Davidson also joined in 1936, making them the oldest current members of the conference, although Davidson was not a member from 1988-91.
The Citadel football team plays in Johnson Hagood Stadium, a 21,000 seat stadium just to the south of campus. The stadium is undergoing a long term renovation and rebuilding, which includes the Altman Athletic Center, completed in 2001, and the rebuilt west stands, 2006 and club tower, 2008. The team practices at the Mayberry Triplets Practice facility on the north edge of campus, and utilizes Seignious Hall, on campus behind McAlister Field House and Vandiver Hall, for locker rooms, team meeting space, and weightlifting.
The baseball team shares 6,000 seat Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park with the professional Charleston RiverDogs of the Class-A South Atlantic League for games, and practices at College Park, on Rutledge Avenue. The Citadel owns College Park and has considered a number of future uses for it, including a stadium for the women's soccer team and a tennis complex.
The basketball, wrestling, and volleyball teams use McAlister Field House, a 6,000 seat facility on campus for games and practices. The basketball team's locker room is also in McAlister.
The women's soccer team practices and plays on WLI Field, located on campus to the west of the mess hall and Indian Hill. WLI Field is the former home of the baseball team and men's soccer team.
The rifle team uses the Inouye Marksmanship Center, which is situated behind WLI field on the banks of the Ashley River.
All teams, other than football, baseball and basketball, utilize Vandiver Hall, located behind McAlister Field House for locker rooms, baseball batting cages, and team meeting space.
The Citadel's most heated rivalries are with the VMI Keydets, Furman Paladins, and College of Charleston Cougars. Furman has been the longest running rivalry, although two decades of Paladin dominance in the 1970s and 1980s have removed some of the drama. While The Citadel has played VMI in many sports for decades, the rivalry has only developed since the creation of the Silver Shako trophy for football in 1976. The football game is now known as the Military Classic of the South. Crosstown rival College of Charleston has become a major rivalry in basketball and baseball, although the Cougars have controlled the games in basketball since joining the Southern Conference.
The Citadel's most successful athletics program, the baseball team has won thirteen Southern Conference championships and eight Southern Conference Baseball Tournament championships. The 1990 team advanced to the College World Series, becoming the first military school to do so; they finished with a record of 46-14 and were ranked sixth in the final Collegiate Baseball poll that season. The Bulldogs are coached by Fred Jordan '79 who is the school's all time winningest coach with more than 725 victories as of the 2013 season and 27 of his players have been taken in the MLB draft. Several alumni have played in the Major League.
The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team dates to the 1900–01 season, posting an all-time record of 914-1176. The Citadel's 1966–67 season is chronicled in Pat Conroy's My Losing Season. The 2008–09 squad won 20 games for just the second time in school history and participated in the postseason for the first time, playing in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament; they were defeated in the first round by eventual champion Old Dominion. The team has never played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
The Citadel has won two Southern Conference Championships, in 1961 and 1992. In 1960, the Bulldogs won the Tangerine Bowl, defeating Tennessee Tech 27-0. The Bulldogs have appeared in the FCS Playoffs three times, advancing to the second round in 1992 before losing to eventual runner-up Youngstown State. The '92 squad finished with a record of 11-2 and was ranked #1 in the final regular season I-AA poll.
As of 2012 the Bulldogs are coached by Kevin Higgins who is in his seventh season. Higgins was previously Head Coach at Lehigh University and was an Assistant Coach with the Detroit Lions. The Citadel is in its third year of the triple option offense, having abandoned the spread prior to the 2010 season.
Since 2005, three Bulldog players have been drafted by NFL teams. Several alumni have played in the pro ranks including former ESPN analyst Paul Maguire, a tight end and punter with the LA/San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills; running back Stump Mitchell with the St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals, kicker Greg Davis who played for several teams including Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Arizona; running back Travis Jervey who played in 2 Super Bowls with Green Bay and fullback Nehemiah Broughton who played for Washington, the New York Giants and Arizona. Wide receiver Andre Roberts of the Cardinals and cornerback Cortez Allen of Pittsburgh are currently active.
The Rifle team is coached by William Smith, who will coach his 13th season in 2012–13. Under Smith's leadership, the team returned to varsity status in 2001 after 9 years at the club level. The Bulldogs have claimed SEARC championships in 2001-02 and 2010–11 and National Championships in 1939, 1953, 1963, and 1965. The team also claimed eight Southern Conference titles between 1960 and 1974. The pre-NCAA sponsoring body, the National Rifle Association, credits The Citadel with one Intercollege Rifle Team Trophy, in 1963 The team competes at the Inouye Marksmanship Center, a highly advanced $3.2 million facility that is also utilized by The Citadel's club pistol team, ROTC, local law enforcement and the South Carolina National Guard
The Citadel Bulldogs wrestling team has claimed Southern Conference championships in 1967 and 2004, and have placed many wrestlers in the NCAA tournament including 3 from the 2012 squad. They are currently coached by Rob Hjerling.
- Ice Hockey
- Multisport (e.g., triathlon, road racing, cycling, swimming)
- Men's Rugby
- Women's Rugby
- Men's Soccer
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