Paw-fect Snack: Puppy Chow!

No, I’m not talking about the Puppy Chow for Boo and General…


I’m talking about a tasty, sweet snack that is also very easy to make!  Who doesn’t like the combination of peanut butter and chocolate with the crunch of some crispy cereal?  This is a great snack for movie nights, tailgates (wait until a night or a cooler game) or a treat for the kids after school.  The best part – it takes only 20 minutes to make!

Now remember, although it may look like the real puppy chow,  we wouldn’t want Boo, General or your dog at home to get ahold of the snack with the chocolate in it!  This is a special treat you get to enjoy without having to sit, roll over or give a paw!



1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup butter

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

9 cups Crispix cereal (any flavor)

3 cups powdered sugar

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A few simple ingredients to make a GREAT snack!

A few simple ingredients to make a GREAT snack!

1. Combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.

2. Microwave for one minute then stir to blend all ingredients thoroughly. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir well.

3. Place the 9 cups of Crispix cereal in a very large bowl.

4. Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the cereal and toss evenly, making sure all the cereal gets a good covering.

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5. Place the powdered sugar in a large zip-lock type plastic bag.

6. Add the peanut butter-chocolate cereal mixture to the bag, leaving enough room for the puppy chow to be shaken (you may have to divide the mixture into smaller batches, coating one batch at a time).

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7. Give the bag a nice shake, making sure all the pieces are coated.

All you need is a bowl and a sweet tooth! Enjoy!

The finished product. Relax, Eat and SCARF IT DOWN!

The finished product. Relax, Eat and SCARF IT DOWN!

– Melissa Egan –

Multimedia Specialist


Tuesdays with Tony: Col. Lackey Talks About One of His Most Memorable Citadel Football Games

In a photo taken in 1960, former Bulldogs quarterback Jerry Nettles is joined on The Citadel campus by teammates (from left) Tommy Edwards, Earley Eastburn, George Garrison and Belton Dykes.

In a photo taken in 1960, former Bulldogs quarterback Jerry Nettles is joined on The Citadel campus by teammates (from left) Tommy Edwards, Earley Eastburn, George Garrison and Belton Dykes.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Col. Tony Lackey ’61 has been around Citadel Athletics since the mid-1950s and will provide a weekly blog on some of the sports highlights that he recalls.

By Col. Tony Lackey ‘61

As told to Andy Solomon

One of my favorite football games of all-time was the 1959 Citadel-Presbyterian contest on November 7 at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  I remember it vividly because PC, although a NAIA school at the time, was a terrific team that may have been undefeated as they came to Charleston.  It rained like crazy the entire game and only members of the Corps and assorted loyal fans remained in the stands late in the fourth quarter.

We were pretty good that year, as we finished 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the Southern Conference.  Eddie Teague was the coach and our captains were Jim Gulliford and Tom Hemingway.  When PC came for this game, we were 7-1 overall with our only loss coming at Florida State (47-6).

PC had a very good quarterback by the name of Bob Waters, who later was a member of the San Francisco 49ers and who later became the legendary coach at Western Carolina.  We all know that Coach Waters, who eventually was one of the first to utilize the shotgun formation, was later struck with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and became one of the most inspirational men in our region.

But back to the 1959 game.  I remember late in the game it was scoreless and our quarterback was Hall of Famer Jerry Nettles.  For reasons we didn’t know at the time, Coach Teague inserted Paul Maguire, another Hall of Famer, into the backfield.  This was strange because Maguire was an outstanding end and a terrific punter.  He was never in the backfield.  But on this particular play, Nettles pitched the ball to Maguire who punted, and it wasn’t fourth down.  Maguire’s punt, almost by design, landed in a puddle near the PC goal line.

On their first play from scrimmage, our defense forced a PC fumble that we recovered and on the next play, we scored a touchdown (and a two-point conversion) for the 8-0 victory, the closest we came to losing at home the entire season.

Maguire was chosen as Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1956 and Player of the Year in 1959. As a punter, he still holds the school record with an 83-yard punt against West Virginia in 1959

Maguire was chosen as Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1956 and Player of the Year in 1959. As a punter, he still holds the school record with an 83-yard punt against West Virginia in 1959

As the campaign went on for two more weeks, we lost decisively (32-8) at VMI when their terrific end, Dick Evans, had an outstanding game but we rebounded the following week and beat West Virginia (20-14) on the road in the game in which Maguire had an 83-yard punt with about a minute left to seal the victory.

Citadel Basketball Adapts to New Technology to Aid in International Recruiting

Coach Burke is entering his fourth season as assistant coach of The Citadel basketball team and his tech savvy ways have helped bring in players from around the world.

Coach Burke is entering his fourth season as assistant coach of The Citadel basketball team and his tech savvy ways have helped bring in players from around the world.

In the ever-changing world of college recruiting it is important to stay on the cutting edge of technology that can put you on par with your competition for the top notch recruits.

Citadel assistant basketball coach Rob Burke knows this all too well as he remains on the cusp of the fast-paced recruiting wars with a constant presence on Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Instagram and Vine.

Two years prior to joining The Citadel, Burke recruited the first Greek player to Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC)—James Sakarakis—and used Skype to complete a large part of the process.

“I had no way to contact international players because I couldn’t afford that in my budget at SMC,” explained Burke. “I was friends with a guy at Nike, Gannon Baker, who told me that a good way to make contact was Skype. That allowed me to eventually make my first Skype contact—Stephan Nastic.”

The process recently assisted the technologically savvy Burke in his recruitment of Citadel commitment Tom Koopman. The fourth year assistant has an app on his iPhone that allows him to take Skype calls in his car while he is on the road recruiting basketball players.

“It gives the recruits a chance to read our body language and put a voice with a name, which is critical in this business,” Burke added. “They can get comfortable in talking to us, see reactions that we make to questions they have, rather than just reading into the words that we are saying.”

In the case of Koopman specifically, Burke even had the opportunity to briefly speak to the recruits’ parents to answer any questions that they too may have about The Citadel.

While Burke has a constant presence on social media, Citadel basketball head coach Chuck Driesell has faced a few glitches when utilizing the technologies of Skype. An “old dog” in the recruiting game, Driesell had to turn to the likes of his 16-year-old son Luke for questions that he had in connecting to Koopman.

“This is really a revolutionary process,” said Driesell. “It is both quick and efficient and allowing us to build a relationship is what recruiting is all about.”

As for his initial struggles, Driesell explains it simply by saying “it is more a fear of the unknown, but once Luke walked me through this I became much more familiar. I can definitely see a point that this will not only be beneficial in recruiting international players, but in the United States as well.”Skype Logo

It is almost a certainty that former Citadel coaches J.G. Briggs, C.F. Myers and Hans Kangeter, to name a few, among those that served between 1900 and 1925 would have never imagined that players would come to the Military College of South Carolina because of a conversation on Skype.

-Jon Cole-

Associate Director of Media Relations

Bulldog Football Comes to Life Thanks to Efforts of CFA

Stump Mitchell is one of many former Citadel stars who you can see in action on DVDs available through The Citadel Football Association

Stump Mitchell is one of many former Citadel stars who you can see in action on DVDs available through The Citadel Football Association

Last season The Citadel coaching staff installed the shotgun to help bolster the Bulldog passing attack. But did you know that the team was using a variation of the scheme as far back as 1950 against the University of Florida?

That hidden treasure along with many of the great players and moments in the school’s football history are coming back to life thanks to an ambitious undertaking headed by John Carlisle, the president of The Citadel Football Association.

In conjunction with longtime football coach and athletic director John Daye (horror, an Appalachian State graduate!), Carlisle inherited a project started by former CFA president Charlie Baker to digitize and make available to Citadel fans as many football game films that he could find. That collection currently stands at almost 400 and growing.

With the help of associate media relations director Jon Cole, Carlisle was able to secure close to 50 game films in a variety of formats. The football office, telephone calls to former players and coaches and contacts within the athletic community also enabled Carlisle to add to his burgeoning collection.

“The first complete game we were able to locate was against Florida in 1953. (Former football player) Beaufort Blanton had a copy of the game laying on his desk in Summerville,” said Carlisle. “We sent it to a company in Colorado to be chemically washed since the film was stuck together.”

Since then, the CFA has purchased over $10,000 worth of equipment to enable them to digitize just about any tape format and provide a cleaner, easier to watch film.

The continuing effort to obtain as many games as possible has involved a give-and-take policy, with networking a key component.

“When (defensive coordinator) Denny Doornbos came to The Citadel, he still had a lot of contacts from his coaching days at Army,” added Carlisle. “Because of that we were able to obtain a Citadel-Army game in exchange for an Army-Notre Dame game from 1941 that Daye had in his collection.

“Richard Johnson (a former basketball player at The Citadel) is the athletic director at Wofford and has given us a big assist in getting us many of the films from that rivalry. Furman has been another school that we have worked closely with and (former Bulldog player and coach) Cal McCombs has helped us with schools in North Carolina and Virginia.”

Despite the relatively late start in pursuing game films, the collection amassed by Carlisle and the CFA ranks among the most extensive in the nation. In fact, Daye believes that The Citadel may have the largest digitized collection of any college in the country.

And it’s not just games that Carlisle and Daye can produce. Recently, a colleague of Nick Buoniconti at the Miami Spine Institute requested footage of Nick’s son, Marc, for a project they were developing. Daye took his existing footage from Marc’s career at The Citadel to produce a highlight package that was a big hit.

A list of all available games and special DVDs as well as an order form can be found on the CFA website at While the cost of a DVD is $25, Carlisle is bundling a package where 10 can be purchased for $150.

Four Citadel games from the 1961 Southern Conference Championship season are available on DVD at

Four Citadel games from the 1961 Southern Conference Championship season are available on DVD at

Carlisle also invites anyone who has game film or tapes to help him in what he calls on the CFA website his “Labor of Love” and extends his thanks to the many individuals who have already contributed to making the history of Citadel football come alive.

-Mike Hoffman-
Media Relations Director

Frank Beamer Talks about His Influential Coaching Stint at The Citadel

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Part three of the new blog series – A Tree Grows in Charleston: The Bloodline of Citadel Football

The name Frank Beamer has been etched on the door of Virginia Tech’s head football coach’s office for 26 years and rightfully so as the legend has accumulated a 216-102-2 record, including an appearance in the 1999 BCS National Championship game, during his tenure in Blacksburg, Va.

But as the saying goes, “Every artist was once an amateur”, and before painting his masterpiece of a career at Virginia Tech, Beamer learned the art of coaching at The Citadel under Bobby Ross and Art Baker.

Along with friend Ralph Friedgen, who headed Maryland’s football team for 10 seasons, Beamer was hired by Ross when he got the head job in 1973. He was initially assigned as the defensive line coach for the Bulldogs before being promoted to defensive coordinator under Baker for two seasons from 1977-78.

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But Beamer remembers the challenges that he and Friedgen faced when first arriving at the military college.

“It was right after the Vietnam War so it was a very difficult time, but it helped me learn quickly how to be exact when working with the kids,” said Beamer. “We didn’t always have the best athletes in college football, but we always had the most coachable, smart kids which laid a great foundation for me to start my career.”

Beamer attributes a great bit of his success to what he learned during his time as a Bulldog mentor.

“I quickly learned that you have to be thorough in explaining what you are trying to coach, no matter what level they are at,” added Beamer. “You can’t always assume that they know something. You have to explain it in detail and make sure they understand.”

During his six seasons on the sidelines, Beamer coached a defense that churned out seven shutouts, including a 41-0 beat down over then Southern Conference foe Marshall on Oct. 5, 1978.

Later that month, the Bulldogs topped a very strong Delaware team at Johnson Hagood Stadium in a 21-14 battle when The Citadel earned 14 points collectively from the defense and special teams.

Hmmm … Maybe the coach’s style of play, which is commonly referred to as “Beamerball”, started right here in Charleston?

During his tenure at Virginia Tech the phrase “Beamerball” has been closely associated with Beamer’s ability to rack up points in all facets of the game.

A player at every position on the defensive unit has scored at least one touchdown and 35 different players have scored touchdowns on special teams for the Hokies since Beamer’s first season in 1987.

In 1977, his first season as defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, Beamer, who played cornerback at Virginia Tech from 1966-69, coached three of the conference’s top four leaders in interceptions (Kevin White – 7, Paul Gillis – 5, Felix Hooks – 3).

In his final season at The Citadel, Beamer led a defensive unit that had four players with over  140 tackles to go along with the unit’s 12 interceptions and two all-conference players.

“I learned a lot about recruiting and how it is all about finding the right guy,” said Beamer. “The Citadel wasn’t for everyone, but you know you are going to get smart kids who are disciplined and will receive a great education.”

Beamer left The Citadel to take the head job at Murray State in 1978 where he led the Racers to five winning seasons during his six-year tenure, including a share of the 1986 Ohio Valley Conference title, before taking over at his alma mater in 1987, where he has been ever since.

But Beamer doesn’t forget about how one of the most successful coaching careers in college football history started as he incorporates The Citadel’s famous structure and integrity into conversation each season with his teams.

“To this day, I still talk to all of my teams about my time at The Citadel because of the amount of discipline that those guys had,” finished Beamer.

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Stay tuned for the next article, which will feature longtime Maryland Head Coach Ralph Friedgen, who coached both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs from 1973-79.

If there is a coach you feel should be highlighted, or if you have any information on a former coach who you think would be a good fit for this series of posts, please reach out to me via email at with some information and I would be happy to help the tree grow!

-Brian Gargone-
Assistant Director of Media Relations

Citadel Soccer Gears Up For Kid’s Camps

Soccer Camp

The 2013 Citadel Soccer Camp began last week and we had a great turnout of boys and girls ages 4 to 12. Bob Winch, who in his seventh year as the Citadel women’s head soccer coach, features a camp built around technique, skill, effort and fun.

The camp, which is held on the parade deck on The Citadel campus, is broken down into two parts of full day and half day campers. Both groups are together until noon Monday through Thursday and work on various skills such as passing, shooting, dribbling, fast footwork and heading. Each day the coaches focus on a specific area to teach the campers. I was fortunate enough to help out during the camp as a coach for the 7-8 age groups. It was a very enjoyable experience working with Coach Winch during the week and helping teach these young people soccer skills that they can use to help them enhance their overall performance.

After noon, the full day campers enjoy lunch, an opportunity to swim in The Citadel pool and learn advanced soccer skills. During past week, which featured over 100 campers, they were able to learn a lot about the game of soccer and skills that they can practice each day on their own or with a teammate.

“With an excellent coaching staff the participants put forth a great effort and had a lot of fun in the process,” said Coach Winch.

The Citadel Soccer Camp will continue throughout the summer with two more sessions (June 17-20 and June 24-27) on the beautiful campus of The Citadel. To learn more about The Citadel Soccer Camp and to apply visit


Currently, The Citadel women’s soccer players are gearing up for the upcoming season that begins with an exhibition matchup at the University of Georgia on August 16. To get the complete schedule visit

The Citadel Athletics Launches “Snap Shot Spike” Contest

Cut out Snap Shot Spike and bring him along on your family vacations. Send in pictures with him for a chance to win prizes!

Cut out Snap Shot Spike and bring him along on your family vacations. Send in pictures with him for a chance to win prizes!

To quote one of my favorite Alice Cooper songs “School’s Out For Summer”, that means it’s time for family vacations and trips to the beach. This summer, The Citadel Athletic Department has put together a fun promotion for you and your family to enjoy together… Snap Shot Spike!

June 17, 2013 thru August 9, 2013 fans can visit the Fanzone page of our website and click on the Snap Shot Spike link:

  • Print off our the Snap Shot Spike picture
  • Cut him out
  • Bring him with you on your family trips this summer
  • Take a picture of Snap Shot Spike on your trip
  • Submit the picture via Facebook with a caption that includes:

1.      Date

2.      Location

3.      Hometown

4.      Brief summary of your vacation, preferably written by your child/grandchild/niece/nephew.

Prizes* will be awarded weekly to:

  • Farthest distance traveled
  • Most interesting location
  • Most creative snap shot
  • The Grand Prize Winner (two (2) Panama Jack Beach Cruiser Bikes) will be selected at random

*The prizes are courtesy of Panama Jack and Coke Zero. The Grand Prize winner will receive a male and female Panama Jack beach cruiser bike. The last day to submit your Snap Shot with Spike is August 9th and the winner will be named Monday August 12th. All weekly winners can pick up their prizes from the Marketing Office located on the second floor of McAlister Field House. The Grand prize winner may pick up their prize on Saturday August 17th during Meet the Bulldogs, if they are unable to pick up their prize with 14 days of meet the bulldogs, a second winner will be named.

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