Moore, Mace Form Bond that Extends Beyond Walls of The Citadel

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On Saturday, Aug. 3, when 1999 Citadel graduate Nancy Mace made the announcement that she would challenge current South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham for his seat, one member of The Citadel’s volleyball team had a vested interest in Mace’s decision.

Mallory Moore, a junior right side hitter for the Bulldogs since 2011, first met Mace when the Senate hopeful came to speak at a Citadel Women Against Sexual Assault (WASA) meeting earlier this year. This meeting with the second female graduate in Citadel history allowed Moore to eventually earn an internship with Mace’s public relations firm and eventually work directly with her scheduling stops throughout the Palmetto State.

“I reached out to her following the March meeting and asked her about an internship at her business, The Mace Group,” said Moore. “She really showed me how The Citadel opens up a lot of doors for people, and there are so many connections out there that I learned about first hand.”

A business major with an accounting concentration, Moore has a strong passion for politics. As Moore put it, she would like to work with financing campaigns because “the public relations side of politics is really fun to me.”

After being at Mace’s major announcement, where she was responsible for taking pictures, tweeting updates and answering questions, Moore wants to continue working with the campaign which could run all the way through the 2014 general election.

“She reached out to me in April and that was when I started going with her to speaking engagements and following her all over the state,” added Moore. “She introduced me to so many interesting people who are in different cities across the state (Aiken, Columbia, Hilton Head and throughout the Upstate as well as Charleston).”

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Moore, who was glowing about her Citadel counterpart, is pleased with the national exposure that she helped Mace receive on FOX News and Glenn Beck following her announcement in her hometown of Goose Creek.

“I also had another internship this summer with Santee Cooper and got The Citadel business internship because its owner, Lonnie Carter, is a Citadel graduate. These two opportunities allowed me to get some great experience.”

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The Southern Conference Has Been Preparing Student-Athletes for Life’s Challenges Since 1921

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All Citadel fans are familiar with the Southern Conference.  Most know that the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and the SEC (Southeastern Conference) got their start from the Southern Conference.

With a multitude of colleges around America changing conference affiliations for whatever reasons, The Citadel has elected to “stay put” and remain part of the SoCon, where we have been loyal members since 1936.

Personally, I agree with our decision to remain.

While we bid farewell to Appalachian State and Georgia Southern after the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament in May (yep, it returns to Riley Park this year), we will soon welcome VMI and East Tennessee State back to the league.  We will also bring in Mercer University, from Macon, Ga.

Personally, I agree with those decisions and invitations.

The PR machine at the SoCon Office in Spartanburg recently shared their “branding points” with the membership.  Here’s what they report:

The Southern Conference's school locale map for the 2013-14 season. The map will change quite a bit next season with the addition of VMI, East Tennessee State and Mercer and the departures of Georgia Southern, Elon and Appalachian State. The College of Charleston officially left the SoCon on July 1 to compete in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Southern Conference’s school locale map for the 2013-14 season. The map will change quite a bit next season with the addition of VMI, East Tennessee State and Mercer and the departures of Georgia Southern, Elon and Appalachian State. The College of Charleston officially left the SoCon on July 1 to compete in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Academics-Oriented

  • The SoCon has consistently ranked in the NCAA’s top 10 in the APR, the NCAA’s best indicator of graduation rates.
  • Nearly 50 percent of all SoCon student-athletes earn all-academic honors (3.0 GPA or better).

Community-Based

  • Our student-athletes have a presence in the community and participate in many local charities, youth and educational initiatives.
  • SAAC members have conducted a Keeping Tabs on Kids initiative the past eight years to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

Competitive Athletics

  • SoCon teams are highly competitive regionally and nationally.
  • In the past five years football, baseball, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf have all sent multiple teams to NCAA postseason tournaments.
  • SoCon teams have won more FCS football titles (8) than any other conference.

Diversity

  • This is a conference that takes great pride in the diversity of our institutions.
  • Beginning in 2014, the SoCon will consist of 10 members in six states, including four private institutions and six state institutions, two of which are military colleges.

Geographic Integrity

  • SoCon believes in the value of a geographic footprint that minimizes missed class time and maximizes fan travel to away contests.
  • Beginning in 2014, the league will extend across six contiguous states but still have a footprint that permits bus trips from one end of the conference to the other.

History & Tradition

  • The SoCon is the fifth-oldest Division I conference in America.
  • Great coaches and athletes from different eras have competed in the Southern Conference from Bear Bryant to Lou Holtz, from Sam Huff to Terrell Owens, from Jerry West to Stephen Curry.

Sportsmanship

  • For more than 30 years, the SoCon has presented an annual award to the program that displays the finest level of sportsmanship in the Conference as voted upon by its peers.
  • The SoCon has one of the strictest policies regarding game ejections in all of college athletics. This is by design and emphasizes the priority of good sportsmanship articulated by presidents, chancellors and administrators.

Student-Athlete Experience

  • SoCon championships are conducted in a way to provide a memorable and positive experience for all participants.
  • Decisions made by administrators and coaches in scheduling and tournament bracket formats consistently factor in the effect on the individual student-athlete.

Personally, I believe that The Citadel is fortunate to be in the Southern Conference, and from my seat, the Southern Conference is fortunate to have The Citadel.

– Andy Solomon –

Associate Athletics Director

Be Careful to Mind your P’s and Q’s while in Canada

Citadel Meets Canada

When The Citadel basketball team takes to the basketball court in Canada on Monday in Windsor, Ontario, they will notice variations to the game that they have played for a large part of their life.

One of the differences between Canadian rules, which is governed by the Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball (FIBA), and that of the United States is when it comes to goaltending—as it is allowed in Canada. Goaltending comes into play when the ball no longer has a chance of going in (an air ball) or when it touches the rim. Once the ball touches the rim it is legal to tap or bat it off of the rim.

Another variance that will play a small role in the style of play for Chuck Driesell’s squad is the 24-second shot clock rule. This can both help and hurt the Cadets as they will be forced to get the offensive sets quicker, which also may result in more violations, but on the defensive end they can pressure the ball for less time and thus create more turnovers of their own.

Finally, the 3-point line will be a further shot for sharpshooters Matt Van Scyoc, Ashton Moore and Marshall Harris III, than that of McAlister Field House. According to FIBA rules the line is 22 feet, 1 inch, while the NCAA is 20 feet, 9 inch.

Here are some other interesting rules, outside the gymnasium that Citadel players and fans might find interesting for the trip to Canada, whose government was founded on July 1, 1867.

Strange Canadian Laws

 1. It’s Illegal To Whistle in Petrolia, Ont.*

(A Petrolia city rep says this unusual law simply aims to limit excessive noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., but according to Article 3, 772.3.6 on the town’s website, “Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing is prohibited at all times.” Keep your enthusiasm to yourself, folks.)

2. It’s Illegal To Attach a Siren To Your Bike in Sudbury, Ont.*

(Since 1973, the only noise-makers Sudbury cyclists can attach to their bikes are bells and horns. Breaking noise bylaws in Sudbury can lead to fines up to $5,000.)

3. Don’t Pay With Too Much Change!*

(While it won’t make you a law breaker, according to Canada’s Currency Act of 1985 there are limits to the number of coins you can use in a transaction. If it’s nickels, vendors can say no to any purchase over $5, while the loonie limit is $25.)

4. Taxi Drivers Can’t Wear a T-Shirt in Halifax, N.S.*

(According to Halifax’s Regional Municipality Bylaws for Taxis and Limousines, number 42 a) stipulates drivers must wear shoes and socks, keep their attire in neat and tidy condition at all times, and absolutely cannot wear a t-shirt. Looks like summer is a whole lot hotter for cabbies in Halifax.)

5. It Was Illegal for Non-dark Soft Drinks to Contain Caffeine*

(Sprite, Mountain Dew and other non-dark soft drinks couldn’t contain caffeine, but that all changed in March 2010 with the advent of “energy drinks” like Redbull.)

6. Get Your Margarine Out of Here!*

(Few may remember this, but thanks to lobbying by dairy farmers it was illegal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario until 1995. In fact, margarine was altogether banned in Canada from 1886 to 1948 (there was a brief reprieve during WW1).

7. Keep Out of the Water in Toronto Harbor*

(According to the Toronto Port Authority, you can’t swim anywhere in the harbor that hasn’t been designated a swimming area by the City of Toronto.)

8. Keep Your Kids at Home in St. Paul, Alta.*

(St. Paul residents don’t have to worry about their kids sneaking out late at night. It’s against the law for anyone 15 or younger to loiter in a public place without supervision of a parent or guardian between 12:01 a.m. and 6 a.m.)

9. Citizens may not publicly remove bandages.

10. It is illegal to show public affection on Sunday.

11. Wooden logs may not be painted.

*According to http://www.readersdigest.ca

Novak Goes from Prankster to Boss in Coaching Odyssey

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On June 4, 2013, the Associated Press ran in its list of transactions that Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., hired Doug Novak as its men’s basketball coach.

For most of those who glanced at the sports page that day, that transaction was in the mix after the Arizona Diamondbacks recalled left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs from Reno of the Pacific Coast League. But for The Citadel it was another bloom on its basketball coaching tree as Novak, an assistant with the Bulldogs from 2006-10 under then-head coach Ed Conroy, assumed the reigns of Royals’ hoops program.

During his tenure as Citadel assistant coach, Novak was an integral member of Conroy’s staff that captured 49 wins. That included the second 20-win season in program history (2008-09) and being instrumental in the recruiting process of eventual all-time leading scorer Cameron Wells. However, the mass exodus by the staff to Tulane brought to a close the 10th-best four-year stretch by any coaching staff that spent at least four years together in Bulldog history.

“I came to The Citadel to work with my good friend Ed Conroy and to see first-hand how the leadership development really worked,” said Novak. “I was fortunate to have coached there for four years so I was able to gain perspective on the process.   One of the great things The Citadel teaches is time management. If you tried to be perfect at everything, you were going to struggle. As our players matured, they began to figure out ways to work within the system, to be good enough in some of the details while excelling in other areas of their lives. The discipline The Citadel offered actually gave them more freedom and time than a regular college student.”

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Novak’s success at The Citadel didn’t exactly translate to the most Taj Mahal of starts off the court. For the first month he and Conroy slept on the third floor of McAlister Field House amongst a collection of scurrying friends.

These “friends” proved to be significantly-sized rats that even invaded Citadel Brigadier Foundation Membership Coordinator Gina Inabnett’s box of candy. Inabnett promptly accused co-worker Caleb Davis of taking the candy and placing the wrappers back in the box before reaching the bottom of the box to find rat droppings inside.

“We would walk down the stairs late at night and see the rats running across the gym floor,” added Novak. “I bought a couple of fake rats and put them in Ed’s desk, shoes, etc. to keep him alert.  He had a bathroom by his office.  One night, I placed a fake rat just to the right of the toilet.  The only way you could see it is if you sat down.  Late that night, Ed went to use the restroom and we heard him scream at the top of his lungs.  Andy Fox and I had a good laugh at his expense.”

This led to several witty pranks between the devious minds of Conroy, Novak and former Athletic Director Les Robinson which included fake rats being found in desk drawers, placed inside sneaker boxes as pretend sneakers, elevators and even the bottom of a trash can by members of The Citadel housekeeping staff.

The infamous rat!

The infamous rat!

“You would never know where you were going to find these toy rats,” said one Citadel staff member who still fears opening a box with a Novak-placed rat.

While the pranks ensued for a number of years, one thing remained—Novak forged a solid career that witnessed success on the court. He also grew with the experience and will certainly develop Bethel’s basketball program in a similar mold.

“Recruiting and style of play go hand-in-hand,” Novak added.  “When we were at The Citadel, we were never married to a certain system of play.  We knew, because of the nature of the school, that we needed to be extremely flexible in how we played.  Our philosophy remained constant, but how we utilized personnel changed every year based on player development and recruiting. The culture of getting better was far more important than any offense or defense.

“We wanted to give them space to grow into their games as they improved, but we also wanted to protect them as they were in the process of getting better. The bottom line then and now is to recruit the best players possible regardless of position and figure out a way to best utilize their talents and hide weakness until they are developed.”

Below is a list of the most wins in Citadel history by a head coach in a four-year time span:

Wins Head Coach Four-Year Span
58 Les Robinson 1981-85
57 Norm Sloan 1956-60
57 Les Robinson 1978-82
52 Pat Dennis 1998-02
51 Les Robinson 1977-81
51 Pat Dennis 1999-03
50 Les Robinson 1976-80
50 Randy Nesbit 1987-90
50 Pat Dennis 1997-01
49 Les Robinson 1981-84
49 Randy Nesbit 1989-92
49 Pat Dennis 1994-98
49 Ed Conroy 2006-10

 Jon Cole

– Assoc. Director of Media Relations –

Citadel Pitching Coach Britt Reames Enjoys Recent Induction into Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame

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What a thrill it must have been for current Citadel pitching coach Britt Reames last Friday night.

The Hanahan native and past standout as a cadet was be joined by Summerville’s Steven Jackson (Clemson) and Bishop England’s Drew Meyer (USC) as the newest members of the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame, as voted on by the area’s baseball fans.

Reames starred on the mound for the Bulldogs from 1993-95 and later pitched for four teams in the major leagues. At The Citadel, he had a three-year record of 18-7 and an ERA of 2.03 and ranked second in school history at the conclusion of his career with 296 strikeouts. He struck out 10 or more batters in a game 12 times including 18 against Marshall in a 1995 Southern Conference Tournament game.

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The hard-throwing righty went 10-3 with a 1.93 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 1995 and was named first team All-SoCon after earning a spot on the second team the previous season. That year he helped lead the Bulldogs to their second straight conference tournament championship and in June was selected in the 17th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Reames made his major league debut in 2000, going 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 40 2/3 innings. He also became the first Citadel player to appear in the MLB postseason and was the winning pitcher in the final game of the Cardinals’ three-game sweep of Atlanta in the National League Division Series.

Reames

Reames also pitched for the Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics and wrapped up his six-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006, striking out 204 batters in his big league career. He went into coaching and spent three seasons at Furman as the Paladins’ pitching coach before returning to The Citadel in July 2011. He was inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Others from The Citadel in the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame include Gettys Glaze ’92 and Tom Hatley ‘81 (inducted in 2012), Lee Glaze ’86 and Coach Fred Jordan ’79 (2010), Donald Morillo ’95 and Doug Pounder ‘71 (2009), Richard Wieters ’77 (2008), The 1990 Citadel World Series team and Anthony Jenkins ‘90 (2007) and Coach Chal Port (2006).

The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is coordinated and operated by the Charleston RiverDogs.  An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable and local volunteers was created to come up with the names as potential nominees and voting was done by fans in the local baseball community.

Charleston Baseball HOF

The Hall of Fame is located inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

By Andy Solomon

Associate Athletics Director

Tuesdays with Tony: Col Lackey Explains How Great Leadership Took the 1961 Team to New Levels

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

By Col. Tony Lackey ‘61

As told to Andy Solomon

The 1961 football team, as most Citadel fans know, was the first to win a Southern Conference championship.  While I graduated the previous June, I was at lieutenant in the Army that fall and stationed in Washington, D.C.

I firmly believe that the ’61 team, despite the championship trophy in their possession, was not the best Citadel team I had seen.  They were a great team – perhaps not as talented as the previous two – but they had terrific cadet leadership.

Again, not to put down any other previous crew, but this ’61 group was an ideal team because of the great leadership.

Quarterback Billy Whaley, who also played third base on the baseball team, was the 1st Sergeant in R Company, which was the Honor Company for three years running.  Backup quarterback Sid Mitchell was L Company Commander.

Our running backs were also leaders: Early Eastburn was the 3rd Battalion Commander and Tommy Edwards was the 2nd Battalion Commander while Belton Dykes was a Platoon Leader in N Company.

Others also held rank, including Charlie Brendle, Ed Harrington and Aubrey Reeves, to mention a few.  There were a lot of cadet leaders on the team, and it showed.  They were all well-known and well-liked.

I doubt that any another Citadel team has ever had the likes of that heavy and solid senior leadership.

It was, to a degree, a perfect storm of unique talent, experience and leadership, which are key ingredients for a championship team.

Further, they all had terrific careers afterwards, all becoming successful in all aspects, just like The Citadel wanted them to be and still does today.

Fashioning a 7-3 overall record (5-1 in the Southern Conference), the Bulldogs lost tough road games at Memphis State (40-0 in the opener) and at Florida State (44-8).  But it was the Oct. 21 victory (9-8) over Furman at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Parents Day (and eventually the Nov. 4 win at VMI [14-8]) that sealed our first league title.

That was also the year that Furman moved to their current site in Greenville.

The Furman game, being a natural in-state rival, was naturally going to be an intense contest and if we lost, we would no longer be in the running for the championship.

That year was also the first year, as I recall, that I-26 opened, making the trip to Greenville a lot easier (but not as easy as it is today).

The Wednesday prior to the Saturday game, much of the Corps of Cadets – probably a thousand, at least – ventured on the new Interstate to raid the new Furman campus by painting things, as kids back then did.  A S.C Highway Patrolman saw the hordes of Cadets heading up I-26 – evidently knowing the game was that weekend – and gave Furman a “heads up” they were en route.

Needless to say, Furman was prepared and fireworks (not the pyrotechnic type) ensued.

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However, not all of the Cadets returned to campus (as some were – shall we say – detained.  Those that did return, came back with their heads shaved and walked their numerous tours on Summerall Field.

As I mentioned, I was stationed in Washington at the time.  I was with a buddy, Mac Burton, a Marine whom I knew from R Company.  We read about the ordeal in The Washington Post, got on a DC-3 plane, and flew to Charleston on a stormy night, as I recall.

The Citadel won the game, 9-8, on a late field goal by Hall of Famer, Bill “The Toe” Gilgo.

Two weeks later, we defeated VMI for the championship.

I’ll always remember that game because of the great leadership on the team, that it was a terrific game and that not all of our Cadets were able to return from Greenville.

In hindsight, I think that the 1961 game was so big that it took the Furman-Citadel rivalry to an entirely new level.

Know the Rule Changes for This Football Season and Impress Your Friends!

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By: Andy Solomon

I admit openly that I like and respect football referees.  I also like and respect basketball officials, baseball umpires and the rest that wear vertical black-and-white striped shirts.

I’ve been around the college game so long that I’m friends with many of them (probably more that have retired) and while fans enjoy taking jabs at those in stripes or even yell at them, I’m always reminded that referees are humans who really and truly don’t care who wins.

I’m impressed that they love the game so much that they memorize rules and, perhaps more importantly, stay in shape in order to get in position to make the calls.  They also take a ton of abuse from coaches and fans.

In an attempt to protect some of my pals and to help educate our football fans, here are the eight major rule changes for the 2013 football season.

If you digest these, think of how smart you’ll be when you explain these to your neighbor whose neck veins have bulged for yelling at the men in striped shirts:

1. Targeting Fouls: Automatic Ejection, Part I:
Players will automatically be disqualified from the game for targeting fouls, including (Rule 9-1-3) targeting and initiating contact with the crown of the helmet, and (Rule 9-1-4) targeting and initiating contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.  The foul itself has not changed.  These plays have been illegal for a number of years, but the penalty has been stiffened to include automatic ejection plus the 15-yard penalty.

2. Targeting Fouls: Automatic Ejection, Part II:
A player is at great risk of being ejected from the game for a launch (leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make contact in the head or neck area); a crouch (followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with contact at the head or neck area); leading (with helmet, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with contact at the head or neck area); or lowering (the head before attacking by initiating contact with the crown of the helmet).

3. Offensive Blocking Below the Waist Rule:
The rule establishes a zone for the offense that extends seven yards from the snapper toward each sideline and goes five yards into the defensive secondary and in the other direction all the way back to the offensive team’s end line. Within this zone, an offensive back that is stationary inside the tackle box and an offensive lineman inside the seven-yard zone may legally block below the waist until the ball has left the zone.  Everyone else on the offensive team may legally block below the waist only if the block is clearly to the front of the opponent. This only-from-the-front rule also holds true for everyone on the offensive team once the ball has left the zone. In addition, no one on the offense is allowed to block below the waist if the block is directed toward his own end line.

4. Expansion of the 10-Second Runoff Rule:
In 2013, if a player is injured within the last minute of a half, and this is the only reason for stopping the clock, the opponent may choose to have 10 seconds subtracted from the game clock.  The injured player’s team can preserve the 10 seconds by using a timeout.

5. Player May Remain in the Game Via a Timeout After Helmet Comes Off:
The rule requiring a player to leave the game for one down if his helmet comes off has been modified to allow a player to remain in the game if his team is granted a charged timeout to adjust the player’s helmet.

6. Minimum Time to Spike the Ball for Another Play Set at 3 Seconds:
Teams will need a minimum of three seconds from the referee’s signal to “spike” the ball to allow for another play at the end of a half. Teams must still execute the spike, but they will have a reasonable opportunity for another play.  If the clock shows one or two seconds, they will only have enough time to run a play without first spiking the ball.

7. Procedures for Changing Jersey Numbers during a Game:
If a team wants to use a player at two different positions during the game, and they need to change jersey numbers, the player must report to the referee who will in turn announce the change. In addition, two players who play the same position at different times in the game may not wear the same number during the game. For example, two quarterbacks may not both wear number 12.

8.  Player Uniform Numerals Must Contrast With the Color of the Jersey:
The color of the jersey number itself must be clearly and obviously in contrast with the jersey, regardless of any border around the number. For example, teams will not be allowed to wear black numbers on black jerseys with a border of a bright color around the numeral; it must clearly contrast with the jersey in and of itself.

Courtesy: The National Football Foundation