The Citadel to Appear on Television Three Times in ‘14

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The Southern Conference announced recently the league’s 14-game football package for the 2014 season.  Eight games will appear on ESPN3, while an additional six games will be available on the newly formed American Sports Network (ASN), an initiative launched by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

In addition to the league’s partnership with ESPN3, the conference has reached an agreement for a diverse broadcast package with ASN.   As part of the agreement, a minimum of 18 Southern Conference events are tentatively scheduled to be shown on broadcast television affiliates throughout the southeast, including six football games during the upcoming season.  Sinclair’s broadcast stations will carry the games as part of their primary program lineup on affiliates throughout the Conference’s footprint.

“This is the most robust TV package Southern Conference football has enjoyed in quite some time,” said Commissioner John Iamarino. “We’ll have at least one game broadcast in 11 of the 12 weeks during the season, and several dates will feature two games. We’re very pleased to continue our relationship with ESPN and launch a new one with the American Sports Network.”

The overall TV package begins with the first Conference game of the season on September 6 when Furman travels to face Mercer.  That game will be Mercer’s first contest as a Southern Conference program.

The broadcast schedule runs for 10 consecutive weeks beginning September 20 when VMI visits Samford.  Furman will host Western Carolina, while Samford travels to Chattanooga in a double-header that will air on ASN on Sept. 27.

The final weekend of the regular season also features two games, including the Military Classic of the South, when The Citadel visits VMI.  The 2014 matchup will be the 70th meeting between the two schools.  That game will air on ESPN3 while Chattanooga visits Furman in a game that can be seen on the Sinclair affiliates.  The Mocs and Paladins were Southern Conference tri-champions with Samford in 2013.

Darren Goldwater returns to handle primary play-by-play duties for the league’s broadcasts.  The 2014-15 year will mark Goldwater’s fourth year on the Conference package after three years as director of broadcasting and play-by-play announcer for The Citadel.

Former NFL linebacker Corey Miller will handle the color commentary duties.  Miller, who currently serves as sports anchor and host with WACH-TV in Columbia, played collegiately at the University of South Carolina before spending nine years with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.

2014 SoCon Football Broadcast Schedule

Date Teams Time Outlet
Sept. 6 Furman at Mercer 6 pm ESPN3
Sept. 20 VMI at Samford 3 pm ESPN3
Sept. 27 Western Carolina at Furman 3:30 pm ASN
Sept. 27 Samford at Chattanooga 7 pm ASN
Oct. 4 The Citadel at Wofford 1:30 pm ESPN3
Oct. 11 Wofford at Western Carolina 3:30 pm ESPN3
Oct. 18 Chattanooga at The Citadel 12 noon ASN
Oct. 25 Mercer at Chattanooga 12 noon ASN
Nov. 1 Furman at VMI 1:30 pm ESPN3
Nov. 8 Wofford at Chattanooga 1 pm ESPN3
Nov. 8 Western Carolina at Samford 3 pm ASN
Nov. 15 Wofford at Furman 12 noon ESPN3
Nov. 22 The Citadel at VMI 1:30 pm ESPN3
Nov. 22 Chattanooga at Furman 3:30 pm ASN
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MIKE HOUSTON to Speak at FIFTH ANNUAL SOUTH CAROLINA COACHES FOR CHARITY Event

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Columbia, S.C. – Mike Houston will be among seven coaches featured at the Fifth Annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity event which will be held on July 30, 2014 at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. Over 300 guests from throughout the state will be in attendance.

Fisher DeBerry, South Carolina native and Hall of Fame former head football coach of the U.S. Air Force Academy, hosts the event through the Fisher DeBerry Foundation, which assists children of single-parent families. Football coaches from around the state come together for the event, all in the name of charity. In addition to Houston, active head coaches attending are Mike Ayers (Wofford), Bruce Fowler (Furman), Buddy Pough (South Carolina State), Dabo Swinney (Clemson) and Steve Spurrier (South Carolina).

“This is something I’m proud to be part of,” said Houston, who is gearing up for his first season at The Citadel after taking Division II’s Lenoir-Rhyne to the 2013 national championship game. “I have heard great things about this event, and I’m excited to join the other coaches in something so meaningful.”

Each coach chooses a charity that benefits from his participation. In the first four years of the event, over $200,000 has been raised for these organizations across South Carolina. Additionally, the evening raises funds to help send children from single-parent families to FCA summer camps.

Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception, a dinner program emceed by WIS News 10’s Rick Henry and former coach Art Baker, entertainment, football highlight videos and for the first time a “Coaches Roundtable,” with all of the coaches on stage together. The event also features live and silent auctions.

Additionally, each coach chooses their “Community MVP” that they honor during the evening. The 2014 Jerry Richardson Community MVP Award recipients are:

Joe Lesesne (chosen by Coach Mike Ayers)

Dr. Carl Kohrt (chosen by Coach Bruce Fowler)

John Carlisle (chosen by Coach Mike Houston)

Lew Berry (chosen by Coach Buddy Pough)

Dylan Thompson (chosen by Coach Steve Spurrier)

Bill D’Andrea (chosen by Coach Dabo Swinney)

Driesell Announces The Citadel’s 2014-15 Basketball Schedule

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Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel basketball head coach Chuck Driesell announced the team’s 2014-15 schedule on Tuesday, including 14 home games and meetings with Florida State, Virginia Tech and Michigan State.

The season tips off Nov. 15 with the fourth installment of the All-Military Classic. The pairings for the tournament, which includes VMI, Army and Air Force, have not been determined.

The Citadel makes its first appearance at McAlister Field House against Toccoa Falls on Nov. 19.

Highlighting the early portion of the non-conference schedule are games at Florida State (Nov. 25) and College of Charleston (Dec. 2). This marks the 10th all-time meeting with the Seminoles and the first since the 1999-2000 campaign.

The Bulldogs return home for a meeting with Navy (Dec. 6) that is quickly followed by the first Southern Conference game of the season against Chattanooga (Dec. 11).

Following a nine-day break for fall exams, The Citadel heads to Blacksburg, Va., for the 19th all-time meeting with the Hokies and first since Feb. 16, 1966, two years after Virginia Tech left the SoCon. The game also marks the fifth different ACC opponent that Driesell has faced in his tenure with the Cadets.

The Bulldogs head to Michigan State (Dec. 22) for the fourth-ever meeting with the Spartans and conclude their non-conference slate with a home contest against Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 30.

SoCon play begins with a road swing to Western Carolina (Jan. 3) and UNCG (Jan. 5). The month of January includes a pair of home contests against Wofford (Jan. 15) and Furman (Jan. 17) before a three-game in nine-day stretch on the road against East Tennessee State, VMI and Chattanooga.

The Citadel is set to host five games in February including meetings with Mercer (Feb. 5) and UNCG (Feb. 7). VMI makes an appearance on Feb. 14 and the season concludes with a pair of games at McAlister against East Tennessee State (Feb. 26) and Western Carolina (Feb. 28).

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2014-15 Citadel Basketball Schedule

November: 15, All-Military Classic, West Point, N.Y. (vs. TBD), TBA; 9, All-Military Classic, West Point, N.Y. (vs. TBD), TBA; 19 vs. Toccoa Falls, 6:00 pm; 22 vs. Bob Jones, 6:00 pm; 25, at Florida State, TBA; 29 vs. Warren Wilson, 1:00 pm.

December: 2, at College of Charleston, TBA; 6, vs. Navy, 1:00 pm; 11, vs. Chattanooga*, 6:00 pm; 20, at Virginia Tech, TBA; 22, at Michigan State, TBA; 30, vs. Bethune-Cookman, 6:00 pm.

January: 3, at Western Carolina*, TBA; 5, at UNCG*, TBA; 8, vs. Samford*, 6:00 pm; 10, at Mercer*, TBA; 15, vs. Wofford*, 6:00 pm; 17, vs. Furman*, 1:00 pm; 22, at East Tennessee State*, TBA; 24, at VMI*, TBA; 31, at Chattanooga*, TBA.

February: 5, vs. Mercer*, 6:00 pm; 7, vs. UNCG*, 1:00 pm; 12, at Samford*, TBA; 14, vs. VMI*, 1:00 pm; 19, at Furman*, TBA; 21, at Wofford*, TBA; 26, vs. East Tennessee State*, 6:00 pm; 28, vs. Western Carolina*, 1:00 pm.

March: 6-9, Southern Conference Tournament (Asheville, N.C).

Games in bold indicate home contests.

Games with an asterisk indicate Southern Conference games

All times are Eastern Standard Time

BULLDOG FANS: Live Video Streaming on the NEW CitadelSports.com will be FREE for 2014-15 Home Contests

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The Citadel athletic department is proud to announce that its home events during the 2014-15 season will be streamed live for FREE through the new CitadelSports.com website and video portal.

A state-of-the-art website and video platform is currently being built by Sidearm Sports to accommodate the growing popularity in new media.

Once completed, Bulldog fans will enjoy a fresh look on CitadelSports.com, with an added emphasis on graphics, video features, coaches shows and social media for all our 16 NCAA Division I sports.

The Bulldogs’ home slate kicks off on Aug. 22 when the women’s soccer team takes on USC Upstate at WLI Field at 4 p.m.

The Citadel football team, under the direction of first-year head coach Mike Houston, begins its season on Aug. 30 against nationally-ranked FCS foe Coastal Carolina at Johnson Hagood Stadium at 6 p.m.

The men’s cross country team hits the road for an Aug. 29 opener in Conway, S.C., while the women prepare for their meet the following day in Columbia, S.C.

After opening the season on the road, the women’s volleyball team begins its home schedule at McAlister Field House on Sept. 5 when it hosts The Citadel Tournament. The Bulldogs’ first match will be against N.C. A&T with matches against Stetson and Charleston Southern the following day.

Bulldog fans are encouraged to come out for the annual “Meet the Bulldogs” event on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 1-3 p.m. at the Altman Center, located behind the South end zone of Johnson Hagood Stadium. Citadel athletes, as well as the Bulldogs’ live mascots Boo X and General II (G2), will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs with fans.

To order your tickets for the upcoming football season, visit etix.com, call 843-953-DOGS or stop by McAlister Field House between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30-12 on Friday through August 8.

Justin Oxendine and Carl Robinson Earn First-Team Preseason All-Conference Honors

Left to Right: Aaron Miller, Coach Mike Houston and Carl Robinson

Left to Right: Aaron Miller, Coach Mike Houston and Carl Robinson

Spartanburg, S.C. — Senior defensive end Justin Oxendine and senior inside linebacker Carl Robinson  were tabbed with first-team All-Southern Conference honors in voting by the league’s head coaches, the conference office announced at its football media day Wednesday in Spartanburg.

The coaches also named a preseason offensive and defensive player of the year, and quarterback Jacob Huesman and defensive lineman Davis Tull gave Chattanooga a sweep of those accolades.

The head coaches and SoCon media also predicted the order of finish in this year’s conference race. Both groups picked The Citadel to finish sixth with Chattanooga as the preseason favorite.

Oxendine is coming off a huge season in 2013 which culminated in the defensive lineman earning spots on the media all-conference first team and coaches second team. Robinson joined Oxendine on the coaches’ second team.

Oxendine started all 12 games and made 46 tackles last season while tying for fourth in the SoCon with 4.5 sacks and tying for fifth with 11.5 tackles for loss. Robinson played and started in 11 games before injuring his knee before the season finale, recording 92 tackles and finishing tied for seventh in the conference averaging 8.4 per contest.

The Mobile, Ala., native, enters his final season with career totals of 188 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, five passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

“It’s an honor to be named to the preseason all-conference team, and it is even more motivation to go out there and lead the team the best that I can,” said Robinson. “I am feeling 100 percent coming into the season, and I have a lot to show in my final year.”

In addition to picking Chattanooga first and the Bulldogs sixth, the media voted Furman second while the coaches poll had Furman and Samford tied for second.

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Both polls picked Wofford to finish fourth and Western Carolina fifth. SoCon newcomers Mercer and VMI finished tied for seventh in the coaches’ poll while Mercer edged VMI in the media ballot.

The Bulldogs open fall camp on Aug. 4 and begin the 2014 season on Aug. 30 against nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina at Johnson Hagood Stadium at 6 pm.

Season and individual game tickets are still available and can be purchased at etix.com or by phone at 843-953-DOGS.

Brigadier Foundation Exceeds Scholarship Fund Goals in 2013-14

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The Citadel Brigadier Foundation exceeded its annual scholarship fund goal for the second time in as many years, increasing donations by 14.9 percent in 2013-14.

Donations from The Citadel Brigadier Foundation reached $1.35 million, eclipsing the $1.175 million mark from 2012-13. This figure was achieved in part due to an increase in membership to 1,675.

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Inc. provides assistance to approximately 225 cadet-student-athletes. Because no state monies are allocated in the athletic department’s budget for scholarship aid, the money raised by The Citadel Brigadier Foundation is critical to the Bulldogs ability to field competitive teams throughout the year.

To become a member of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation or to learn more about its effort call (843) (843) 953-5277 or visit www.brigadierfoundation.com.

Koopman Gains Experience as Member of Netherlands U20 National Team

 

Photo Credits: Copyright 2013 Dagblad De Limburger / Limburgs Dagblad

Photo Credits: Copyright 2013 Dagblad De Limburger / Limburgs Dagblad

By Jon Cole

For the second time in as many summers, The Citadel’s Tom Koopman is getting the opportunity to refine his basketball skills. Koopman is one of 13 players remaining on the roster for the Netherland’s U20 national team.

“I’ve had lots of practices and games, which has given me a chance to prove my worth to the team,” said Koopman. “At the moment I’m certain of my spot in the final 12.”

The additional play overseas gives Koopman the opportunity to improve on his play around the rim and increase his freshman year numbers (2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg) that he had under Bulldog head coach Chuck Driesell.

“The things I learned last year at The Citadel have definitely been helpful with earning my spot on the team,” said Koopman. “Although we did have a tough year, I’ve learned a lot, such as playing through adversity and playing more physical. That is also one of the major differences between European and American basketball.

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“The European play is more technical while the American style is more explosive and physical. Playing last year in the United States has helped me combine these two playing styles, which will improve my game. Another helpful aspect is my verbal presence on the floor. It is mandatory to talk on defense, because it will improve your defense in many ways. This skill is definitely helping me solidify my spot with the Netherlands.”

Koopman is also enjoying team success as the Netherlands collected wins over Austria and Portugal last week. The next step is an exhibition tournament in Antwerp, Belgium, before the actual European Championships begin in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

“The team has lots of individual talent, but we have to work on our team play,” said Koopman. “For me it is a great honor to play for my own country. It is something you dream of as a little kid. My work ethic and numbers at the practices and games haven’t gone unnoticed. They’ve put me on the reserve list for the men’s national team. Unfortunately, I will not be able to practice or play with them because I have to return to The Citadel to start school and basketball.”

Koopman, who started in 17 games for The Citadel over the course of the 2013-14 season, has added both weight and confidence to his overall game during these summer games.

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“I’ve already gained a good 10-15 pounds over this summer, and playing with my old friends on the national team is boosting my confidence,” said Koopman. “Both of these skills were aspects of my game that needed improvement and are the points that I’m focusing on this summer. Of course, when I return everybody at The Citadel can expect me to continue to work hard.”