The Citadel Bulldogs football

Last updated
The Citadel Bulldogs
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2019 The Citadel Bulldogs football team
The Citadel Athletics script.svg
First season1905 (1905)
Athletic director Mike Capaccio
Head coach Brent Thompson
4th season, 25–18 (.581)
Stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 21,000)
FieldSansom Field
Year built1948
Field surfaceNatural Grass
Location Charleston, South Carolina
Conference Southern Conference
All-time record50855932 (.477)
Bowl record10 (1.000)
Playoff appearances5
Playoff record2–5
Conference titles4 (1961, 1992, 2015, 2016)
ColorsCitadel Blue and White [1]
         
Fight song"The Fighting Light Brigade"
MascotBulldog
Marching band The Regimental Band and Pipes
Website citadelsports.com

The Citadel Bulldogs football program represents The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Bulldogs play in the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936. The Bulldogs are coached by Brent Thompson, who was hired on January 19, 2016 to replace Mike Houston, who became the head football coach of James Madison University on January 18, 2016. [2] [3] [4]

Contents

History

Facilities

The Bulldogs first recorded stadium was College Park, located in the northeast corner of Hampton Park in Charleston, South Carolina. This field predated the current College Park at the same site, which is used as a practice facility for The Citadel Bulldogs baseball. Due to increasing attendance and the poor state of the stadium, the Bulldogs moved to the original Johnson Hagood Stadium in 1927. In 1948, that stadium was replaced by the current Johnson Hagood Stadium, which lies just to the south of The Citadel's gates in Charleston.

Johnson Hagood Stadium CitadelStadium.jpg
Johnson Hagood Stadium

Johnson Hagood is a 21,000 seat stadium, in which The Citadel routinely ranks in the top 25 in attendance at the FCS level. In 2001, the Altman Athletic Center opened in the south end zone, complete with new home and visitor's locker rooms, official's locker rooms, and an upstairs hospitality area for donors. In 2008, The Citadel completed a re-construction of the west stands and West Side Tower. The stands contain reserved premium seats and bleacher seats, while the tower, shared with the South Carolina National Guard, contains twelve suites, a club level, and state of the art press box. During preparation for construction, workers discovered the remains of sailors from failed test runs of the H.L. Hunley . These remains were reinterred in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.

Beginning in 2012, The Citadel implemented a points system for parking and seat selection in Johnson Hagood Stadium, joining many large programs who use similar systems. The program is designed to reward long-time and large donors to The Citadel athletics by giving them preference in selecting seat and parking locations. [5]

In 2016, The Citadel determined that lead paint needed remediation on the east (visitor's) side of the stadium. The work resulted in the entire east side being closed for the first game of the 2016 season and some sections being opened for subsequent games. The capacity was thus 10,500 for the first game and about 15,000 for later games. [6] [7] [8] The Board of Visitors decided to fully renovate the east side of the stadium, announcing that decision on December 2, 2016. [9]

Practice and on-campus facilities

Practices are held at the Maybank Triplets Practice Facility, an artificial turf field at the north edge of campus. The Bulldogs utilize Seignious Hall, located across from McAlister Field House for weightlifting, locker rooms, team meeting and video space, and academic tutoring. The Citadel Sports Medicine Department also utilizes Seignious Hall. [10]

Coaches and staff

Coaches from The Citadel have often been targeted for larger programs. Former head and assistant coaches at The Citadel include Bobby Ross, Charlie Taaffe, Ellis Johnson, Frank Beamer, Al Davis, Ralph Friedgen, and Mike Houston. [11]

Head Coaches

[12]

NameFirst YearFinal YearNo. Seasons
Syd Smith 190519051
Ralph Foster 190619083
Sam Costen 190919102
Louis LeTellier 191119122
George Rogers 191319194
Harvey O'Brien 191619215
Carl Prause 192219298
Johnny Floyd 193019312
Tatum Gressette 193219398
Bo Rowland 194019423
J. Quinn Decker 194619527
John D. McMillan 195319542
John Sauer 195519562
Eddie Teague 195719659
Red Parker 196619727
Bobby Ross 197319775
Art Baker 197819825
Tom Moore 198319864
Charlie Taaffe 198719959
Don Powers 199620005
Ellis Johnson 200120033
John Zernhelt 200420041
Kevin Higgins 200520139
Mike Houston 201420152
Brent Thompson 20163

Current Staff

The current coaching staff at the Citadel is: [13]

NamePosition
Brent ThompsonHead Coach
Lou ConteQuarterbacks and B Backs/Offensive Coordinator
Blake HarrellInside Linebackers/Defensive Coordinator
Joel TaylorSafeties/Pass Defense Coordinator
Brian RuckerWide Receivers
J. P. GunterSpecial Teams Coordinator/Slot Backs
Ron BoydOffensive Line
Orlando MitjansCornerbacks
Roy TeshDefensive Line
Scott YieldingRecruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line

Seasons and results

Conference championships

The Citadel has won four conference championships, three outright and one shared.

SeasonConferenceCoachOverall recordConference record
1961 Southern Conference Eddie Teague 7–35–1
1992 Southern Conference Charlie Taaffe 11–26–1
2015 Southern Conference Mike Houston 9–46–1
2016 Southern Conference Brent Thompson 10–28–0

† denotes co–champions

Postseason appearances

Bowl games

SeasonCoachBowlOpponentResult
1960 Eddie Teague Tangerine Bowl Tennessee Tech W 27–0

FCS Playoffs

The Citadel has appeared in the FCS Playoffs five times, posting a 2–5 record.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1988 First Round Georgia Southern L 20–38
1990 First Round Georgia Southern L 0–31
1992 First Round
Quarterfinals
North Carolina A&T
Youngstown State
W 44–0
L 17–42
2015 First Round
Second Round
Coastal Carolina
Charleston Southern
W 41–38
L 6–14
2016 Second Round Wofford L 3–17

Rivalries

The Citadel's primary rivals are the VMI Keydets football and Furman Paladins football. The game with VMI is known as the Military Classic of the South. The Citadel and Furman have been heated, annual rivals since both joined the Southern Conference in 1936. The Citadel is 151-174-9 all-time against in-state opponents.

OpponentWinsLossesTiesFirst meetingLast Citadel winLast Opponent win
VMI 42312192020182019
Furman 37603191320192018

Record vs. Current SoCon opponents

Excludes Furman and VMI, listed above.
East Tennessee State returned to the SoCon in 2016.
OpponentWinsLossesTiesFirst meetingLast Citadel winLast Opponent win
Chattanooga 19302192620172018
East Tennessee State [lower-alpha 1] 11160196620172018
Mercer [lower-alpha 2] 1051190620182017
Samford 750198920182017
Western Carolina 25171197220182017
Wofford 42301191620162018
  1. East Tennessee State did not sponsor football from 2004–2014
  2. Mercer did not sponsor football from 1941–2012

Record vs instate opponents

Division 1, non-SoCon only
OpponentWinsLossesTiesFirst meetingLast Citadel winLast Opponent win
Charleston Southern [lower-alpha 1] 62200220182013
Clemson 5321190919312017
Coastal Carolina 1120142015 [lower-alpha 2] 2014
Presbyterian 51111191520171979
South Carolina 8403190520152011
South Carolina State 40019892001none
  1. In 2018, Charleston Southern vacated three wins against The Citadel, including one from the 2015 playoffs, after NCAA sanctions. [14]
  2. The Bulldogs won a 2015 matchup in the first round of the FCS Playoffs.

Bulldogs in professional football

Many Citadel alumni have played in various professional leagues, including the National Football League, Canadian Football League and Arena Football League. Sixteen players have been drafted in the NFL Draft and AFL Draft, and other players have signed as undrafted free agents. Likely the most famous Citadel alumni in professional football are Running Back Stump Mitchell and broadcaster Paul Maguire. Currently, Andre Roberts is a member of the Atlanta Falcons and Cortez Allen recently played with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 5 seasons; Running Back Travis Jervey played in 2 Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers and was named an All Pro as a special teams player. [15]

Individual honors

All-Americans
This list includes selected First Team All-Americans at The Citadel [16]

YearNameAFCAAPWalter CampSports Network/STATSFootball Gazette
1976 Brian Ruff
Green check.svg
1985Jim Gabrish
Green check.svg
1986Scott Thompson
Green check.svg
1988Carlos Avalos
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
1990J. J. Davis
Green check.svg
1991 Lester Smith
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
1992Lester Smith
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Carey Cash
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Terrence Forney
Green check.svg
Lance Hansen
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
1994Levi Davis
Green check.svg
1995Brad Keeney
Green check.svg
1997Carlos Frank
Green check.svg
2008 Andre Roberts
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
2012Mike Sellers
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
2015Tyler Renew
Green check.svg
Dee Delaney
Green check.svg
2016Dee Delaney
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Isaiah Pinson
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Green check.svg
Tyler Renew
Green check.svg


Retired Jerseys

14 - Jack Douglas
15 - Lester Smith
35 - Stump Mitchell
51 - Brian Ruff
59 - Marc Buoniconti
66 - John Small

Future schedules

This represents the most recent verified future non-conference games as of October 31, 2018. [17] [18] The upcoming season schedule can be found at 2018 The Citadel Bulldogs football team. NCAA Division I FCS football teams are usually permitted to play 11 games per season. In years when 13 weekends fall between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, they may add a twelfth game. This will be the case in 2019, 2024, and 2025. With nine football playing members, the Southern Conference regular season consists of eight games, leaving 3 non-conference games to be scheduled in most years. [19]

202020212022202320242025
DateOpponentDateOpponentDateOpponentDateOpponentDateOpponentDateOpponent
Sept. 5 Elon Sept. 4at Coastal Carolina Sept 22at Campbell Sept. 2 Georgia Southern Nov. 23at Clemson Aug. 30at Ole Miss
Nov. 14at Clemson TBA Charleston Southern Sept 24 Appalachian State Sept. 9 Campbell
TBA Charleston Southern
 

Related Research Articles

Johnson Hagood Stadium is an 11,500-seat football stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Johnson Hagood Stadium, is an 11,500-seat football stadium, the home field of The Citadel Bulldogs, in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. The stadium is named in honor of Brigadier General Johnson Hagood, CSA, class of 1847, who commanded Confederate forces in Charleston during the Civil War and later served as Comptroller and Governor of South Carolina.

The Citadel Bulldogs basketball

The Citadel Bulldogs is the name of the College Basketball team that represents The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Southern Conference South Division. Duggar Baucom is the head coach, having held the position since 2015.

2011 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

The 2011 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by seventh year head coach Kevin Higgins and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They are a member of the Southern Conference. They finished the season 4–7, 2–6 in SoCon play to finish in eighth place.

1960 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

The 1960 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 1960 NCAA football season. The Bulldogs were led by fourth year head coach Eddie Teague and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They played as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936. In 1960, The Citadel won in its first and only bowl appearance in the Tangerine Bowl.

The Citadel Bulldogs sports teams of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

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 except football, which competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Since 1936, varsity sports have competed in the Southern Conference. The Citadel fields teams in sixteen different sports, nine for men and seven for women.

1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

The 1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 1992 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Bulldogs were led by sixth-year head coach Charlie Taaffe and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They played as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936.

1990 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

The 1990 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 1990 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Bulldogs were led by fourth-year head coach Charlie Taaffe and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They played as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936. In 1990, The Citadel made their second appearance in the I-AA playoffs, and second in three years.

The 1965 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 1965 college football season. Eddie Teague served as head coach for the ninth season. The Bulldogs played as members of the Southern Conference and played home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

The Citadel–Furman football rivalry

The Citadel–Furman football rivalry is an American college football rivalry game played by The Citadel Bulldogs football team of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and the Furman Paladins football team of Furman University.

2013–14 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team

The 2013–14 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs were led by fourth year head coach Chuck Driesell and played their home games at McAlister Field House. They played a member of the Southern Conference. They finished the season 7–26, 2–14 in SoCon play to finish in last place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the SoCon Tournament where they lost to Wofford.

Michael Glenn Houston is an American college football coach, currently serving as head coach of the East Carolina University football team. He previously won the 2016 FCS championship during his time as the head coach of James Madison. Houston has also served as the head coach of Lenoir–Rhyne and The Citadel.

2014–15 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team

The 2014–15 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs were led by fifth year head coach Chuck Driesell and played their home games at McAlister Field House. They played a member of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936–37. They finished the season 11–19, 6–12 in SoCon play to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place. They lost in the first round of the SoCon Tournament to Furman. Driesell was not retained after the season.

Medal of Honor Bowl

The Medal of Honor Bowl was an American college football all-star game played in Charleston, South Carolina, in January 2014 and 2015. The bowl was not sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Primary beneficiaries of the game were the Medal of Honor Museum on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and, initially, the Wounded Warrior Project.

2015 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

The 2015 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by second year head coach Mike Houston and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They played as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936. They finished the season 9–4, 6–1 in SoCon play to finish in a share for the SoCon title with Chattanooga. Due to their head to head loss to Chattanooga, they did not receive the SoCon's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs. However, they received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Coastal Carolina in the first round before losing in the second round to Charleston Southern.

2015–16 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team

The 2015–16 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs were led by first year head coach Duggar Baucom and played their home games at McAlister Field House. Baucom was previously the head coach at military rival VMI. They again played as a member of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936–37. They finished the season 10–22, 3–15 in SoCon play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the SoCon Tournament to Mercer.

2016 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

The 2016 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by first-year head coach Brent Thompson and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They played as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936.

2016–17 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team

The 2016–17 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs were led by second-year head coach Duggar Baucom and played their home games at McAlister Field House in Charleston, South Carolina. They played as a member of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936–37. They finished the season 12–21, 4–14 in SoCon play to finish in a tie fir eighth place. They defeated Western Carolina in the first round of the SoCon Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to UNC Greensboro.

The 2017 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by second-year head coach Brent Thompson and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They were members of the Southern Conference. They finished the season 5–6, 3–5 in SoCon play to finish in a tie for sixth place.

2017–18 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team

The 2017–18 The Citadel Bulldogs basketball team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs were led by third-year head coach Duggar Baucom and played their home games at McAlister Field House as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936–37. They finished the season 11–21, 5–13 in SoCon play to finish in eighth place. They defeated VMI in the first round of the SoCon Tournament before losing in the quarterfinals to UNC Greensboro.

The Citadel–Wofford football rivalry

The Citadel–Wofford football rivalry is an American college football rivalry game played by The Citadel Bulldogs football team of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and the Wofford Terriers football team of Wofford College. The Citadel is located in Charleston, South Carolina, while Wofford is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The schools were two of the last colleges in the United States to integrate women into their respective student bodies, with Wofford admitting women in 1976 and The Citadel in 1996. The two schools are also both highly ranked academically by reviewers such as US News and World Report.

References

  1. Brand Toolbox: Colors - The Citadel - Charleston, SC . Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  2. Jeff Hartsell (January 9, 2014). "The Citadel introduces new football coach Mike Houston". Post and Courier . Charleston, SC. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  3. Kevin Bilodeau (January 18, 2016). "Mike Houston leaves The Citadel for James Madison". WCSC-TV . Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  4. Kevin Bilodeau (January 19, 2016). "The Citadel names Brent Thompson as new head coach". WCSC-TV. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  5. "Priority Points System". The Citadel. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  6. Jeff Hartsell (August 29, 2016). "Citadel considers tearing down visitors' side at Johnson Hagood Stadium". Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  7. Jeff Hartsell (September 9, 2016). "Citadel football returns to (half of) Johnson Hagood Stadium". Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  8. Jeff Hartsell (October 11, 2016). "Citadel home at last, with nation's best 4 road wins". Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  9. Jeff Hartsell (October 11, 2016). "Citadel Notes: Stadium's east side to be renovated; Georgia Tech on 2019 schedule". Post and Courier. Charleston, SC.
  10. 2011 Citadel Football Media Guide. e-digitaleditions.com. p. 7. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  11. 2011 Citadel Football Media Guide. e-digitaleditions.com. pp. 10–11. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  12. 2011 Citadel Football Media Guide. e-digitaleditions.com. p. 142. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  13. Jeff Hartsell (January 17, 2014). "Citadel football welcomes back Maurice Drayton as defensive coordinator". Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  14. David Shelton (December 10, 2018). "Charleston Southern vacates 122 victories, 3 Big South titles, with more to come". Post and Courier. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  15. 2011 Citadel Football Media Guide. e-digitaleditions.com. p. 12. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  16. 2011 Citadel Football Media Guide. e-digitaleditions.com. p. 133. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  17. "The Citadel Inks Home-And-Homes With Towson, Elon". The Citadel Bulldogs. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  18. Jeff Hartsell (October 31, 2018). "Citadel Football Sets Game with Georgia Southern". Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  19. TK Maxwell (June 12, 2016). "Ohio Valley and Southland Conferences Propose Permanent 12-Game FCS Slate". Underdog Dynasty. Retrieved August 29, 2017.