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November 24, 2015
1. Ride the wave with the Bulldogs to the FCS Playoffs
The Citadel Bulldogs are the 2015 Southern Conference co-champions and will appear in the playoffs Saturday, Nov. 28 at Coastal Carolina. It's only the fourth time the Bulldogs have made it to the playoffs, so the college thought it was fitting to show Lt. Gen. Rosa riding the wave in style! The Bulldogs also made the playoff bracket in 1988, 1990 and 1992. This year's team earned the program's third Southern Conference championship and first since 1992, tying the school record with six conference wins. The Bulldogs enter the playoffs with an 8-3 overall record, tied for the second-highest single-season win total in Citadel history, after finishing the regular season with a 23-22 win at South Carolina. The Citadel, ranked 18th in the final FCS STATS poll, will travel to Conway, South Carolina, to face Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game is set to start at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Coastal Carolina is tied for 10th in the final FCS STATS poll and enters the postseason 9-2. The Bulldogs and Chanticleers have met once, opening the 2014 season inside Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Published in: The Citadel Newsroom
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November 24, 2015
2. Crying Gamecocks fan uses fame for a good cause
A nine-second video of USC student Tripp Harmon captured what it meant to be a Gamecock Saturday following the team's 23-22 loss to The Citadel. The brief clip shows Harmon, clad in garnet and black, moved to tears by the upset, asking, "How did we lose to The Citadel?" Since the video was posted Saturday evening, it has made the rounds online, receiving 1,570 retweets and more than 1,380 likes on Twitter. Harmon, a junior at USC and Charleston native, says the video's popularity came as a bit of a shock, but he's trying to make the best of the situation. "At first, I was worried when I saw all these retweets just keep going up and up. I was like, 'Oh God, I don't want people to actually think I'm a wimp or anything,'" says Harmon. "Then I realized it wasn't going to stop, and I just started to go along with it. I like to keep a positive attitude about everything, so that's what I'm trying to do now." According to Harmon, he was tailgating when his friend began filming, and the video shows his reaction just seconds after he learned of The Citadel's victory.
Published in: Charleston City Paper
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November 24, 2015
3. Charleston Southern's Chadwell, Citadel's Houston finalists for FCS coach of year
Charleston Southern's Jamey Chadwell and The Citadel's Mike Houston have led their football teams to historic seasons, and both are finalists for the STATS FCS national coach of the year award. The winner will be honored at the STATS FCS awards banquet set for Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the FCS championship game. Chadwell's 9-2 Buccaneers have lost this season only to two FBS opponents, going 9-0 against FCS competition to win the Big South Conference title. CSU is a No. 8 seed and earned a first-round bye in the FCS playoffs, and will host the Citadel-Coastal Carolina winner in the second round on Dec. 5. Houston, in his second season at The Citadel, took a team picked to finish seventh in the Southern Conference to an 8-3 record and a share of the SoCon title. The Bulldogs earned their first playoff berth since 1992 and are at Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m. Saturday in the first round.
Published in: The Post and Courier
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