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The Citadel Bulldogs
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First season 1905
Athletic director Larry Leckonby
Head coach Kevin Higgins
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
Field Sansom Field
Year built 1947
Stadium capacity 21,000
Stadium surface Natural Grass
Location Charleston, SC
Conference Southern Conference
All-time record 461–525–32
Postseason bowl record 1–0
Conference titles 2
Colors Blue and White            
Fight song "The Fighting Light Brigade"
Mascot Bulldog
Marching band Regimental Band and Pipes

The Citadel Bulldogs Football represent The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the NCAA Division I FCS. The Bulldogs play in the Southern Conference and are currently coached by Kevin Higgins, who will coach his eighth season in 2012.



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. This stadium was replaced with the current Johnson Hagood Stadium in 1948.

Home Stadium

The Bulldogs play their home games in Johnson Hagood Stadium, which lies just to the south of The Citadel's gates in Charleston. 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 will implement 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.[1]

Practice and On-Campus Facilities

Practices are held at the Mayberry Triplets Practice Facility, an artificial turf field at the north edge of campus. The Bulldogs utilize Seignious Hall, located across the street 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. [2]

Coaches and Staff

Coaches from The Citadel have often been targeted for larger programs. Notable former head and assistant coaches at The Citadel include Bobby Ross, Charlie Taaffe, Ellis Johnson, Frank Beamer, Al Davis, and Ralph Friedgen.[3]

Head Coaches[4]

Name First Year Final Year No. Seasons
Sidney Smith 1905 1905 1
Ralph Foster 1906 1908 3
Sam Costen 1909 1910 2
L. S. LeTellier 1911 1912 2
George Rogers 1913 1919 4
Harvey O'Brien 1916 1921 5
Carl Prause 1922 1929 8
Johnny Floyd 1930 1931 2
Tatum Gressette 1932 1939 8
Bo Rowland 1940 1942 3
J. Quinn Decker 1946 1952 7
John D. McMillan 1953 1954 2
John Sauer 1955 1956 2
Eddie Teague 1957 1965 9
Red Parker 1966 1972 7
Bobby Ross 1973 1977 5
Art Baker 1978 1982 5
Tom Moore 1983 1986 4
Charlie Taaffe 1987 1995 9
Don Powers 1996 2000 5
Ellis Johnson 2001 2003 3
John Zernhelt 2004 2004 1
Kevin Higgins 2005 7

Current Staff

Name Position
Kevin Higgins Head Coach
Denny Doornbos Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
Bob Bodine Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
John Hauser[5] Safeties
Aashon Larkins Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers
Nathaniel Hogge Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends
Craig Candeto Quarterbacks/D-Backs
Bill Mottola Slot Backs
Gerald Dixon Corner Backs
Tight Ends
J.P. Gunter Outside Linebackers


Seasons and Results

Conference Championships

The Citadel has claimed just two conference championships in the Southern Conference.

  • 1961 The Citadel Bulldogs football team
  • 1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

Postseason Appearances

Following the 1960 season, the Bulldogs played in the 1960 Tangerine Bowl defeating Tennessee Tech 27-0

The Bulldogs appeared in the I-AA Playoffs in 1988, 1990, and 1992, losing in the first round twice to Georgia Southern and in the Quarterfinals to Youngstown State in 1992 after defeating North Carolina A&T in the first round.


The Citadel's primary rivals are the VMI Keydets and Furman Paladins. The game with VMI is known as the Military Classic of the South, and entered a new six year contract in 2011 after a three year hiatus. The Citadel and Furman have been heated, annual rivals since both joined the Southern Conference in 1936. Beginning with the 2012 season, the game will once again be the last of the conference slate for both teams.

Opponent Wins Losses Ties Last Citadel win Last Opponent win
VMI 35 30 2 2011 2003
Furman 31 57 3 2009 2011

Record vs. Current SoCon opponents

School Series First meeting Last Citadel win Last Opponent win
Appalachian State ASU 29–11 1972 2003 2011
Chattanooga UTC 26–17–2 1926 2011 2010
Elon Cit 6–5 1954 2007 2011
Furman FU 57–31–3 1913 2009 2011
Georgia Southern GSU 16–4 1988 2006 2011
Samford Cit 3–2 1989 2010 2011
Western Carolina Cit 19–15–1 1972 2011 2010
Wofford Cit 40–22–1 1916 1998 2011

Record vs instate opponents Division 1, non-SoCon only

School Series First meeting Last Citadel win Last Opponent win
Charleston Southern Cit 4–1 2002 2007 2006
Clemson CU 30–5–1 1909 1931 2008
Coastal Carolina 0
Presbyterian Cit 50–11–1 1915 2010 1979
South Carolina SC 40–7–3 1905 1990 2011
South Carolina State Cit 4–0 1989 2001 none

Bulldogs in the Pros

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 and Cortez Allen are on active NFL rosters, with the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively.[7]

National Football League Draft

Year Name Round Overall Team
1939 Andy Sabados 13 111 Chicago Cardinals
1959 Pete Davidson 14 165 Los Angeles Rams
1960 Harry Rakowski 15 169 Los Angeles Rams
1960 Joe Davis 17 194 Chicago Cardinals
1969 Jim McMillan 16 415 Baltimore Colts
1970 John Small 1 12 Atlanta Falcons
1977 Brian Ruff 11 304 Baltimore Colts
1981 Stump Mitchell 9 226 St. Louis Cardinals
1987 Greg Davis 9 246 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1995 Travis Jervey 5 170 Green Bay Packers
2005 Nehemiah Broughton 7 222 Washington Redskins
2010 Andre Roberts 3 88 Arizona Cardinals
2011 Cortez Allen 4 128 Pittsburgh Steelers

American Football League Draft

Year Name Round Overall Team
1960 Wayne Stewart Los Angeles Chargers
1960 Joe Davis Los Angeles Chargers
1960 Paul Maguire Los Angeles Chargers
1960 Pete Davidson Los Angeles Chargers
1960 Harry Rakowski Buffalo Bills
1964 Vince Petno 8 63 Oakland Raiders

Individual Honors

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

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


Date Opponent Location
East Carolina Greenville, NC
Nov 16 VMI Charleston, SC
Nov. 23 Clemson Clemson, SC
Charleston Southern


Date Opponent Location
Sept. 13[8] Florida State Tallahassee, FL
Coastal Carolina Charleston, SC
Nov. 15 VMI Lexington, VA


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