Sunday, January 27, 2008
Playing "D" like this and shooting like this (20 of 59 (33.9%) from the field, 14 of 35 from the paint and 3 of 17 from behind the arc) doesn't win basketball games. I hate to point out Jeremy and Jermaine here because the loss to Davidson was a team effort, but guys, and this is just a suggestion, if you keep your eyes open while shooting and going up strong to the basket, I guarantee an improvement in performance. (Photo courtesy of the Charleston Post & Courier/Mic Smith)
To end on a good note: Andrew Goudelock led the College of Charleston Cougars with 13 points and Jermaine Johnson finished with 11 points and 11 boards for another double-double. And finally, the Wildcats' scoring sensation, Stephen Curry who averages 24.3 ppg was held (mainly by Antwaine Wiggins) to 16 points.
Forget our rivals on the Wildcat blogs, forget that Davidson by beating the Cougs 70-58 (on our own court) just won their 21st consecutive So-Con victory and are now 13-6, 11-0 in the conference and forget that we are now in a three game slide. Just someone please pass the Tylenol. Keep your chins up Cougs-Wofford is next and we beat them by 10 earlier this season.
(Photo credits/Mic Smith of the Post & Courier)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
From the Post & Courier (By Jeff Hartsell)
During The Citadel's basketball game with Davidson on Thursday night, Les Robinson's cell phone buzzed with a text message. It was from his 14-year-old granddaughter, who wrote, "You are jealous. I'm going to almost heaven, West Virginia."
Starting in June, The Citadel's 65-year-old athletic director will have a lot more time to join his wife, Barbara, and their eight grandchildren on such adventures. Before a McAlister Field House crowd packed with friends, family and luminaries, Robinson on Friday announced the end to an almost 50-year career in college athletics, dating back to his start as a basketball player at North Carolina State in 1960."I'm just at the point where I really want to do something else with my time," said Robinson, whose nearly eight years as The Citadel's athletic director capped a career that included stints as the Bulldogs' basketball coach, coach and athletic director at East Tennessee State and at North Carolina State, and six years on the prestigious NCAA Division I men's basketball committee. He's the only person in NCAA history to serve as basketball coach and AD at three different Division I schools.
Robinson will continue as athletic director through June 30 and then will work with the military school as a consultant, though the details of that role have not been worked out, school president Lt. Gen. John Rosa said.
"We've got to sit down and figure that out," Rosa said. "But Les has a lot of contacts, personally and professionally, and he's an excellent fundraiser, and we don't want to lose that."
Robinson said that consulting work would involve both The Citadel Foundation and the Brigadier Foundation, fundraising arms of the school, in maintaining relationships with donors and alumni. Robinson also will be involved in the search for his successor, Rosa said.
The president said a search committee of people "from across The Citadel family" will be formed, and that financial acumen and fundraising skill will be a must for the next AD.
"At The Citadel, we are running a $9 million business in athletics," Rosa Robinson announces end to 50-year career said. "That person has to be fiscally responsible, and most of these guys in the profession now are. He also has to be a fundraiser, someone who can pull all our coaches together and pull us into the 21st century."
Rosa cited the $30 million renovation of Johnson Hagood Stadium as one of the highlights of Robinson's tenure. Plans and ideas for rebuilding the old stadium, where the Bulldogs started playing in 1948, had floated around The Citadel for years. But it was Robinson's bold decision to tear down the rusting homeside stands, without having the money on hand yet to rebuild, that jump-started the process. Today, the homeside stands of the 20,000-seat stadium have been rebuilt, with a state-of-the art scoreboard installed and a new pressbox, luxury suites and club seating slated to open this fall. The Citadel also has a 10-year marketing deal with scoreboard maker Daktronics Inc.
"I told them, we don't have the money, but we've got to tear that down," said Robinson, who personally donated $100,000 to the stadium project, with others matching his donation to bring the total to almost $1 million. "I knew Citadel alumni would step up to the plate, and they did."
Robinson helped the school heal rifts with author Pat Conroy, a former Bulldogs basketball player who wrote "The Lords of Discipline" based on his Citadel experience, and with ex-football player Marc Buoniconti, who sued the school after he was paralyzed in a 1985 football game.
Robinson also hired basketball coach Ed Conroy and football coach Kevin Higgins, who ended a period of turmoil in the football program and led the Bulldogs to a 7-4 record last season, their most wins since 1992. Robinson also was noted for his scheduling of big-money games for the football team, bringing in more than $5 million for the athletic department budget.
But despite the infusion of guarantee money, Robinson faced budget crunches during his tenure. The Citadel had to controversially cut men's soccer and men's golf from its roster of varsity sports, and heading into this fiscal year the athletic department faced a deficit of $1.4 million. Last summer, Rosa assigned one of his special assistants, Lt. Col. Paul Puckett, to the athletic department as associate AD for financial matters.
Starting with the hiring of a new AD, those challenges will belong to somebody else. In his goodbye speech Friday, the noted storyteller Robinson spent more time talking about other people than himself. He told stories about ACC official Fred Barakat, Wofford athletic director Richard Johnson, former Air Force football coach Fisher DeBerry and College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins, all of whom were in attendance.
Robinson told one story about former Citadel basketball standout Patrick Elmore. Elmore had a "bad attitude" and didn't make it in his first stint as a cadet. Robinson told him to "Go join the Army for three years, and I'll give you a scholarship."
That's just what Elmore did, and he went on to graduate and have a successful career with UPS and in the National Guard. He recently brought his wife to Robinson's office to meet the old coach.
"A story like that," Robinson said, "is what this profession is all about."
Alright, so I'm not talking about that Kenny G, I meant the Chicago Latin High School product Kenny George the tallest kid on the court in the NCAA last year and the biggest kid UNC Asheville and the Big South Conference has ever had on the hardwood. At 7'-7" and 360-lbs, this kid is a formidable opponent in any league-he's the guy about a foot taller than anyone else on the squad below in the picture. The Bulldogs play Charleston Southern tonight! So if you don't have other plans-which you should-check out the game.
(Photo of Kenny G courtesy of SNG)
(UNC-A Team Photo courtesy of UNC-Asheville)
Friday, January 25, 2008
After last night's game, I am quite apprehensive about tomorrow's game. But even though we don't know which Cougar's team will take the court, the rivalry continues. Hopefully it isn't foreshadowing to show WB's video from the Davidson Basketball Blog getting one up on the Maroon Nation, but I did laugh out loud when I noticed yours truly in one of his candid photo shots, which, btw, the CofC Sports Fan uses as our header photo-thanks WB for being a classy nemesis.
Game time is tomorrow at 5 pm! If you can;t make the game, catch it on the tube Turner Sports South on Comcast.
Good luck tomorrow Cougs!
A College of Charleston fan turned to his buddy during the Cougars' game with UNC Greensboro on Thursday night and said, "OK, they just missed a shot. We've got 'em now."
UNC Greensboro didn't make every shot, it only seemed that way, and the Spartans 66.7 shooting percentage produced an 88-71 Southern Conference victory that was the Cougars' second-worst defeat in John Kresse Arena.
Spartans center Kyle Hines led the way with 32 points.
"Kyle Hines is as good as advertised," said Charleston coach Bobby Cremins. "We didn't have an answer for him."
Or anybody else.
In addition to Hines' 32, the Spartans got 16 points from Kevin Olesiak, 15 from Ben Stywall and 13 from Mikko Koivisto.
"You can't win when you let Kyle Hines get his and all the other players, too," said Cougars guard Andrew Goudelock.
UNC Greensboro (11-6, 5-3 SoCon) started out hot and stayed that way. The Spartans were 18 of 27 from the field in each half.
"I said at halftime, 'We're not going to shoot the ball like this the second half,' " said UNCG coach Mike Dement. "Then we came out and did it. It's the best we've shot the ball in the three years I've been here and then I find out it's the best we've shot the ball in 19 years. It takes that against a good team."
Dement, who has watched Hines' dominant play in the Southern Conference for each of the last two years, said the defending Southern Conference Player of the Year was at his absolute best.
"Kyle Hines was the best I've seen him perhaps all year long," Dement said. "He was really focused, made some great moves. But everybody played well."
The Spartans came into the game 0-9 in John Kresse Arena and handed the Cougars their worst home defeat since a 68-42 loss to North Georgia in 1985.
"We came in focused," Hines said. "I don't know if it's the best game we've played this year, but it's in the top two or three. Everybody contributed."
The Cougars trailed by 10 at the half and never drew closer than nine points in the second half.
Goudelock led the Cougars (9-10, 4-5 SoCon) with 17 points and Tony White Jr. added 14. Goudelock and White Jr. were a combined 9-of-14 from 3-point range.
On most nights, that's good enough to win, but not on a night when stops were harder to come by than shots made.
Hines was unstoppable, making 14 of 16 shots from the field.
"I thought those two were going in for sure," said Hines, when asked about the two misses. "I guess it was just one of those nights."
It was a great night for all the Spartans.
When the Cougars doubled down on Hines, he simply kicked it out to the open man. The open man, regardless of who it was, usually made the shot.
"It seemed like they were just automatic," Goudelock said. "Every time I went up for a rebound it was going in."
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Final score: Cougs 71, UNC-G 88
The Cougs host UNC-G tonight. UNC-G are coming off two straight loses to UT-Chattanooga and App. State but don’t count these Spartans out. Kyle Hines became only the second player in Southern Conference history to record 300 blocked shots in a career with his two blocked shots against Elon on Jan. 19. These kids are definitely talented and hopefully the Cougs will have an answer to their forward’s attack in the paint. Game time is 7 pm @ Kresse Arena. I'll see you at the game!
Across town the Davidson Wildcats are facing off against the Citadel Bulldogs. Wear them down Dogs!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The 9-8 (4-3) College of Charleston Cougars head to Greensville, SC tonight to face the Furman Paladins 2-15 (1-7). Furman has only beat the College once at Timmons Arena, but our rivalry is one of the oldest in the state, which since joining the SoCon, the Cougars lead the Paladins 18-2. The Cougs need to control the tempo (run with the Cougars) and work hard in the paint tonight: controlling the boards and getting the ball to the big men underneath. Furman shouldn't be taken lightly because their record doesn't reflect their talent and ability.
Recon Report: Alex Opacic is the guy the Cougs need to shut down tonight. Opacic is averaging 10.4 points a game, with 5 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Also, the word on the street is that Furman's freshman Nolte will get his first start tonight, the kid is a natural shooter and a southpaw which makes for an interesting opportunity for the Cougars to show their defensive skills. Finally, I haven't heard much about this kid Dehm but evidently he's a talented, scappy kid for the Paladins.
Game Time: Tonight's game will air on CSS (Channel 42), tip-off is at 5 pm.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Jermaine Johnson scored 17 points, grabbed 12 boards and hit all of his 4 opportunities from the charity stripe in the final minute of the game to lead the Cougars to another SoCon win over Wofford 70-60. The Cougars improved to 9-8, 4-3 by out-shooting 52.9% (27 of 51) to Wofford's 38% from the field and controlling the boards, out-rebounding the Terriers 37-23.
From the Den:
Andrew Goudelock scored 16 points, Dustin Scott put up 9 points and freshman Antwaine Wiggins added the power of "ten" in his double-double in tonight's victory.
I had heard the rumor, but today the Post & Courier announced that Brett Favre's daughter, Brittany, is a freshman at the College of Charleston. When I first heard the rumor a few months ago, I couldn't imagine Favre having a kid old enough to be a freshman in college, but evidently, he and is wife Deanna had Brittany back in February of 1989, before either had graduated from college.
Personally, I'd like to see Favre win another Super Bowl ring this season. Then again, it's hard to find someone that doesn't like Brett and his family. Despite his previous addictions and Deanna's bout with cancer, their family stuck together through thick and thin-they're fighters and winners; which is why we here at the CofC Sports Fan are proud to welcome a member of their family into ours. Good luck on Sunday Brett!
(Photo courtesy of Spmedia.com)
Monday, January 14, 2008
Despite the College of Charleston's recent dominance over the Bulldogs, It's always an interesting match-up between our two schools and other than last season, McAlister Field House is always a rowdy place (hostile environment) to catch a game. An interesting point for the Bulldogs is that they're the only team in the country starting five freshmen. This just happens to be the same number of wins "El Cid" has to their credit this season. (See random) And the Bulldogs are currently on a 4-game stretch of losses.
Random: The only team even close to the Citadel's youthful mark is Purdue, who start four freshmen.
See you at the game! Go Cougs!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Recon: Elon's Montell Watson is their BMOC and he scored 18 points against the Citadel in their 72-63 win over the Bulldogs this week. Jermaine Johnson is leading the Cougs with 14 ppg over the last 8 games and Jermaine is shooting 54% from the floor. Andrew Goudelock is leading the Cougars' bench with 14 ppg in the last 4 games, shooting 45% from the floor.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
And of course, we will get our fair share of the Mountaineers starters: forward (Sr) Donte Minter (11.1 ppg), sophomore guard Kellen Brand (11 ppg) and senior forward Jeremy Clayton (7 ppg). Which of course, does brings some point of concern in the Maroon Nation as the Cougs have been a bit lax on the glass of late.
I’ll see you at the game! Go Cougs!