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Milestones

Important Dates and Facts of Citadel Football

1905
The Citadel Board of Visitors approves Intercollegiate Football at its June Meeting for the 1905 Season
First Manager (Frank G. Gibson) appointed to hire a coach and schedule games
All Home Games from 1905 to 1927 are played at College Park Memorial Stadium
Sidney (Sid) Smith hired as first Head Coach
First game played on October 14 vs. Porter Military Academy - 0 to 0 tie at College Park
First win for a Citadel Team on October 21 vs. Porter Military Academy - 17 to 0
1906
Ralph Foster hired as second Head Coach
Only Citadel Football Team to be undefeated (6-0) and un-scored on (53-0)
Blue and White adopted as School Colors for athletic contest
1907
Block C Club started for Athletes earning a letter for participation in a sport
First Fight Song adopted for Football Games
First Mascot used by the Corps in marching to and at Home Games - "the famous blue mule"
1908
The Citadel joins the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (S.I.A.A.)
1909
Sam Costen hired as the third Head Coach
Officially called "Bulldogs"
Citadel Greatest Margin of Victory - October 16 vs. Porter Military Academy (99-0) at College Park
First "Road Game" since start of Football Program in 1905 - November 06 vs. Davidson 0-0 tie in Orangeburg at State Fair
1911
L.S. LeTellier hired as the fourth Head Coach
1913
George Rogers hired as the fifth Head Coach and was the first Citadel grad to hold this position
1915
South Carolina State Champions
1916
Harry O'Brien hired as the sixth Head Coach
First Citadel win vs. Clemson (3-0) at Orangeburg State Fair on November 16
defeats South Carolina College (20-2) on November 30 in Columbia
South Carolina State Champions
1919
George Rogers rehired as the seventh Head Coach
100th Game played vs. Furman (6-21) November 01 in Greenville, SC
1920
Harry O'Brien rehired as eighth Head Coach
Citadel has its 50th Win vs. Newberry (35-10) on November 06 at College Park, Charleston, SC
1922
Carl Prause hired as the ninth Head Coach
1923
First year all Players wear helmets at The Citadel
1924
First Homecoming "Day" vs. Furman (6-0) on October 25 at College Park
First year for The Citadel Alma Mater at a Home Game arranged by Carl H. Metz, Citadel Band Director from 1913 to 1943
1926
Citadel defeats South Carolina (12-9) on October 28 in Orangeburg and beat Clemson (15-6) on November 13 at Clemson
1927
First Johnson Hagood Stadium opens for a game vs. Mercer College (0-6) on October 01 with 10,000 seats in a bowl arrangement and held the distinction of being the largest Stadium in South Carolina.
First win vs. Olgethorpe (19-0) with Official Dedication on October 15
First year for Cheerleading Squad
1928
First year for a live Bulldog Mascot (Mike One)
1929
Johnny Floyd hired at tenth Head Coach
The 1920's
The Greatest Decade of Citadel Football (46-41-6) with only three losing seasons
1930
1st live broadcast of a football game- not by radio but by telegraph
200th Game Played
First Night Game Played by a Citadel Team (Freshmen) vs. George Washington (0-12) in Washington, DC
1931
100th Win in Football at Florence, SC vs. Clemson (6-0) on October 16
1932
Tatum Gressette hired as the eleventh Head Coach
1936
The Citadel joins the Southern Conference in all Sports
Ramble Fight Song introduced
1938
South Carolina State Champions ( perfect 4-0 against state teams)
1939
First Citadel player to be drafted and play in Pros - Andy Sabados - NFL
1940
John Roland hired as twelfth Head Coach
300th Game Played vs. Oglethorpe (25-0) at home on October 26
1942
150th Win in Football vs. Davidson (21-9) at home on November 04
1943 through 1945
The Citadel did not play football due to WW II
1946
Quinn Decker hired as thirteenth head coach
Ground broken for "second" Johnson Hagood Stadium
1948
2nd Johnson Hagood Stadium dedicated on December 04 vs. Clemson (0-20) with a seating capacity of 22,343 (stadium faces East to West instead of North to South as 1st Johnson Hagood Stadium).
1949
First win in Johnson Hagood Stadium (II) vs. Newberry (14-12) on October 01
1950
Citadel plays Univ. of Florida (3-7) in Gainesville, FL. in first night game played in their stadium
1953
John McMillan hire as the fourteenth Head Coach
1954
400th Game Played vs. VMI (0-42) in Lexington VA. on November 06
1955
John Sauer hired as the fifteenth Head Coach
1957
Eddie Teague hired as the sixteenth Head Coach
1958
"The Legend of Susie Q"
1959
First 8 Wins in a Season (8-2)
200th Win in Football vs. West Virginia (20-14) at Morgantown, WV. on November 21
Football Team goes undefeated at Johnson Hagood Stadium (5-0)
1960
Played Florida State to a 0-0 tie in Charleston on September 08
Tangerine Bowl Champions - December 30 vs Tennessee Tech (27-0) in Orlando, FL.
1961
Southern Conference Champions
1963
The Citadel purchases Johnson Hagood Stadium from the City of Charleston
1964
500th Game played vs. VMI (17-0) on October 12 at Johnson Hagood Stadium
1966
Red Parker hired as the seventeenth Head Coach
1969
250th Win in Football vs. Maine (40-28) on November 08 at Johnson Hagood Stadium
1972
First Time on TV - ABC Regional Broadcast - October 14 vs. East Carolina (21-27) at Greenville, NC
1973
Bobby Ross hired as the eighteenth Head Coach
1974
First Year for Athletic Cadre for Football (all fall sports were added through the following Years)
600th Game played vs. VMI (9-20) on October 12 at Johnson Hagood Stadium
1976
First win against a Division 1 opponent - Air Force (26-7) on October 23 at Colorado Springs, CO.
The first "Military Classic of the South" game between the Citadel and VMI
1978
Art Baker hired as the nineteenth Head Coach
Football Team goes undefeated at Johnson Hagood Stadium (5-0)
1979
300th win in Football vs. Appalachian State (24-23) on September 29 at Johnson Hagood Stadium
1980
Football Team goes undefeated at Johnson Hagood Stadium (6-0)
1981
Football Team goes undefeated at Johnson Hagood Stadium (7-0)
1983
Tom Moore hired as the twelfth Head Coach
700th Game played on October 15 vs. Chattanooga (9-30) at Chattanooga, TN.
Johnson Hagood Stadium is site of Division 1-AA National Championship Game
1984
Johnson Hagood Stadium is site of Division 1-AA National Championship Game
1985
New stadium lighting installed
1987

Charlie Taaffe hired as the twenty first Head Coach
1988
Second win against a Division 1 opponent - Navy (42-35) on September 24 at Johnson Hagood Stadium
350th win in Football on October 22 vs. Boston University (24-13) at Johnson Hagood Stadium
Football Team goes undefeated at Johnson Hagood Stadium (6-0)
First Team to go to Division 1-AA Play-Offs - Georgia Southern at Statesboro, GA. (20-38)
1990
Third win against a Division 1 opponent - South Carolina (38-35) on October 15 at Columbia, SC
Second Team to go to Division 1-AA Play-Offs - Georgia Southern at Statesboro, GA. (0-31)
1991
Fourth win against a Division 1 opponent - Army (20-14) on October 12 at West Point, NY
1992
First 11 Wins in a Season (11-2)
Fifth win against a Division 1 opponent - Arkansas (10-3) on September 05 at Fayetteville, AR
800th Game played in Football on October 03 vs. Appalachian State (25-0) at Boone, NC
Largest Crowd (23,025) to see a game in Johnson Hagood Stadium - October 17 vs. Marshall (13-34)
Southern Conference Champions
Third Team to go to Division 1-AA Play-Offs - 1st Round against North Carolina A&T (44-0) and 2nd Round against Youngstown State (17-42) both games at Johnson Hagood Stadium
1996
Don Powers hired as the twenty second Head Coach
400th win in Football on November 09 vs. Chattanooga (16-13) at Johnson Hagood Stadium
2001
Ellis Johnson hired as the twenty third Head Coach
The Altman Athletic Center opens in South end of Johnson Hagood Stadium
900th Game played in Football on October 04 vs. East Tennessee (21-23) State at Johnson City, TN.
2004
John Zernhelt hired as the twenty fourth Head Coach
2005
Kevin Higgins hired as the twenty fifth Head Coach
2006
New West Stands re-opened
2007
The 100th Season of Citadel Football
2008
New Home side of Johnson Hagood Stadium opens and dedicated on August 30 vs. Webber (54-7)
400th win in Football on November 15 vs. Chattanooga ( )at Johnson Hagood Stadium
Largest Crowd to watch a Citadel Game - November 22 vs. Univ. of Florida in Gainesville, FL.- 90,374
2010
1000th Game played in Football - October 02 vs. Western Carolina(13-24) in Charleston, SC
2011
Biggest come behind victory in Citadel Football History (down 0-27 in 3rd Qt.) - October 01 vs. Chattanooga (28-27) at Chattanooga, TN., also the 450th win in football for The Citadel.
2013
Most points scored in a losing cause. 58-59 vs. Old Dominion University on September 21 at ODU.
2014



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