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Important Dates and Facts of Citadel Football

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
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
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"
The Citadel joins the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (S.I.A.A.)
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
L.S. LeTellier hired as the fourth Head Coach
George Rogers hired as the fifth Head Coach and was the first Citadel grad to hold this position
South Carolina State Champions
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
George Rogers rehired as the seventh Head Coach
100th Game played vs. Furman (6-21) November 01 in Greenville, SC
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
Carl Prause hired as the ninth Head Coach
First year all Players wear helmets at The Citadel
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
Citadel defeats South Carolina (12-9) on October 28 in Orangeburg and beat Clemson (15-6) on November 13 at Clemson
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
First year for a live Bulldog Mascot (Mike One)
Johnny Floyd hired at tenth Head Coach
The 1920's
The Greatest Decade of Citadel Football (46-41-6) with only three losing seasons
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
100th Win in Football at Florence, SC vs. Clemson (6-0) on October 16
Tatum Gressette hired as the eleventh Head Coach
The Citadel joins the Southern Conference in all Sports
Ramble Fight Song introduced
South Carolina State Champions ( perfect 4-0 against state teams)
First Citadel player to be drafted and play in Pros - Andy Sabados - NFL
Only time "two" Thanksgiving Day Games were played in the same season
John Roland hired as twelfth Head Coach
300th Game Played vs. Oglethorpe (25-0) at home on October 26
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
Quinn Decker hired as thirteenth head coach
Ground broken for "second" Johnson Hagood Stadium
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).
First win in Johnson Hagood Stadium (II) vs. Newberry (14-12) on October 01
Citadel plays Univ. of Florida (3-7) in Gainesville, FL. in first night game played in their stadium
John McMillan hire as the fourteenth Head Coach
First year "all" Home and Away Football Games are broadcast over radio
400th Game Played vs. VMI (0-42) in Lexington VA. on November 06
John Sauer hired as the fifteenth Head Coach
The tradition of firing cannon shots to celebrate a touchdown began in Johnson Hagood Stadium against Davidson College on Sept. 29. "Boomer"
Eddie Teague hired as the sixteenth Head Coach
"The Legend of Susie Q"
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)
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.
Southern Conference Champions
The Citadel purchases Johnson Hagood Stadium from the City of Charleston
500th Game played vs. VMI (17-0) on October 12 at Johnson Hagood Stadium
Red Parker hired as the seventeenth Head Coach
250th Win in Football vs. Maine (40-28) on November 08 at Johnson Hagood Stadium
First Time on TV - ABC Regional Broadcast - October 14 vs. East Carolina (21-27) at Greenville, NC
Bobby Ross hired as the eighteenth Head Coach
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
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
Art Baker hired as the nineteenth Head Coach
Football Team goes undefeated at Johnson Hagood Stadium (5-0)
Second win against a Division 1 opponent - Vanderbilt (27-14) on September 29 at Nashville, TN
300th win in Football vs. Appalachian State (24-23) on September 29 at Johnson Hagood Stadium
Football Team goes undefeated at Johnson Hagood Stadium (6-0)
Football Team goes undefeated at Johnson Hagood Stadium (7-0)
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
Johnson Hagood Stadium is site of Division 1-AA National Championship Game
New stadium lighting installed
Charlie Taaffe hired as the twenty first Head Coach
Third 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
First time to defeat a Number One Rank Team (Marshall 20-3 / Nov. 05)
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)
Fourth 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)
Fifth win against a Division 1 opponent - Army (20-14) on October 12 at West Point, NY
First 11 Wins in a Season (11-2)
Ranked Number 1 in 1-AA at end of Regular Season Pole with a 11-1 Record
Sixth 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
Don Powers hired as the twenty second Head Coach
400th win in Football on November 09 vs. Chattanooga (16-13) at Johnson Hagood Stadium
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.
John Zernhelt hired as the twenty fourth Head Coach
Kevin Higgins hired as the twenty fifth Head Coach
New West Stands re-opened
The 100th Season of Citadel Football
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
1000th Game played in Football - October 02 vs. Western Carolina(13-24) in Charleston, SC
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.
Most points scored in a lost. 58-59 vs. Old Dominion University on September 21 at ODU.
Mike Houston hired as the twenty sixth Head Coach
First Citadel Team to play against a Division 1 Number One Ranked Team (FL. State 12-37).
Most points scored by teams (63-56/2 OT) in a Citadel win (UNC-Charlotte).
Seventh win against a Division 1 opponent -Univ. South Carolina 23-21 (Nov. 21) in Columbia, SC
Southern Conference Champions for third time in school history
Fourth Team to go to 1-AA Play-Offs
First Team to win a Play-Off game on the road (vs. Coastal Carolina 41-38) on last play FG
Final Yearly Ranking of 13th in STATS National Pole and 15th in the Coaches Poll
Brent Thompson hired as the twenty seventh Head Coach

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