Citadel prepares for Chattanooga in Hall of Fame Game


CHARLESTON, S.C. - After splitting a pair of road games the past two weeks, The Citadel returns to Johnson Hagood Stadium this Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest against Chattanooga.

The game will include halftime recognition of the five newest members of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame, who will be inducted at a Friday night banquet at the Holliday Alumni Center. The group includes Travis Jervey (football), Jim Scott and Brian Wiley (baseball) and Mike Cason (cross country and track and field).

Former basketball coach and athletics director Les Robinson will be this year's honorary inductee.

The Citadel is returning to Southern Conference play after venturing into the FBS ranks and suffering its first loss of the season at NC State. The Bulldogs are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SoCon with league victories over Georgia Southern and Appalachian State.

The Bulldogs are looking to go 3-0 in the SoCon for the first time since winning its second and most recent title in 1992 as well as 3-0 at Johnson Hagood Stadium for the first time since 2008. The Citadel is tied for the conference lead with Samford with Wofford sitting at 1-0. The Citadel heads to Birmingham, Ala., next week for a meeting of the two Bulldogs.

Despite its loss at NC State, The Citadel dropped only spot in both national polls last week. The Bulldogs enter this week's action No. 11 in The Sports Network poll and No. 15 in the FCS Coaches poll.

Chattanooga is 1-3 overall and lost its conference opener last week to Appalachian State. The Mocs have also lost to South Florida and Jacksonville State, and their lone win came over Glenville State.

The Bulldogs and Mocs have played 45 times with Chattanooga holding a 26-17-2 lead in the all-time series. However, The Citadel has won four of the past six, including a dramatic 28-27 victory at year ago in Chattanooga when the Bulldogs rallied from a 27-0 third quarter deficit.

The Bulldogs hold a slim 11-10-1 edge in games played in Charleston, with the Mocs winning the most recent contest at Johnson Hagood Stadium by a score of 28-10 in 2010. Kevin Higgins is 4-3 against Chattanooga, and Mocs head coach Russ Huesman is 1-2 against The Citadel.

With his next win, Higgins will earn his 35th victory as The Citadel's head coach, moving him into sole possession of fifth place among the 23 men who have led the Bulldog football program. He is currently tied with Tatum Gressette (1932-39) for fifth.