By PETE IACOBELLIAP Sports Writer
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Citadel coach Kevin Higgins felt like his program was ready to break through in the Southern Conference a few years earlier before discovering he had to rebuild and revamp his offense.
This time with the overhaul complete, Higgins believes the Bulldogs are ready to capitalize on last year's success and return to the top of the league.
Citadel took a big step forward last season in going 7-4, its first winning record since 2007. Higgins had thought his team turned a corner then, but he scrapped the offense after the Bulldogs went 8-15 the following two seasons.
Citadel was in the mix for a conference title last year after defeating Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. But the Bulldogs dropped 4 of their next five to fall off the pace.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.