The Citadel
Strength. Discipline. Respect. Honor. The traits of a great soldier also make a great athlete, as exemplified by The Citadel’s cadets for more than a century. The Citadel, a venerable landmark in Charleston, S.C., is renowned for its proud cadets whose fervor for their Bulldog teams is second only to their passion for serving their country. The pageantry and precision at a Bulldog football game in Johnson Hagood Stadium is like no other. First, the Corps of Cadets marches in, and freshmen form the famed "C" corridor for the team to run through. The mascot, Spike T. Bulldog, revs up fans and dances to the world-famous Regimental Band and Pipes. The two real-life bulldog mascots bark at the opponents on cue – and the Touchdown Cannons fire every time the Bulldogs score. No wonder that, in the Military Classic of the South, one of the longest-running rivalry games dating back to World War II, The Citadel leads the series against worthy adversary Virginia Military Institute. Go Dogs!
Top Rivals:
College of Charleston, Furman University, VMI Cadets
Style Facts:
The Citadel colors – chosen in 1899 by Cadet Captain John Moore, manager of the baseball team – have a rich symbolism. Blue represents the clear sky with unlimited horizons, which foretells a Citadel cadet’s future. White symbolizes purity of thought and actions, honesty and decency – all elements of The Citadel Code, the Honor Code and the “Whole Person” concept.