No cannons fired and no knobs did pushups Saturday at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium, but there were still plenty of touchdowns scored.
Nearly 50 women participated in the second Lady Bulldogs Citadel Football 101, a clinic to teach women the finer points of Citadel football.
The event included an explanation of player positions, the triple- option offense and Citadel coaching philosophy. Coaches talked about the challenge of recruiting players to a military school, and head coach Kevin Higgins even sought advice from participants on the best color combination for practice attire: Citadel blue or navy.
First-timers got a tour of the team's weight room, training and equipment rooms, while returnees ran triple-option plays in the multi-purpose room.
After a lunch of tailgate specialties, a talk by Higgins' wife, Kay, and a fashion show of game-day attire, participants were given the chance to put their knowledge into action on the field, taking turns throwing passes, making catches for touchdowns and performing victory dances that would be penalty-worthy in regular season play.
"I had a blast last year so I wanted to come back again," said Lorrie Warren of Mount Pleasant, mother of junior kicker Thomas Warren, a former Bishop England player, and daughter of former Citadel player Johnny Droze ('54). She said she learned more about defense this year, thanks to defensive
coordinator Josh Conklin's description of linemen as Ford trucks and safeties as Lamborghinis.
"I love Citadel football and have been coming to games since I was 5," she said. "I haven't missed a game in a long time. In fact, we tailgate with about 30 people, and 20-something of us starting as kids and still tailgate together."
The idea for the clinic, which is modeled after similar offerings at the University of South Carolina, Clemson and Wofford, came from John Carlisle, president of The Citadel Football Association. Carlisle and his wife, Margaret, organized the event.
"We wanted to try to get people involved in Citadel football," said John Carlisle. "We understand it's hot and this is a bad time of the year, but we picked this day because it is close to the football season."
The women were given goody bags that included two tickets to the Furman-Citadel game on Sept. 10, when video highlights of the clinic will be played on the stadium's big screen.
Proceeds from the event benefit The Citadel Football Association's Scholarship through The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.