Road trips to Tennessee, Wake Forest and Nebraska and a home date with College of Charleston highlight The Citadel’s 2013-14 basketball schedule announced Monday.

The 30-game slate also includes the opening All-Military Classic at VMI, with Air Force and Army also in the tournament, and a Dec. 4 game at Navy.

The 14-game home schedule includes a Dec. 29 game with the rival Cougars, who will play in the Colonial Athletic Association this season after leaving the Southern Conference.

“Our non-conference schedule is once again very difficult and will give us a good read on how good we can be this season when conference play begins,” said fourth-year coach Chuck Driesell. “I do like the fact that this year we have a better balance of home and away games during the months of November and December. This should help with our confidence and, of course, give our fans at home an opportunity to see us play a few more times in McAlister Field House than last season.”

College of Charleston senior Tim Mitchell is tied for second at 2-under par after the completion of the first two rounds of the 8th annual Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic held Monday at the par-71 Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.

Mitchell shot a 3-under 68 in the second round, which included five birdies. He carded a 72 in the first round and is in a three-way tie with Will Evans of Georgia Southern and Blair Hamilton of Houston. The trio is one stroke back of the current individual leader, Will Davenport of Yale (-3).

The Cougars (297-287) are in fifth place (+16) in the team standings. Houston leads the 13-team field at 3-under (282-283—565) followed by Georgia Southern (+7), Michigan State (+10) and Yale (+12).

Charleston Southern closed out the second day of the Rees Jones Invitational 12th overall at 43-over 619 at Daufuskie Island. Ross Thomson shot a 3-over 75 and is 37th overall.

Track and field

Charleston Southern hired Roosevelt Lofton as the head men’s track and field coach. Lofton comes to CSU after a successful four-year run as head coach at Abilene Christian in Texas. He led Abilene Christian to two national championships and five Lone Star Conference championships during his tenure, and was named NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2011.

The College of Charleston women’s team, which starts official practices next Monday, released their 2013-14 schedule. The Cougars, set to commence their inaugural season in the Colonial Athletic Association, face eight teams who competed in postseason play last year, including two NCAA tournament Sweet 16 teams (Maryland, Delaware) as well as a second-round competitor, South Florida.

The College of Charleston coed sailing team placed third at the 64th Nevins Trophy intersectional regatta hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy over the weekend in Kings Point, N.Y.

Charleston, ranked No. 8 in the country, was one-point shy of second-place and No. 10-ranked Harvard (209) with 210 points. No. 2 Stanford won the 20-team regatta with 169 points across all three divisions of competition.


The Citadel rifle team took second place in the first Southeastern Air Rifle Conference match of the season hosted by VMI, carding an aggregate team score of 4,451.

The Bulldogs took second place to No. 15 N.C. State in the conference air rifle match with a score of 2,274, and earned a second-place finish in the NCAA portion, falling just two points shy of North Georgia University. The Citadel regained the school rivalry flag against military foe VMI, topping the Keydets by 61 points, who took third place.

South Carolina Stingrays training camp begins on Monday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. and will run through Friday, Oct. 18. All on-ice sessions will take place at the Carolina Ice Palace in North Charleston. During the camp, the Stingrays will host two preseason games against South-Division rivals. On Oct. 11, the Stingrays battle Gwinnett, and on Oct. 12, the Stingrays play Greenville. Both contests start at 7:05 p.m. and open to Stingrays season ticket holders only.

Training camp sessions at the Carolina Ice Palace are open to the general public during Ice Palace business hours. The full on-ice schedule is as follows (schedule and times subject to change):

Monday, Oct. 7

10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, Oct. 8

10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Oct. 9

10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Oct. 10

10 a.m. to noon

Friday, Oct. 11

8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Pregame Skate

7:05 p.m. Preseason Game vs. Gwinnett Gladiators

Saturday, Oct. 12

No Pregame Skate

7:05 p.m. Preseason Game vs. Greenville Road Warriors

Sunday, Oct. 13

No Practice

Monday, Oct. 14

10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, Oct. 15

8:30 a.m. Team and staff photos

10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Oct. 16

10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Oct. 17

10 a.m. to noon

Friday, Oct. 18

TBD at Reading