Citadel athletes buy new bike for longtime janitor

Citadel football, volleyball and soccer players present a new bike to longtime janitor Curtis Carter on Friday after his bicycle was stolen. (Jeff Hartsell/Staff)

Curtis Carter has been a janitor for The Citadel's athletic facilities for some 25 years, dating back to the Charlie Taaffe era of Bulldogs football.

Carter had a bad break recently, as the bicycle he used to get around campus was stolen. Friday morning, Citadel athletes did something about that.

Players from the football, soccer and volleyball teams chipped in some $250 to purchase a new bike for Carter. They presented Carter with his shiny new ride, complete with aluminum, rust-proof frame and pink handlebar basket, after football practice.

Cheers went up and players chanted Carter's name as he took the bike for a ride on the practice field.

"This was entirely the players' idea," football coach Mike Houston said. "They got together with the volleyball and soccer teams and collected the money. It shows what kind of kids they are and what Curtis means to them and to all of us."

. The Citadel will wrap up fall camp on Saturday, take Sunday off and then begin game week preparations for the Aug. 30 season opener against Coastal Carolina.

. Linebacker Rah Muhammad did not practice Friday after suffering full-body cramps on Thursday. He should be ready to go next week.

. After being limited in practice with a sore shoulder, freshman cornerback Shy Phillips is back at full-go, Houston said. The two-sport standout -- he'll also play baseball at The Citadel -- has shown athletic skill, but is a bit behind because of time missed wit the shoulder, Houston said.