Cougars alumni battle before Wofford game

Jermel President is among the former Cougars set to play in the alumni game..

As a prelude to today's Wofford-College of Charleston game at TD Arena, a number of stars from years past will participate in the men's basketball alumni contest scheduled to tip off at 12:45 p.m.

The list of alumni returning is headed by star center Thad Delaney (1994-97), who will be inducted into the College of Charleston's Athletics Hall of Fame next month. Delaney works for a trucking company in Columbia and is an assistant girls basketball coach at Eau Claire High School.

Among the other former players scheduled to compete are Stacy Harris (1994-97), Rudy Rothseiden (2000-03), Sedric Webber (1996-99), Jermel President (1996-99), Larry Strickland (1998-89), Carl Thomas (1998-89), Rob Masters (2001-03), Pat King (1992-95) and Marcus Hammond (2006-09). The teams will be coached by former College of Charleston coach John Kresse and former Cougars player and current assistant athletic director for NCAA compliance Otto German (1970-73).

"We've had a great tradition of basketball for over a hundred years at the College of Charleston, and to see players come back from the 1950s through last season is just fun and exciting," said Kresse, who coached the Cougars from 1979 through 2009. "We don't have football at our school, so basketball has played a key role in spirit and giving our college national recognition."

Delaney, who still ranks as the school's fifth leading scorer with 1,564 points and second leading rebounder with 1,119, was one of the best centers ever, Kresse said.

"Thad was a center who kind of dominated in scoring, rebounding and blocking shots," Kresse said. "He was a real force around the basket. The two best centers I coached were Thad Delaney and Jody Lumpkin. At the mid-major level, that is the toughest position to recruit. Thad was a delight to coach. He always stepped up in the big games."

The Cougars' game against the Terriers will be played at 3 p.m. with the College of Charleston trying to end a three-game losing skid, the first time that has occurred since the 2007-08 season.

Charleston lost at home Thursday to Furman, 69-63, a team the Cougars beat by 23 points a couple of weeks ago. Charleston is 12-8 and 4-5 in the league, tied with the Paladins for fourth in the SoCon South.

Wofford comes into today's game off a 62-55 win Thursday at The Citadel and is 6-3 in the league and 13-8 overall.