There is mourning this morning all over the Lowcountry.
The rumors are true.
Scott Eisberg is off the market.
The whole ring-and-a-date thing became dramatically official when the 26-year-old WCIV-TV sportscaster successfully executed one of the most daring and romantic marriage proposals in Charleston sports history.
Of course, Citadel head volleyball coach Carolyn Geiger said "Yes."
How could she turn down a beaming boyfriend wearing his best suit while popping the question on the floor of McAlister Field House?
Forget "Valentine's Day." This is a better script.
The Scott/Carolyn duet goes something like this:
--Scott secretly works with Citadel basketball coach Ed Conroy to arrange for a window of McAlister Field House opportunity.
--Conroy says Wednesday afternoon around 4:30 looks good.
--Scott calls Citadel video coordinator Cyril Samonte and lays out the plan.
--Samonte calls Carolyn and tells her she must appear at McAlister on Wednesday to film a Southern Conference sportsmanship spot to be shown during Citadel home baseball games.
--Scott e-mails the volleyball team captains.
--Carolyn shows up on time.
--Scott magically appears. With a spotlight on the couple and the whole volleyball team and half the Citadel athletic department watching from the rafters, Scott goes down on one knee and proposes.
'A cool place'
"It is so like Scott to surprise me because he does so many nice little surprises," said Carolyn, 32. "But the fact he went all out and had everybody involved, from my administration to people I work with and even my players … They all had a hand in it and they all knew about it and that, to me, means the world."
Guys, we have to hand it to Mr. Eisberg.
Sort of like Rick's line in "Casablanca" after he is asked to describe Captain Renault: "Oh, he's just like any other man, only more so."
The sweet timing.
The ideal setting.
"We've spent so much time at McAlister together -- she's always there coaching games and I'm always there covering games -- I thought it would be a cool place," said Eisberg, a University of South Carolina graduate from New York's Long Island. "We're both big sports fans and we love McAlister. It's old, it's sentimental and it's a historic building in Charleston."
Eisberg even arranged for a cake and sodas. And wouldn't you know it? A volleyball bounced into the middle of the cake. The perfect centerpiece.
"I was taken by complete surprise," Geiger said. "Even when I saw Scott, I had no idea. I thought he was there to help me with my lines. There were people everywhere in the gym watching this unfold. And I was the last to know."
Love at Poe's
That was the plan.
"We had already promised each other we weren't going to do anything major for Valentine's Day," said Geiger, a UNC Asheville graduate and former College of Charleston assistant coach from Lancaster, Pa.
They first met at Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's Island one night in July of 2008.
"She didn't believe I was a sports anchor at Channel 4 and I didn't believe she was the volleyball coach at The Citadel," Eisberg said.
But they talked for three hours. Eisberg's next contact was an e-mail, and Geiger immediately replied: "If you're ever in McAlister Field House, I'd love to meet up with you."
Eisberg read aloud from that original e-mail Wednesday afternoon just before he proposed. The volleyball team wiped tears away with smiles.
A wedding is planned for June of 2011.
"I was so not clued in to what was happening until it happened," Geiger said. "He got me good. Obviously, I'm so thrilled. I'm just the happiest I could be."
Happy Valentine's Day.
And, sorry, ladies.
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