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1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

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Conference  Southern Conference
1992 record  11–2 (6–1 SoCon)
Defensive coordinator  Marty Long
Sports Network  No. 1
Offensive scheme  Option
1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team
Head coach  Charlie Taaffe (6th year)

The 1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 1992 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Bulldogs were led by sixth year head coach Charlie Taaffe and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They played as members of the Southern Conference, as they have since 1936.

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The Citadel claimed its second SoCon championship, their first since 1961. They spent four weeks as the top ranked team in the nation and played in the I-AA playoffs for the third time in five years. They also won 11 games, most in school history, and the only time a Bulldog football team has won more than eight games in a season. Their playoff win was the first postseasn victory for the Bulldogs since the 1960 Tangerine Bowl.

The Bulldogs defeated two teams from Division I-A for the first time since the SoCon became a Division I-AA league. Wins over Arkansas and Army marked high points in the season. The victory over Arkansas to open the season resulted in the Razorbacks' head coach Jack Crowe stepping down. This was Arkansas' first game as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

After the win over Arkansas, Sports Illustrated published a story critical of The Citadel and its military environment, particularly its effects on athletes. It contained several accounts of hazing, most notably of a freshman kicker who missed a field goal that would have won the 1991 game against Wofford. The story created a firestorm on campus and potential distractions for the team, as several current players were named in the article.

Preseason

The Bulldogs were picked to finish fifth in the eight team SoCon by league media.

Honors and awards

The following awards were bestowed at the end of the season:

  • Eddie Robinson Award - Charlie Taaffe
  • AP All-Americans - Carey Cash, Lester Smith
  • Walter Camp All-Americans - Carey Cash, Terrence Forney, Lance Hansen, Lester Smith
  • The Sports Network All-Americans - Carey Cash, Lance Hansen, Lester Smith
  • References

    1992 The Citadel Bulldogs football team Wikipedia


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