Caught up with Citadel basketball coach Chuck Driesell, who had some news:
– Driesell has just finished the 2013-14 schedule, which will be released soon. Money games include games at Wake Forest, Tennessee and Nebraska. The Bulldogs will start the season with the All-Military Classic, this year at VMI with games on ESPN and ESPN3.
The Citadel will also play a Thanksgiving tournament at Towson, and play non-conference home games against College of Charleston (Dec. 29), Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian. The Bulldogs will have 15 home games (they had 14 last year) and three at home in December (none last year).
“Fifteen home games is the most we’ve had,” said Driesell, entering his fourth season. “We don’t spend the entire month of December on the road.”
– The team will make an August trip to Canada for three games. The NCAA allows a foreign trip once every four years. “The good thing is you get 10 practices,” Driesell said. “So will bring the guys back on Aug. 5, train for two weeks and go to Canada on Aug. 18 to play three games. It’s good experience for the guys, and the freshmen will be eligible to be part of that as well. It’s an advantage, which is why the NCAA only lets you do it once every four years. We’re excited about it.”
– Driesell has hired two new assistants, former Clemson player Zavier Anderson as director of basketball operations, and Justin Argenal as a full-time assistant. Anderson was most recently at VCU, and Argenal was Driesell’s DBO in 2010-11 before going to Louisiana Tech. They join Rob Burke and JD Powell on the staff. The new assistants replace Quinton Ferrell, who left for Army, and Pat Rogers, who took a job at Notre Dame.
– Driesell said returning forward P.J. Horgan is dealing with a bulging disk in his back. He played with back pain last season, when he averaged 10.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 19 games after being “unredshirted.” Apparently Horgan will not need surgery, however.
– Forward C.J. Bray had ankle surgery last year and took a redshirt, but now has a nerve in his shoulder that his bothering him. “He’s not yet cleared to play, but we’re hoping he will be by Aug. 5,” Driesell said.