The name of Craig Candeto has been on the minds of Citadel fans since Monday, when football coach Kevin Higgins announced his departure for Wake Forest.
Candeto is the former Navy QB and fighter pilot who served as QB coach at The Citadel for two years, helping the Bulldogs to a 7-4 record in 2012. Here’s a feature I wrote on Craig in 2011.
Candeto left The Citadel to become head coach at Division III Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Playing in a tough league that includes D-III powers John Carroll, Heidelberg and Mount Union, Capital went 3-7 with a roster that included 43 freshmen, a one-game improvement over last year.
“Anytime your name is mentioned with a job like The Citadel, it’s flattering,” Candeto said Tuesday. “I don’t want to say yes or no as to my interest because I’ve only been here one year, but it’s very flattering to be mentioned.
“I think Kevin Higgins did a great job stabilizing the program, and I hope they find the right guy. I want the guys there to have success. I’m still in touch with guys like Ben Dupree, Aaron Miller and Darien Robinson.
“I certainly have a lot of ties there and The Citadel is a great place. At the same time, I’m happy here and I think we are building a good program here.”
Translation, in my opinion — Craig would be interested if The Citadel is interested, but after one season at Capital doesn’t want to be seen as campaigning for the job.