Instead of measuring the depths of panic in our favorite FCS league this week, we’ll examine the rising levels of relief in the SoCon, starting with a trip to the Meat Store:
Citadel wrestler Ugi Khishignyam captured the hearts of Bulldog fans last season, when he and Odie Delaney became just the second and third All-Americans in school history.
Khishignyam, a native of Mongolia, finished third in the 141-pound weight class at the NCAA Wrestling Championships last March, the best finish ever for a Citadel wrestler. His big smile and sunny outlook were easy to like.
Three points from The Citadel’s 28-24 loss at Chattanooga on Saturday:
The NCAA has released its latest Graduation Success Rate numbers. These reflect the graduation rates of students who entered college in 2006.
The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.
In the major sports, The Citadel is ahead of the SoCon average in football and baseball, lagging in basketball.
Who: The Citadel (2-5, 2-3) at Chattanooga (5-2, 3-1)
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Spent some time crunching some numbers for Citadel football, looking at the Bulldogs’ SoCon-only stats from this season and from 2012 for any clues to their 2-5 start.
I like league-only stats, because they give a truer picture without the distortion of games against Clemson or Webber International, to use two examples from the past.
Here’s where I found the biggest drop-offs, almost all on offense: