Wofford College Claims Southern Conference Title, Defeats College of Charleston 74-68!

Wofford College Claims Southern Conference Title, Defeats College of Charleston 74-68!

Wofford College claimed the regular season Southern Conference championship with a 74-68 win over the College of Charleston on Thursday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. In front of a sold-out crowd, the Terriers used a 14-0 run to take the lead in the first half and held on for the win.  Wofford has won nine in a row and is 22-8 on the season and 14-3 in the Southern Conference.

With the win, the Terriers have claimed the #1 seed in the South Division in the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament.  In addition, Wofford has claimed the conference’s automatic bid to the NIT Tournament if they do not reach the NCAA Tournament as the regular season champion.  The Terriers will play the final home game of the season against The Citadel on Saturday at 7:00 pm.

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Vernon Baker Honored: Only Living African-American Awarded WWII Medal of Honor

Vernon Baker Honored: Only Living Black Awarded WWII Medal of Honor

Wofford College Presents Vernon Baker with The Sandor Teszler Award

Wofford College, in Spartanburg (SC), will honor Joseph Vernon Baker, the only living African-American recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor during World War II. Wofford will present The Sandor Teszler Award for Moral Courage and Service to Humankind to Baker and confer an honorary degree during the college’s opening convocation ceremonies on September 11, 2008. The Sandor Teszler Award represents the highest ideals that the Wofford community embraces, and it carries with it a $10,000 award as well as a citation and the honorary degree.

Sandor Teszler was born in the old Austro-Hungarian empire, and during World War II Teszler, his wife and two sons were taken to a death camp on the Danube River, where the Nazi victims were systematically beaten to death. They were prepared for imminent death, but then they unexpectedly were rescued by an official from the Swiss Embassy. Immigrating to America and coming to the Carolinas, Sandor Teszler became a leader in the textile industry, soon becoming one of the very first to desegregate the textile mills. During the last decade of his life, Teszler graced the Wofford campus, “attending so many classes that the faculty, acknowledging a wisdom and experience greater than their own, honored themselves by making him a professor.”

Wofford College and the Tribute to Joseph Vernon Baker

Wofford College is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the United States that were founded prior to the Civil War, which still operates and remains on its original campus. The Wofford campus has been designated a National Historic District, and five of its six original college buildings are still in use today. Wofford has become known in the wider academic world as a true “Phoenix rising from the ashes.” The college was devastated by the loss of almost its entire endowment as a result of the Civil War. However, despite its meager financial resources, Wofford proudly struggled through the next twelve decades to provide an academically challenging education to its small student body. One illustration of the sterling academic quality maintained by the college is the fact that forty-two Wofford alumni have gone on to serve as college and university presidents.

The commemoration of Joseph Vernon Baker and the courage exemplified in his life carries a special confluence with a certain aspect of Wofford’s own history. Founded in 1854, for over a century Wofford was a small private liberal arts college that was segregated, attracting almost all of its students from the Old South. In 1962 and 1963, public colleges and universities throughout the region had begun to desegregate, almost always forced to do so at the direction of federal court orders and accompanied by significant resistance and often violence. In the face of strong and heated public sentiments against desegregation, as well as by anticipated bitterness concerning and rejection of the college on the part of some of its alumni, supporters and friends, Wofford’s officers were undaunted and forged ahead, quietly beginning to make plans for desegregation. In the fall semester of 1964, the college opened its doors with an admissions policy that was equally applicable and nondiscriminatory to all students who might wish to apply, regardless of their race or creed. Steadfastly committed to its decision to make a stand for human equality, Wofford thus became one of the very first private colleges in the Old South to peacefully integrate.

Vernon Baker is now 89 years-old and lives in St. Maries, Idaho. Mr. Baker had earned the Medal of Honor 52 years before he and six of his military comrades actually received the award in 1997 from then-President Bill Clinton at a special White House ceremony. Mr. Baker was the only one who was still living to accept the Medal of Honor in person, the military’s highest award for bravery in battle. “They helped America to become more worthy of them and more true to its ideals,” Clinton said at the White House observance.

Vernon Baker, who had served as a lieutenant with the 370th Infantry Regiment, was cited for his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life” for his actions on April 5 and 6th, 1945, when he destroyed four German machine gun nests near Viareggio, Italy, at Castle Aghinolfi, a critical German high-ground mountain defense post. He killed nine enemy soldiers with a gun and hand grenades. Mr. Baker also was awarded the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroic actions in Italy.

Lt. Joseph Vernon Baker: An Honor Long Deferred

In the January 14th, 1997 edition of The New York Times, James Bennett wrote a moving article about the White House ceremony, which came a half-century after most of them had died in combat. On January 13th, 1997, seven soldiers finally were awarded the Medals of Honor that they deserved, but which had been denied after World War II because they were African-Americans. Of the seven men, Joseph Vernon Baker was the only one of the decorated soldiers who was still alive.

Their abilities and courageous actions in combat had been routinely derided by white officers. The very soldiers who were finally honored on that day had been forced to fight in segregated units, protecting the very freedoms that they did not fully share.

History has been made whole today,” Mr. Clinton declared, while standing in the East Room of the White House in front of Gilbert Stuart’s full-length portrait of George Washington, ”and our nation is bestowing honor on those who have long deserved it.”

Lt. Vernon Baker: An Honor Long Overdue

Wofford College Honors Vernon Baker:  WWII Medal of Honor Winner

Interview with Vernon Baker: WWII Medal of Honor Winner

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Tiny Wofford Upsets Purdue 69-66 in the Las Vegas Classic

Tiny Wofford Tops Purdue University, 69-66

As the fourth-smallest school in the nation that plays NCAA Division I basketball, Wofford College, from The Southern Conference, knows that going on the road into tough environments is unavoidable.  But after seeing what has happened the past three seasons, the Terriers like that just fine.  Shane Nichols hit a running layup with 2.1 seconds remaining as Wofford upset Purdue 69-66 Wednesday night in a second-round game of the Las Vegas Classic.

Its a big win, no doubt, but we know we are capable of going into a place like this and winning,” Nichols said.  “We are used to playing a tough non-conference schedule.”  Two seasons ago the Wofford won at Cincinnati and last year host Auburn University fell victim.

Wofford was on the verge of losing to a major-conference opponent when Purdue took a 55-48 lead with 9:24 remaining in the game.  That six-point deficit didn’t concern Wofford coach Mike Young, whose team had yet to win a road game this season.  “They’re not gonna surprise us,” he said.  “Wisconsin had a sellout with 17,000 people and we werent at full strength there.  Now this may not have been the biggest Mackey (Arena) crowd, but when they had those six straight points in a row you could feel the place shake a little bit.”

Using a quick 9-0 spurt that turned into a 15-6 run, the Terriers led 63-60 on four straight points from Junior Salters with 2:30 to go.  A pair of free throws from Scott Martin and a one-handed dunk from Keaton Grant helped Purdue (7-3) regain the lead at 64-63 with 1:48 left.  Chris Kramer’s layup put the Boilermakers up by three with 1:26 remaining.

With where we have played and what we have gone through, we knew that being down by three points with time left on the clock was something we could overcome,” Nichols said.  Nichols is a big reason why.  The senior guard drained a deep three-pointer with 50 seconds left and then, after Purdue’s Terrance Crump committed a turnover, cut through traffic and somehow managed to get off a shot despite being hounded by several Boilermakers defenders.  “There was a lot of confidence, because I knew either the game would go into overtime or we would win,” Nichols said of the final play.  “I glanced at the clock, put my head down and drove to the basket. Only after I got knocked to the floor and looked up did I know it went in.”

What was Young’s message to his team during a timeout he called with 24.3 seconds left?  “We were looking for me to get out of the way and for (Drew) Gibson or Nichols to make a play,” he said.  Purdue coach Matt Painter was not surprised to see Wofford hang around after falling behind by 10 points in the first half and then by six midway through the second half.  “They made the necessary offensive and defensive plays,” he said.  “We had a few good plays and some defensive stops, but there were some lapses (with) four missed free throws. You have a tendency that when you lose games, you only look at breakdownsWofford made the plays necessary to win.  Down the stretch, they made some big three-pointers.  Give them creditThey were well-prepared,” Grant said.  “We think we are invincible in Mackey and we thought that would carry us through tonight.  It didn’t.”

Both teams travel to Las Vegas for two more games in the Classic.  Purdue (7-3) plays Iowa State and Wofford meets Texas Southern on Saturday.  The tournament finishes play on Sunday.

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The Article from Saturday, October 06, 2007

Wofford College played The Citadel on Saturday and came away with a 28-7 win, scoring 21 big points in the second-half. Wofford improves to 5-1 for the season and are 3-0 in conference play. The Terriers are in first place in the Southern Conference and ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). A photograph is included.

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Tiny Wofford College Wins Again: Conquers The Citadel by Score of 28-7

Tiny Wofford College Conquers The Citadel by a Score of 28-7

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Wofford’s Kevious Johnson

Wofford College went down to play The Citadel at Johnson-Hagood Stadium in Charleston (SC) on Saturday afternoon and came away with a 28-7 win, scoring 21 big points in the second half.  The Terriers had rushing touchdowns from Justice Joslin, Dane Romero, Josh Collier and Michael Hobbs in the game, and the defense had a strong showing as well.  Wofford improves to 5-1 on the season and are 3-0 in conference play.  The Citadel dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Southern Conference.  The Terriers are presently in first place in the Southern Conference and currently ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

The Terriers were led by Kevious Johnson with 77 yards on twelve carries, as eleven different players ran the ball in the game.  Josh Collier had 87 yards passing on 4-of-11 passing.  Fenn Allen led the Wofford receivers with one catch for 31 yards.  At the end of the first-half, the game was tied at 7-7.  In the second- half, Wofford broke the game wide open with the three touchdowns that gave them the 28-7 victory.  Wofford now has defeated The Citadel nine straight times, dating back to 1999.  Wofford has also won five straight games against The Citadel when playing in Charleston (SC).

Next weekend the Wofford will host Gardner-Webb in a home non-conference game at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg (SC).  The game is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm.

David and Goliath

Personal Thought: It’s possible that the final NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Championship Game could turn to be a be a David and Goliath matchup.  Further, the Wofford Terriors are beginning to look more and more like David as the season progress.

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Tiny Wofford College Wins Again: Wofford Crushes Furman University, 45-20

Wofford Crushes Furman University, 45-20

Wofford College Crushes Furman University, 45-20

Wofford College, which toppled FCS (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA) top-ranked Appalachian State University last week, continued its winning ways Saturday night, beating Southern Conference rival Furman University at Paladin Stadium in Greenville (SC) by a score of 45-20. The Terriers were led with three touchdowns by Kevious Johnson and two touchdowns by Josh Collier. On defense, Brian Ford and Kevin Adleman each had interceptions. With the win, Wofford improves to 4-1 on the season and are 2-0 in conference play, while Furman drops to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Southern Conference.

Kevious Johnson

Wofford-Furman Highlights 

We had a great team effort tonight and that is what it took to win the game,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “Furman is an excellent football team and they do a great job. We have come up with a few things that we think helped us. Mixing in the pass on offense with the run on the option stuff helped us. I can’t say enough about the kids. The coaches did an excellent job getting ready. It is still a long season and we have a ways to go and must get better each week.”

Next weekend, the Terriers will travel to The Citadel in Charleston, S. C. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and will be televised on SportSouth. Last year, Wofford defeated The Citadel by a score of 28-21.

Wofford College Upsets FCS Top-Ranked Appalachian State University

Wofford College, the smallest school in Division I football, entered its showdown with Division I-AA’s (FCS) top-ranked Appalachian State searching for an identity and left with a victory that could open the way to a landmark season.

The Terriers ran for 316 yards and had four touchdowns in the second half to beat the two-time defending I-AA champion Mountaineers 42-31. The loss ended ASU’s 17-game winning streak and was its first Southern Conference defeat since 2003.

We did not play well the week before (in a loss at I-A North Carolina State University), and not many people gave us a chance Saturday,” Wofford coach Mike Ayers said Sunday. “I think that created a bunch of players with a chip on the shoulder who wanted to prove they could play with the team that beat Michigan this season.”

Kevious Johnson ran for 98 yards for the Terriers (3-1), who had not beaten ASU (3-1) since 2003. “They come at you like a hurricane, and the next thing you know you’re behind by three or four scores,” Ayers said. “We had to weather those storms. We had to make it a four-quarter fight, not a one-round knockout, and we did.”

Note: On September 1st, Appalachian State defeated The University of Michigan, which at that time was ranked No. 5 among Division I schools. The score of that upset win was: Appalachian State 34, The University of Michigan 32.

Wofford College vs. The University of South Carolina (2006)

Now here’s an inspirational sporting event: It was just about a year ago that Wofford College, smallest Division I school in the nation) played against The University of South Carolina and almost upset the Carolina Gamecocks. Wofford’s final drive in the game took the Terriers down to the South Carolina 10-yard line, but a fumble on the fourth down ended any hopes of an upset as the Gamecocks managed to hold on for a 27-20 victory at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. The Terriers brought the score within one touchdown with 4:43 on the clock as Josh Collier hit Andy Strickland for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Wofford then stopped USC on its next possession before mounting its final drive covering 51 yards with just one timeout remaining. “I can’t describe how proud I am of the guys,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “Our coaching staff worked their tails off. We came down here with the mindset that we could win.”

Wofford College vs. The University of South Carolina (1:38 into the video)

Final Score: The University of South Carolina 27, Wofford 20 (USC wins with 5 sec. remaining in the game)

Wofford College Through the Years

Wofford College is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the United States that were founded prior to the Civil War, which still operates and remains on its original campus. The Wofford College campus has been named a National Historic District. It has five of the six original college buildings, all of which are in use today for various purposes. The beauty of its campus has resulted in its designation as an officially registered South Carolina arboretum.

Wofford is presently becoming known in the wider academic world as a true “Phoenix rising from the ashes.” It was devastated by the loss of almost its entire endowment as a result of the Civil War. However, despite its meager financial resources, Wofford proudly struggled through the next twelve decades to provide an academically challenging education to its small student body. One illustration of the sterling academic quality maintained by the college is the fact that forty-two Wofford alumni have gone on to serve as college and university presidents.

For example, through the years Wofford graduates and faculty have included the Founders or Presidents/Chancellors of Duke University, Vanderbilt University, The Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Southern Methodist University, Hendrix College, Randolph-Macon College and Mary Washington College. A former President of the college went on to become the President of Southern Methodist University, Drew University and, finally, Chancellor of The University of North Carolina (as well as head of the entire University of North Carolina educational system).

Today, gaining increasing national recognition as an academic “jewel” in the South, its endowment has been increasing rapidly and a significant new endowment drive has recently been inaugurated. There has been an unprecedented acceleration of the restoration and construction of student residences, academic, recreation and sports facilities. It is also presently distinguished by being the smallest college in the nation (1,500 students) with sports teams competing (quite successfully) in both men’s and women’s NCAA Division I athletics.

Academically, Wofford has been focusing upon a significant expansion of its faculty, with new faculty members currently being drawn to teach at the college from some of the most prestigious universities in the country. For many years, Wofford served students who came, for the most part, from South Carolina and its immediate surrounding areas. Presently, it’s become quite competitive in attracting exceptionally talented students from across the nation, as well as from abroad. In the 2007 U. S. News & World Report rankings of National Liberal Arts Colleges, Wofford’s national ranking is now in the company of such selective, prestigious colleges as: Pitzer College (CA), Lawrence University (WI), Reed College (OR), Wheaton College (MA), Agnes Scott College (GA) and Earlham College (IN). In the more recently released college rankings by The Washington Monthly, Wofford is ranked 29th out of 202 National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Wofford College: Old Main

Wofford Through the Years

Wofford College: Making the Connections

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My Articles for Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Today marks the start of the infamous 1969-70 Chicago Seven Trial of activists charged with plotting to incite riots at the 1968 Chicago DNC. That DNC attracted Vietnam War protesters and civil rights activists. They were faced and attacked by Mayor Richard Daley’s brutal police force.

Drawings, photographs and a video photo-gallery are included.

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In this week’s “Dancing With the Stars,” the most vivid moment on “Boys’ Night” was when the camera showed the faces of the women competitors after model Albert Reed completed a cha-cha-cha. With so many pelvic gyrations, he could easily get a gig as a Chippendale stripper. The women were absolutely agog! The article includes photographs and video.

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“Photo of the Day: Sleeping Beauty.” Every beauty needs a bit of shut-eye, a little beauty rest! This is a stunning, beautiful photograph that is presented for you here in high-resolution.

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Wofford College, the smallest school in Division I football, beat Division I-AA’s top-ranked Appalachian State by a score of 42-31. Fans recall last year’s University of South Carolina game, where Wofford lost a close 27-20 game in the final 5-seconds. This article gives a historic look at this unusual, small college. Photographs and videos are included.

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