"It is an honor to receive this extension. I am fortunate to be part of an institution that has such a strong commitment to excellence,” Higgins said. “The support the football program has and continues to receive from President Lt Gen Rosa and the Bulldog Alumni has given us the opportunity to carry out our vision for success. We are building a winning tradition at The Citadel.”
Tying for third place in the Southern Conference, The Citadel concluded the season 7-4, marking the first seven-win season since the Bulldogs won the SoCon Championship in 1992. Since joining the staff in 2005, Higgins improved the Bulldogs from 4-7 overall and 2-5 in the conference to 7-4 and 4-2, including an impressive performance at No. 7 Wisconsin last season.
Under Higgins’ leadership, standout quarterback Duran Lawson broke the school’s all-time passing record in 2007 with a career total of 5,376 yards despite two seasons being cut short due to injury. Higgins also recruited and coached the Bulldogs’ first associated press All-American selection since 1992 in then-sophomore wide receiver Andre Roberts. In 2007, four Bulldogs earned first team All-Southern Conference honors, while Higgins himself was selected as a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award.
“I can’t think of a better way to kick off my career at The Citadel than by knowing Kevin Higgins will be running our football program,” said athletic director Larry Leckonby, who began his duties on Tuesday. “Coach Higgins is respected throughout college football for his knowledge of the game and for his leadership. His winning attitude is infectious.”
The Bulldogs have a lot to look forward to in the 2008 season as they are ranked as high as No. 16 in preseason polls. Higgins returns all his coordinators for the third season to lead the Bulldogs’ who take on Bowl Subdivision Clemson and
The Bulldogs will open the 2008 season at home on Aug. 30 in the “White Out” game against Webber International. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. and fans are encouraged to cheer on the Bulldogs by wearing white to the season-opener.
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