The Citadel's basketball program has gone through many interesting periods in its history. The program under former head coach Pat Dennis was one that played sometimes as many as four non Division I opponents in a year.
The lowest point in its history was in the 2003-04 season. The Dogs played Emmanuel, a NAIA school with about 750 students. They scheduled the game for 10 AM on a Saturday morning. Yes, 10 AM. They had free coffee and doughnuts for the crowd. They did not go home happy. Emmanuel had lost to Wofford, a low-level SoCon team at that time, by 44 points. Stunningly, tiny Emmanuel beat the Bulldogs in OT, 71-66. They blew a 15-point lead at home to an NAIA team. The Citadel had just 3 winning seasons in 15 years.In 2007-08, the College of Charleston had their first losing season ever in D1, closing out John Kresse Arena under Bobby Cremins, while The Citadel won just two Division I games, with every player but two upperclassmen a freshman. The crowds were tiny at McAlister Field House. Five thousand people attended a set of eight games. Combined. In a 6,000 seat arena.
In 2008-09, a renaissance occurred with basketball at the College and at The Citadel. CofC defeated South Carolina at Carolina First Arena in one of its biggest wins ever in Charleston at the time; and The Citadel had a great season of its own. With Coach Ed Conroy, the Bulldogs won 20 games. If you know Citadel basketball, you know how hard of an accomplishment this is.