Michael Lake has landed a soccer scholarship at Erskine College, in Due West, S.C. Jess Fuller is going to try to make the football team at Georgia as a walk-on. He has no scholarship. Karl Brozowski will play for Tennessee-Martin after fighting for six months to have The Citadel release him from his scholarship commitment. Brian Alewine is pitching for UNC Charlotte, but his scholarship is history. "All I know is, the two kids that beat my kid are still in school," says Alewine's father, Wayne, "and I'm here, paying through the tongue."
In fact, aside from the resignation of a cadet who beat a freshman golfer, not one cadet was expelled for hazing or lying about hazing in 1991. Rajewski was found guilty of violating the Fourth Class System and ordered to do 120 hours of marching, but he had the sentence forgiven by Watts amid the great good feeling on campus when The Citadel upset Army three games after the Wofford loss. Because of its anger over the kid-gloves treatment of Rajewski, the Brozowski family pressed charges against him. Rajewski was sentenced to 100 hours of community service as part of an agreement with the court.
And now the leaves turn again. The beaten, humiliated and spat-upon of last year will be beating, humiliating and spitting upon new freshmen. Things might just get out of hand, but a Citadel tradition is a Citadel tradition. Boys who love the ring will be driving out boys who love the ring just as much but who, for a bad sweep job here, a rifle called a gun there, will never wear it.
"I can tell you one thing," says the wrestler, Reaves. "I'm going to be hell when I'm a sophomore. I took a lot of crap. I've gotta get somebody back." Here's hoping they beat Wofford.
Postscript: Just before this story went to print, a black Citadel freshman told authorities he woke up on Aug. 20 to find a string noose hanging from the bunk above him. Some say the noose was there because the freshman refused an upperclassman's demand that he sing Dixie in the barracks shower. The Citadel says that it has completed its investigation and has asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to take over.