Just one day after its baseball team won the College World Series, Coastal Carolina became the newest member of the Sun Belt Conference Friday.
For Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson, the university’s athletic success couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
“We get to celebrate not only Coastal Carolina’s entry into the Sun Belt, but the national championship yesterday,” Benson said. “It’s fitting, it demonstrates just how ready and prepared Coastal Carolina is and I think this is the beginning of a bright, bright future for both Coastal Carolina and the Sun Belt.”
Benson has been the commissioner of the Sun Belt since February 2012. Prior to his position with the conference, he was the commissioner of the Western Atlantic Conference from 1994-2012 and the Mid-American Conference from 1990-1994.
From his 18 years as commissioner of the Western Atlantic Conference, he said Coastal Carolina reminds him of his alma mater Boise State.
“When you have the commitment that David DeCenzo has along with the brick and mortar, the baseball and softball complex, their plans for the football stadium and just in general the overall university, I’ll tell you what it really reminded me of was Boise State from 20 years ago when Boise State made the move from the Big Sky and FCS into the FBS and Western Atlantic Conference,” Benson said.
For more of Benson’s thoughts on the future of the Sun Belt Conference and Coastal Carolina athletics, check out his interview on SportsTalk from Friday night.