Coastal Carolina’s Department of Athletics released its 2011 football schedule Friday, which includes five home games, two games versus Southern Conference members and a road game versus the Georgia Bulldogs.
Coastal Carolina will open its ninth season on Sept. 3, hosting Furman, who has won 12 Southern Conference championships and made 15 NCAA playoff berths. The teams have met on two previous occasions, each winning once. In 2006, Furman came to Brooks Stadium ranked third nationally and were handed a 29-27 upset before the largest crowd at Brooks Stadium of 10,013. The following season, Coastal went to Furman and dropped a 27-17 decision to the Paladins.
The Chants will remain in Conway for week to and host the Catawba Indians on Sept 10. Catawba is where current Coastal Carolina head coach David Bennett spent years (1995-2001) as head coach prior to coming to Conway. Bennett led the Indians to a 63-17 record – including 11 wins in each of his last three seasons, four South Atlantic Conference titles and three NCAA Division II playoff berths while earning SAC Coach of the Year honors four times. Bennett was inducted into the Catawba Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. Six CCU football staff members are Catawba graduates (offensive coordinator Kevin Brown, defensive coordinator Curtis Walker, defensive ends coach Grant Cain, corner backs coach Mike Castellano and equipment manager Wilson Beaver.
Coastal Carolina will hit the road for two straight games, facing Georgia on Sept. 17 and North Carolina A&T. The Chants have never faced Georgia before and it marks the fourth consecutive year Coastal has played an NCAA FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) team and fifth FCS school overall. (CCU played at Penn State in 2008, at Kent State in 2009, at Clemson in 2009 and at West Virginia in 2010.) Coastal played a home-and-home series with A&T in 2008 and ’09, winning both by scores of 20-7 in Greensboro in ’08 and 28-7 in Conway in ’09.
After a bye week (Oct. 1), the Chants will alternate home and road games before finishing the regular season with back-to-back road games. Coastal plays home games on Oct. 8 vs. VMI, Oct. 22 vs. Gardner-Webb and Nov. 5 versus Presbyterian. Big South road games for the Chants include Liberty (Oct. 15), Stony Brook (Oct. 29) and Charleston Southern (Nov. 12).
Coastal Carolina will conclude the regular season on the road in an out-of-conference match-up with the Southern Conference’s Western Carolina at Whitmire Stadium. It will be the first meeting between CCU and WCU on the gridiron.