The Coastal Carolina football team is coming off its best season as an FBS member, as the Chanticleers posted an 11-1 record and earned the school’s first ever bowl appearance during the 2020 campaign. Coastal won the Sun Belt Conference regular season title with a perfect 8-0 mark, before falling to Liberty in overtime 37-34 at the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
On Tuesday, the reigning AP “Coach of the Year” Jamey Chadwell met with members of the media to recap spring football practice for the Chanticleers and to look ahead to the upcoming season. Chadwell says he’s most excited about having fans back for their seven home games this coming fall noting that, “we would have had 20,000 here at our place (last year). I think more than anything, getting back to that and having that ‘Gameday’ experience that most people want to experience during college, that’s one for me personally that I look forward to”.
He also touched on this week’s NFL draft in which defensive end Tarron Jackson is projected to be selected either late Friday or sometime on Saturday. “He’s a good player, but I think where he made most of his plays is his motor is relentless. Our whole team is excited for him because he wasn’t a highly recruited player out of high school. I think Coastal was the only offer he had. We’re not anticipating Thursday night by any means, but I know this whole community will be excited for him”.
Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill also mentioned that the league has a new policy regarding Covid-19 vaccinations. “Right now, if you’re fully vaccinated, you do not have to be in the testing protocol and you’re not subject to contact tracing. I would expect that policy to continue on in the fall. We’re excited to invite band, spirit, and fans back. We haven’t made all those determinations on what those policies will be, but our intention is to make the fall of 2021 look closer to the fall of 2018 and 2019”.
The Chanticleers are scheduled to open the new season on September 4th at home against The Citadel.