Football Announces 2009 Schedule


Football Announces 2009 Schedule

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     CONWAY, S.C.—The Coastal Carolina University football team will have five home games along with a pair of road games at Football Bowl Subdivision schools on its 2009 schedule, announced today. Through their first five seasons, the Chants are 25-10 (.714) at home in Brooks Stadium. It also marks the second straight year the Chanticleers will have at lesat one Football Bowl Subdivision opponent on the schedule. 

      The 2009 season will be the fifth year in the past six where the Chanticleers open on the road, starting the season on Thursday, September 3 at the Mid-American Conference’s Kent State. This will be just the second weeknight game in program history, as Coastal Carolina defeated North Greenville on a Thursday night in its inaugural season in 2003. Also on the slate is a matchup against the Clemson Tigers of the ACC in Death Valley on October 31.

      Coastal Carolina’s first six games will alternate between home and away, with the Chants having an open date the third week of the season (Sept. 19). After their road game at Kent State, the team will host Monmouth (Sept. 12) in their home opener. Coastal Carolina’s other home dates will see the team take on North Carolina A&T (Oct. 3) before facing Big South Conference opponents VMI (Oct. 17), Gardner-Webb (Nov. 7) and Presbyterian (Nov. 14).

      Coastal Carolina’s road schedule will also see the team square off against Towson (Sept. 26) in non-conference action. The Chants will then open up their conference schedule at defending Big South champs Liberty (Oct. 10). Their last three away games pit the Chanticleers against Stony Brook (Oct. 24), Clemson (Oct. 31), and Charleston Southern (Nov. 21). 

      "We normally don’t play two FBS games, but to be able to get some things we need for the program, that is what we have done this year," Head Coach David Bennett said. "Opening with Kent State is going to be tough, as the Mid-American Conference has such a tradition of knocking off great teams that compete on the national level. Clemson has the athletes to compete not only for an ACC championship but a National Championship as well. They have a great coaching staff, a great fan base and a great atmosphere for college football. It will be a great experience to see our young men compete in one of the finest environments in all of college sports.

      "On the other non-conference games, there is strength in the FCS schedule too," Bennett continued. "We head to Towson, which plays in the tough Colonial Athletic Association that put five teams in the playoffs last year and with a new coaching staff, we know they will be ready to play. North Carolina A&T plays in the MEAC, and they also have a new leader so they will be improved. Then Monmouth showed what they could do last year as the Northeast Conference runner-up, and that league is getting better, as it will get an automatic bid into the playoffs in 2010. As we continue to build the program, we will continue to grow the schedule and have added more regional teams on the next couple of years, including several Southern Conference schools. We also are working to add another SoCon school for a home-and-home series in the future and just waiting on their signature on the contract to finalize that. The Big South has also improved greatly over the years, as seen by last year’s standings and a Liberty team that truly should have been in the national playoffs. So it is going to take a lot of hard work here in the spring and over the summer to get ready for a challenging fall."

Day  Date   Opponent   Time   Series Record
Thurs. Sept. 3  at Kent State  7 p.m.  First Meeting
Sat.  Sept. 12  MONMOUTH (Armed Forces/Public Servants Day)  7 p.m.  Coastal Carolina leads 1-0
Sat. Sept. 19 Open Date
Sat. Sept. 26 at Towson TBA  Coastal Carolina leads 1-0
Sat. Oct. 3 NORTH CAROLINA A&T (Family Weekend) 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina leads 1-0
Sat. Oct. 10 VMI* (Hall of Fame Day) 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina leads 4-2
Sat. Oct. 17 at Liberty* TBA Tied 3-3
Sat. Oct. 24 at Stony Brook*  TBA  Coastal Carolina trails 0-1
Sat. Oct. 31 at Clemson TBA First Meeting
Sat. Nov. 7 GARDNER-WEBB* (Homecoming) 12:30 p.m.  Coastal Carolina leads 5-1
Sat. Nov. 14  PRESBYTERIAN (Senior Day)  12:30 p.m. Tied 1-1
Sat. Nov. 21  at Charleston Southern*  1:30 p.m.  Coastal Carolina leads 4-2

Home games in BOLD CAPS
* Big South Conference Game