Nov. 16, 2011
FINAL CHANTICLEER CALL-IN MOVED!!!!!!!!
Note: Due to the Chanticleer men's soccer team hosting Elon in the first round of the NCAA Championship this Thursday (7 pm), THE FINAL "Chanticleer Call-In" will be broadcast live from Logan's Roadhouse (in the restaurant district of Coastal Grand Mall) from 6:00-7:00 pm. Fans are encouraged to join Layne Harris and head coach David Bennett. For those unable to attend, the show can be heard locally on 93.9 FM ESPN "The Team" or world-wide on GoCCUSports.com. Fans can ask Coach Bennett questions by calling (866) 866-6562 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
COASTAL CAROLINA PLAYERS AND COACH BENNETT QUOTES FROM WEDNESDAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE
Josh Norman (on Western Carolina game): "[It's the] last game of my career here and that's what we are going to approach it as. We will be taking it one play at a time, going in there with our objectives and winning the ballgame. Once this game is over, we will looking back over (our career) and just take what we have learned since we've been here."
Josh Norman (on not going to playoffs): "Things happen. We had a lot of injuries this season that really hindered us from being able to do what we wanted to do. That's one of those things that happen."
Josh Norman (on reflecting on his upcoming last game): "I had a couple of things (brought my my attention) this past week, with all the accomplishments and the things I got done, but we still have one more game left. I will try to hold off on thinking about all that until after this game."
Jamie Childers (on Western Carolina game): "We're going to go out there and take it one play at a time and focus on our assignments."
Jamie Childers (on reflecting on his upcoming last game): "The time for reflection will be after the season is over. Right now, we are in the moment, focused on this next football game we have to play."
Jamie Childers (on the Western Carolina team): "They play in a great conference and things haven't gone their way for them. But, we know that they are going to give us a great game on Saturday."
Coach Bennett (opening statements): "I'm very proud of both of those guys right there, Josh and Jamie. This week, Josh [was] added to the Buck Buchanan Watch List. I'm very proud of Josh being added to that list, top 20 defensive players in the nation. I'm proud of Jamie last week, coming off of that sprained MCL, being the National Tight End of the Week with four catches, two of them being touchdowns, and six knock down blocks. That's pretty darn good coming back off of a sprained knee. I want to see these seniors go out on top with a win. Western Carolina will give us everything they've got."
Coach Bennett (on Western Carolina being between coaches): "Sometimes people think we don't have a good one [coach] here. That's just the way it is. You find out who your friends are through the tough times. Through the good times, everybody's your buddy. I know this, they've got some really good football players. They, like us, have had a lot of injuries and had some turnovers. Again, you learn when you go through the tough time; that's when you learn. You really learn lessons when you go through adversity. Those young men there on that team, will learn that. It's their last ballgame, too. It will be a hard-fought ballgame. You look back on us. We lost David Duran basically for the season, Childers for a month of the season, Marcus Lott for a few games and Andrae Jacobs still not all the way well. You also throw in Jamel Davis and Corey Hawkinsmissing time and losing our quarterback in a game, it's just all part of it. That's when your character's revealed, as you go through those tough times."
Coach Bennett (on opinion of the season): "I don't think as a coach that you're every really completely satisfied, unless you win the national championship. This team right here, coming into the season, we felt we could win the conference. We knew we had two (at Liberty and Stony Brook) tough road games in the league. We didn't perform well in those two - one where the conditions were unbelievable, the other one where we turned it over a bunch. Liberty played their best game of the year. Gardner-Webb was a heart-breaker that we let get away. You always look back, as a coach, and remember the losses more than you remember the wins. You are supposed to win. For our university, for our young men, for our families, everybody, you want to win. So, I don't think you're ever completely pleased, but, being able to win seven ballgames, to me, is better than winning six. We want our guys to go out on a winning note, but again, we will get a great effort from Western Carolina."
Coach Bennett (on the Western Carolina team): "I think at the end of the game, one of their left-handed quarterbacks they've got, he's a big guy, 6'7", he can throw the ball. That's how they got their points at the end of the game against Appalachian - they started winging it, they started throwing it. Last week, Charleston Southern hurt us with 400 yards passing, so that will be a big concern of ours."