CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – The lights at the TD Sports Complex on the Coastal Carolina University campus shined a little bit brighter on football practice Monday night.
ESPN’s College GameDay announced on Twitter on Monday it will be live in Conway on Saturday as the undefeated Chanticleers take on No. 25 Liberty.
“Lots of great milestones for our university, and from an athletic standpoint, I’m not sure there’s a bigger one in the world of college football than having GameDay come to your city, and that’s what’s happening on Saturday,” said Coastal Carolina Athletic Director Matt Hogue.
It will be the first time ever that College GameDay has made a stop at Coastal Carolina University.
The Chants have moved up in the polls to the No. 14 spot in this week’s AP Poll after remaining undefeated and clinching the Sun Belt’s East Division with a win over Texas State on Saturday.
Details on where exactly the College GameDay will be broadcasting has not been announced yet.
Hogue said ESPN is sending people to survey the campus this week to figure out the best place to host the national pregame show.
Coastal Carolina tracks the number of times the school is mentioned on news platforms and in social media every day.
The school has been setting records this year, with nearly 20 million mentions on some football game days.
“I’m sure we’ll see those media mentions skyrocket this weekend,” said Hogue. “Already, the buzz you have during this week is going to bring enormous attention to our university. What a great time, as you have students out there deciding where to go to college, and we can’t think of a better place than right here at CCU.”
Hogue will be watching those media mentions this weekend, but maybe not quite as closely as the game against Liberty.
“We’ve got a big game against a great opponent, too,” said Hogue. “Renewing a rivalry, so a lot of great synergy for the game on Saturday. Obviously, GameDay will be here to showcase it.”