CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – When thinking about top moments during his tenure as president of Coastal Carolina University, David DeCenzo said this 2020 football season “certainly ranks up at the top.”
The undefeated Chanticleers gridiron squad is up there with the 2016 National Champion CCU baseball team, according to DeCenzo, who has been president since 2007 and will retire in 2021.
“The World Series was just phenomenal, but this has been something – this entire football season – that has just grown each and every week, and I think that’s what’s been exciting,” DeCenzo said.
On Saturday, the Chants take on BYU at Brooks Stadium. The team and the university as a whole will have a national spotlight shone upon them, as ESPN’s “College GameDay” will broadcast live from CCU for the first time.
“This is the stuff we dreamed about years ago,” DeCenzo said.
Even though DeCenzo won’t be president of CCU for much longer, since his last day is Jan. 1, 2021, he still hopes the Chants continue their success in years to come.
“When we moved into the Sun Belt, I remember the commissioner at the time saying what he saw at Coastal reminded him so much of Boise State, and he said, ‘Mark my words. If you all keep moving forward, you’re going to be the next Boise State,’” DeCenzo said.
DeCenzo said he hopes CCU gets the chance to play in a New Years’ Six bowl game on his last day as president.
“If I had to say there was the one dream I would love to see as my presidency ends, it would be a January 1st bowl game,” DeCenzo said. “That would just be the icing on the cake.”