CCU QB, athletics director ‘devastated’ after Sun Belt Championship game canceled

CCU's athletics director talks Chants' historic season

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina’s star quarterback voiced his disappointment after it was announced Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference Championship game has been canceled.

“Devastated for all the seniors and all our guys that worked so incredibly hard to get to this point,” Grayson McCall tweeted shortly after 9:30 a.m. Friday. “We’re still here, and we’re not going anywhere anytime soon.”

The conference announced late Thursday night that the game between No. 9 Coastal Carolina and No. 17 Lousiana-Lafayette has been canceled.

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CCU said in a press release that the game was called off due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Chanticleer program. Due to contact tracing, an entire position group would not be available for the Chants due to possible exposure.

The conference also said both teams will be recognized as co-champions due to the game not taking place.

McCall has been superb in his first season as the starting quarterback for the Chanticleers. He is among the nation’s leaders with 23 passing touchdowns and just two interceptions and leads the Sun Belt in passing efficiency at 185.9 on the season.

During Friday’s edition of “Grand Strand Today,” CCU athletics director Matt Hogue also talked about the decision to cancel the Sun Belt title game.

“I would say that everyone is just incredibly devastated that we weren’t able to play the championship game ... none more devastated than our group here and our players and we feel for them,” Hogue said.

CCU’s weekly football press conference is taking place Friday at 2 p.m. and can be viewed below:

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