Chants Up! Coastal claims No. 14 ranking in final AP poll

Chants Up! Coastal claims No. 14 ranking in final AP poll
Coastal Carolina's Reese White, center, scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against BYU Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Conway, S.C. (Source: AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – An historic season for Coastal Carolina has earned the Chants the No. 14 national ranking in the final poll of the year by The Associated Press.

The Chants wrapped up the year with an 11-1 record after falling to rival Liberty in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl on Dec. 26. It was the first FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl to go to overtime.

The Chants sported the highest ranking in a final national poll in Sun Belt Conference history with the No. 14 spot.

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The Chants were credited with two wins over top-25 teams this season, the first in October against then No. 19 Louisiana. Coastal went on to defeat then No. 16 BYU in a wild December game at Brooks Stadium.

Coastal was recognized as co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference this year after the championship game was called off due to a positive COVID-19 test in the Chants’ program.

Head coach Jamey Chadwell won several awards this season for his efforts, perhaps most notably being named the Associated Press Coach of the Year.

The university extended Chadwell’s contract through the 2027 season.

Looking ahead to next season, Coastal has non-conference home games scheduled with Kansas, UMass and The Citadel, along with a road trip to Buffalo.

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