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Coastal Carolina ranked in the coaches preseason poll for first time in program history

Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 2:14 PM EDT
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CONWAY, S.C. (CCU ATHLETICS) - The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers made history on August 10, as the 2020 Sun Belt Conference Champions came in ranked No. 24 in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Preseason Poll.

The ranking is the first national preseason FBS ranking in program history.

The Chanticleers return 19 starters from last year’s championship team – 10 defensive starters and nine offensive starters – and over 75 percent of their total offensive yards, 72 percent of their scoring, 91 percent of their tackles, 75 percent of their sacks, and 100 percent of both their field goals and punt yards.

Last year, Coastal finished the year at 11-1 overall and with a national ranking of No. 14 overall in both the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll and Amway Coaches Top 25 Poll presented by USA TODAY.  

Coastal’s No. 14 nationally ranking in the final top 25 polls of the season were both Sun Belt Conference records, eclipsing Appalachian State’s final rankings of No. 18 in the coaches poll and No. 19 in the AP poll in 2019.  

The 2020 season marked Coastal Carolina’s first-ever undefeated regular season in program history and the first time that the Chanticleers were ranked in either the Associated Press Top 25 Poll or the Amway Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports.  

The Chanticleers were ranked as high as No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll, both of which were Sun Belt Conference records, and ranked in the top 25 in both the national polls for 10-straight weeks. The Chanticleers were also ranked as high as No. 12 in the College Football Playoff rankings, also a Sun Belt record.

The Chanticleers are slated to kick off the 2021 season at home versus The Citadel on Thursday night, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. ET inside Brooks Stadium.

The season opener is one of seven home games for the Chanticleers this season. The home schedule also includes a program first, as Coastal will host the first-ever Power 5 opponent on the “Surf Turf” inside Brooks Stadium as the Kansas Jayhawks out of the Big 12 Conference make a visit on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Season Tickets

2021 Coastal Carolina football season tickets are on sale now at the Chanticleer Athletics Ticket Office. Any fan interested in purchasing season tickets can call the ticket office at 843-347-TIXX (8499) or email tickets@coastal.edu. Don’t miss your chance to reserve a spot in Brooks Stadium for the 2021 campaign!

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