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Big South Opponent Preview: Coastal Carolina

August 29, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Asa Chapman and the Flames will play their second to last regular season game in Conway, S.C., on Nov. 13, against Coastal Carolina, in what is sure to a key game for the 2010 Big South title.

Asa Chapman and the Flames will play their second to last regular season game in Conway, S.C., on Nov. 13, against Coastal Carolina, in what is sure to a key game for the 2010 Big South title.

As we enter this week leading up to Liberty's season-opener against St. Francis, LibertyFlames.com is finishing up its preview of the Big South Conference. Each opponent preview includes audio interviews with head coach Danny Rocco and the opposing head coach.

We continue the week-long series, today, by taking a look at Coastal Carolina. After suffering a difficult season two years ago with a 1-4 league record in 2008, the former three-time Big South champion program rebounded in 2009. Coastal Carolina posted a 3-3 record to grab a share of fourth place in the final standings along with Gardner-Webb.

Overall, the Chanticleers finished the 2009 campaign with a 5-6 mark, but two of their six losses were to FBS programs (Kent State, L/ 0-18, and Clemson, L/ 3-49). In 2010, Coastal Carolina will follow the same FBS scheduling path as Liberty did last year, as the Chanticleers will open the year in Morgantown, W.Va., on Sept. 4 (Liberty dropped its 2009 opener to West Virginia, 33-20).

The next 30 days on Coastal Carolina's schedule will continue to test the Chanticleers. They will face road games at Towson (Sept. 11) and preseason No. 6 Richmond (Oct. 2), while hosting Georgia Southern at Brooks Stadium on Sept. 18.

The 2010 Big South slate looks favorable for Coastal Carolina, as the Chanticleers will have their toughest tests at home where they will face Stony Brook (Oct. 23), Liberty (Nov. 13) and Charleston Southern (Nov. 20). The Chanticleers hold a combined 13-4 series record against their three road Big South foes, in Presbyterian (Oct. 16), Gardner-Webb (Oct. 30) and VMI (Nov. 6).

Coastal Carolina returns a league-high 60 letterwinners and 22 starters for the 2010 season (next on the list is Gardner-Webb with 49 returning letterwinners). Nine of the 22 starters return on defense, including first-team all-conference defensive back Josh Norman and second-team linebacker Desmond Steward.

There are only three Big South teams that head coach Danny Rocco has lost to since taking over the program in 2006. One of those losses came in Conway, S.C., during his inaugural season at the helm of the program in a 28-26 setback on Oct. 28, 2006. 

The next time Liberty made the trek to the beach, the Flames capped off a three-game road winning streak with a hard-fought 43-38 victory over the Chanticleers on Oct. 4, 2008. 

Current NFL running back Rashad Jennings played a huge factor in the win, as he scored three times and amassed 228 total offensive yards on the day. However, his most notable contribution might have been a kneel down just before the goal line that allowed the clock to wind down to zero and kept the ball out of Coastal Carolina's hands in the back-and-forth battle.

Liberty had a much easier time recording a win against Coastal Carolina in 2009, as Liberty opened up Big South play with a 58-13 victory on Oct. 17 inside Williams Stadium. The 50-point outburst was the first of four times Liberty would surpass the half-century mark against a Big South foe in 2009, helping the Flames finish the year ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring offense (36.36 points per game).

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location: Conway, S.C.
Enrollment: 8,300
Founded: 1954
Nickname: Chanticleers
Colors: Teal, Bronze and Black
Conference: Big South
Stadium: Brooks Stadium (8,900)
Surface: Natural Grass
President: Dr. David DeCenzo
Athletic Director: Hunter Yurachek

COACHING INFORMATION
Head Coach: David Bennett (Presbyterian, '84)
Record at School: 50-29 (Seven years)
Career Record: 113-46 (14 years)
Assistant Coaches:
Kevin Brown - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Curtis Walker - Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
Maurice Drayton - Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Jamel Smith - Defensive Line
Patrick Covington - Offensive Line
Gary Smallen - Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
Drew Watson - Safeties
Mike Castellano - Cornerbacks
Keith James - Running Backs
Grant Cain - Inside Linebackers
Brian Gabriel - Strength Coach

PLAYER & TEAM INFORMATION
Offensive Formation: Spread
Defensive Formation: Multiple
Lettermen Returning: 60 (25 Off., 29 Def., 6 SP)
Lettermen Lost: 12 (7 Off., 5 Def., 0 SP)
Starters Returning: 22 (7 Off., 9 Def., 6 SP)
Starters Lost: 8 (4 Off., 2 Def., 0 SP)
Offensive/Defensive Starters Returning: 7/9
Offensive Starters Returning: Bryan Brooks (OL), David Duran (TE), Tim Franklin (OL), Zach MacDowall (QB), Seth Smalls (OL), Adrian Sullivan (WR), Brandon Whitley (WR)
Defensive Starters Returning: Brandon Autry (S), Robert Balkunas (DL), Dominique Davenport (S), Quinton Davis (DL), Derrick Frasier (LB), Dexter Holman (DL), Marcus Lott (CB), Josh Norman (CB), Chad McField (DL), Desmond Steward (LB), Chris Walls (LB)

Athletics Web Site - Link
2009 Record: 5-6 – Link to Results
Conference Record/Finish: 3-3/T4th
2009 Statistics – Link to Statistics
2010 Schedule – Link to Schedule

Series Results
Series Record: Liberty leads the series, 4-3
Last Meeting at Home: Oct. 17, 2009
Liberty, 58-13 – Link to RecapBox Score
Last Meeting on the Road: Oct. 4, 2008
Liberty, 43-38 – Link to RecapBox Score
Current Series Streak: Liberty, W3