Coastal de­but

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/NFL -

In Septem­ber 2015, the Sun Belt an­nounce that Coastal Carolina would join its con­fer­ence for the 2017 sea­son, and the Chan­ti­cleers made their me­dia de­but as a Sun Belt mem­ber Mon­day.

Coastal Carolina be­gan its tran­si­tion from an FCS to FBS pro­gram last sea­son, when it went 10-2 as an in­de­pen­dent team. As part of the NCAA tran­si­tion, the school will not be el­i­gi­ble for post­sea­son play un­til the 2018 sea­son.

“That’s fine with me as long as we make ev­ery­body at Coastal Carolina proud,” said se­nior run­ning back Oshar­mar Aber­crom­bie, who rushed for 507 yards and 7 touch­downs in 2016. “It’s pretty tough for some guys. Ev­ery­body wants to play for a bowl game. But us, right now, we’re just fo­cused on mak­ing Coastal Carolina proud.”

The Con­way, S.C., univer­sity was last a mem­ber of the Big South Con­fer­ence in 2015, when it went 4-2 in con­fer­ence and lost in the first round of the FCS play­offs, 41-38, to The Ci­tadel.

Last sea­son, the Sun Belt’s four bowl vic­to­ries were the most in league his­tory.

“I think we’re com­ing in at a great time be­cause the con­fer­ence is at an all­time high,” as­so­ciate coach Jamey Chad­well said. “We feel like we’re go­ing to be a great ad­di­tion to this con­fer­ence, where we feel like we’re the ones picked No. 1, and we’re the ones talk­ing about a New Year’s Eve bowl. We wouldn’t have made the jump if we didn’t think so.”

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