Coastal Carolina football officially out of contract for Clemson game

From staff reportsJanuary 22, 2014 

Coastal Carolina is officially off Clemson’s 2014 schedule, which was released Wednesday.

The Chanticleers had a contract to play at Clemson next season, but South Carolina State has agreed to take their place on the schedule as Coastal looked to clear itself of any games against FBS competition, per head coach Joe Moglia’s preference.

Moglia was outspoken that he did not believe the guaranteed-money games against FBS teams served a positive purpose to the growth of his program. The Chants played at South Carolina this season, losing 70-10, despite finishing 12-3 overall and reaching the third round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.Coastal athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in November the school had already worked out arrangements to get out of its contract to play at Kent State in 2015 by having Delaware State take the game. By finding mutually-agreed upon alternative opponents, Coastal did not have to pay a penalty to void those contracts.

Most FCS teams play at least one FBS team per season to collect a paycheck of several hundred-thousand dollars that becomes a depended upon part of the annual budget. Coastal officials have not said specifically how they intend to make up for the loss of that annual pay day.

Clemson’s home game with South Carolina State is scheduled for Sept. 6.The Chants are expected to release their 2014 schedule soon. Ryan Young, ryoung@thesunnews.com

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