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Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell, running back C.J. Marable and kicker Massimo Biscardi talk after the Chanticleers’ season-opening loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday at Brooks Stadium.
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Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell, running back C.J. Marable and kicker Massimo Biscardi talk after the Chanticleers’ season-opening loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday at Brooks Stadium.

For the second consecutive year, the Coastal Carolina football team will embark on a vagabond journey necessitated by a hurricane.

The Chanticleers hope this year’s trek away from a closed campus caused by Hurricane Dorian won’t be nearly as long as the nearly three-week trip they endured last season because of the arrival of Hurricane Florence and subsequent widespread flooding.

The team traveled to Greenville beginning at 11 a.m. Monday and will remain there until it flies to Lawrence, Kansas on Friday for its game at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Coastal players and football staff will be staying in hotels this week and the team will practice at both high school and college facilities in the Greenville area, including Clemson and Furman universities.

“We’ll be able to do the work we need to do to get our guys ready,” Coastal head coach Jamey Chadwell said. “The challenge more so is now they’re not in a normal routine. You work hard to get them in a normal routine and now you’re out of it. How does that affect them because most people are creatures of habit and now there’s a change. We’re back in a hotel.”

CCU has canceled on-campus classes indefinitely beginning Tuesday. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered schools in Horry and Georgetown counties to close Tuesday until further notice, and also called for the evacuation of Zone A along the coastline in the two counties. Horry County has declared a state of emergency.

The CCU campus being closed includes university student housing.

CCU classes will be continuing online and the CCU players will have allotted time for organized study halls while on the road.

Last year, CCU’s football team was away from campus for three weeks. It stayed in Raleigh, N.C., for a night before playing a reschedule mid-week game at Campbell that was originally scheduled to be played in Conway, and stayed in Jacksonville, Florida for eight days before traveling to Lafayette, La., for a game that it won over Louisiana.

The team returned to the Myrtle Beach area after the Louisiana game but the players and football staff were forced to stay in hotels or off-campus housing and practice at area high schools while campus remained closed before their game against Troy in Troy, Ala.

Coastal’s third game of the season against Norfolk State is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Brooks Stadium in Conway.

“That’s the biggest piece, is depending on how bad this hits, if there’s flooding impacting the school, is it just a week or is it going into next week, does that affect your next week’s game?” Chadwell said. “. . . When we go to Kansas are we able to come back to Conway or do we have to go back to Greenville, what’s the plan there and the thought process?”

Coastal opened the 2019 season Saturday with a 30-23 loss to Eastern Michigan at Brooks Stadium.

According to Kevin Davis, CCU’s assistant athletic director for media relations, CCU’s other fall athletic teams including men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country and volleyball are remaining intact and making plans to remain away from campus and get to or close to their next events.

This is the plan for those teams:

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country: Traveled to Charlotte, N.C., as a team. Their next meet, the Buccaneer Open hosted by Charleston Southern on Sept. 7, has been canceled.

Men’s Golf: Traveled to Wisconsin on Tuesday in preparation for their season-opening Badger Invitational on Sept. 8-10.

Women’s Golf: Traveled to Columbia to practice in preparation for their first fall event in two weeks.

Men’s Soccer: The team, which is ranked 12th in the nation in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and 16th by College Soccer News after starting the season 2-0 with wins against top-20 programs Oregon State (2-1) and Portland (1-0), traveled to Charlotte ahead of its road contests Friday night at No. 21 Charlotte and Sunday at No. 19 West Virginia.

Women’s Soccer: Relocated to Charlotte. Their home match against Jacksonville on Friday has been moved to Winthrop University at 7 p.m., and their home game against Longwood on Sunday has been canceled. Instead they will play at Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Volleyball: Headed to Greensboro, N.C., to practice. Coach Joszef Forman and his staff are trying to relocate the Coastal Carolina Classic home tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday to either Charlotte or UNC Greensboro. The Chants were scheduled to face S.C. State and SMU on Friday and East Tennessee State on Saturday.

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