Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina football to renew bitter rivalry with longtime FCS foe

Coastal Carolina announced a new series with an old rival Tuesday.
Coastal Carolina announced a new series with an old rival Tuesday. file photo

The Coastal Carolina football program will renew its rivalry with Liberty in coming seasons.

The Chanticleers and Flames – once archrivals in the Big South Conference as members of the Football Championship Subdivision – will play an early-season home-and-home series in 2023 and 2024.

Coastal will host Liberty on Sept. 9, 2023 at Brooks Stadium and head to Lynchburg, Va., to take on the Flames on Aug. 31, 2024.

The programs often were contenders for the Big South title – with their game often determining the champion – and have a 7-7 overall head-to-head record. Each team has a 5-2 record in home games in the series, which has included several contentious moments.

“Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina has been an incredible rivalry across every sport in our institution for over a decade, not just in football,” CCU head football coach Joe Moglia said. “I have no doubt that in football we will be a great rivalry again at the FBS level going forward, and I am excited about the start of that in 2023.”

The rivalry began in 2003, when Coastal’s program began, and the Chants and Flames won or shared the Big South title 10 times in a 13-year span. Liberty is one of three teams the Chants played in each of their 14 seasons in FCS, along with Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern.

The Chants played their first season in the Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2017, and Liberty last February was approved to begin the two-year FBS reclassification process as an independent program.

The most recent game between the schools was a 42-7 Coastal win in a nationally-televised Thursday night game in 2016, which was Coastal’s largest margin of victory in the series and was thought to possibly be the last time the programs would meet.

Liberty has handed CCU two of its most lopsided losses in program history, winning 58-13 in 2009 and 63-27 in 2011.

Coastal also has non-conference games scheduled between this upcoming season and 2027 against FBS programs South Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, Army, Alabama-Birmingham, Massachusetts, Buffalo and Eastern Michigan.

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