CCU Daytona Beach-bound to face Bethune-Cookman

After winning its fifth Big South Championship and earning its third NCAA playoff berth in 10 years of having a football program, Coastal Carolina learned Sunday afternoon through the ESPNU selection show that the Chanticleers will travel to No. 22-ranked Bethune-Cookman (9-2) to play in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Championship.

Coastal Carolina (7-4) closed the season with five straight wins under the direction of first-year head coach Joe Moglia to earn a share of the Big South title with Stony Brook and Liberty while earning the league’s automatic bid thanks to a perfect 3-0 road record in conference games.

Stony Brook, ranked 10th in the most recent FCS The Sports Network poll, will travel to Villanova, marking the first time two Big South teams have reached the playoffs in the same season.

Bethune-Cookman, champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, completed a perfect run through league play with an 8-0 record, capping it off with a 21-16 victory over rival Florida A&M in the Florida Blue Florida Classic on Saturday. The Wildcats are making their fourth appearance to the FCS playoffs in school history.

Coastal Carolina earned the Big South’s first playoff berth, an at-large selection, in 2006, falling to top seed Appalachian State in the first round. In 2010, Coastal received the Big South’s first automatic bid and fell to Western Illinois in the first round.

Coastal had hoped to host a first-round game and submitted a big to the FCS Selection Committee but lost out and will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. Game time at Municipal Stadium is set for 2 pm.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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