Coastal’s Bennett goes viral with video of cat-dog rant

I still don’t know who let the dogs out, but now everybody with a computer or TV knows who tried to let the cat out – Coastal Carolina football coach and storyteller David Bennett.

Bennett shared another one of his home-spun yarns in Wednesday’s press conference about the differences between cats and dogs.  At first it sounded like any other bizarre tangent the coach often goes into … then the video went viral.

ESPN, Deadspin, “Pardon The Interruption” and “Around The Horn” – every website and channel you clicked to featured Bennett telling a tall tale the way only he can tell it.

Bennett shared a story about a stray cat sneaking in his screen door and copping an attitude when it was unable to escape. Bennett is obviously a dog person.

“I turn around and there’s a little kitty cat in our kitchen,” Bennett recalled in his classic Cheraw drawl. “I said, `What are you doing in here little kitty cat?’ About that time the cat’s going crazy. I tried to let it out the front door and the cat’s (hissing).”

OK, so it’s what he said so much as how he said it. Bennett comes across as a Southern Garrison Keillor, or a crazy cross between Mark Twain and John Wayne.

And while he was a hit with the national media and talk-show circuit, it was just another Wednesday presser with Bennett being Bennett to those who know him.
Bennett is famous for his meandering metaphors about dogs, cats, mommas, daddys and whoopins, all of them somehow relating back to something his team needs to do.

My favorite came a few days before the first game in school history in 2003. It was a real brainteaser about two frogs sitting on a log and one decides to jump off. So how many are left? Still two, because one decided to jump but didn’t actually do it yet. And surprisingly, that’s exactly what his players were like. They had decided they wanted to play college football but they hadn’t done it yet, so … I forget all the logic, and I use the term loosely, but his team was like two frogs.

Say what you want, but it seems to work on his players and the media eats it up like grits and gravy. Pass the cornbread and tell us the one about cow tipping.
Usually the lesser the opponent the taller the tale.

If CCU is facing Penn State, it’s praise Joe Pa and the program he has built in his 246 years with the Nittany Lions. If CCU is playing a Division II creampuff, crank up the popcorn machine and gather ’round the fire because grandpa is about to take us on a sentimental journey.

So what was the lesson to be learned from Bennett’s canine-feline rant? Other than the fact that it doesn’t take much to become famous these days, this was his point: “I told our players, ‘You need to be dogs. We don’t need no cats. Be a dog.”

The irony is Coastal’s upcoming foes – CAT-awba and the Jawja Dawgs (that’s Georgia Bulldogs for those who need a translator) – and the two critters couldn’t be more different. There’s a big difference between having a cat in your kitchen and landing in the dog house.

Either way, the cat is finally out of the bag about the country’s most country coach.

Comments

comments

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lights

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lightsHurricane Florence 2, Horry County Schools 0. That appears to be [more]

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of storm

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of stormMyrtle Beach area golf courses, spared the worst of Hurricane [more]

SCHSL extends season but plans for Strand still afloat

SCHSL extends season but plans for Strand still afloatThe SCHSL's executive committee voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the [more]

Pelicans Young, Swarmer claim Cubs' POY awards

Pelicans Young, Swarmer claim Cubs' POY awardsMyrtle Beach Pelicans infielder Jared Young was named the Chicago [more]

Chants blow out Camels in front of Hurricane Florence

Chants blow out Camels in front of Hurricane FlorenceJust four days removed and 142 miles away from its [more]

Coastal baseball signs first BA Top 25 recruiting class

Coastal baseball signs first BA Top 25 recruiting classFor the first time in Coastal Carolina baseball program history, [more]

Hurricane Florence throws local sports scene a curve

Hurricane Florence throws local sports scene a curveIn response to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence and [more]

Coast FA brings home five titles from Rock Hill Classic

Coast FA brings home five titles from Rock Hill ClassicCoast FA returned to the beach with five championship and [more]

CF boys finish second, MB girls net third at CCU meet

CF boys finish second, MB girls net third at CCU meetThe Carolina Forest boys finished second and the Myrtle Beach [more]

Chants explode in second half to cruise past Blazers

Chants explode in second half to cruise past BlazersCoastal Carolina football used a number of big offensive plays [more]

No. 4 Seahawks light up scoreboard, beat Braves

No. 4 Seahawks light up scoreboard, beat BravesThe No. 4-ranked Myrtle Beach football team celebrated Neon Night [more]

No. 6 Chiefs struggle their way past revitalized Sharks

No. 6 Chiefs struggle their way past revitalized SharksWithout raising his voice, without screaming his face red or [more]

Panthers take big win over Hoggard to stay unbeaten

Panthers take big win over Hoggard to stay unbeatenJackson Weatherwax knew he had the ball. Late in the fourth [more]

Football Roundup: Tigers, Saints fall, remain winless

Football Roundup: Tigers, Saints fall, remain winless* Hartsville 35, Conway 0: The Tigers (0-4) remained winless [more]

Golf: Sharks top Seahawks; Panthers knock off Braves

Golf: Sharks top Seahawks; Panthers knock off BravesThe three-time reigning state champion St. James girls golf team [more]

Chants hungry for first win in home opener vs. Blazers

Chants hungry for first win in home opener vs. BlazersThe Coastal Carolina football team will open up its 2018 [more]

Volleyball: Tigers improve to 6-0 with win over Bruins

Volleyball: Tigers improve to 6-0 with win over BruinsThe Conway High volleyball team improved to 6-0 Thursday by [more]

Week 3 Previews & Picks: MB has old score to settle

Week 3 Previews & Picks: MB has old score to settleMyrtle Beach junior quarterback Luke Doty has had this week's [more]

Tennis: Lady Panthers open season with win over Aynor

Tennis: Lady Panthers open season with win over AynorThe Carolina Forest girls tennis team served up a victory [more]

Chants move up in polls after acing UAB tourney

Chants move up in polls after acing UAB tourneyAfter posting back-to-back shutouts, Coastal Carolina's Chris Datallo has been [more]

Golf: Sharks claim second place at Palmetto Preview

Golf: Sharks claim second place at Palmetto PreviewThe three-time defending state champion St. James girls golf team [more]

Braves, Lady Chiefs finish runners-up in XC openers

Braves, Lady Chiefs finish runners-up in XC openersMetrolina Christian Academy of Indian Trail (N.C.) swept the Chief [more]

Saints' season put on hold due to low numbers, youth

Saints' season put on hold due to low numbers, youthOne year after a breakthrough season, the Christian Academy of [more]

Close loss closes curtain on long season for Pelicans

Close loss closes curtain on long season for PelicansIn the final game of the 2018 season, the Myrtle [more]

A Day at Darlington: Rain doesn't halt racing, revelry

A Day at Darlington: Rain doesn't halt racing, revelrySunday's Bojangle's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway started with a [more]

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lights

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lightsHurricane Florence 2, Horry County Schools 0. That appears to be [more]

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of storm

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of stormMyrtle Beach area golf courses, spared the worst of Hurricane [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach