Coastal looking forward to shot at Sun Belt title game

ccufoot-mogliaThe Coastal Carolina’s decision to join the Sun Belt Conference will come with a new goal for the up-and-coming football program – a win in the conference championship game.

The Sun Belt Conference announced Wednesday that it will hold its first ever football championship game beginning in 2018, as the league’s presidents and chancellors, as well as athletic directors, voted unanimously for the move.

“This is a historic moment that represents yet another step forward for the Sun Belt Conference,” said Commissioner Karl Benson.  “The membership of the Sun Belt has been engaged in a significant number of advancements for the betterment of the league – to an extent this is the culmination of those efforts.”

“The championship game will provide the Sun Belt a significant opportunity to showcase the league’s prominence on the national landscape,” said Coastal Carolina Director of Athletics Matt Hogue. “This certainly adds to our excitement and anticipation of joining the conference.”

Details regarding how the two participants will be selected will be available at a later date.  Rules set forward by the Division I Council in January require conferences with fewer than 12 members to hold championship games in football, as long as they meet one of two conditions.  A conference can choose to either play their championship game between division winners after round-robin competition in each division or between the top two teams in the conference standings following full round-robin, regular-season competition between all members of the conference.

Coastal is leaving the Big South Conference and the football program will play a mandatory transition season this fall before officially joining the Sun Belt in 2017. The next year Coastal will have a chance to play for a berth in the inaugural title game.

“I couldn’t be more excited that our league will be playing a championship football game,” said Coastal Carolina Head Football Coach Joe Moglia. “Every team in the league will have something extra to shoot for and a championship game experience will be one that the student-athletes will never forget.”

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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