Is this the biggest weekend in Coastal’s sports history?

Coastal Carolina fans need a time machine to go to all the school’s big sporting events this weekend.

Actually, a teleport machine would do the trick since this might be the most exciting weekend in CCU athletics history.

Although the Chanticleers have had bigger games in individual sports, never had they had this many important matchups on the same weekend.

First, the CCU football team tries to continue its hot streak in the first round of the FCS playoffs against Bethune-Cookeman (9-2) on Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Chants (7-4), who finished the regular season with five straight wins, look to advance in the postseason for the first time in the program’s 10-year history.

The 2 p.m. kickoff prompted Coastal to move the men’s basketball game against Florida International up to 5 p.m. for a football watch party on the giant LED screen TVs at the new HTC Center. CCU fans can kill two birds with one stone by catching the football game on TV and the hoops team in person for the price of one ticket.

Twenty-four hours later and 440 miles away, the Coastal men’s soccer team will be playing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, the first year the school fielded a football program. The 12th-ranked Chants (20-2-2) take on No. 2 overall seed Maryland (18-1-2) in College Park at 5 p.m. Sunday.

For those unable to make the trips to Daytona Beach, Fla., and College Park, Md., this weekend, both big games offer limited TV access. In addition to the viewing party at the HTC Center, the football game will be offered on ESPN3. The soccer game will be streamed live on TerpsTV, which can be accessed through www.umterps.com.

And if both Coastal teams can win on the road, the biggest weekend in CCU sports will be quickly trumped by next weekend.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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