Report: Bennett may switch field from football to politics

Former Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett may have a new career ahead of him – politics.

According to a report on GrandStrandDaily.com, Bennett is considering a run for the 7th Congressional District seat, which includes Horry and other counties in the Pee Dee region.

Bennett was “reassigned” from his position as Coastal’s only head football coach in the history of the program on Dec. 9, 2011, in what came as a surprise move even to people close to the program.

Bennett was 63-39 in nine seasons as the head Chanticleers and replaced by first-time head coach and former Wall Street executive Joe Moglia. Bennett’s future at Coastal has been in question as he battles the administration for the buyout clause in his contract.

While most figured Bennett would leave the school to go into coaching at another school, he appears to have another leadership position in mind, according to the report.

The Cheraw native and Conway resident has deep ties and excellent name recognition in the newly created Congressional District. His popularity among CCU fans and residents in the southeast corner of S.C. make him an instant contender.

Bennett also gained national notoriety with his famous “Cats and Dogs” rant that became a YouTube sensation. His conservative views and down-home charm would make him a strong candidate against a crowded field that includes current frontrunners Andre Bauer, Chad Prosser and Tom Rice.

Bennett must make a final decision about whether to run for the office by the end of the week. Bennett is said to have several key backers encouraging him to run.

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