CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Coastal Carolina University will join the Sun Belt Conference for the 2016-17 season in all sports, with the exception of football, according to a release from the Sun Belt Conference.
An article on the conference’s website, details that the Chanticleers will compete in 16 sports, eight for men’s athletics and eight for women, within the Sun Belt.
As for the CCU football program, the article states the Chanticleers will transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision with its full year of full FBS status to occur in 2018. During the transition, the Chanticleers will compete as a Sun Belt member in 2017 and have the opportunity to compete for the conference football championship, but they will not be eligible to participate in the postseason, as relayed in the conference’s article.
“On behalf of all of us at Coastal Carolina University, I’m honored to accept the invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference,” announced CCU President David A. DeCenzo. “I am grateful to Sun Belt Commissioner, Mr. Karl Benson, for his steadfast support of CCU, and to the Sun Belt presidents and chancellors, who honored CCU by selecting their 12th member school.”
The addition of Coastal Carolina brings the Sun Belt’s fulltime membership to 12 beginning next season.
“This is a great day for the Sun Belt Conference as we are very proud to have Coastal Carolina University join our membership,” said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson.