Most college football fans know that the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are in Athens today to play the University of Georgia Bulldogs in football. But most fans may not know that the Chanticleer football roots are tied to the Bulldogs.
Georgia is a college football traditional powerhouse. Just mention the word Athens, or the phrase “between the hedges” and college football immediately comes to mind. Coastal Carolina on the other hand is better known for its baseball program. The Chanticleer football team has only been in existence since 2003. Officially, that is. But before that, there was club football.
Dave Bennett, current Coastal coach, gives Andy Lanier, a Georgia fan from Blakely, Ga. credit for starting football at the South Carolina college.
Lanier organized and coached club football at Coastal in 1987-1988. Club football was not sanctioned by Coastal and the team had to rely on donations for equipment. After he was turned down by the University of South Carolina and Clemson, Lanier called on Georgia. Equipment manager Howard Beavers donated the uniforms and equipment for the Chanticleers’ first football team.
After Mr. Beavers, Coach Dooley and Georgia were so generous, Lanier said, we just had to become the Bulldogs. That was my preference anyway.
Today’s’ game is a great opportunity for Coastal. It is the first meeting between the teams; a meeting come full circle.