West Virginia Mountaineers' Season Opener: A Quick Look

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIAugust 30, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27:  Noel Devine #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 27, 2008 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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It's nearly that time of year again.

Yet with less than a week until the West Virginia Mountaineer's season opener, the days seem to be crawling by ever so slowly, as the summer reels down toward it's bitter ending, football is the potion we use to cure those winter blues.

Whether or not it's an FCS school that the Mountaineers will play to open the season is not important to many fans...Football is back, and that's all that really matters.

But, perhaps you'd like to know a little more about the small-school opponent your Mountaineers will be playing against on Saturday, September 4th at 3:30 PM (on ESPN3.com or your local Big East Network affiliate), but I've known about them for years now.

Less than a decade ago the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers' football team was non-existent. It wasn't until 2002 that CCU decided they wanted to expand the school's athletics to include a football team, but with no stadium, no coach, and no real experience in football, the school looked to bring in a small program coach with success to guide their program.

Naturally, they found current head coach David Bennett, who's first eight year stint with Catawba College, left him with the experience (and a very appealing 63-17 record), to guide a new program out of the dirt, literally. 

In his first full year as the first head coach of the CCU Football program, David Bennett found himself many weekends mowing a grassy lot near the school in order to create a practice field for his new team to play upon. 

Since those days, he's lead his team to the playoffs once and a 50-29 record.

As for what we can expect to see on Saturday...

The Chanticleers offense uses a run-option spread which occasionally does see success against other Big South opponents. 

Against FBS teams? They're 0-3 and were beaten by a combined 120 points during those three games. 

Not much of a challenge for West Virginia's own spread offense which has no problem running the ball.

The days of Tyler Thigpen are over for the Chanticleers and I don't expect them to put up much of a fight against West Virginia. Look for Noel Devine to run all over their defense as the Mountaineers advance with the win.


Prediction: West Virginia 38, Coastal Carolina 10

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