South Carolina to host UTC in 2018, Coastal Carolina in 2018 & 2020

By Kevin Kelley -

The South Carolina Gamecocks will host the UT-Chattanooga Mocs in 2018 and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in 2018 and 2020, has learned. obtained contracts for both opponents from the University of South Carolina via an FOIA request.

South Carolina will open the 2018 season vs. Coastal Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Sept. 1. The Gamecocks will pay the Chanticleers a $1.2 million guarantee for the game, according to the copy of the contract.

In addition to the game in 2018, South Carolina will also host Coastal Carolina in 2020 on a date to be determined. The Gamecocks will pay the Chanticleers a $1.4 million guarantee for that contest.

In their first and only meeting on the gridiron, South Carolina defeated Coastal Carolina 70-10 in Columbia in 2013.

Coastal Carolina will officially move up to the FBS and the Sun Belt Conference on July 1. The Chanticleers will be eligible to compete for the Sun Belt title this season and can play in a bowl game following the 2018 season.

South Carolina will host Chattanooga in Columbia on Nov. 17, 2018. The Mocs will receive a $400,000 guarantee for the game, per a copy of the contract.

Chattanooga is a member of the Southern Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision. In 2016, UTC (9-4, 6-2 SoCon) advanced to the 2nd round of the FCS Playoffs but fell at No. 1 Sam Houston State 41-36.

The addition of Coastal Carolina and Chattanooga tentatively completes South Carolina’s non-conference schedule for the 2018 season. The Gamecocks are also slated to host Marshall on Sept. 15 and travel to arch-rival Clemson on Nov. 24.

In SEC play in 2018, South Carolina is currently scheduled to host Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas A&M and travel to Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss.

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Comments (6)

Clemson and SC should try visiting Coastal. Especially if the Sun Belt lands NBCSN as a TV partner and tries to get Sun Belt teams to land more higher-profile home opponents OOC.

Who cares! Coastal is still going to lose by 35 points or more no matter if they’re FBS or FCS. Mean while Iowa losing to N.Iowa just happened, what’s your point?
I guess its a good thing they played that cupcake (your words) early in the season.

At least Coastal Carolina is getting a good chunk of money per game. I’m kinda surprised they didn’t turn it into a 2 for 1 series. It would have been cheaper potentially for South Carolina.

Would South Carolina lose that much money by traveling to Coastal to play in the small Stadium? While it’s roughly a 2 and a half hour drive I would think their would be more SC fans at the game. While it wouldn’t change the SOS argument it would give them a easy road game to play. Assuming they cut the 1.2 million guarantee in half then the school potentially saves 600k. Maybe less after taking into account the cost of travel.
I would hope the game would be a sell out for Coastal Carolina. It again would serve as a soft in state road test. I’d admit financially Coastal Carolina gains more with two away games.