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Athletic stalemate may be over between USC, Coastal

Mar 10, 2010 6:45:00 PM - thestate.com
CONWAY | The athletic impasse, at least for the time being, appears to be over between Coastal Carolina University and its big brother in Columbia.

State Rep. Liston Barfield, R-Aynor, has helped facilitate a relationship between Coastal and University of South Carolina officials that could see them soon playing each other in football, basketball and baseball, officials said Wednesday.

The Gamecocks have been mostly unwilling to schedule the Chanticleers in the three most prominent sports since Coastal became independent in 1993. The schools have never met in football and have played just once in basketball and three times in baseball since Coastal broke away from the USC system.

The last time the schools met in one of the revenue sports was in 2002 at Baseball at the Beach. However, that could be about to change.

"They are now scheduling," Barfield said. "I think everything has been resolved, and ... all the coaches are talking now. It is my understanding that the coaches at [South] Carolina have been told to look at scheduling Coastal."

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