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Coastal Carolina ousts Bennett

Conway, SC (Sports Network) - Coastal Carolina University has fired head football coach David Bennett.

"This was, to date, the hardest decision I have had to make as President of this institution," Coastal Carolina president David DeCenzo said. "However, following an exhaustive review and assessment of our football program, I have concluded that new leadership is necessary to direct our program toward its goals. We will be forever grateful to David for shepherding our program from its beginning and developing our student-athletes into responsible members of our community."

Thus far, Bennett is the only head coach of Coastal Carolina's football program. He came to Conway in 2002, one year before the program was launched. He compiled a nine-year record of 63-39. However, the Chanticleers were just 29-28 over his last five seasons, including a 15-12 mark in Big South Conference games.

12/09 19:35:20 ET