I don't know if Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis is good friends with Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson or not, but now the two have something in common and it's not a ridiculous press conference. The Chanticleers bus was stuck for at least 12 hours yesterday on I-74 outside of Mount Airy, North Carolina as the team was coming back from their win at VMI.
Coastal Carolina traveling from VMI. MT @GoCCUsports: CCU men's basketball stuck on I74 south of Mt. Airy, NC. pic.twitter.com/sEcVI5msez— Mike Minyard (@MikeMinyard) February 13, 2014
Don't worry guys help is on the way!
Hearing the CCU MBB team is STILL stuck on I74 in NC. The bus that was supposed to get them got stuck too. Stay warm up there, guys!— Coastal Fans (@coastalfans) February 14, 2014
At least the Chanticleers tried to have a little fun with situation and get some national publicity:
@ESPNCBB @espn Coastal Carolina mens basketball team stuck on the Highway after huge road win vs. VMI pic.twitter.com/EUZDMeU8Ca— Kyle Mordecai (@KyleMordecai32) February 13, 2014
Interestingly enough, Longwood pushed their game up Wednesday against Winthrop to 4 PM while VMI, which is about 90 miles from Longwood decided to keep tip-off at 7 PM the same night.
The Chanticleers 83-78 win over VMI put them in sole possession of first place in the Big South's South Division. The Chants host Gardner-Webb on Saturday, a team they beat in Boiling Spring last month.