The Charleston Southern football team wasn’t supposed to be 6-0, but a spotless record isn’t the only unusual thing about the sizzling Buccaneers.
First-year head coach Jamey Chadwell lets his players practice to music. At other schools, the loudest sounds at workouts are popping pads and clashing helmets.
At CSU, it’s drums and guitars booming across campus.
Selections range from classic rock to Christian rap. Chad Scott, CSU’s strength and conditioning coach, handles the play-list.
“But I’m a big Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney guy,” Chadwell said. “Sometimes I have to say, ‘Get my island music out there.’ We are in Charleston, after all.”
Chadwell says music lends to an ideal perspective. Something is working; CSU already has upset The Citadel and Appalachian State this season, winning both games on the road.
Probably not many college football teams are listening to Whitesnake this week.
But CSU got a full blast of “Here I Go Again” while preparing for Saturday’s game at VMI.
“We try to create an environment that, yes, we want to work hard but we also want it to be fun,” Chadwell said. “Football is very hard but we’re going to have a great time together, and music is a part of that.”
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