CONWAY -- David Bennett, the first football coach at Coastal Carolina, was fired and is being reassigned to another position at the school.

School president David DeCenzo and athletics director Hunter Yurachek announced the decision Friday.

Bennett arrived at Coastal Carolina in 2002 and fielded the school's first team the next year. He led the Chanticleers to a 7-4 overall record this season, including a 3-3 mark and a third-place finish in the Big South Conference.

Coastal Carolina won three successive Big South championships from 2004-2006 and again in 2010. The Chanticleers reached the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2006 and 2010.

Bennett has a 16-year coaching record of 126-56, including a 63-17 mark in seven years at Catawba.

Penn State

Penn State will no longer license the name, likeness or image of former coach Joe Paterno.

A school spokeswoman said Friday the university sent notices this week to licensees that Paterno's daughter, Mary Kay Hort, will now handle the licensing program for JVP Properties. Penn State previously assisted with licensing.


The Illini will pay newly hired football coach Tim Beckman $9 million over five years.

Athletic director Mike Thomas says Beckman will make about $1.6 million his first season and about $1.8 million on average for each year of his deal.


Clemson junior tight end Dwayne Allen won the John Mackey Award on Thursday evening, an honor given to the nation's top tight end.

Allen is the first Clemson offensive player to win a national position award. Allen set Clemson tight end receiving records with 48 catches, 577 yards and eight TDs this season.

"This is a great honor," Allen said. "This is a dream come true."

Allen is undecided if he will return for his senior season at Clemson.

A number of analysts project him as a first-round pick in April's NFL Draft.