Saturday, November 30, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- Bethune-Cookman football coach Brian Jenkins said he is “relaxed and confident'' heading into today's FCS playoff game at Coastal Carolina.
That's a good thing for the Wildcats, because the players follow their coach's lead. And last year, B-CU was anything but relaxed heading into its playoff game with the Chanticleers.
In hindsight, Jenkins said that was his fault.
“I think the problem was I didn't have the team prepared well enough for the atmosphere mentally,” he said of B-CU's 24-14 home playoff loss to Coastal Carolina last year. “I think I had them too high, too juiced up, and because of that we played outside of ourselves.”
The Chanticleers jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead at Municipal Stadium. Johnnie Houston's 68-yard interception return made it 24-0 early in the fourth quarter. B-CU scored twice in the final seven minutes of the game.