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Charleston Southern Buccaneers
UniversityCharleston Southern University
ConferenceBig South (primary)
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletic directorJeff Barber
LocationNorth Charleston, South Carolina
Varsity teams16 (7 men's, 9 women's)
Football stadiumBuccaneer Field
Basketball arenaBuccaneer Fieldhouse
North Charleston Coliseum
Baseball stadiumNielsen Field at CSU Ballpark
Softball stadiumCSU Softball Complex
Soccer stadiumCSU Soccer Field
Tennis venueGary Clark Banks Sr. Tennis Center
MascotBucky the Buccaneer
ColorsBlue and gold[1]
Charleston Southern is a member of the Big South Conference.

The Charleston Southern Buccaneers are the athletic teams that represent Charleston Southern University, located in North Charleston, South Carolina, in intercollegiate sports at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the Big South Conference since the 1983–84 academic year. The football program competes in the FCS, formerly known as I-AA.

Charleston Southern competes in sixteen intercollegiate varsity sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and track and field (indoor and outdoor); while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. Other sports formerly offered by the Buccaneers include men's soccer and men's tennis.

Conference affiliations


Varsity teams

CSU competes in the NCAA in the following sports:[2]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Football Soccer
Golf Softball
Track and field Tennis
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

In 2008, CSU closed its highly successful men's tennis program to reallocate funds to other sports.[3] CSU formerly fielded a men's soccer team.


Main article: Charleston Southern Buccaneers football

Rivalry with Coastal Carolina

These two schools first met on the football field in 2003 and it has been a rivalry since Charleston Southern defeated Coastal Carolina 34–27 in 2005 to win a share of the Big South Championship that Coastal had already clinched. CSU got the first shutout of the series with their 24–0 win in 2008. Currently, Charleston Southern has a two-game winning streak over Coastal Carolina with Charleston Southern winning 59–58 in 2016. Charleston Southern won a share of the 2016 Big South Championship and got the automatic berth into the NCAA Playoffs.

Coastal Carolina leads the series 8–6.

Charleston Southern vs FBS Schools

Year FBS Opponent Result Opponent's Conference Opponent's Head Coach Charleston Southern's Head Coach
2022 NC State L, 3–55 ACC Dave Doeren Autry Denson
2021 Georgia L, 7–56 SEC Kirby Smart Autry Denson
2021 East Carolina L, 28–31 American Mike Houston Autry Denson
2019 South Carolina L, 10–72 SEC Will Muschamp Autry Denson
2018 Florida L, 6–53 SEC Dan Mullen Mark Tucker
2017 Indiana L, 0–27 Big Ten Tom Allen Mark Tucker
2017 Mississippi State L, 0–49 SEC Dan Mullen Mark Tucker
2016 Florida State L, 8–52 ACC Jimbo Fisher Jamey Chadwell
2015 Alabama L, 6–56 SEC Nick Saban Jamey Chadwell
2015 Troy L, 16–44 Sun Belt Neal Brown Jamey Chadwell
2014 Georgia L, 9–55 SEC Mark Richt Jamey Chadwell
2014 Vanderbilt L, 20–21 SEC Derek Mason Jamey Chadwell
2013 Colorado L, 10–43 Pac-12 Mike MacIntyre Jamey Chadwell
2012 Illinois L, 0–44 Big Ten Tim Beckman Jay Mills
2011 UCF L, 0–62 C-USA George O'Leary Jay Mills
2011 Florida State L, 10–62 ACC Jimbo Fisher Jay Mills
2010 Kentucky L, 21–49 SEC Joker Phillips Jay Mills
2010 Hawaii L, 7–66 WAC Greg McMackin Jay Mills
2009 South Florida L, 0–59 Big East Jim Leavitt Jay Mills
2009 Florida L, 3–62 SEC Urban Meyer Jay Mills
2008 Miami (OH) L, 27–38 MAC Don Treadwell Jay Mills
2008 Miami (FL) L, 7–52 ACC Randy Shannon Jay Mills
2007 Hawaii L, 10–66 WAC June Jones Jay Mills
2003 South Florida L, 7–55 Big East Jim Leavitt Jay Mills
2002 South Florida L, 6–56 Big East Jim Leavitt David Dowd
Charleston Southern 0 – FBS Schools 25

Men's basketball

Main article: Charleston Southern Buccaneers men's basketball

Women's basketball

Main article: Charleston Southern Buccaneers women's basketball


Notable alumni


Men's basketball

Men's soccer


  1. ^ CSU Athletics Style Guide (PDF). April 28, 2022. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  2. ^ "Charleston Southern University - Official Athletics Website". Charleston Southern University. Archived from the original on 28 November 2022. Retrieved 2022-12-01.
  3. ^ "Charleston Southern Discontinues Men's Tennis Program ::". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-01-26.