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Arkansas Reportedly Schedules Coastal Carolina for 2017 Nonconference Football Game

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Who's excited for the Chanticleers?

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Myrtle Beach Online is reporting nearby Coastal Carolina University has scheduled a football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville (or maybe Little Rock) on November 4, 2017.

The game has not been confirmed on Arkansas' end. FBSchedules.com, typically very accurate regarding future football schedules, has also updated Arkansas' 2017 page with the game.

Coastal Carolina is a young football program that began playing in 2013. They've always been an FCS program, but beginning in 2017, they will officially be playing football as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

The Chanticleers (not sure what that is) have only played SEC teams twice before, against Georgia in 2011 (59-0 loss) and South Carolina in 2013 (70-10 loss). They are 0-7 all time against FBS level schools.

The jump to the Sun Belt means Coastal Carolina can command higher guarantees for these types of games, and apparently Arkansas is happy to oblige, agreeing to a $1.5 million payment for the game according to the report. "By far" the biggest guarantee in Coastal Carolina history.

According to CCU athletic director Matt Hogue, "They were in a situation where they were still looking for ’17. We were still looking for what game would be our guarantee game, and our goal obviously is to maximize revenue and they were in a position to do that so that’s where we decided to go."

This is just the second non-conference game on Razorbacks' 2017 schedule. The Hogs are set to host TCU that season as well. The Hogs are also expected to host Auburn, Mississippi State, and Missouri, and visit Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, and South Carolina. Texas A&M, of course, is scheduled for Arlington.