What is the mascot for Coastal Carolina? What is a Chanticleer? Here's the meaning

Erik Hall
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Coastal Carolina University's mascot used to be the Trojans. 

But in the 1960s, that changed, according to the university

Coastal Carolina English professor and the school's original basketball coach Cal F. Maddox spurred the idea of a mascot when the men's basketball program started in 1963. He looked to Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" for a new representative of the university, and he found the perfect option in "The Nun's Priest Tale." 

The Chanticleer comes from the same family of the animal kingdom as the mascot at Coastal Carolina's parent institution, the University of South Carolina's Gamecock

What is a Chanticleer? 

Jun 28, 2016; Omaha, NE, USA; Coastal Carolina Chanticleers fans cheer during the game against the Arizona Wildcats in game two of the College World Series championship series at TD Ameritrade Park.

In short, it's a "proud and fierce rooster," according to Coastal Carolina University. 

Here is how Chaucer describes a Chanticleer: 

For crowing there was not his equal in all the land. His voice was merrier than the merry organ that plays in church, and his crowing from his resting place was more trustworthy than a clock. His comb was redder than fine coral and turreted like a castle wall, his bill was black and shone like a jet, and his legs and toes were like azure. His nails were whiter than the lily and his feathers were like burnished gold.

How do you pronounce Chanticleer? 

Coastal Carolina football helmet

The proper pronunciation of Chanticleer is SHON-ti-clear, according to Coastal Carolina. 

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Jamey Chadwell is the Coastal Carolina football head coach. Billy Napier is the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football head coach. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik