There will be a familiar visitor to the Koessler Center next season when former Clemson and Auburn coach Cliff Ellis comes to town as the new coach at Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers will be playing Canisius in the return game from last year's BracketBusters contest in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Ellis replaces former North Carolina player Buzz Peterson, who left Coastal to work in the personnel department under former teammate Michael Jordan with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. Peterson had been protesting the return trip to Buffalo because of the cost and travel troubles, which drew snickers from officials at Canisius. The Griffs had to travel to Coastal on less than a month's notice to play the game in February.