After South Carolina fired Will Muschamp last Sunday evening, one of the names that immediately popped up as a potential replacement was Chadwell, whose Coastal Carolina Chanticleers sit at No. 15 nationally and 7-0 in just their fourth full season in the FBS. So, a reporter in Charleston texted Chadwell to get a comment on South Carolina’s opening.
Chadwell responded via text with a a bit with a joke: “Right now my wife’s van has a brake light out. I’m focused on trying to fix it without getting her upset. I’ve got bigger issues to worry about.”
As Coastal Carolina prepares for a showdown with two-time defending Sun Belt champion Appalachian State (12 p.m. ET, ESPN2) a few days later, Chadwell answered a similar question in much more direct fashion. Asked by 247Sports about his name being connected to the South Carolina job and his potential interest in a Power Five job down the line, Chadwell did not shy away from admitting that’s a goal for him at some point in his life.
“You know, I grew up in East Tennessee, I grew up in SEC country, so that’s what you were around,” Chadwell told 247Sports. “How awesome would that be? To coach at the highest level and to coach somewhere where in this part of the country it’s king. It’s a religion. For me personally it’d be awesome at some point if that’s the lord’s will for my life.
“If that happens one day, great. But truth be told, you’ve got a great job here and I think we’re building something. So, if it works out someday awesome. If it does not and hopefully people continue to want you where you’re at you’ve got a great job there as well.”
Chadwell is in his second full-time season as Coastal Carolina’s head coach. The Chanticleers finished 5-7 in 2019 and have earned their first AP ranking in program history this year with a 7-0 start. Chadwell came to Coastal Carolina as the program’s offensive coordinator in 2017 but ended up as the team’s interim head coach that year when Joe Moglia took a leave of absence for health reasons. When Moglia stepped down following the 2018 season, Chadwell took over as the program’s full-time head coach.
A former East Tennessee State QB, Chadwell has previous head coaching stops at North Greenville, Delta State and Charleston Southern. His first North Greenville team started 2-8. His final North Greenville team went 11-3 two years later. Chadwell had a combined 35-14 record across four seasons at Charleston Southern.
Chadwell is one of a number of coaches who’ve had their names connected with the South Carolina opening. Sportsline gives Chadwell the fourth-best odds (+700) to end up as the Gamecocks’ next head coach behind Louisiana’s Billy Napier (+250), Liberty’s Hugh Freeze (+300) and Army’s Jeff Monken (+500).