©2013 NPT PHOTO BY SETH BUTLER
Carson-Newman coach Chuck-Benson has the Eagles 3-0 on the young 2013-14 season, his fourth at the helm of the Eagles.
|Published: 11:51 PM, 11/22/2013
||Last updated: 12:01 AM, 11/23/2013
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
JEFFERSON CITY—A ranked team. Entertaining a packed house. All
the while dispatching their rivals.
Wednesday night’s South Atlantic Conference opener certainly
had the feel of old times at Holt
Fieldhouse on the campus of Carson-Newman University.
Only these weren’t the good old days, which inspired current C-N coach Chuck Benson’s dream
to one day be the Eagles’ coach.
Instead they are the current times as Benson walks the
sideline in Holt Fieldhouse. In his fourth year at the helm of the Carson-Newman program, the Eagles
are experiencing a basketball revival of sorts.
After hovering around the .500 mark in
Benson’s first two years as head coach, the Eagles vaulted into a fourth place finish in The SAC
last year and are poised to ride that momentum into the current season, with a lot of firsts. The
Eagles, off of their first 20-win season in a decade, have backed up their first preseason NABC
national ranking since 2002-03 with a 3-0 start. Carson-Newman’s start
included a victory over
NCAA Division II Elite Eight participant Barton by a 97-69 score in the season opener last Friday,
along with the program’s third straight victory over Tusculum College on Wednesday
“We’ve got some good things going on,” Benson said. “We’ve been fortunate to get some
notice in the top-25 polls, that’s good stuff, and we’ve got some kids that are exciting to
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