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CSU Buccaneers announce new head football coach

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Charleston Southern University on Monday announced a new head football coach.

The announcement comes just one month after coach Mark Tucker resigned, forcing the university to immediately launch a national search.

University leaders plan to formally introduce Autry Denson Jr. as head coach for the CSU Buccaneers during a press conference scheduled for Wednesday.

Denson will be the fifth CSU head football coast in the program’s history, and comes to the Buccaneers after coaching for Notre Dame, South Florida, Miami, and Bethune-Cookman.

"This is a great day for Buccaneer football," said CSU Athletic Director Jeff Barber. "Autry Denson is a special person in many ways and stands out as both a recruiter and a coach. More importantly, he cares about his players as people first and will, therefore, have great influence on their hearts and lives and will develop each of them into outstanding young men."

According to a press release, Denson comes to the Buccaneers after spending the last four seasons as the running backs coach at Notre Dame after taking on the role in 2015. His success in the role helped guide the Fighting Irish to the FBS College Football Playoffs and a berth at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

"First and foremost, I would like to thank God because this is His plan being played out on His timing," Denson commented. "My family and I have always trusted God for promotion. I want to thank Dr. Costin for his vote of confidence and support, as well as our athletic director Jeff Barber."

Denson is looking forward to the next step of his coaching career and is thankful for the opportunity to take the after much prayer and reflection with family, former teammates, and mentors.

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