- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
WHAT IS A CHANTICLEER?: Coastal Carolina has one of the more unique nicknames in college sports. Chanticleers ranks right up there with Billikens (St. Louis), Paladins (Furman), Anteaters (Cal-Irvine), Hilltoppers (Western Kentucky), Salukis (Southern Illinois) and Ichabods (Washburn).
Chanticleer comes from Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales." In Chaucer's classic, Chanticleer is a rooster who rules the barnyard with cunning and wit. His competitiveness never wanes as he battles to the end, using his brains to come out on top every time. Too bad those admirable traits didn't help Coastal Carolina against Georgetown.
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: GOOOOOAAAALLLL! His name is Pele Paelay, and he is a freshman guard for Coastal Carolina. As his name suggests, Paelay played soccer, and apparently he was quite good at it. The 6-foot-4 Paelay scored the game-winning goal with approximately 30 seconds left in last year's Maryland 4A state final to lead Magruder High School to a 3-2 championship over Perry Hall. Four months later, Paelay led Magruder to a shocking upset over Eleanor Roosevelt to capture the state basketball championship as well. Coming into the game, Paelay had played only nine minutes and taken one shot in four games.
MORGAN'S MAN: For those who may not remember him, Coastal Carolina coach Pete Strickland has local ties. Now in his fifth season as Chanticleers coach, Strickland (35-80) played for Morgan Wootten, DeMatha High School's Hall of Fame coach, in the mid-1970s. As a senior, Strickland led the Stags to the city championship. Strickland then attended Pittsburgh and completed his playing career as the Panthers' all-time assists leader.
Ken Wright

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