DeCenzo releases statement regarding coaching change

Coastal Carolina University President David DeCenzo released the following statement Thursday in regards to revelations that he was in contact with new football coach Joe Moglia well before former coach David Bennett was fired:

“By the end of October, I had made the decision that I was going to replace the football coach. I knew that there was a ‘Joe Moglia’ who was a football coach for the Omaha Nighthawks, and I heard that he had recently purchased a home in Pawleys Island. Nov. 14 was the first time that I reached out to Joe Moglia. We then made contact by telephone, and he and I set up a time to meet, around Thanksgiving.”

“When I reached out and set up a meeting with him, he was under contract with the Omaha Nighthawks. My first contact with him was to ask some questions for advice, not to talk with him about coaching. The quote from Coach Moglia in the Sun News stating that he didn’t know anyone from Coastal Carolina is accurate. He didn’t until we met right before Thanksgiving.”

“What a lot of people don’t realize is a search for a coach’s position is different and does not follow the traditional hiring process of a state employee. It was my hope that I could hire the new coach as quickly as possible to provide the continuity so that we would not lose time during recruitment. After doing some research on Joe, I realized that he was a finalist for head football coaching positions at both the FBS and FCS levels. Coupled with that knowledge, and having met him, I called him right after Thanksgiving to see if he had an interest in being the coach at Coastal.”

“When we met with Joe, we all agreed that he was a good head coach candidate. As a result of search efforts, Hunter Yurachek presented four candidates; one of those withdrew his name. We interviewed the candidates on December 18, and after interviewing, it was a unanimous decision that Joe was the selection. We also had a second candidate, whom we would have offered the position to if Joe had turned it down. Joe was offered the position on Sunday evening, December 18. I am unable to respond further due to contractual negotiations, which are ongoing.”

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