Moglia Magic casting a spell over CCU fans, converts

Alright, Coastal Carolina football fans and observers. It’s time to man up and admit that some of you – OK, some of us – may have been a bit rash in our criticism of the hiring of head coach Joe Moglia.

The multi-millionaire CEO who left Wall Street behind to follow his unfulfilled football dreams is having a bigger impact on the program than any of us could have imagined. In just his second season, the unbeaten Chanticleers are ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation and rewriting school record books.

Not even CCU President Dr. David DeCenzo could have expected this much this fast when he got the ball rolling on Moglia’s recruitment about this time two years ago. In fairness to those who opposed the decision to fire David Bennett, most of their anger was over HOW it happened than THAT it happened, not at Moglia, although there were questions about why a wealthy executive was the best choice.

Perhaps we were acting more out of our admiration of Bennett than our opposition to Moglia. But go back to this same stretch of the 2011 season, when the Chants got de-pantsed at Liberty 63-27, blew a game to Gardner-Webb for getting two excessive (and premature) celebration penalties in the final minute, then basically threw in the Snuggie in a 42-0 loss on a cold day at Stony Brook.

That’s the Bennett-led stretch that prompted Decenzo to make a change, even if it could and should have been handled better. It’s common in sports for school presidents to make some behind-the-scenes moves, but did we really need the sham of a national search when you already had your man in pocket?

But Decenzo comes out smelling like a rose in light of what Moglia is doing, not just for the football team but for the school as a whole. Not only are his players achieving new heights on the field, but also in the classroom. Not to jinx anyone, but when was the last time we saw an unflattering mug shot of a CCU football player courtesy of J. Reuben Long Photography?

I remember Moglia feverishly trying to make comparisons between the role of a CEO and head coach at his introductory press conference. I’m sure others were thinking the same thing: “Fortune 500 talk goes a long way in the board room, but how will it play in the locker room with 18- to 22-year-olds?”

As it turns out, pretty darn good. Moglia’s model of hiring good assistants and holding them accountable for holding their players accountable is paying big dividends for CCU, and not just the football program. Moglia recently arranged a meeting in which TD Bank donated $5 million to the school, the highest single gift ever for CCU.

So I may have been a bit harsh last year when I wrote that last year’s 2-4 team had yet to see it’s “return on investment” (the phrase Decenzo repeated about Bennett’s firing) and called the score “Decenzo 0, Bennett $925,000 (the amount of his contract buyout). The score has definitely flipped since then as the Chants have won 13 of their last 14 and appear destined to host playoff games.

Now Coastal may face a good problem of having to retain their coach from bigger programs looking to cherry-pick Moglia and his staff. Even a big school like Nebraska, where Moglia served as an unpaid assistant under a now-embattled Bo Pelini, has to be impressed with what he’s doing at Coastal. Sometimes the toughest part of getting a return on investment is your ability to protect it.

But even if Moglia left today, he has already made a huge impact on CCU, and the best may be yet to come. Perhaps the only thing I was correct about was that for all the hard feelings surrounding Bennett’s departure and Moglia’s arrival was that ultimately the debate would be settled by wins and losses. As long as he keeps taking the Chants to new heights, Moglia is the man at CCU.

Comments

comments

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MC

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MCThe Carolina Forest girls basketball team battled its way to [more]

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draft

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draftAfter a career which saw him named the Sun Belt [more]

NMB boys, girls suffer first region setbacks at Wilson

NMB boys, girls suffer first region setbacks at WilsonThe North Myrtle Beach High boys and girls basketball teams [more]

CF girls blow out Knights; boys lose to WF at buzzer

CF girls blow out Knights; boys lose to WF at buzzerDespite the ice-cold weather outside, the Carolina Forest girls basketball [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants suffer sixth straight loss at USA

CCU Hoops: Chants suffer sixth straight loss at USAThe Coastal Carolina men's basketball team suffered their sixth consecutive [more]

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponed

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponedThe Conway High boys and girls basketball teams swept visiting [more]

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CF

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CFChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach junior Michael Green reached another [more]

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off Socastee

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off SocasteeThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team broke up a [more]

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting class

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting classCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced Sean Fitzgerald, [more]

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying Panthers

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying PanthersRetired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is interested [more]

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America Amateur

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America AmateurCoastal Carolina junior golfer Luis Ruiz has been selected to [more]

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger Invitational

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger InvitationalThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) sent 37 swimmers to compete [more]

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA season

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA seasonFor the first time since his high school days at [more]

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3The Carolina Forest High wrestling team captured the bi-county championship [more]

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA falls

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA fallsOn Friday night, a leaky roof forced the Myrtle Beach [more]

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia State

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia StateArtur Labinowicz scored a career, team and game-high 32 points, [more]

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for wins

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for winsNorth Myrtle Beach High's Cooper Chandler picked the right time [more]

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, field

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, fieldThe annual Myrtle Beach Winter Bump Volleyball Classic, hosted by [more]

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year award

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year awardSt. James High junior Smith Knaffle may need to add [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSU

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSUJaylen Shaw moved into 13th place on the Coastal Carolina [more]

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. James

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. JamesThe North Myrtle Beach boys and girls basketball teams swept [more]

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take two

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take twoThe latest rankings were released Tuesday for SCHSL wrestling, but [more]

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debuts

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debutsThe Socastee High boys basketball team won a thrilling Region [more]

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 Wilson

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 WilsonThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team saw region rival [more]

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom A record 264 Coastal Carolina student-athletes posted at least a [more]

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MC

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MCThe Carolina Forest girls basketball team battled its way to [more]

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draft

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draftAfter a career which saw him named the Sun Belt [more]

One response to “Moglia Magic casting a spell over CCU fans, converts”

  1. Well said T~Buzz… I said virtually the same think on the TV Show Monday Night (HTC Channel 4 – 5-7pm) and on the radio show this morning (www.ThePressBoxRadio.com M-F 8-10am)… I was also in the skeptical camp with you, but I was wrong! Coach Moglia and his outstanding staff have shut us up… Wins & Discipline are tenants of the program. David Bennett is a great friend and I miss him, but we all have to give Joe Moglia the credit he deserves and Coastal deserves all the success that he’s bringing them!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach