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

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & Hoops

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & HoopsThe girls high school basketball season is only beginning, yet [more]

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crown

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crownThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team not [more]

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openers

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openersThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team needed a little [more]

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16Martin Melchor scored two goals and had an assist while [more]

Beach United teams close fall season in Wilmington

Beach United teams close fall season in WilmingtonThe Beach United Football Club saw eight teams close out [more]

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meet

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meetPalmetto Aquatics (PALM) hosted the 2017 Thanksgiving Invite Meet on [more]

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foe

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foeThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team defeated #2 Texas State in [more]

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneys

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneysWinter might still be a month away, but the high [more]

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-OffSouth Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin claimed his 100th [more]

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' win

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' winZac Cuthbertson torched the nets for 31 points in leading [more]

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt win

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt winIdaho scored on the opening possession of the game but [more]

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney final

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney finalThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team opened [more]

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCW

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCWZac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and had another [more]

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title game

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title gameThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team is making its second straight [more]

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season North Myrtle Beach's record-setting season came to an end Friday [more]

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoops

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoopsFour players reached double digits for Coastal Carolina in the [more]

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in Conway

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in ConwaySouth Carolina's debut in the Puerto Rico Classic at the [more]

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teams

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teamsThe 2017 Beach Ball Classic announced its schedule for the [more]

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face Clemson

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face ClemsonFrantzdy Pierrot teamed up with Martin Melchor to give the [more]

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victory

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victoryThe Coastal Carolina football team (1-9, 0-6 Sun Belt) will [more]

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-Off

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-OffThe South Carolina men's basketball team has home court of [more]

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point losses

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point lossesJaylen Shaw scored 17 points, but it was not enough [more]

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seed

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seedThe Sun Belt Conference announced its final weekly volleyball awards [more]

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [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