Time to see what Joe knows as Chants kick off new era

The Joe Moglia era officially begins Saturday night at Brooks Stadium, and the first-year Coastal Carolina head coach already has butterflies in his belly. It’s time to see what the Wall Street millionaire-turned college football coach can do with a team of his own.

“Almost any time I’ve ever led my team out on the field, it was a little emotional for me,” Moglia said at Wednesday’s press conference. “So, the first time at Coastal Carolina, the first time in a home stadium, you know I’m (getting) emotional right now.”

Moglia faces a daunting task – to improve on a product that original coach David Bennett had carried to four Big South Conference titles and a 63-39 record in the program’s nine year of existence. Moglia knows the bar is high for his first team, and even higher for future ones, but he believes his Chanticleers are up to the task.

“For the first time I recognize the significance and the responsibility that’s on my shoulders as far as Coastal Carolina goes,” he said. “This is an honor for me, and I recognize with the tradition that we have here how we are expected to do well, we are expected to win and we are going to do everything we possibly can to do that.”

Fortunately for Moglia, his team doesn’t facing a daunting opponent. The Chants are 3-0 lifetime against North Carolina A&T, winning by a total score of 79-28. The Aggies are 10-21 over the past three seasons, with only three of those wins coming outside the MEAC. N.C. A&T went 5-6 last season but only 1-5 on the road.

The Chants have a tradition of success at home in Brooks Stadium with Benton Field being natural grass. For its history, Coastal is 37-14 (.725) at home, and 6-3 (.667) in home openers. They return several senior leaders, including three-year starting quarterback Arimis Hillary and All-Big South linebacker Andrae Jacobs.

But this is Moglia’s team now, complete with a new spread offense that focuses on an up-tempo attack and stretching the field and a defense that puts a premium on pressuring the opposing quarterback. It’s finally time to see if the success the former CEO Ameritrade Chairman enjoyed the board room will translate onto the football field.

“There’s so much that can happen, frankly, over the span of a 12-month period,” Moglia said. “I think you go back and expect something to happen based on what took place a year ago or like 10 or 11 games ago, that’s probably a mistake, I think, in terms of planning. So we’re not thinking that way. What we have to do is take care of business.”

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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