CCU’s Moglia again finalist for national coach of year

ccufoot-mogliacoachingFor the second time in two years, Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia has been named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, presented by The Sports Network to the FCS National Coach of the Year. (See bottom for complete list of finalists.)

Voting for the Eddie Robinson Award will reflect only regular-season results and will be conducted by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. The winner will be announced at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation to be held Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.

The winners of the three FCS player awards – the Walter Payton (FCS outstanding player), the Buck Buchanan (FCS outstanding defensive player) and the Jerry Rice (FCS freshman of the year) – also will be announced at the national banquet.

Coastal senior tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro is a candidate for the Walter Payton Award and junior linebacker Quinn Backus is a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award, making the Chanticleers one of three programs – with Eastern Washington and North Dakota State – to have candidates for the Robinson, Payton and Buchanan Awards.

Moglia (18-6 overall and 9-2 in Big South games in two seasons) has led Coastal to a pair of Big South titles and the Chanticleers have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 all season, climbing to a pro-gram and Big South best ranking of third for three weeks. Coastal is one of six teams in the FCS with 10 wins this season, posting a 10-1 mark overall.

The Chanticleers are enjoying a record-breaking season and are among the nation’s top offenses this season.

With 46 points and six touchdowns scored this past Saturday versus Presbyterian, Coastal has now scored a Big South record 510 points.

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