Over a third of CCU football team struggling academically

Coastal Carolina University’s new football coach Joe Moglia has been forced to concentrate on more than just football over his first few months on campus.

While appearing on “The Pressbox” radio show this morning, Moglia stated that his staff had “inherited 71 guys from last year’s team, 25 of which have had some sort of academic issues. So, we’ve really worked very hard at making sure the guys do what they need to do. The guys that are doing that are making pretty good progress along those lines.”

According to CCU Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek, those students are experiencing issues for any number of reasons, including grade point average, and number of course hours. Yurachek feels confident that a large percentage of those students will get that corrected.

“We’ll know more on August 9th when the Summer 2 classes end,” said Yurachek on Thursday at the Big South Media Day held in Charlotte, NC.

During breakout sessions at Media Day, Moglia  said, “There are still some guys that have a little bit of a question mark, they have to be able to finish summer school strong. “

The CCU staff has taken an aggressive approach with these problems. “With the issues that these guys had, we started to address that right away,“ said Moglia.  “The priority there was, you’ve got to take responsibility for yourself. As long as you are doing that, we’ve got an incredible array of people on campus that are willing to help you, tutor you, advise you, mentor you. Our guys have responded really well to that and they continue to focus on that over the summer.”

With so many student athletes required to attend summer courses to correct these issues, the opportunity has arisen for those athletes to participate in unofficial competitions and get in extra reps in the weight room with new CCU strength and conditioning coach Josh Stoner.

“It’s been a real productive offseason for us,” CCU Tight End David Duran said. “We’ve been lifting, and we also do seven-on-seven, which is organized by the seniors. A couple of times a week, we’ll just throw some balls around and try to knock some of the rust off. Usually, the quarterbacks make a few calls and get guys out there.”

Duran agrees that it’s provided a unique opportunity for the team. “We’ve had more players on campus than I can ever remember. A lot of these guys are taking two classes during the summer. So, instead of them taking a class and then going home, they have just stayed all summer.”

With a new coach and a new system, plus a possible uncertainty about players that will be available, one might assume that it would impact preparations for the team entering it’s 10th year of football. Moglia says that is not the case.

“We are a new staff, new system, etc.” he said.  “If we had already been there as a staff and knew their strengths and weaknesses, and we worried about whether we could count on those kids, then it would affect us. As far as preparation goes, I’m not sure it’s affected our preparation.”

Many of those kids with issues seem to have worked out the problems, but the final tally won’t be known until summer school is over, “Summer school for everyone finishes about (Aug.) 10th, so by the 11th we’ll know” says Moglia.

Fall camp begins Aug. 2.

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