Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Coastal Carolina season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
He’s back, and now Coastal Carolina’s time in the FBS world can officially begin.
After having to take all of last season off with a condition involving a problem with his lungs, the most interesting head coach in college football is back and ready to keep his amazing story going.
Joe Moglia made a fortune as the CEO of TD Ameritrade, but ended up returning to his real love as a college football head coach. In five seasons at Coastal Carolina he went 51-15, got to the FCS Playoffs in the four years the program was eligible, and had everything poised and ready to get rolling as an FBS team before falling ill.
The team was competitive – going 3-9 with five of the losses by a touchdown or less – but now it has its guy back. Now, the hope is for Moglia to keep the improbable success story going by turning the team into a real live player in the Sun Belt.
It all starts with an offense that has to be more explosive and more consistent. The spread-option attack has weapons in the backfield, with most of the top running backs returning behind a line that returns all five starters. There’s a good-looking receiving corps to start utilizing more, but the quarterback play has to be stronger and more efficient.
The defensive side loses a bulk of talent, but LB Silas Kelly will be among the Sun Belt’s best, Fitz Wattley is one of the top all-around safeties in the league, and there’s just enough up front to be okay against the run. Find a pass rush, and all of a sudden, the defense could make a big turnaround.
But it all starts up top with Moglia. Jamey Chadwell did what he could in a tough situation as the interim head man, but this is Moglia’s program.
He was a coach before leaving for the financial world, and he came back to become a legend. And now, his second comeback to the college coaching world should be one of the stories of the Sun Belt season.