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Update: March 22, 2012: New "top dawg" Joe Moglia has started player meetings and the start of the spring program at Coastal Carolina after David Bennett's tumultuous off-season dismissal.
Ryan Young of The Sun News has an excellent write-up on the transition, which places Moglia, a former CEO and current chairman with TD Ameritrade, in his first collegiate head coaching position...ever. Young's article includes a detailed interview with Moglia, a look at viable candidates for quarterback, and names a couple of players that will not be returning to the program this season. The entire story is up on The Sun News website.
Update January 26, 2012: It's been quiet on the Moglia front since the holidays.
Fox Sports just published an in-depth article on Joe Moglia. The writer, Reid Forgrave, does a great job of giving a peek to Moglia's day-to-day focus and drive. Read it all here.
(Hat tip to Ian Guerin for the link)
Update January 4, 2012: It's looking like the existing coaching staff in the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football program won't survive the transition to Moglia's leadership.
According to a report from Ryan Young at The Sun News, the future of nearly all of the coaching assistants is uncertain. While there's been no official comment, staffers have already announced they are moving on. More details are at The Sun News website.
First Report: You'd have to be pretty much disconnected from all of Horry County to not have heard the news about Coastal Carolina Chanticleers' new head football coach, Joe Moglia.
Yesterday, Coastal Carolina's president David DeCenzo and athletic director Hunter Yuracheck confirmed that a new head coach had been found and hired. To many, it almost seemed surreal as the community was just now coming to grips with Bennett leaving.
Adding to that surreality was the newly introduced Joe Moglia (pronounced Moh-lee-a) held an hour long press conference where he literally shared his life story. It's quite a story to tell- it seemed that Coach Joe only stopped talking long enough to take the occasional sip of water. Moglia said more than once that they are basically operating on a handshake agreement. At times it was almost as though they were still negotiating the deal during the press conference.
A huge thanks to WPDE for hosting their video on YouTube. Here's some notable clips from that press conference (click to jump to the specific moment):
- On what he intends to do with the existing and new coaching staff
- On Coach Bennett's firing
- On what his goals and expectations for the program are
- On his wealth, current salary, and his volunteer position at Nebraska
- On using his own money to hire staff
- On first priorities for the program
- On how to make the operation financially successful
- On when and how CCU started talking to Moglia (Carolina Forest Chronicle says otherwise)
- On his offensive and defensive strategies
With this much fodder, the media had plenty to share. Here's what shook out.
Grand Strand Sports Report took some time to dissect the logic behind hiring Moglia. That's here. They also share their experience with being the first to break the story. Keeping it in the blogosphere for a moment, Randy at CoastalFans.com has post-announcement thoughts that may surprise you on his take. Read that here.
The Sun News had multiple articles as well. Sports writer Ryan Young covers the press conference with detail. Columnist Issac J. Bailey compares and contrasts former coach Bennett and new coach Moglia. Something unusual for the paper, they actually published community chatter including tweets.
The Carolina Forest Chronicle dug into property records and reports that DeCenzo and Moglia have owned properties in the same Grand Strand neighborhood for over a year. Read more here.
Outside of local media, The Omaha World-Herald has a write-up with a focus on the UFL side of things. Thanks to Coach Joe's business background, there's a brief from Bloomberg and Business Insider. Various news outlets like Fox News and USA Today ran general AP wire stories.