Coastal Carolina

What place CCU football was picked in the Sun Belt, and why it warrants a guarantee

Coastal takes the field against Troy during the 2017 football season.
Coastal takes the field against Troy during the 2017 football season. For The Sun News

Last July at Sun Belt Conference Football Media Day, Coastal Carolina associate head coach Jamey Chadwell guaranteed the Chanticleers wouldn’t finish last in the conference.

The Chants were entering their first season in the Sun Belt after moving up from the Football Championship Subdivision and were predictably picked to finish last in the 12-team league.

CCU head coach Joe Moglia will have an opportunity to make a similar proclamation at Sun Belt Media Day on Monday in New Orleans.

The conference has been cut to 10 football teams and split into two divisions for the first time for the 2018 season, and the Chants have been selected in a poll of the league’s head coaches to finish last in the five-team East Division.

The Chants have been picked to finish behind Appalachian State, Troy, Georgia State and Georgia Southern, while the order in the West Division is Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas State. Coastal received the fewest voting points among the 10 teams with 12, which was one less than Texas State.

Coastal finished 3-9 overall last season and 2-6 in conference play with wins in its final two conference games against former member Idaho and Georgia Southern to avoid the Sun Belt basement. Texas State (2-10) finished 1-7 in the conference, with its lone win against the Chants, and CCU tied Georgia Southern (2-10, 2-6) for 10th in the 12-team league.

Squawking CCU football

Coastal head football coach Joe Moglia was able to promote his football program Thursday as a guest host on the CNBC morning business show Squawk Box, alongside regular hosts Joe Kernen and Becky Quick.

He was asked about how he tries to impact his players, not only on the football field but in life, and explained his Life After Football sessions and how the program is run differently with the BAM (Be A Man) standard.

He explained that rather than have rules, the program requires players to stand on their own two feet, treat everyone with respect and dignity, and take responsibility for their actions.

Moglia also boasted that CCU was the only football program whose entire team voted for the presidential election in 2016, perhaps with the exception of the service academies. The team was taken to voting stations in buses in November 2016.

The former CEO and current chairman of the board of the TD Ameritrade discount brokerage firm also gave his take on the stock market and his company’s success, among other things. He said he believes American families are the heart of the company’s customer base.

“I think the average American family spends more time preparing a family vacation than they actually do managing their family finances, and that’s not the right way to do that,” he said.

Sun Belt Football Poll

East Division

1. Appalachian St. (6 first-place votes) – 46 points

2. Troy (4) – 44 points

3. Georgia State – 26 points

4. Georgia Southern – 22 points

5. Coastal Carolina – 12 points

West Division

1. Arkansas State (9) – 49 points

2. ULM – 37 points

3. South Alabama (1) – 26 points

4. Louisiana – 25 points

5. Texas State – 13 points