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Chants football team finishes 5th in final FCS standings

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Continuing to grow its national profile and stature year after year under head coach Joe Moglia, the Coastal Carolina football program made more history Monday by earning a consensus No. 5 final ranking in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision polls.

The Chanticleers, who went 12-2 while reaching the FCS quarterfinals for the second year in a row, finished behind four-time reigning national champion North Dakota State, national runner-up Illinois State, New Hampshire and Eastern Washington in both the FCS Coaches poll and The Sports Network FCS media poll.

It marks the second consecutive year the Chants finished as a consensus top-10 program after checking in at No. 7 in the final polls last season.

Moglia has now had the Chants nationally ranked in all three of his seasons with the program, including a No. 25 finish in 2012.

Coastal Carolina was one of three FCS teams to hold a No. 1 ranking at one point during the 2014 season while becoming the first Big South team to ever start 11-0.

The Chants saw their season end in a 39-32 FCS quarterfinals loss at North Dakota State on Dec. 13.

The Bison went on to edge Illinois State, 29-27, Saturday in the FCS championship game.

Final FCS Coaches Poll

Team -- Final Record -- Points -- Previous

1

North Dakota State (25)

15-1

625

3

2

Illinois State

13-2

600

7

3

New Hampshire

12-2

568

1

4

Eastern Washington

11-3

527

4

5

Coastal Carolina

12-2

516

6

6

Sam Houston State

11-5

463

19

7

Villanova

11-3

458

5

8

Chattanooga

10-4

434

8

9

Jacksonville State

10-2

414

2

10

Northern Iowa

9-5

389

10

11

Montana

9-5

356

11

12

Southeastern Louisiana

9-4

348

9

13

South Dakota State

9-5

335

13

14

Fordham

11-3

312

12

15

Harvard

10-0

251

14

16

Richmond

9-5

237

16

17

Liberty

9-5

214

23

18

Indiana State

8-6

213

21

19

James Madison

9-3

202

15

20

Montana State

8-5

167

17

21

Eastern Kentucky

9-4

139

18

22

Bethune-Cookman

9-3

96

20

23

Sacred Heart

9-3

64

22

24

William & Mary

7-5

58

24

25

Youngstown State

7-5

44

25

Others Receiving Votes: Stephen F. Austin 20, Idaho State 15, Alcorn State 14, Cal Poly 13, Charleston Southern 12, Morgan State 8, San Diego 6, Northern Arizona 3, McNeese State 3, Yale 1.

Final media poll from The Sports Network

Team (First-place votes)

2014 Record

Points

Previous Rank

1.

North Dakota State Bison (152)

15-1

3800

2

2.

Illinois State Redbirds

13-2

3630

7

3.

New Hampshire Wildcats

12-2

3475

1

4.

Eastern Washington Eagles

11-3

3161

4

5.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

12-2

3046

6

6.

Sam Houston State Bearkats

11-5

2936

19

7.

Villanova Wildcats

11-3

2894

5

8.

Chattanooga Mocs

10-4

2701

8

9.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

10-2

2585

3

10.

Northern Iowa Panthers

9-5

2332

10

11.

Fordham Rams

11-3

2234

9

12.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

9-5

2033

14

13.

Montana Grizzlies

9-5

1969

12

14.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

9-4

1729

11

15.

Harvard Crimson

10-0

1502

13

16.

Richmond Spiders

9-5

1422

18

17.

Liberty Flames

9-5

1365

20

18.

James Madison Dukes

9-4

1170

15

19.

Indiana State Sycamores

8-6

1162

25

20.

Montana State Bobcats

8-5

1144

17

21.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

9-4

992

16

22.

Youngstown State Penguins

7-5

422

21

23.

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

9-3

347

22

24.

Sacred Heart Pioneers

9-3

325

NR

25.

Idaho State Bengals

8-4

318

24

Others receiving votes: William & Mary 247, Stephen F. Austin 167, McNeese State 52, Charleston Southern 37, North Carolina A&T 31, Yale 31, Alcorn State 30, Southern Illinois 22, Morgan State 16, Lamar 13, San Diego 12, Northern Arizona 10, Dartmouth 9, Cal Poly 6, Samford 6, Bucknell 4, Albany 3, Bryant 3, Sacramento State 2, Western Illinois 2, Northwestern State 1, South Carolina State 1, Wagner 1

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