"There's nobody who can root against me so hard that's gonna have any real impact in terms of what our preparation is," Joe Moglia said at his first football news conference as head football coach at Coastal Carolina University, as the Chanticleers prepare to open the season on Saturday at Brooks Stadium in Conway against the North Carolina A&T Aggies.
Moglia was hired as CCU's new head coach when David Bennett was fired from the job on December 9 of last year. Bennett was popular as a successful head coach and community leader. Bennett's legacy of four Big South Conference titles, coaching six players who went on to play in the NFL, and a 63-39 overall record. Moglia's opening statement at his weekly news conference was a recognition of what has been accomplished over the first nine years of football at CCU, "I recognize the significance of the responsibility that's on my shoulders as far as Coastal Carolina goes. This is an honor for me and I recognize with the tradition that we have here, we are expected to do well, we are expected to win."
Coastal Carolina has never lost to North Carolina A&T in three previous meetings. CCU beat A&T last year 31-14. The Chants are coming off a 7-4 season and have a three game win streak heading into the 2012 season.
Coach Moglia has 20 years of coaching experience. Saturday marks his first game as a college head football coach. He says it will be an emotional experience leading the Chanticleers out of the tunnel for the first time on Saturday. "The first time at Coastal Carolina, the first time at a home stadium, I'm emotional right now."