Aug. 29, 2012
CONWAY - This will mark the fourth meeting between Coastal Carolina and North Carolina A&T on the gridiron. The Chanticleers own a 3-0 advantage in the series, winning in Greensboro in 2008 and 2011, duplicating the feat in 2009 in Brooks Stadium.
Date Opponent CCU Result CCU Opp 09-27-08 at North Carolina A&T W 20 7 09-26-09 North Carolina A&T W 28 7 09-24-11 at North Carolina A&T W 31 14
COASTAL BEGINS 10TH YEAR OF FOOTBALL IN 2012
Coastal Carolina will celebrate its 10th year of football in 2012. Coastal owns a career record of 63-39, winning four Big South Championships (2004, `05, `06 and `10).
COASTAL IN SEASON OPENERS (4-5) AND HOME OPENERS (6-3)
Coastal Carolina is 4-5 in season openers. The Chants won each of their first three season openers, including a 21-14 decision over Newberry in the program's first game as well as wins at Morehead State in 2004 and at Elon in 2005. Coastal then lost its next five season openers, falling to Elon at home in 2006 and dropping road games at Delaware State (2007), at #22 Penn State (2008), at Kent State (2009) and at #25 West Virginia (2010). Coastal got back on track with a 30-23 victory over Furman at Brooks Stadium in 2011.
When playing its home opener, Coastal's record improves to 6-3. The Chants won their first three home openers (Newberry in 2003, Davidson in 2004 and #1 James Madison in 2005). Coastal has gone back-and-forth in home openers in each of the last six years, falling to Elon in 2006, beating Winston-Salem State in 2007, losing to Colgate in 2008, defeating Monmouth in 2009, losing to Georgia Southern in 2010 and defeating Furman in 2011.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Chanticleers play in Brooks Stadium with Benton Field being natural grass. For its history, Coastal has played 82 of its 102 games on natural grass. The Chanticleers are 58-24 (.707) on natural grass overall -- 37-14 (.725) at home and 21-10 (.677) on the road.
Coastal will play nine of its 11 games on natural grass in 2012 with Toledo and Appalachian State being the only games played on artificial surfaces.
When playing on artificial surfaces, Coastal is just 5-15 all time.
Head Coach Joe Moglia's Opening Statement:
"For the first time I recognize the significance and 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 how we are expected to do well, we are expected to win and we are going to do everything we possibly can to do that. I think the one thing that I can absolutely commit to is that the whole while our guys are on the field you are going to see them giving everything they got for every snap that they are on the field. We said from the beginning that our mission is to put a team on the field that the greater community and Coastal Carolina can be proud of. We are absolutely dedicated to that mission and we are going to do that by both our coaching staff as well as all of our players working as hard as they can to live up to their responsibility. We're excited about our first game. I think Carolina A&T is a solid, is a good solid team. The quarterback is very athletic; he can get them out of trouble. He can in-effect length and plays. They are very effective with play action when he starts to move around in the pocket. They transitioned over the span of last season from more of a spread attack to more of a power game. Their tailback, number 28, is 138 yards I think away from the all-time rushing record for A&T. He was certainly the work-horse over the span of all last season and I'm sure he will be their work-horse again. They have excellent skill positions on both sides of the ball, and you know we are going to have our work cut out for us. But, it's our first game and we're looking for a good start."
Is this going to be an emotional day leading a college team out for the first time as a head coach?
"I think the reality is when I led the college all-star team in Arizona out of the tunnel it was emotional. When I led the Omaha Nighthawks out of the tunnel it was emotional. This one will be probably more emotional than that. But, frankly, almost any time I've ever led my team out on the field, it was a little emotional for me. So, the first time at Coastal Carolina, the first time in a home stadium, you know I'm (getting) emotional right now."
What kind of pregame speech are you going to give?
"We kind of give the pre-game speech literally all the time. We probably give that almost every day so our pregame speech is going to go back to reminding our guys that our mission is to put a team on the field that our fans are going to be proud of and what their responsibility is. One of the things that we'll stress a little bit more I think during this week of practice and in the pregame speech is that we're going to make some mistakes. When we make some mistakes we've got to be able to recognize, we've got to build and come back from those mistakes. We can't let those get us down."
What are some key things you guys need to do on Saturday to come away with a win?
"The number one thing, for the last five years, we've led the league in the most penalties. That's something we've got to totally turn around. We have spent a lot of time with our guys in terms of discipline along those lines. I hope we show big improvement there. Number two, from an offensive perspective, we can't turn the ball over. Number three, from a defensive perspective, there's a balance between having incredible poise and being as physical as you can possibly be. It's important for us to be able to achieve that balance. And then at the end of the day you've got to have a consistent performance from your specialists."
You expect to win this game, given Coastal won 31-14 at their place last season?
"I hope we're going to win this game. They have 10 starters back on one side of the ball and six on the other side. They're a good football team. There's so much that can happen frankly over the span of a12 month period. I think you go back and expect something to happen based on what took place a year ago or like 10 or 11 games ago. That's probably a mistake, I think, in terms of planning. So we're not thinking that way. What we have to do is take care of business."