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BSC Opponent 2012 Preview: Coastal Carolina
As the football team continues its August preparation for the upcoming season, LibertyFlames.com continues its look at each of the Flames' Big South opponents, continuing today with Coastal Carolina.
Along with today's brief preview of the Chanticleers, LibertyFlames.com has provided an audio interview with Coastal Carolina Coach Joe Moglia and FSN reporter Nick Pierce (click audio player link above to listen to the interview).
For the first time since the inception of the Coastal Carolina football program in 2003, the Chanticleers will be under new leadership during the 2012 campaign. Moglia was named Coastal Carolina's second head coach on Dec. 19, 2011, four days after Liberty named Turner Gill as its new head coach.
Moglia has been successful in multiple facets of his professional life, spotlighted mostly in the business realm as the founder, chairman and CEO of TD Ameritrade. However, Moglia's football coaching involvement dates back to 1971, where he served as head coach at Archmere High School.
Most recently, Moglia served as executive advisor to the head coach at Nebraska (2009-10) and head coach and president of the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League (UFL). Last season, the Nighthawks led the UFL in passing offense, sacks, tackles for a loss, punt returns and blocked kicks. Moglia also coached the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
During his first season in Conway, S.C., Moglia will have 49 returning lettermen and 25 returning starters (12 offense, 12 defense, 1 special teams) at his disposal.
Leading the way for the Chanticleers' offense will be wide receiver Matt Hazel and offensive lineman Jamey Cheatwood, players who both earned All-Big South second-team honors in 2011.
Hazel was Coastal Carolina's top receiver last year, finishing the season with 32 receptions for 488 yards and six touchdowns. He ranked No. 8 in the Big South in receiving yards per game (44.4) and No. 10 in receptions per game (2.9).
Big South first team linebacker Andrae Jacobs is one of Coastal Carolina's top returning stoppers after finishing the 2011 season with 46 tackles (35 solo, 11 assisted). He ranked No. 9 in the Big South with 10 tackles for a loss (0.91 per game).
The Flames will end the month of October on the road in Conway, S.C., a place where they lost two years ago, 45-31, on Nov. 13, 2010. The setback in Brooks Stadium kept the Flames from winning the outright Big South title two years ago and enabled the Chanticleers to claim the league's automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs following a three-way tie atop the standings with Liberty, Coastal Carolina and Stony Brook.
Last year, the Flames scored the first 42 points of the game and never looked back, upsetting No. 20 Coastal Carolina, 63-27, in Williams Stadium on Oct. 15, 2011. The win was the program's 11th over a Top 25 ranked FCS program.
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Last Game against Coastal Carolina:
Oct. 15, 2011 – Liberty 63, Coastal Carolina 27 – Recap, Box Score
Last Road Game against Coastal Carolina:
Nov. 13, 2010 – Coastal Carolina 45, Liberty 31 – Recap, Box Score