Coastal Carolina's 'billionaire coach' in playoffs

Coastal Carolina's 'billionaire coach' in playoffs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia increased the stock value of a company from $700 million to $10 billion in seven years. So he doesn't think anyone should be surprised he could get the Football Championship Subdivision Chanticleers to the playoffs in his first year.

Plenty of people questioned Coastal Carolina when the school hired the man nicknamed the ``Billionaire Coach.'' Moglia coached a bit in high school and was an Ivy League assistant before heading into the business world in 1984.

After nearly two decades as a stock broker that were wildly successful, Moglia's recent coaching resume included only two years as an unpaid executive adviser at Nebraska and a 1-4 record in 2011 as head coach of the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks.

But Moglia sold the school on a simple idea - that putting together a successful business or a successful football team isn't all that different.

``When I became a leader in the business world, I was a far better business leader because of my experience as a coach. I think frankly I am a better head coach at the college level because of my experience as a business leader,'' said Moglia, who is best known for a 500 percent return as CEO of TD Ameritrade from 2001-08.

Coastal Carolina (7-4) won a share of the Big South Conference title and an automatic bid to the playoffs on a tiebreaker. The Chanticleers will be on the road Saturday for an opening-round game against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Bethune-Cookman (9-2).

It is the third playoff bid in Coastal Carolina's 10 years of football, and it came as a bit of a surprise. Moglia took over for the man who got the program off the ground, David Bennett. His teams had hovered around .500 for the past five years, and fans braced for a tough season as Moglia put his coaches and his ideas in place.

The Chanticleers started 2-4. But one of those losses was to Toledo, and two came to other teams that made the FCS playoffs.

The bye week was during the losing streak, and Moglia said he changed some of what he was doing. Coastal Carolina finished the season winning its last five games and got some help when Liberty beat the best team in the Big South, Stony Brook. All three teams finished with a 5-1 record in the conference, and the automatic playoff bid went to the fourth tiebreaker, away victories, which the Chanticleers won because they swept their three road games.

``We really could have given up. But it was a great job by the coaches and the whole staff - everyone at Coastal Carolina - to keep us pushing,'' said quarterback Aramis Hillary, a senior transfer from South Carolina.

Moglia discusses football in business terms. He talks about how important it is to hire good people to work as vice presidents or assistant coaches. He said it was important in both worlds to have a long-range plan, but be ready to adjust that plan quickly when something unexpected happens. Businesses have to figure out how to use their people and advantages to become a leader in their industries.

``In the world of football, we do the same thing,'' Moglia said ``What are the basic offense, defense and kicking systems? What are the strengths of our people, of our players? What are the things we understand? What are the things we can do? We adapt and adjust our systems to their skill sets so we can maximize the potential of our team. And then you apply that the best you can in terms of a game plan.''

The only real difference is in business, a leader gets judged by profits, while in football, the measurement is wins, Moglia said.

Moglia's approach to football as a business is even apparent in the team's media guide. In 2011, players' photos were in their uniforms. In 2012, each player is wearing an identical tie in the team's colors of teal and black and a dark blazer.

Coastal Carolina certainly took a risk hiring a guy with such little recent football experience. But as Moglia knows, carefully assessing a risk and taking it can reap big rewards.

``The ability to be able to put together a program or an organization and lay that foundation is something I've really been doing for the past 25 years of my life,'' Moglia said.

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Wizards lose again, this time to Nuggets as offense falls flat

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Wizards lose again, this time to Nuggets as offense falls flat

The Washington Wizards lost to the Denver Nuggets 108-100 on Friday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Another loss: It is becoming more and more clear that the Wizards need a shot in the arm, something to change the direction of where they are currently heading.

Whether that will come in the form of All-Star point guard John Wall coming back, an adjustment to their lineup or strategy or something else entirely, the losses are piling up and at a tough time in the season.

With another loss on Friday night, their seventh in their last 11 games, the Wizards are now 40-32 on the season. They have plenty of room to still clinch a playoff berth, as their magic number stands at two, but they only have 10 games left to secure their all-important playoff seed. 

The Wizards lost their second straight game and again offense was their problem. They scored 100 points, six below their season average, and committed 17 turnovers.

Big third quarter: The Denver Nuggets have emerged as a team on the rise, a young squad with burgeoning stars that could someday soon make some noise in the Western Conference. The reason is because they are very good on offense. Defense is a much different story.

That was not the case on Friday night, as the Wizards had all sorts of trouble scoring in three of their four quarters. They managed just 43 points by halftime, the fewest the Nuggets have allowed in a first half since Jan. 27.

The Wizards, though, did get cooking in the third quarter. They erupted for 33 points in the frame while shooting 63.2 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from three. Markieff Morris, who finished with 17, had 11 points in the third quarter and Bradley Beal (24 points) hit three threes.

The Wizards also found a solution for Jamal Murray, one of the Nuggets' brightest young stars. He had 20 points at halftime, but went scoreless in nine minutes in the third quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. (15 points) was among those who gave him trouble. Murry finished with 25.

The big third quarter reflected well on the Wizards' ability to make adjustments, but their 24-point fourth quarter flipped the script again.


Didn't force mistakes: The first time these teams squared off back in October, the Wizards forced the Nuggets into 23 turnovers. This game was a very different story. 

The Nuggets didn't commit their first turnover until midway through the second quarter and had only three by halftime. They had just 10 turnovers for the game.

Denver deserves some credit for limiting their mistakes, but all of it did not reflect well on the Wizards' defense. They didn't put enough pressure on the ball and failed to disrupt passing lanes like they usually do. It was uncharacteristic, as the Wizards entered the game 10th in average turnovers forced.

Not creating mistakes allowed the Nuggets to get way to many field goal attempts. Though they shot just 43.5 percent, Denver managed 108 points. And not getting turnovers offered the Wizards few opportunities for easy transition buckets.


Special night: Halftime offered a memorable moment in franchise history as legendary player and broadcast Phil Chenier had his No. 45 jersey retired by the team. His longtime broadcaster and friend Steve Buckhantz hosted the ceremony with about 20 friends and family members of Chenier's seated behind him. Buckhantz had opening comments, then majority owner Ted Leonsis spoke as everyone in the crowd stood and cheered.

Then, it was Chenier's time to talk. He thanked his former teammates, members of the organization and those close to him. He kept his composure until the very end when he brought up his mother, Peggy, who could not make the event. Chenier choked up and wiped away tears as he described what she has meant to him in his life.

It was a powerful moment and a great ceremony to honor a guy who has impacted the lives of many in the D.C. area. Now, his No. 45 will hang up in the rafters forever. That banner, by the way, features a picture of a microphone and the phrase '33 years,' signifying how long he was the color analyst for Bullets and Wizards games.


Up next: The Wizards do not have a game Saturday, though they are going to practice and Wall is expected to take a big step forward in his rehab. Their next game is Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington when they host the Knicks. That will also be a special game, as the Wizards are set to honor the 40th anniversary of their 1978 NBA championship.

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.