Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - An intriguing subplot is part of
Saturday's Coastal Carolina-Charleston Southern showdown which could decide
Big South Conference championship.
Big South coach of the year honors could be secured by the game's winner,
either Coastal Carolina's Joe Moglia or Charleston Southern's Jamey Chadwell.
On a larger scale, the winning coach will pad his resume for the Eddie
Award, which honors the FCS national coach of the year.
Granted, coaching awards won't enter into the thoughts of Moglia and Chadwell
when they try to lead their respective team to a 10th victory this season. A
win by No. 5 Coastal Carolina with a Presbyterian loss at Liberty would clinch
the Big South title and the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs for
the visiting Chanticleers, while a Charleston Southern triumph would move the
No. 18 Buccaneers into first place.
With only three Saturdays remaining in the regular season before the
announcement of the playoff field on Nov. 24, leading candidates for the 27th
annual Robinson Award have moved front and center in the picture.
Moglia, whose Coastal squad is one of three unbeaten teams (9-0) in the FCS,
and Chadwell, who has the upstart Buccaneers at 9-1 in his first season of
leading their program (the loss was to Colorado), are among the top
Both could be Robinson Award candidates regardless of Saturday's result, with
Moglia having returned from a long career in the business world to impart an
out-of-the-box approach in his second season with the Chants and Chadwell
instilling youth and positive energy into his program.
"Knowing Coastal previously and knowing the type of players that Coach (David)
Bennett got in there (before Moglia), I knew they had good football players,
and Coach Bennett had done a good job," Chadwell said. "What Joe has come in
and done is give those guys an unbelievable purpose and brought to them just a
passion that they're playing with. It's been pretty impressive. ... I can see
how much they've improved from last year's video to this year, and it's night
Said Moglia of Chadwell's first season: "I think whenever you have a new staff
in, and you have a little bit of a different approach to how everything takes
place, it takes a little while for the guys to buy into that. He was able to
achieve that almost immediately. And then the fact that they've had some very
real success has just reinforced that. So from early in the season, I've taken
my hat to what they've been able to do to lay that foundation upon which to
The list of 20 Robinson Award finalists will be announced on Nov. 25, and a
national panel of voters will select the winner for the FCS Awards Banquet and
Presentation on Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.
Often times, a coach whose team enjoys a surprising season will catch the eye
of Robinson Award voters, as Towson's Rob Ambrose did in winning the award two
years ago and Southeast Missouri State's Tony Samuel did in 2010. This year,
that type of candidate would include Chadwell, whose Charleston Southern squad
was picked fourth out of six teams in the Big South preseason poll.
But there are other coaches leading surprising campaigns. Maine's Jack
Cosgrove, Princeton's Bob Surace, Youngstown State's Eric Wolford,
Chattanooga's Russ Huesman and Southeastern Louisiana's Ron Roberts have their
teams in first place and their squads were picked anywhere from third to
in their conference's preseason poll.
Fordham isn't eligible for the Patriot League title, but coach Joe Moorhead, a
Robinson Award finalist last season, is becoming a favorite for the top
coaching honors with the Rams standing three wins away from completing an
unbeaten regular season.
Sacred Heart's Mark Nofri, whose 8-2 team already has won six more games than
last season, and Jacksonville State first-year mentor Bill Clark, whose team
7-2, also are staking claim to Robinson Award candidacy. Delaware first-year
coach Dave Brock, William & Mary's Jimmye Laycock and South Carolina State's
Buddy Pough are doing terrific jobs with their teams as well.
While there is always support for the coaches of teams exceeding expectations,
there are years in which the Robinson Award recipient comes from a highly
successful program whose mentor simply takes the play to an even higher level.
That can be easier said than done, but the award recipient, Craig Bohl, did
just that last season while leading North Dakota State to a second straight
Bohl has done little to change his credentials this season in leading the top-
ranked Bison to an 8-0 start. Moglia has done that at Coastal Carolina, the
South's preseason favorite. In addition, Bethune-Cookman's Brian Jenkins and
Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers continue to impress in leading their teams to
first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Ohio Valley Conference,
respectively. EIU is ranked No. 2 in the nation.
The crowded Big Sky Conference needs the final weeks of the season to separate
its many candidates, which include Eastern Washington's Beau Baldwin, Montana
State's Rob Ash, Northern Arizona's Jerome Souers and Southern Utah's Ed Lamb.
The same goes in the Patriot League (Lafayette's Frank Tavani?), Pioneer
Football League (Marist's Jim Parady, Mercer' Bobby Lamb or San Diego's Dale
Lindsey?) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (Alcorn State's Jay
Robinson Award voters will make their winning selection for various reasons,
but there's no denying plenty of coaches across the FCS are doing their jobs
exceptionally well this season.
AROUND THE NATION
Third-ranked Eastern Washington will try to secure its 500th all-time win when
it hosts No. 4 Montana State in a battle of Big Sky Conference co-leaders on
Saturday. The visiting team has won the last two meetings. ... Northern
senior Zach Bauman is 187 rushing yards shy of 5,000 in his career. ... Top-
ranked North Dakota State (8-0) returns from a bye to host Illinois State,
which is 0-4 on the road after finishing unbeaten at home (5-0) for the first
time since 1999. ... Other factors could come into play, but Jackson State and
Southern can make it easy by winning games on Saturday to clinch berths in the
SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Houston. ... With four Pioneer League
holding just one loss in league action, and two more teams only one game
the leaders, there's no margin for error. Preseason favorite and tri-leader
Diego (6-3, 5-1) has to come eastward for the second straight week, this time
to face Morehead State. ... The winner of the Eastern Kentucky-Jacksonville
State game stands a good chance of a playoff bid out of the Ohio Valley
Conference. The loser, not so much. ... Maine coach Jack Cosgrove is back to
the career .500 mark (119-119) as the CAA Football-leading Black Bears head to
Albany to try to reach their first-ever 9-1 start. ... Incredibly, four of the
six FCS players to have reached 100 tackles this season are from the MEAC:
North Carolina Central's Tazmon Foster (110), Hampton's Delbert Tyler (103)
Savannah State's Justin Dixon (102) and Marquis Smith (100), a freshman. ...
The No. 1 and 2 kickoff returners in the FCS will be matched against each
- well, sort of - when Southland Conference leader Southeastern visits Central
Arkansas. SELU sophomore Xavier Roberson is averaging 37.8 yards on 14
while UCA freshman Jatavious Wilson is averaging 35.5 yards on 13 returns.
have scored two touchdowns on returns. ... Lamar defensive end Jesse Dickson
has been exceptional this season. He leads FCS defensive linemen in tackles
(65) and has 12.5 tackles for loss. ... Behind quarterback Quinn Epperly,
Princeton has surpassed the Ivy League single-season record for total yards of
offense with three games left to play. The first-place Tigers (6-1) have
totaled 3,810 yards in seven games, surpassing Harvard's 3,566 yards in 2000.
The Tigers also are averaging 45.1 points per game, well above Harvard's
league-record 39.4 points per game, set last season. ... Despite Colgate's
to Bucknell last Saturday, the Raiders, front-running Lafayette and Lehigh
still control their fate in the Patriot League because the trio still have to
play each other. ... VMI has three games remaining, but a home game against
Gardner-Webb on Saturday will be its final one in the Big South Conference.
Keydets will return to the Southern Conference next season. ... The big game
the SoCon is Wofford-Chattanooga. The loser might have a hard time making the
playoffs considering both teams' remaining schedules. ... In a terrific
Northeast Conference title race, it doesn't get any better than Duquesne-
Heart and Robert Morris-Central Connecticut State on Saturday. The race has
been back and forth with different leaders this season. ... Old Dominion (6-3)
will play two of its final three games against FBS opponents, Saturday at
and Nov. 23 at North Carolina. If the transitioning Conference USA program
either game, it would count toward the FCS' single-season record of 14 wins
against FBS opponents. ... Speaking of possible FCS-over-FBS upsets, UT Martin
(6-3) will return to the site of its first-ever FBS win last year when it
plays struggling Memphis (1-6) at the Liberty Bowl. The Skyhawks have scored a
season high for points in each of its last two games - both wins.
WHAT WE KNOW, WHAT WE THINK WE KNOW
The Sports Network FCS Top 25 can be found at http://tinyurl.com/88q2k7t.
Also, once again this season, In the FCS Huddle is projecting the potential
FCS playoff field. The projections are a long-range look at the season - not
based off current records or rankings - and can be found at
WEEK 11 PICKS
Week 10 Record: 42-18 (.700)
Season Record: 493-161 (.754)
Thursday, Nov. 7
X-Prairie View A&M (5-4, 4-3 SWAC) at Alcorn State (7-3, 5-2), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9
X-Brown (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) at Yale (4-3, 2-2), noon
X-Monmouth (4-5) at Wagner (2-7), noon
Wesley (6-2) at X-Charlotte (4-5), noon
Saint Francis (Pa.) (3-5, 1-2 NEC) at X-Bryant (4-5, 2-2), noon
Duquesne (5-3, 3-1 NEC) at X-Sacred Heart (8-2, 2-2), noon
Robert Morris (4-4, 2-1 NEC) at X-Central Connecticut State (4-5, 2-1), noon
X-Princeton (6-1, 4-0 Ivy) at Penn (4-3, 3-1), noon
X-Harvard (6-1, 3-1 Ivy) at Columbia (0-7, 0-4), 12:30 p.m.
No. 22 James Madison (6-3, 3-2 CAA) at X-No. 25 New Hampshire (4-4, 3-2),
X-Villanova (4-5, 3-3 CAA) at Rhode Island (3-7, 2-4), 12:30 p.m.
Holy Cross (3-7, 1-2 Patriot) at X-No. 21 Lehigh (6-2, 1-1), 12:30 p.m.
Appalachian State (2-7) at X-Georgia (5-3), 12:30 p.m.
Savannah State (1-9, 0-6 MEAC) at X-Howard (3-6, 2-4), 1 p.m.
X-North Carolina Central (4-5, 2-3 MEAC) at Hampton (3-6, 3-2), 1 p.m.
Bucknell (4-4) at X-No. 7 Fordham (9-0), 1 p.m.
X-Gardner-Webb (5-4, 0-2 Big South) at VMI (1-8, 0-4), 1 p.m.
Richmond (3-6, 1-4 CAA) at X-Stony Brook (3-5, 1-4), 1 p.m.
X-San Diego (6-3, 5-1 Pioneer) at Morehead State (3-6, 3-3), 1 p.m.
X-Marist (6-3, 5-1 Pioneer) at Campbell (2-7, 1-5), 1 p.m.
Valparaiso (1-8, 1-5 Pioneer) at X-Butler (7-3, 5-1), 1 p.m.
X-No. 2 Eastern Illinois (8-1, 5-0 OVC) at Murray State (5-4, 3-2), 1 p.m.
X-North Carolina A&T (5-3, 2-3 MEAC) at Morgan State (3-6, 3-2), 1 p.m.
X-No. 20 Samford (6-3, 4-1 Southern) at Furman (4-5, 3-2), 1:30 p.m.
X-The Citadel (3-6, 3-4 Southern) at Elon (2-7, 1-4), 1:30 p.m.
Go-Game of the Week: X-No. 5 Coastal Carolina (9-0, 3-0 Big South) at No. 18
Charleston Southern (9-1, 2-0), 1:30 p.m. The visiting Chanticleers' strength
of non-conference schedule is looking more impressive by the week. They would
clinch the Big South automatic playoff bid with a win and a loss by
Presbyterian at Liberty.
Florida A&M (3-6, 2-3 MEAC) at X-South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1), 1:30 p.m.
X-Texas Southern (2-7, 2-6 SWAC) at Mississippi Valley State (1-8, 1-6), 2
No. 17 Wofford (5-3, 4-1 Southern) at X-No. 24 Chattanooga (7-2, 5-1), 2 p.m.
Tennessee Tech (3-7, 0-6 OVC) at X-Southeast Missouri State (2-7. 1-4), 2 p.m.
Southern (5-4, 5-2 SWAC) at X-Alabama State (6-3, 6-1), 2 p.m.
X-Jackson State (7-2, 7-0 SWAC) at Alabama A&M (3-6, 3-4), 2 p.m.
Northern Colorado (1-8, 0-5 Big Sky) at X-North Dakota (2-7, 1-5), 2 p.m.
X-Dayton (6-3, 4-2 Pioneer) at Drake (5-4, 4-2), 2 p.m.
Western Carolina (2-7, 1-4 Southern) at X-Georgia Southern (4-4, 2-4), 2 p.m.
X-No. 10 Montana (7-2) at South Dakota (4-5), 2 p.m.
X-Southern Utah (6-3, 3-2 Big Sky) at Weber State (1-8, 0-5), 3 p.m.
X-Missouri State (4-6, 4-2 Missouri Valley) at Southern Illinois (5-4, 3-2), 3
Austin Peay (0-9, 0-5 OVC) at X-Tennessee State (7-3, 4-2), 3 p.m.
X-No. 23 William & Mary (6-3, 3-2 CAA) at No. 15 Delaware (7-2, 4-1), 3 p.m.
Nicholls (4-5, 1-3 Southland) at X-No. 6 Sam Houston State (7-2, 3-1), 3 p.m.
X-Abilene Christian (5-4) at Incarnate Word (5-4), 3 p.m.
X-Davidson (0-9, 0-6 Pioneer) at Stetson (1-7, 0-5), 3 p.m.
Jacksonville (4-5, 3-3 Pioneer) at X-Mercer (8-1, 4-1), 3 p.m.
Indiana State (1-8, 0-5 Missouri Valley) at X-No. 19 South Dakota State (5-4,
2-3), 3 p.m.
Co-Game of the Week: X-No. 4 Montana State (7-2, 5-0 Big Sky) at No. 3 Eastern
Washington (7-2, 5-0), 3:10 p.m. Both stars and similarities abound. The Big
Sky co-leaders are both on a five-game winning streak and have lost only to an
FBS team and a Southland Conference opponent.
Colgate (3-6, 2-1 Patriot) at X-Lafayette (3-5, 3-0), 3:30 p.m.
Illinois State (5-4, 4-2 Missouri Valley) at X-No. 1 North Dakota State (8-0,
5-0), 3:30 p.m.
X-No. 8 Maine (8-1, 5-0 CAA) at Albany (1-8, 0-5), 3:30 p.m.
Presbyterian (3-5, 1-1 Big South) at X-Liberty (5-4, 2-1), 3:30 p.m.
Grambling State (1-9, 1-6 SWAC) at X-Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-7, 1-5), 3:30 p.m.
Cornell (1-6, 0-4 Ivy) at X-Dartmouth (3-4, 2-2), 4 p.m.
Lamar (4-5, 1-3 Southland) at X-Northwestern State (4-5, 1-3), 4 p.m.
Norfolk State (2-7, 2-3 MEAC) at X-No. 12 Bethune-Cookman (8-1, 5-0), 4 p.m.
X-No. 11 McNeese State (7-2, 3-1 Southland) at Stephen F. Austin (3-6, 1-3), 4
X-Eastern Kentucky (6-3, 4-1 OVC) at Jacksonville State (7-2, 3-2), 4 p.m.
UT Martin (6-3) at X-Memphis (1-6), 4:30 p.m.
X-No. 9 Youngstown State (8-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley) at Northern Iowa (4-5,
0-5), 5 p.m.
X-Old Dominion (6-3) at Idaho (1-8), 5 p.m.
X-Portland State (5-4, 2-3 Big Sky) at Idaho State (3-6, 1-5), 5:05 p.m.
X-No. 16 Southeastern Louisiana (7-2, 4-0 Southland) at Central Arkansas (5-4,
2-2), 8 p.m.
Sacramento State (4-5, 3-2 Big Sky) at X-Cal Poly (4-5, 3-2), 9:05 p.m.
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