Coastal Carolina hires billionaire as its new head coach


Quite a few men get into coaching and come out the other end as fairly wealthy head coaches.  Not a lot of them, if any, though, enter the head-coaching game as filthy rich individuals — and by “filthy rich” we mean “10-digit loaded”.

Yet that’s where the situation currently stands at Coastal Carolina, a Div. 1-AA (FCS) school that announced Tuesday the hiring Joe Moglia as its new head coach.  Football-wise, Moglia is probably best known as either the executive adviser to the Nebraska football program in 2009-10 or as the former head coach/current president of the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks.

Financial-wise, the 61-year-old Moglia is known as a billionaire businessman who was the CEO of TD Ameritrade from 2001 until becoming the chairman of the board of the same company in 2008, a title he will still hold even as he continues on as the president of a professional football league team and head coach of a college football team.  This job at Coastal Carolina will actually be a continuation of Moglia’s coaching career; Moglia coached at programs such as Lafayette and Dartmouth before embarking on a second career in the financial sector in 1983.

What will turn out to be nearly three decades later, however, Moglia will be back at the collegiate level in 2012.

“Having a hand in helping 18-22 year-olds become men through football has always been important to me, and I couldn’t be more excited to do that at Coastal Carolina,” Moglia said. “Being part of our Nighthawks team has been an honor for me.”

Going back to his time with the Cornhuskers, Moglia was effusive in his praise for athletic director Tom Osborne and head coach Bo Pelini.  In fact, Moglia said if it weren’t for the time he spent in Lincoln, he wouldn’t be where he’s at in his life right now, which is apparently a very rich man with a really, really cool third job.

“Had it not been for the opportunity I had with the University of Nebraska, none of this would have become a reality,” said the new coach. “I will be forever appreciative to Bo and Tom for allowing me to do that. I’m continuing as Chairman of TD Ameritrade and Omaha has become my home and will always have a place in my heart.”

Honestly, I think the biggest question to come out of this, aside from the obvious “how did the SEC let a billionaire coach get away” query, is whether or not it will give T. Boone Pickens any grandiose ideas of becoming the head coach at Oklahoma State.  And, before you ask, no, there’s no truth to the rumor that Pittsburgh has already interviewed Warren Buffet, or that Bill Gates is on Penn State’s radar.

As for the man Moglia will be replacing?  David Bennett was the only head coach in the football program’s history, compiling a 63-39 mark during his nine years there.  Football-wise, he’s best known for, well, the following YouTube clip that will never, ever get old for a human being who views it.  Or cats and dogs, for that matter:

Lawsuit filed against Houston claims racial discrimination in process that led up to hiring of Dana Holgorsen

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On Dec. 30 of last year, Houston officially fired Major Applewhite as its head coach even as speculation about his future at the AAC school had flared for days.  Just three days later, Dana Holgorsen left West Virginia to take over for Applewhite in Houston.

And therein lies at least a bit of an issue with which the university now has to deal.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Dr. Kevin Simms, president of the African-American Coaches Association, has filed “[a] lawsuit… against the University of Houston that accuses the school of discrimination and failure to properly post its head football coaching position.” The suit claims that the university violated state law by failing to post the position for a minimum of two weeks, filing complaints with both the Texas Workforce Commission and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Simms is seeking $20 million in compensation in the suit, which also, coincidentally enough, is the total value of the contract signed by Holgorsen.

From the Chronicle‘s report:

The lawsuit seeks damage for “loss (sic) wages, loss (sic) earning capacity, future pecuniary losses, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenient (sic), mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life …” Simms requests a jury trial.

In the lawsuit, Simms claims to have “over 30 years of coaching experience and is clearly more qualified than Dana Holgersen (sic).” A search found no listings of any previous coaching jobs for Simms.

The lawsuit adds, “the University of Houston continues to bypass African-Americans in applying and being considered for the head football coach position as it does not adhere to the job posting and advertising requirements.

(Writer’s note: Yes, Holgorsen’s name was misspelled in the lawsuit.)

The suit further cites an April 30 Sports Illustrated article in which a deal between Holgorsen and UH superbooster Tilman Fertitta was reportedly reached on Dec. 22 for the head coach to replace Applewhite.  The verbal agreement was put together, per the article, shortly before UH was steamrolled by Army 70-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl.

“The University of Houston believes this case is without merit and looks forward to its resolution,” the school said in a statement.

(Tip O’ the Cap: our very own Zach Barnett)

Texas Tech adds sixth graduate transfer this offseason, this one a starting corner from Utah State

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With the start of the 2019 regular season a little over a week away, Texas Tech has bolstered its defensive secondary with an experienced addition to its roster.

Tuesday evening, Tech confirmed that Ja’Marcus Ingram has joined Matt Wells‘ football program and practiced with the team for the first time earlier in the day.  The cornerback began his collegiate career as a walk-on at Utah State before opting to leave the MWC school earlier this offseason.

As Ingram has already graduated from USU, he will be eligible to play immediately for Tech in 2019.  Including this coming season, the defensive back will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Ingram started the 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2017 and then five of the first six games for the Aggies this past season before going down with what turned out to be a season-ending injury.

As noted by the school in its release, Ingram is far from the first grad transfer added by Tech this offseason.

Ingram becomes the sixth graduate transfer to arrive in Lubbock this summer, joining a group that already includes Zech McPhearson (Penn State), Evan Rambo (Cal), Armand Shyne (Utah), RJ Turner (Louisiana-Monroe) and Jackson Tyner (Rice). Of that group, the trio of McPhearson, Rambo and Ingram will all have two years of eligibility remaining.

Tennessee’s Kurott Garland pulls name out of transfer portal

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It doesn’t happen very often, but it does, every once in a great while, play out this way.

Earlier this offseason, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Kurott Garland signaled his intention to leave Tennessee by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database.  As we often note, players are not bound to transfer by entering the portal and can instead return to the team.

Tuesday, that rare phenomenon played out as Jeremy Pruitt confirmed that Garland has decided to remain with the Volunteers.

“He was thinking about possibly transferring. We supported him all the way through, and in the end, he decided to come back here,” the head coach said by way of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “He’s here. We’re excited that he’s here. I think the guy has lots of ability.”

Garland was a three-star member of the Volunteers’ 2018 recruiting class.  He played in four games as a true freshman, which allowed him to take a redshirt for the past season.

Prior to his decision to enter the portal, Garland had been in line to see increased playing time as part of the Vols’ defensive line rotation. How that plays out moving forward this season remains to be seen.

NCAA denies third immediate-eligibility waiver for transfer to Georgia Tech this month

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It hasn’t been a good month waiver-wise for the Georgia Tech football program.

As we noted Tuesday, the NCAA has already denied immediate-eligibility waivers being sought for Antonneous Clayton and Myles Sims, who transferred to Tech from Florida and Michigan, respectively, this offseason.  That same day, Marquez Ezzard took to Twitter to reveal that “[t]he NCAA has decided to not grant my waiver to play at Georgia Tech this season, and I will have to sit out.”

The wide receiver opted to transfer from Miami in January of this year, ultimately landing at Tech the following month.

With the decision, Ezzard will still have three years of eligibility he can use beginning with the 2020 season.

Ezzard was a four-star 2018 signee who played in three games as a true freshman, catching two passes for 24 yards during his brief stint with the Hurricanes.