Businesses to support CCU's coaching decision

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - As Coastal Carolina University's football program begins a new era under Head Coach Joe Moglia, many continue to question on Wednesday whether or not he's the right fit for the Chanticleers.

Athletic officials at the university say Moglia spent his first official day on the job meeting with current CCU football coaches to gauge their desire to continue with the team under his leadership.

While Moglia had his hands full with coaching duties, his name was hot on the tongues of many in Downtown Conway - just one day after he was officially named head coach.

"People are going to be iffy about it at first, but eventually if he wins football games, they're going to like them," Brandon Buscher, of Horry County, said.

"I'd never know a CEO would be a head coach for a college," William Melton, of Socastee, added.

As the public continues to grapple with the decision, it was business as usual Wednesday at The Crafty Rooster in Downtown Conway. Management running the restaurant, known for showing its Chanticleer pride, say they'll continue to support Coastal's football team despite the departure of former Head Coach David Bennett.

"That was one decision that seems to be unpopular at the moment - and we loved Coach Bennett, but things change," Sean Kobos, of The Crafty Rooster, said.

Over the last three years, The Crafty Rooster has become a "destination restaurant" that lures students, CCU fans and local patrons to Downtown Conway. The restaurant continues to make its mark on the community as Conway continues to identify itself as the "Home of the Chanticleers."

To make sure that relationship stays strong - even through controversy - downtown merchants are scheduled to meet with some CCU officials  at the start of 2012 to map out future partnerships. Hillary Howard, of Conway Downtown Alive, says that includes festivals and events like Paint the Town Teal.

Howard says next year, her organization will have a better idea of just how much of an economic impact events and visitors generated by CCU will have on the area.

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