Grinding it out: CCU continues to keep poise

CONWAY - The hype has been surrounding Coastal Carolina since the beginning of the year, picked as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big South. However, The Chants have long said they don't pay attention to those accolades - they just want to churn out wins.

"Teams that I'm responsible for, this tends to be their attitude," said head coach Joe Moglia of his team.

But the approach to the game isn't all business like for CCU.

"We have a lot of emotion, and a lot of passion," Moglia continued. "And we want to get to the point where we are successful. It's not just a pep talk on gameday. It's an incredible focus on things you have an impact on."

Everyone has bought in to the philosophy after coach Moglia met with the team for the first time in December of 2011, telling the players he was setting out to do something special.

"I had to get to know who coach Moglia was for about a month before I did that, and I ended up doing that, and I said 'Coach, you're a smart guy, and I want to play for you' and I took it serious," said senior offensive lineman Jamey Cheatwood.

Coastal cruised to a 6-0 start this year, and then showed it can handle a challenge - overcoming a 19 point deficit twice to beat Liberty in two overtimes last week.

"In 21 years of coaching football, certainly I think it's the greatest single victory I've been a part of," Moglia said.

The mindset now is that things should only get better while returning home, and not to focus on past accomplishments.

"The plane ride home was fun if that's what you're asking," explained Cheatwood. "But when we came in and watched film, as soon as we watched the last play, we forget about it."

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