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Citadel football will face increased expectations in 2016

December 16, 2015
Tyler Renew, left, and  Dominique Allen are set to return for the Bulldogs in 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Tyler Renew, left, and Dominique Allen are set to return for the Bulldogs in 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

By: Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Dec 12 2015

It’s a good bet that The Citadel won’t be picked to finish seventh in Southern Conference football next season. That’s too bad, Bulldogs coach Mike Houston said. “I kind of liked being picked seventh,” he joked this week. After a 9-4 season that included a share of the Southern Conference championship and an FCS playoff berth, the Bulldogs will enter the 2016 season with vastly increased expectations. This team changed the perception of Citadel football,” Houston said. “They leave a legacy where things will be a little different when we start the next preseason.” Entering the 2015 season, the top priority for Houston and his staff was obvious — improve a defense that was seventh the SoCon in scoring defense (28.7 ppg) and seventh in total defense (442 yards per game) in 2014.

That mission was accomplished, as the 2015 Bulldogs produced a defense that was second in the SoCon in scoring defense (21.8 ppg) and total defense (356.2 yards per game), and led the league in interceptions with 20. Identifying a top priority for improvement during this off-season is not as easy. “This year, we’ve got to look at each phase individually,” Houston said. “I don’t think there are huge overhauls or huge adjustments that need to be made. But there are small tweaks and changes to be made, and just a continued push to improve.”

For example, as well as sophomore quarterback Dominique Allen played this season — he rushed for 958 yards and 13 touchdowns — Houston said the 6-1, 214-pounder can get better. “I’ve challenged Dominique to be very, very driven in this off-season,” Houston said. “He’s got to continue to develop his body, and then I’d like to see him really grab the reins of leadership of this offense of the team. He can’t be shy of being the guy.” Allen hit just 51.5 percent of his passes, with six interceptions against four touchdowns. The Bulldogs missed some deep balls throughout the season that are vital to executing the triple option. “We had at least two balls we missed against Charleston Southern,” Houston said. “That’s something both Dominique and our receivers can get better at, and need to.”

In recruiting, Houston said he plans to sign about 17 players in February, with immediate needs at offensive line and linebacker.

The Bulldogs have unofficial commitments from quarterback Brandon Rainey of Allatoona (Ga.) High School; linebacker Emanuel Holmes (6-2, 225) of Conyers, Ga.; defensive back Nick Graves of Lexington; and Mark Weakland, a 6-3, 265-pound lineman from State College, Pa.

The Bulldogs lose four senior starters on offense, including All-America guard Sam Frye and slotback Vinny Miller. Freshman slotback Rod Johnson will likely be granted a medical redshirt for this season, while freshman center Tyler Davis could get a look at guard. Freshman lineman Andrew Laulusa (6-2, 245), who redshirted this year, could be ready to step up, Houston said.

Four senior starters also are gone on defense, including All-America tackle Mitchell Jeter and linebacker James Riley. Freshman tackle Ken Allen got plenty of reps this season, but linebackers Myles Pierce and Israel Battle did not get as many behind Riley.

One important question is the future of kicker Eric Goins, who made 16 of 21 field goals. If he can put off his Army commission, he could return next season. “He’s young man who’s in demand,” Houston said.

Work on the 2016 season gets started soon — spring practice opens Feb. 23, with the spring game set for March 19.

Citadel’s 2016 Football Schedule

December 16, 2015
We need to show up to support our Bulldogs in  in 2016!

We need to show up to support our Bulldogs in in 2016!

Date Opponent
Sept. 3 at Mercer
Sept. 10 Furman
Sept. 17 at Gardner-Webb
Oct. 1 at Western Carolina
Oct. 8 North Greenville
Oct. 15 Chattanooga
Oct. 22 at Wofford
Oct. 29 ETSU
Nov. 5 Samford
Nov. 12 at VMI
Nov. 19 at North Carolina

2 Bulldogs Are 1st team All-American

December 15, 2015
Tyler Renew made All-American as a Senior fullback.

Tyler Renew made All-American as a Senior fullback.

Dee Delaney made 1st Team All-American as a Sophomore

Dee Delaney made 1st Team All-American as a Sophomore

Eight SoCon Football Players Earn All-America Honors

Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 12/15/2015

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Eight Southern Conference football student-athletes garnered STATS FCS All-America honors, it was announced Tuesday (Dec. 15). The Citadel fullback Tyler Renew and teammate Dee Delaney (defensive back) were selected to the first team along with Chattanooga offensive lineman Corey Levin.

The Mocs placed a pair on the second team as quarterback Jacob Huesman and Keionta Davis were selected for second-team honors. The Citadel’s Mitchell Jeter (defensive line), Furman’s Cory Magwood (linebacker) and Samford’s James Bradberry (defensive back) were chosen for the third team.

Renew appeared in all 13 games with nine starts and compiled 839 yards and five touchdowns on 162 carries. He ranked seventh in the Southern Conference in rushing yards, and his 5.18 yards-per-carry average was eighth. The Columbia, South Carolina, had his best game in his hometown, rushing for a career-high 174 yards and a career-high two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 23-22 win at South Carolina.

Delaney started all 13 games at cornerback and registered 46 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, five interceptions, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. The sophomore from Seabrook, South Carolina, was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection. His interception total led the SoCon, tied for eighth in FCS, and tied for sixth on The Citadel’s single-season list. He led the Southern Conference in total passes defended and in passes defended in conference play with nine.

Levin, the two-time Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Award winner was a third team Associated Press All-American in 2014. He is the first offensive lineman at UTC to earn multiple All-American honors since the FCS was formed in 1977.

Huesman, a quarterback from Chattanooga, made the second team. It the first 2015 All-American honor for the three time SoCon Offensive Player of the Year. Huesman ran for 1,244 yards and 13 touchdowns, while passing for 12 scores and 2,117 yards. He finished his career with nearly every offensive school record and joins Chris Sanders (1999-00) as the only QB at UTC to earn multiple All-American Awards.

Davis is a defensive lineman from Chattanooga who set the school record with 13.5 sacks. That number led the SoCon and tied for second in the FCS. Davis also led the SoCon with 17.0 TFLs.

Jeter was a constant presence in opponents’ backfields all season. The Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, as voted by the coaches, started all 13 games this season and collected 45 tackles, including 12.0 for loss with 8.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery. His sack total is the fourth-highest single-season output in program history. Jeter ranked second in the SoCon and 28th in FCS with an average of 0.65 sacks per game and tied for the conference lead with an average of 0.93 sacks in conference games, including 3.0 at Samford, the Bulldogs’ most against an FCS opponent since 2005 and tied for the highest single-game total in the SoCon this season.

Magwood, who last month was selected Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year by vote of the media, paced Furman and ranked ninth in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with 127 tackles this season, including 4.5 for-loss. As a junior he led the SoCon and finished sixth nationally with 123 stops.

The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Varnville, S.C., native finished his Paladin career with 337 tackles, good for 17th all-time at Furman.

Bradberry, who was also named first team All-Southern Conference last month, registered 45 tackles, including 29 solo stops as a senior in 2015. He also had 4.0 tackles for loss, he picked off two passes and led the team with 11 pass break-ups.

Bradberry had a season-high eight tackles at Western Carolina. He also had seven tackles each in games against Central Arkansas and Louisville. Bradberry had interceptions in SoCon games against Furman and Mercer.

Goins Named Fred Mitchell Award Finalist

December 8, 2015
Eric Goins may be The Citadel's best kicker since Greg Davis.

Eric Goins may be The Citadel’s best kicker since Greg Davis.

CHARLESTON, S.C. –
The Citadel junior kicker Eric Goins is one of 10 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Award, it was announced Monday.

Goins broke The Citadel’s single-season made field goals record with 16 and also was a perfect 42-of-42 on PATs while adding 32 touchbacks on 74 kickoffs. The junior from Herndon, Virginia, ranked second in the Southern Conference with 42 PATs made and ranked third in the conference in made field goals and in kick scoring with an average of 6.9 points scored per game.

Goins also broke the school’s single-game records for made field goals and kick scoring with five and 17, respectively, in the Bulldogs’ 35-14 victory over VMI. He has two field goals among the top 10 longest in school history, a 49 yarder at Coastal Carolina that is tied for eighth on the program’s all-time list and a 48 yarder at South Carolina that is tied for 10th and is the longest made field goal by a Bulldog against an FBS opponent. His career totals of 90 points and 25 made field goals rank second in school history, and his 150 career points scored are fourth on the program’s all-time list.

Off the field, Goins is a Cadet Major serving as the Battalion Academic Officer where he takes an active role in assisting members of his battalion succeed academically. He completed the Army Cadet Leadership Course this summer and will enter the Army as a lieutenant after graduating from The Citadel. His volunteer activities include working at the Charleston Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The Citadel Knights of Columbus.

The Fred Mitchell Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate kicker among FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA teams. The award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting kicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient is chosen based on excellence on the field and in the community. The winner is announced in December, and the trophy is presented at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall in February.

COACH HOUSTON AFCA REGION 2 COACH OF THE YEAR

December 8, 2015
Coach Houston is getting some national attention for his 2015 coaching performance.

Coach Houston is getting some national attention for his 2015 coaching performance.

The Citadel head football coach Mike Houston has been named the 2015 American Football Coaches Association Region 2 FCS Coach of the Year. Coach Houston led the Bulldogs to their first Southern Conference championship since 1992 and into the playoffs for the first time since that same season. The Citadel finished its 2015 season 9-4, earning the second-highest single-season win total in program history, and 6-1 in the Southern Conference to tie the program record for conference wins in a season.

The Bulldogs won at South Carolina, earning just the third victory by a SoCon team over an SEC school, and earned the program’s first road playoff win with a 41-38 victory at Coastal Carolina in the first round. The Citadel broke single-season school records with 5,474 yards of total offense and 4,510 rushing yards, a total that includes the two highest single-game rushing totals in FCS this season. The Bulldogs’ average of 346.9 rushing yards per game ranks second in FCS and first in the Southern Conference, and their average of 421.1 yards of total offense per game was second in the SoCon. The Citadel also finished the season leading the Southern Conference in rushing touchdowns, yards per rush, sacks allowed, tackles for loss allowed and yards per completion.

The AFCA recognizes five Regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association’s five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The winners are selected by active members of the association who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.

The 2015 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2015 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on January 12. The five National Coach of the Year winners will be announced at the convention as well.

Bulldogs ‘changed the culture,’ Houston says

December 7, 2015
Coach Houston has changed the culture of Citadel football in two short years.

Coach Houston has changed the culture of Citadel football in two short years.

By: Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
12.5.15

No matter where The Citadel football team or coach Mike Houston goes from here, it’s not likely Houston will forget the 2015 Bulldogs. Houston’s second Citadel team was picked to finish seventh in the Southern Conference and wound up as co-champions, with a first league title and FCS playoff berth since 1992. That historic season came to a disappointing end Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs, with a 14-6 loss at Charleston Southern.

“It’s a group that really cared about each other and invested a lot,” said Houston, whose team finished at 9-4 with a win over FBS South Carolina. “So this one is going to hurt a little bit. “But our kids bought in and believed in us this year, and that was the difference. Last year there was still some doubt, but this year there was not and I appreciate so much the older kids buying in the way they did. They’ve really changed the culture here in two years.”

Turnovers
The Citadel turned the ball over six times against CSU, five times on fumbles and once on a Dominique Allen interception. Allen also lost a fumble when CSU linebacker Solomon Brown stole the ball from him on a strip-sack. Those turnovers are six reasons the Bulldogs failed to score a touchdown against an FCS foe for the first time since a 16-6 loss at Furman in 2011.

“We made critical mistakes,” said Allen. “You are not going to win a game making mistakes like that, especially in such a crucial game for us.”

Houston credited CSU’s defense and coordinator Chad Staggs, pointing out that the Bucs’ spread option is not that different than The Citadel’s triple option. “Some teams don’t like having to play downhill, physical, down-after-down football,” Houston said. “But Chad does a great job with his kids — they are tough, physical, disciplined, just like us. And they do a great job against this style of offense.”

Extra Points
With no future games scheduled with Charleston Southern, the series stands tied at 5-5, with CSU winning the last four.

Citadel kicker Eric Goins made 2 of 3 field goals Saturday to break the school record for field goals in a season. He’s got 16 this season, topping the previous record of 14. He’s also tied for second in career field goals with 25.

Linebacker James Riley had 12 tackles and is tied for fifth in career tackles with 260. Joe Crochet had seven tackles and forced a fumble, and Malik Diggs made the Bulldogs’ 20th interception of the season.

Charleston Southern ready for rematch with Citadel in FCS playoffs

December 3, 2015

BY DAVID SHELTON
Special to The Post and Courier
Dec 2 2015

Amidst all the talk about a perceived lack of respect and seating issues for Saturday’s FCS playoff game between The Citadel and Charleston Southern, there is indeed a football game to be played at Buccaneer Field. Charleston Southern (9-2) will host The Citadel at 1 p.m. in the Buccaneers’ first-ever playoff game. The visiting Bulldogs bring with them a 9-3 record that includes an upset at South Carolina and a first-round playoff victory at Coastal Carolina in the past two weeks.

CSU has won the last three meetings with The Citadel, including a 33-20 victory at Johnson Hagood Stadium in September. After that victory, CSU head coach Jamey Chadwell raised the ire of many Bulldogs’ fans when he indicated that his program feeds off a lack of respect from its downtown rival.

Earlier this week, Chadwell reiterated, but also clarified, his thoughts. “I believe wholeheartedly that the majority of their people — their football staff, their players, many in their athletic department — respect what we’re trying to do here at CSU,” said Chadwell, who is 27-9 in three seasons at CSU. “There also are a lot of people who have a perception of CSU that may not be entirely accurate and they certainly don’t respect who we are and what we are about. “Maybe they feel they are above us, but I don’t feel that way at all. I don’t think their football staff or their players believe that. And we have always respected their football program as an opponent, as a rival. I’m not apologizing for saying what I said because I believe it.”

Chadwell admits the Bucs’ opponent on Saturday, while wearing the same colors and putting the same personnel on the field, is much different from the team they beat in September. The Citadel, in a sense, has been in playoff-type games for the last three weeks, including a game with Chattanooga to decide the Southern Conference championship. “They are executing better. Their young guys in September are not young now,” Chadwell said. “They are obviously a better team than they were two months ago, and I think we are too. Our young guys also have grown up a lot over two months.

“Where they might have an edge is the experience gained over the last few weeks. The moment (Saturday) will not be too big for them. For our guys, the only experience close to Saturday was a high school playoff game. We have to make sure we don’t get caught up in the moment, and we need to start fast.”

On film, Chadwell sees a Citadel offense that is executing at a high level and not turning the ball over. He says the defense is playing fast and aggressive and has been opportunistic. The Citadel and CSU, he says, are basically even in terms of talent so turnovers could again be the deciding factor. The Citadel forced four turnovers in last week’s win over Coastal Carolina.

“They are beating teams because they are not turning the ball over and the other teams are, which is how you win these games of this magnitude,” he said. “We know how good they are playing and we know they are playing with great confidence. We cannot give them extra possessions and more opportunities offensively to eat the clock and control the tempo of the game. “It’s a relatively even battle. We may have a little advantage in one area but they may have one in another. When two teams are evenly matched, so to speak, the turnovers usually dictate who wins the game.”

Chadwell said he believes CSU will enter the game as the underdog despite playing at home. “I would assume we are the underdogs on Saturday,” he said. “Based on who they have beaten in the last two weeks, most smart people probably see them as the favorite. That’s okay too. We will show up and play hard and see where it all falls in the end.”

Bulldogs Fall to Air Force, 97-93

December 3, 2015

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USAF ACADEMY, COLORADO – The Citadel basketball team fell in a tight road contest to Air Force 97-93 on Wednesday night at Clune Arena, as the Bulldogs dropped to 5-3 on the season. Junior Warren Sledge scored a career-high 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field to lead The Citadel. Senior point guard P.J. Boutte recorded his third career double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. He has now dished out at least 10 assists four times this season.

Six different Bulldogs scored defensively as Derrick Henry, Quinton Marshall and Quayson Williams notched 16 points, 15 points and 10 points, respectively. Senior walk-on Bobby Duncan also contributed seven great minutes off the bench, finishing with a career-high seven rebounds, two points and two assists.

After falling down 13-8 early, The Citadel used hot shooting and stingy defense to put together a 10-0 run and surge in front 24-17. Freshman Connor Schroeder sunk a pair of treys on back-to-back possessions and the Bulldogs held Air Force without a field goal for more than four minutes of game clock during the momentum change. The Citadel went on to outscore the Falcons 33-22 over the final 15 minutes of the first half and took a 41-35 lead into the break. The Bulldogs shot 47.1 percent from the floor in the opening frame, assisting on 14 of their 16 made field goals.

Air Force regained the lead early in the second half with a 13-0 run, but a resilient effort from head coach Duggar Baucom’s team kept the Bulldogs within striking distance until the final seconds. A tough layup down low from Duncan tied the game at 70-70 with 7:28 remaining. Air Force managed to jump ahead again with an 11-4 spurt and never surrendered its lead. The Bulldogs cut their deficit to 96-93 with three seconds left after a three-pointer from Boutte, but the Falcons iced the game with a free throw to seal the win.

The Citadel now returns to McAlister Field House for a two-game homestand. The Bulldogs face College of Charleston on Saturday and host Voorhees College on Dec. 8. Tip off against the crosstown rival Cougars is set for 11 a.m.

Citadel coach: Charleston Southern earned right to host playoff game

December 2, 2015
Citadel coach Mike Houston will take his team to Charleston Southern on Saturday for the second round of the FCS playoffs, the Bulldogs’ fourth straight road game. (Paul Zoeller/P&CStaff)

Citadel coach Mike Houston will take his team to Charleston Southern on Saturday for the second round of the FCS playoffs, the Bulldogs’ fourth straight road game. (Paul Zoeller/P&CStaff)

By: Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Dec 1 2015

Some Citadel fans may have a problem with where Saturday’s FCS playoff game against Charleston Southern will be played, but Bulldogs coach Mike Houston does not. And neither does the head of the FCS playoff committee.

Charleston Southern, as the No. 8 national seed in the 24-team playoffs, will host Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at 4,000-seat Buccaneer Field, which will be able to seat about 6,000 with temporary seats brought in, CSU officials say.

Through e-mails to The Post and Courier and in social media posts, Citadel fans have wondered why the game can’t be moved to the Bulldogs’ 21,000-seat Johnson Hagood Stadium, or to a larger high school stadium.

Houston said Tuesday he understands why CSU would not give up a home-field advantage that its players earned during a 9-2 season that included a 33-20 win over The Citadel at Johnson Hagood. “They earned the right to host this ball game with their performance on the field this season,” said Houston, whose own team is 9-3 after last week’s 41-38 win at Coastal Carolina. “(CSU) did not lose an FCS game, they won their league and they earned the right to host this game. That’s a credit to them.”

Citadel athletic director Jim Senter said he understands the frustration of some fans. “I know we have a lot of fans who would like to go to the game and sit in a seat, and they feel like they cannot do that,” he said. “I understand that. But Charleston Southern earned the right to host with their play this season. “We would like to some day have a home game on our home field and with, hopefully, a home-field advantage. If the shoe were on the other foot, we’d do the exact same thing.”

CSU allotted 885 tickets to The Citadel for sale to Bulldog fans, which amounts to about 22 percent of the stadium, Senter said. Coastal Carolina gave The Citadel 1,500 tickets in 9,214-seat Brooks Stadium, about 16 percent. “Charleston Southern has been great,” Senter said. “We’ like to have more seats, but they had the luxury of selling tickets all last week before they knew who they would play. That’s the right thing to do and I’d do the same thing.”

Attendance at the game at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Sept. 26 was 11,998. Last year’s Citadel-Charleston Southern game at Buccaneer Field drew 7,954 fans, the largest home crowd in CSU history.

Tennessee Tech athletic director Mark Wilson, head of the FCS playoff committee, said there are no minimum requirements for stadium size for a school to host a playoff game. Typically, playoff crowds are smaller than for regular-season games. The eight national seeds for the playoffs are guaranteed to host second-round games if they meet the minimum financial guarantee to the NCAA, which is $40,000 for the second round. “We do look at the quality of the stadium and the capacity,” Wilson said. “But if a seeded team has a venue capable of hosting regular-season games without issues and they meet the minimum guarantee, then they are the host. “We think it’s going to be a great atmosphere for an FCS playoff game.”

Citadel fans who went on-line to buy tickets when they went on sale at 10 a.m. Monday were greeted with the news that only “standing-room only” tickets remained. Fans can bring “beach-type chairs” to sit along the fence line or on the berm at Buccaneer Field, CSU officials said.
“A stadium would have to have significant issues to say, ‘We’re not having a home game at your place,’” Wilson said. “That’s not the case here.” And as Senter points out, most if not all the money goes to the NCAA. “It’s not like anyone is making a bunch of money,” he said. “It goes to the NCAA.”

Citadel’s Shy Phillips not shy in his first start

December 2, 2015
Shy's Pick 6.  Photo byWillis Glasgow

Shy’s Pick 6. Photo byWillis Glasgow

By: Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Nov 28 2015

CONWAY — With starting cornerback Mariel Cooper out for Saturday’s FCS playoff game at Coastal Carolina, sophomore Shy Phillips made his first start of the season. The 6-0, 165-pounder from Hartsville wasn’t shy about making an impact. His 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was a key play in the Bulldogs’ 41-38 win at Brooks Stadium. Phillips’ touchdown, off his first career interception, gave The Citadel a 38-28 lead with 13:06 left in the game. It came after defensive end Joe Crochet pressured Coastal quarterback Alex Ross into a poor throw to the outside, and was the fifth interception taken back for a TD by The Citadel this season.

“My coaches put me in a great position to make the play,” said Phillips, who also played outfield for The Citadel’s baseball team last season. “I saw the running back coming out, and I just tried to jump the ball. Joe Crochet did a great job putting pressure on the quarterback.” Said Ross, “That’s on me. I should have held on to the ball. Instead, I put it out there while I was being hit.”
Phillips finished with two tackles and also broke up a pass. Cooper, the graduate-student transfer from South Carolina State who started all 11 regular-season games, should return next week, coach Mike Houston said.

“Shy was ready,” Houston said. “He knows I have high expectations for him, and he’s worked his tail off to be ready. He had been playing a lot coming into this game, so we never flinched with him. I told him before the game that he’d play great, and he did.”

Advantage CSU?
Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia has faced both Charleston Southern and The Citadel this season, losing by 33-25 to the Bucs and by 41-38 to the Bulldogs. He says a first-round bye favors CSU in next week’s rematch with The Citadel.

“I think it’s an advantage for Charleston Southern to have had the bye week,” Moglia said. “I’m sure they had a good solid three days off, and that gives you the chance to heal up at the end of a long, hard season. But they are two very good college teams, and I think it will be a great game.
“I think there’s a little advantage for Charleston Southern being at home, and having the bye week gives them a bit of an edge. But I think it will be a great game.”

Extra Points
— Attendance for Saturday’s game was 6,751 at 9,214-seat Brooks Stadium, more than the 5,601 Coastal drew for its home FCS playoff game last year.
— Coastal Carolina will begin the transition to FBS and the Sun Belt Conference, and will not be eligible for the FCS playoffs next season. The Chants had made the playoffs four straight years under Moglia. “There are a lot of teams in the country who’d love to get to the playoffs and finish 9-3,” Moglia said. “It’s kind of sad the way we finished up, but all we can ask is that our guys give it their best, and they did. I don’t think they are too worried about next year right now.”

— Safety Malik Diggs led the Bulldogs with eight tackles. Tevin Floyd and Mark Thomas each had a sack, and Mitchell Jeter and Jonathan King split one. Thomas had two tackles for loss, while Kailik Williams and Shy Phillips had interceptions.

— There were only three punts in the game, one by The Citadel.