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January 07, 2013

CCU finishes No. 24 in final FCS national poll

The Coastal Carolina football team submitted one of the best seasons in program history this fall, and the latest affirmation of that came Monday with the release of the final FCS national poll by The Sports Network.

The Chanticleers, who finished 8-5 and reached the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs, finished No. 24 in the national rankings, tying for the second-best mark in the program's 10-year history.

Coastal was also No. 24 after the 2004 and 2005 seasons and finished No. 14 in that poll in 2006.

"We have talked about how we truly want to compete at a national level," CCU head coach Joe Moglia said in a statement. "Being ranked in the final poll, which frankly is really the only one that matters, is an indication we have started to achieve that. The key thing to keep in mind is that last year is over. Our finish and being ranked will not have any impact on what we do in 2013.

"That being said, I am truly excited for and proud of our out-going seniors that they are being recognized nationally for leading this team."

In their first season under Moglia, the Chants earned the program's first-ever playoff victory with a 24-14 win at Bethune-Cookman before losing in the second round at Old Dominion.

Old Dominion finished No. 6 in the final Sports Network poll, Bethune-Cookman was No. 22 and three other Coastal opponents also made the cut. Appalachian State finishes No. 9, Stony Brook is No. 11 and Eastern Kentucky is No. 23

| Ryan Young, [email protected]

Team (First-place votes)RecordPointsPrevious Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (142) 14-1 3,550 1
2. Sam Houston State Bearkats 11-4 3,386 5
3. Georgia Southern Eagles 10-4 3,183 6
4. Eastern Washington Eagles 11-3 3,143 4
5. Montana State Bobcats 11-2 2,949 2
6. Old Dominion Monarchs 11-2 2,859 3
7. Wofford Terriers 9-4 2,673 9
8. Illinois State Redbirds 9-4 2,289 16
9. Appalachian State Mountaineers 8-4 2,229 7
10. Central Arkansas Bears 9-3 2,166 8
11. Stony Brook Seawolves 10-3 2,158 10
12. Cal Poly Mustangs 9-3 1,930 12
13. New Hampshire Wildcats 8-4 1,839 11
14. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 9-4 1,537 19
15. Villanova Wildcats 8-4 1,354 14
16. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 10-1 1,346 13
17. Towson Tigers 7-4 1,147 15
18. Richmond Spiders 8-3 938 18
19. James Madison Dukes 7-4 894 17
20. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 8-3 736 20
21. Wagner Seahawks 9-4 603 NR
22. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 9-3 523 22
23. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 8-3 515 21
24. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 8-5 495 NR
25. Colgate Raiders 8-4 383 24
Others receiving votes: Eastern Illinois 349, Indiana State 306, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 138, Albany 120, UT Martin 102, Youngstown State 81, Harvard 56, Tennessee State 44, Samford 29, Montana 22, McNeese State 19, The Citadel 16, Penn 14, Drake 8, Sacramento State 5, Howard 5, South Carolina State 5, Southern Illinois 4, Northern Iowa 1, Maine 1.

 

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