MOGLIA VAL­UES VOT­ING RIGHTS

The Sun News - - Front Page - BY ALAN BLONDIN ablondin@the­sun­news.com

Coastal Carolina foot­ball coach Joe Moglia made sure his play­ers were aware of the midterm elec­tion.

An­other na­tional elec­tion, an­other SEC foot­ball coach obliv­i­ous Elec­tion Day.

In 2016, it was Alabama coach Nick Sa­ban who said the day af­ter the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that he had been unaware the vote was tak­ing place: “We’re fo­cused on other things here.”

On Tues­day, asked by a re­porter at his weekly news con­fer­ence if he dis­cussed vot­ing in the midterms with his team, or if he knew it was Elec­tion Day, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp replied, “I do now. I’m get­ting ready for Florida.”

Ap­par­ently, na­tional elec­tions aren’t big in the realm of SEC foot­ball.

Con­versely, Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia, who is chair­man of the board of TD Amer­i­trade, ar­ranged for his en­tire team to vote as a group in 2016.

He found Sa­ban’s re­sponse in 2016 to be “dis­re­spect­ful,” and Moglia main­tains that col­lege foot­ball coaches should be more cog­nizant of is­sues that will af­fect their play­ers’ lives off the field, par­tic­u­larly af­ter foot­ball.

“There are not many pro­fes­sions with stress and in­ten­sity that are more de­mand­ing than foot­ball coach­ing, and our jobs are de­pen­dent upon our be­ing suc­cess­ful on Satur­days, and I would hope run­ning the type of pro­gram our uni­ver­si­ties would be very proud of,” Moglia said Thurs­day.

“But to ac­knowl­edge out loud that you are not even aware of our pres­i­den­tial or midterm elec­tions is a slap in the face to the prin­ci­ples upon which our coun­try has been founded. Part of our re­spon­si­bil­ity is to vote. I rec­og­nize it might be dif­fi­cult at times for some­one to vote, but to be obliv­i­ous is a bad ex­am­ple for the peo­ple you are re­spon­si­ble for, and the in­nu­endo is noth­ing is more im­por­tant than foot­ball, which is ridicu­lous.”

Moglia did not or­ga­nize a player vote this year.

He said he made sure his play­ers were aware of the midterm elec­tion and had planned to ad­dress it dur­ing a 30-minute Life Af­ter Foot­ball ses­sion. But Moglia said sched­ule changes that in­cluded a three-week evac­u­a­tion from cam­pus and in­creased aca­demic re­quire­ments with makeup classes kept him from ad­dress­ing it as much as he wanted to.

“I feel strongly about lay­ing a foun­da­tion upon which our kids will build their lives later, so it’s part of our job to help re­ally make that hap­pen, thus our ‘Life Af­ter Foot­ball’ ses­sions,” Moglia said.

Some­where in the SEC, the ap­a­thy for 2020 is al­ready build­ing.

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