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Coastal Carolina's Big South hopes are in Liberty
If Coastal Carolina beats Presbyterian this week, the Chanticleers will quickly become Liberty fans.
Liberty kicks off against Stony Brook two-and-a-half hours after the Coastal Carolina game starts, and a win by the Flames gives the Chanticleers a chance at the Big South Conference’s automatic playoff bid. If Liberty and Coastal Carolina each win the final week of the season, the three-way tie for the league title goes to Coastal Carolina on away wins in the conference.
“Am I hoping? Yes, of course I am,” Coastal coach Joe Moglia said of a Liberty win. “Can’t do anything about it. If it works, thank you, God. And you better take care of business that last week.”
In Clinton, Coastal Carolina (5-4, 3-1 Big South) knows there is a chance to stay in the playoff hunt by beating Presbyterian 2-7, 0-4). But Moglia also is aware it will take a big Liberty upset over one of the best Big South teams ever in Stony Brook for the dream to stay alive.
“We will always be prepared for something like that. But I don’t expect that to happen. Stony Brook is too good a team,” Moglia said.
The Chanticleers gained 596 yards _ the second best performance in school history _ in a 55-33 win last week over Gardner-Webb. The team was led by redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Ross, who started after senior Aramis Hillary suffered a neck injury the week before. Whether Hillary can play against Presbyterian might not be known until kickoff.
Blue Hose coach Harold Nichols said his defense is preparing for a tough task no matter which Coastal Carolina quarterback starts.
“Both of those kids can run that offense, and the Ross kid proved it last week,” Nichols said.