Coastal Carolina University head football coach Joe Moglia announced Friday that he is taking a medical sabbatical and will sit out the 2017 season.
Moglia said for the last three years he's dealt with a bronchial asthmatic reaction to allergies, which causes severe inflammation around the lungs, restricting them, and could cause a serious breathing problem.
"I want to be clear: I do not have a disease and I am in no danger, but I do need to get this addressed," Moglia said.
CCU president David DeCenzo offered Moglia a five-month sabbatical to deal with his health problems, which he accepted.
"My doctors and I are confident that this will take care of the problem," Moglia said, "and I will be 100 percent ready to go by the end of the season."
Moglia has appointed former Charleston Southern University head coach Jamey Chadwell as interim head coach during his absence. Chadwell previously acted as the team's associate head coach and offensive coordinator.
"While [Chadwell] will have full discretion, he is fully expected to build on our philosophy, processes and BAM ['Be a Man'] standard, which is what differentiates us from other programs and are our competitive advantages."
Moglia said he plans on returning to coach the Chanticleers following the sabbatical.
"My full intent is to be back when the season is over and continue my coaching career," Moglia said.
The upcoming season is Coastal's first in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Sun Belt conference.
The team will not be to be able to compete for an opportunity to play in a bowl game until they become fully FBS eligible in 2018.