September 5, 2015

Palmetto Pigskin Tour 2015: Coastal Carolina (AUDIO)

Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia.

Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia.

Our 2015 rendition of the Palmetto Pigskin Tour rolled along again Thursday night as Phil Kornblut broadcast SportsTalk live from Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina.

The Chanticleer program has become one of the elite at the FCS level under the tutelage of head coach Joe Moglia.  Moglia is entering his 4th season in 2015 as the man leading the way for the Chants, and in his tenure, has led the program to a #1 ranking and multiple playoff births.

Coach Moglia was the first to join Korn for an interview following his team’s practice tonight.  He discussed what he believes his guys will need to do to take that next step to become champions, personnel differences to be aware of this season, and the schedule they’ll face.  Of course Phil wouldn’t let coach get away without first having him provide the audience with some financial advice.  Par for the course anytime coach joins us for a chat, following the football talk.

AUDIO: Joe Moglia [12:00]

Bruce Mapp & Calvin Hollenhorst.

Bruce Mapp & Calvin Hollenhorst.

Next up we were joined on the program by two Chanticleer players, one representing both sides of the ball.  The offense was represented by receiver Bruce Mapp.  The defense by end, and leading returning tackler, Calvin Hollenhorst.  Mapp discussed how camp has progressed for his famed, high-powered offense.  Hollenhorst discussed the personnel losses, and how his unit wants to get a piece of the glory, nationally, that the guys on the other side of the ball have commanded recently, and more.

AUDIO: Coastal Players [7:00]

Coastal will open their season in the upstate when they travel to Greenville to take on Furman on Saturday, September 5th at 7:00.





Palmetto Pigskin Tour 2015: Furman (AUDIO)

Furman head coach Bruce Fowler.

Furman head coach Bruce Fowler.

All fall camp long, SportsTalk has been visiting the many fine college football programs across the state to check in and get an up to date preview before the 2015 season finally kicks off.

Tonight Phil Kornblut broadcast live from beautiful Furman in Greenville to talk some Paladin football.

First up to discuss the upcoming season was Paladin head coach Bruce Fowler.  Fowler is entering his 5th season as the man leading the Paladin program.  His squad is looking to improve on a rough 2014 in which they went 3-9.  Tonight Fowler discussed key areas in which his team has made strides in order to make that improvement a reality, his team’s schedule, which opens with a mighty Coastal Carolina squad, and more.

AUDIO: Bruce Fowler [9:00]

Reese Hannon and Cory Magwood.

Reese Hannon and Cory Magwood.

A big help to Fowler’s cause will be the return of quarterback, and three-time captain (a first ever at the school), Reese Hannon.  Hannon suffered a broken ankle in the opening game of the 2014 campaign.  Tonight Hannon followed Coach Fowler in a sit down with Kornblut to discuss his return, and provide perspective on what he’s expecting from his offensive unit.  He was joined by linebacker Cory Magwood, sporting a solid radio voice, who joined Phil and Hannon to discuss his defense.

AUDIO: Furman Players [6:00]

Furman gets their season underway Saturday, September 5th, when they welcome Coastal Carolina to Paladin Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7:00.

Palmetto Pigskin Tour 2015: Newberry College (AUDIO)

Newberry head coach Todd Knight

Newberry head coach Todd Knight

Monday night on SportsTalk our Palmetto Pigskin Tour made a stop at nearby Newberry College.  The 2015 campaign will mark Todd Knight’s 7th season as the man leading the Wolves program.

Last season Newberry finished 5-6, and 3-4 in the South Atlantic Conference.  The Wolves finished the season with momentum however, winning three of their final four contests.  Tonight Coach Knight broke down his roster for us, discussed some significant dates on his schedule, and more.

AUDIO: Todd Knight [9:00]

Phil Kornblut also sat down with two of Coach Knight’s players to preview the upcoming season.  Senior linebacker Taylor McDonnell of Bluffton and Junior quarterback Raleigh Yeldell from Strom Thurmond joined Korn post-practice to answer some questions from Korn.  McDonnell broke down his unit, including his fellow linebackers, and Yeldell discusses the first year being the man in charge of leading the offense after waiting in the wings for a couple of seasons.

AUDIO: Newberry Players [7:15]

The Wolves season gets underway September 5th in Melbourne, Florida, where they take on Florida Tech at 7:00.

The Coordinators with Ellis Johnson & Chuck Reedy 8-20 (AUDIO)

Ellis Johnson joins Chuck Reedy every Thursday for "The Coordinators".

Ellis Johnson joins Chuck Reedy every Thursday for “The Coordinators”.

We’re unveiling a new segment on SportsTalk this fall to provide our listeners the best possible opinions and analysis concerning the gridiron.

On Thursdays, all football season long, we’re pleased to welcome two guys who have longstanding relationships with coaching the game in our state.

Ellis Johnson has coached at the high school level, held coordinator positions at both Clemson and USC, and been the head man at the Citadel and Southern Miss.  Chuck Reedy coached at Clemson during their championship run in 1981, was the head coach at Baylor in the early 90’s, and then turned Goose Creek High into one of the most prominent high school powers in the state of South Carolina.

Coach Johnson, having been the defensive coordinator at Clemson, USC, Alabama, Auburn, and others, will provide his defensive diagnosis for us each week for Clemson and USC games.  Conversely, Coach Reedy, having OC stops at Clemson, USC, Baylor, and others, will do the exact same thing from an offensive perspective.

With just two weeks remaining before kickoff (almost there!) we decided we’d get the preseason opinions underway and on the record.

Chuck Reedy and Ellis Johnson [12:00]


Chapin-Newberry head baseball coach Daniel Gregory on SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Chapin-Newberry hoist the trophy Tuesday night.

Chapin-Newberry hoist the trophy Tuesday night.

Wednesday night we were pleased to welcome into SportsTalk Chapin-Newberry Legion baseball coach Daniel Gregory.

The Chapin-Newberry squad brought home South Carolina its first Legion World Series title in 79 years following their 9-2 win over Louisiana Tuesday night in Shelby, North Carolina.

Gregory took us inside the ride of having to conjoin former rivals from different high schools in the region to band together and become teammates.

Chapin-Newberry lost to Louisiana last Saturday, and had to stave off elimination in their final at bat against Michigan on Monday to keep their championship run alive.  Coach elaborated on the incredible ups-and-downs his squad faced before hoisting the trophy.

Gregory also elaborated on the support he received from this fanatical baseball state as well, and more.

AUDIO: Daniel Gregory [9:00]