Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia will miss the entire 2017 season to take a five-month medical sabbatical.
According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, Moglia has a bronchial asthmatic reaction to allergies but emphasized it is "not a disease" and expects to be back once the 2017 campaign concludes.
The 68-year-old Moglia said the situation needed to be addressed for his long-term health, and doctors believe the sabbatical will help him return to full health.
Per Thamel, Coastal Carolina athletic director Matt Hogue said the following about Moglia's decision:
"Aside from this being a smart and prudent decision about his long-term health, I think we see from this another example of what makes Joe such a unique, extraordinary person. He is gifted with an ability to evaluate situations and make decisions from a perspective most people don't see. He's an ahead of the curve person and that is a major factor here. This level of proactivity will position him to return and lead our program to many more successes."
In Moglia's absence, offensive coordinator Jamey Chadwell will serve as Coastal Carolina's interim head coach.
The 2017 season will be Coastal Carolina's first as an FBS school after making the transition from FCS.
It will compete in the Sun Belt Conference. However, the Chanticleers aren't eligible to play in a bowl game as a first-year FBS program.
Moglia has been Coastal Carolina's head coach since 2012, posting a record of 51-15, including four trips to the FCS playoffs.