CONWAY, S.C. — Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia is taking a leave of absence because of a continuing medical problem.

The 68-year-old Moglia announced his plans Friday. The school granted him a five-month leave to deal with what he said was a bronchial asthmatic reaction to allergies, which causes inflammation around his lungs and results is difficulty breathing.

Moglia said he’s had the problem for three years and wants to get it fixed. Moglia said doctors have told him that time away will solve the issue and he’ll be “100 percent ready to go” to return to coaching.

Assistant head coach Jamey Chadwell will take over Coastal Carolina in its first FBS season in the Sun Belt Conference.

Moglia missed conference media days because of a medical procedure.

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