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Catching up with former CSU head coach Jay Mills

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WCIV) – The Charleston Southern football team is coming off a loss to Gardner Webb, but they're already looking ahead to next week's game against Liberty because a win locks up a championship.

The year's focus has been on first-year coach Jamey Chadwell, but before him was a seasoned sideline veteran at CSU who resigned after last season.

To walk away was tough, but a year later for Jay Mills to walk back for a day, it's a bit easier knowing what the product of his vision has become.

"I'm excited. I anticipated a great season and I haven't been disappointed," Mills said. "They say football is a family – you eat, sleep laugh and cry with your teammates – and to see my sons again, I'm excited about next week's game."

Mills made a tough decision last year, but a decision he stands behind. His decade on the sidelines at CSU has prepared him for his new career running a church in Kingsport, Tenn.

"I really am enjoying it, seeing how football translates to life, and a church I'm happy to continue to serve in a Christian ministry," Mills said.

But he wanted to get back to campus for one Saturday at least to see the fruits of his labor, see the coaches that he mentored, and reconnect with his old team.

"I had high expectations for the team, felt like things has turned and had 19 returning starters, a good freshman class. Jamey and his staff have been outstanding, and I'm not surprised," said Mills. "I'm excited about what the future brings."

And he knows he can come back and be proud.

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