Monday, July 14, 2014

7-foot transferring from Auburn to Charlotte 49ers

Seven-footer Benas Griciunas, a member of Lithuania's U-20 national team, is transferring to Charlotte from Auburn, the 49ers are announcing this afternoon.

Griciunas will sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Griciunas averaged 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds for the Tigers last season. He played in 12 games and started one against Illinois. He had a season-high eight points against Jacksonville State and a season-high five rebounds against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Griciunas was a 3-star prospect coming out of Findlay (Nev.) Prep two years ago. He has 3-point range and made five-of-six from long-range in a high school all-star game.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

First of 3 surgeries successful for Alan Major

Charlotte 49ers men's basketball coach Alan Major successfully underwent the first of three surgeries he is scheduled to have this summer in early June. The first procedure was on one of his eyes, with a heart operation coming up in mid-July. Major will have surgery on his other eye in August.

Major, who is taking a medical leave of absence to have the operations, is still recovering from the first procedure and expected to return to work by the time school starts later in August.


-- The 49ers' season-opening football game at Campbell on Aug. 28 will start at 7 p.m., Campbell announced Thursday.

-- Match play is coming to Conference USA's men's golf championship. Teams will play 54 holes of stroke play with the top four teams advancing to a four-team seeded match-play playoff. The format change is the same as the NCAA's championship format. C-USA is the first league in the country to go to the format.

-- Charlotte long-jumper Coye Still was one of 15 recipients of Conference USA's Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship. Still who won the Atlantic 10 long jump event as a junior, will receive a $4,000 scholarship. Still, from Harrisburg's Hickory Ridge High, also received the UNC Charlotte Provost's Athletic Academic Achievement Honor.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Robinson promoted to 49ers baseball staff

-- Former 49ers baseball star Bo Robinson has joined Charlotte's staff as a fulltime assistant coach. Robinson, who had been a volunteer assistant the last two seasons, is the only player in Charlotte history to have 100 RBIs in one season in 1998. He holds school records in doubles (82), RBIs (232) and total bases (499).

-- Marcus Bryan, who left Charlotte's basketball program in May, announced on his Twitter account that he's transferring to UNC Wilmington.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Former Butler star Uriah LeMay transfers to Charlotte

Wide receiver Uriah LeMay, a former four-star recruit at Butler High, is transferring to the Charlotte 49ers from Georgia, a source confirmed Thursday.

LeMay (6-foot-2, 197 pounds) was a redshirt freshman at Georgia last season and will be eligible to play for the 49ers when the enter Conference USA for football in 2015. He is the brother of another former Butler player, quarterback Christian LeMay, who already announced in January he would transfer from Georgia.

News of LeMay's transfer was first reported by

Uriah LeMay was one of four Georgia players arrested in March on misdemeanor charges of theft by deception. The players were accused of depositing paper stipend checks from Georgia's athletic department through a mobile device and also cashing them at a convenience store. LeMay will be arraigned June 5 in Georgia, where he will be informed of the charges or he will enter a plea.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Consuegra receives 3-year extension from Charlotte 49ers

49ers women's basketball coach Cara Consuegra has received a three-year contract extension, keeping her with the program through the 2018-19 season.

"Cara exhibits the type of character and leadership we value so strongly," said 49ers athletics director Judy Rose in a statement. "Her passion for the game is contagious."

Consuegra is 57-36 in three season with Charlotte, including trips in all three seasons to the Women's NIT.

This is the first head-coaching job for Consuegra, a former Iowa point guard and assistant at Marquette.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Major to take medical leave of absence

49ers men's basketball coach Alan Major is taking a leave of absence due to health issues. He is expected to be back by the time school starts in the fall.
Here is the school's announcement that will be released later this afternoon.
Major Taking A Leave Of Absence Due To Health Issues
Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte 49ers head men’s basketball coach Alan Major is taking a leave of absence due to health issues.
“After discussing my health with my family and our Athletic Director Judy Rose,” Major said. “I have decided to take a medical leave of absence. My family has a history of heart and eye issues, and I plan to have procedures done over the next couple of months to address them. I want to thank Judy and her staff, my coaching staff and our players for their support and love during this process. I'm looking forward to getting back to the game. I am very blessed to be at such an incredible University."
Coach Major just completed his fourth season at the helm of the 49ers men’s basketball program.
 “We are all wishing Alan a speedy recovery,” said Judy Rose, Charlotte 49ers Director of Athletics.  “There is never an easy or good time for a coach to be away from his team, so this has been a very difficult decision for Alan. Quite honestly, he put his personal health on hold for the entire season.”
Under Major’s guidance, the 49ers have captured the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout and 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off titles and earned a bid to the 2014 NIT. This past season, the 49ers received votes in the AP and the Coaches Polls for the first time since December, 2009. In 2013, the 49ers won 21 games which marked the program’s first 20-win season since 2007-08, and with another winning season in 2014, the 49ers posted back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time since 2007. Charlotte has posted a victory over a top 15 team in three of the last four years.
The 49ers men’s basketball program, which has averaged 19 wins over the last two seasons, returns 12 letterwinners and four starters off last season’s Puerto Rico Tip-Off title team. Out of respect for Coach Major’s privacy no additional information will be disclosed.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Barnwell, 2 others dismissed from 49ers football team

Alan Barnwell, the Charlotte 49ers' second-leading rusher last season, is one of three players who have been dismissed from the team for violating team rules, along with linebackers Kendal Parker and Terry Caldwell.

Safety Kariym Gent has also left the team.

Alan Barnwell
Barnwell had been suspended since January, when he was arrested on charges of driving with a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia. He rushed for 636 yards and scored five touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman.

Caldwell was Charlotte's fifth-leading tackler with 55. He also had 2.0 sacks and recovered two fumbles.

In other news, assistant coach John Russell has left the program to pursue other professional opportunities.

-- And game times have been set for the 2014 season:

Aug. 28, at Campbell, 7 p.m.

Sept. 6, Johnson C. Smith, noon; 13, at N.C. Central, 5 p.m.; 20, at Elon, 1:30 p.m.; 27, Charleston Southern, noon.

Oct. 4, at Gardner-Webb, 1:30 p.m.; 11, at The Citadel, 2 p.m.; 25, James Madison, noon.

Nov. 8, Coastal Carolina, noon; 15, Wesley (Del.), noon; 22, Morehead State, noon.

-- The 49ers' Judy Rose is a finalist for the Sports Bu
siness Journal athletics director of the year award, joining Duke's Kevin White, Missouri's Mike Alden, Arizona's Greg Byrne and Washington's Scott Woodward. Rose is the only finalist who is not from a Bowl Championship Subdivision school (Charlotte joins Conference USA in football in 2015).

-- 49ers women's basketball player Gabby Tyler has decided to forego her final season of eligibility. Tyler, a forward who graduated in 2013, missed the 2012-13 season due to a concussion. She averaged 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds last season.

-- Charlotte's Franco Castro is playing in the NCAA golf Raleigh regional beginning Thursday at Lonnie Poole Golf Club. Castro led the 49ers with 16 rounds under par this season. Charlotte, which finished fourth in the recent Conference USA tournament, missed the NCAA tournament as a team for the first time since 2004.

-- Conference USA's 2014 women's soccer tournament will be held Nov. 5-9 at Charlotte's Transamerica Field. Other C-USA championship sites/dates: