Friday, May 11, 2007

Lutz assistant, Chris Cheeks, not leaving

The Charlotte 49ers appear to have withstood an effort by South Florida coach Stan Heath to lure away one of Bobby Lutz's assistants.
Chris Cheeks, who just completed his first season as an assistant to Lutz, interviewed for an assistant position with Heath, who took over the South Florida program when coach Robert McCullum was fired. South Florida is a member of the Big East.
Charlotte athletics director Judy Rose confirmed Cheeks interviewed for the position, and late Friday Lutz said he had been informed by Cheeks that he had withdrawn his name from consideration for the South Florida job.
Cheeks has been a tireless recruiter this season and has played instrumental roles in the recruitment in the past year of newcomers Phil Jones and Javarris Barnett, who both begin play with the 49ers next season.
Prior to joining Charlotte, Cheeks spent three years as an assistant coach at Georgia State. Prior to that, he was an assistant at West Virginia for two years and at his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth, for five years. -- Jim Utter


Anonymous said...

Did Lutz interview for that assistant coach's position?

survivor said...

This is the first time I've heard of this.

That would have been a major loss. I'm glad Cheeks is staying and I'm interested to see how our players develop with the current staff. So far, I've been very happy with the recruiting since his hiring last May.

Anonymous said...

The only reason Cheeks came back to Charlotte is that he has been promised to get the Associate Head Coachs position when Moxley moves to the Head Coach position he was promised when he came back from Maryland.

Anonymous said...

What are you smoking? If Lutz hasn't been promised an extension with as much as he has done here, why would Moxley be the next head coach. They are the same people. As for Cheeks, he came from Georgia State...that's a promotion in itself. I love our staff, but no one has promisd anything.