I caught up with UNC Charlotte chancellor Philip Dubois at halftime of Saturday night's men's basketball victory over St. Bonaventure and asked how he thought last Thursday's UNC Board of Governors meeting went, during which the Charlotte 49ers' plans to add football were presented.
Your take from the meeting?
Dubois: I was very pleased. I think there was overwhelming support. Having talked individually to several members of the board, I think there is tremendous support for what we are proposing.
There were questions raised regarding the student athletic fee increase. Is that something that needs to be addressed before the Feb. 12 meeting?
Dubois: The board used this meeting to discuss all tuition and fee increases and our proposal for a football-related fee increase was in that larger context. In February, the board will approve all tuition and fees for all campuses and that’s when the final decision will be made. I will be checking back with individual board members to see if they have any additional questions or need additional information but they’ve already received a lot.
Given your take on the meeting are you very confident going into the next vote?
Dubois: I don’t want to take anything for granted. The board members have their own job to carry out and they have a month to reflect on it and I’ll provide any additional information they need. I was generally very pleased with the reaction and of course the support from president (Erskine) Bowles, which was quite vocal during the meeting.
What would be the first order of football business if the plan is approved at the next meeting?
Dubois: We have to get the capital project through the legislature and that would take place in the session late in the spring. Usually those things are not particularly controversial if you have a revenue source. We still have to keep moving forward on the design of our facilities. We are under a very tight timeframe to get all of the facilities built in time for 2012, which is when the coaches and the first group of redshirts would arrive. We’ll spend some time between now and their session making sure legislators are informed of what is being proposed.
Note: A story about Dubois' take on the meeting will appear in Monday's Charlotte Observer.
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