Thursday, September 2, 2010

Basketball reunion Friday

New 49ers men’s basketball coach Alan Major is having a reunion dinner Friday for former Charlotte players, managers and coaches.

The dinner will be at the south Charlotte home of Jeff Gruber, who played on Charlotte’s 1977 Final Four team.

Major got the idea for the reunion dinner from Thad Motta, his old boss at Ohio State. Major said more than 200 former Buckeyes players attended last year’s reunion in Columbus.

“There’s so much honor and tradition in our program,” said Major. “I want it to be really special for these guys. They can give me history lessons. I’m sure the scoring averages will go up 10 of 15 points with all the stories we’ll hear.”

Former stars like Curtis Withers, Lew Massey, Rodney White and George Jackson plan to attend, as does former coach Jeff Mullins. Here’s who’s planning on attending:

Jerry Anthony (‘66-69); Joe Badgett (‘85-87); Ben Basinger (‘67-70); Demon Brown (‘01-04); Todd Crowley (‘77-79); Byron Dinkins (‘86-89); Eric "Slim" Duncan (‘86-89); Tremaine Gardiner (‘96-00); Butch Gilbert (‘62-65); Jeff Gruber (‘75-78); Gary Gummerson (‘62-65); Roderick Howard (‘94-97); Lane Hurley (’67); George Jackson (‘74-75); Jimmy James (‘62-66); Kevin King (‘76-79); Jarvis Lang (‘91-95); Lew Massey (‘75-78); Jeff Mullins; Jermaine Parker (‘92-95); Daniel Plondke (‘87-88); Michael Pulley ( ‘86-87); Johnathan Shaw; Ron Stallings (‘87-91); David Taylor; T.J. Tison (’96); Michael Washington (‘86-89); Rodney White (’01); Lee Whitfield (‘77-78);
Curtis Withers (‘03-06).

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Jimmy James and Butch Gilbert will attend to represent the Charlotte College crowd! A long way from the Garinger gym...

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic event this should be. As I expected, Cornbread's name is not on the list.

Anonymous said...

How many of these guys will leave angry if they dont get to interview for an assistant coaching spot?

Anonymous said...

Yeah! I think Cornbread is embarrassed to be a 49er or something! Is he ever around to support the program? NO!Get with the program Maxwell!!

Anonymous said...

Not only does Cornbread not support the program, but he goes on WFNZ and rips the program. He doesn't want the University to do anything better than 'his' Final 4 sppearance. I wish we would take his jersey off the wall at Halton Arena. Anyone who has heard him on the radio would agree.

Ranting aside, It's good to see a gathering of true Niners who support the program.

J said...

I really like this move. Even though our tradition of high-quality hoops is short and spotty, it's nice to know we have a coach who has done his homework and appreciates his new school's history. I got some nice flashbacks reading the names of the guys who were playing while I was there (Dinkins, Slim, Lang, Parker, Mullins, Washington). I remember being a high school senior during the '88 NCAA tournament, knowing this was where I was going to go to school, watching Dan Plondke hit a 3-pointer vs BYU to send the game to OT.

As for Cornbread, I just don't get him. He has said on WFNZ that he is POed that he didn't get an interview for the head coaching job. Of course he has zero coaching experience, and a name that kids today know nothing about, as today's freshmen were born 15 years after he played here.

Anonymous said...

So now we are going to 1977 4th place finish team in NCAA D1 and retroactively renaming UNCC 49ers as Charlotte 49ers? What a complete frickin joke. Are you nuts?

This is incredibly the stupidest asinine worst weirdest BS trash ever posted since Al Gore invented the internet.

Anonymous said...

Maxwell 100% on the money as alltime #1 UNCC 49er player by far native of Kinston and 12th pick in the draft plus had his jersey retired with the Celts. Even his lesser teammate Watkins got a shot at UNCC but left after one season.
Maxwell rightly hot being bypassed over some unknown chump pick by the female AD.

MikeyNiner said...

You are killing me Wonderz. The UNCC stuff is getting old, we know you hate it. Being a good player has never made anyone a good coach. Isiah Thomas was a much better player than Maxwell, but is a terrible coach.

Anonymous said...

J....It wasn't Plondke that hit the 3 to send the game to OT. It was guard Jeff West.

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I remember being a high school senior during the '88 NCAA tournament, knowing this was where I was going to go to school, watching Dan Plondke hit a 3-pointer vs BYU to send the game to OT.

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