Observations from Charlotte's 88-67 loss to Dayton on Wednesday:
49ers coach Alan Major, Pierria Henry and Chris Braswell all said the right things after the game (the 49ers' fifth loss in their past six games): That they would keep fighting, playing hard and that the season isn't over.
But the team's confidence and level of play is at such a low point right now (how else to you describe an average losing margin of 19.7 points over the last three games?), it's hard to imagine how they can get this thing turned around.
Just two weeks ago, the 49ers had beaten Butler and were a popular pick to make the NCAA tournament as an at-large team, or at the very least, considered on the bubble. Now, at 18-9 and 6-7 in the Atlantic 10 (and one game out of 13th place), they're in a free fall and could miss the conference tournament if they're not careful.
What once looked like a favorable schedule over the final four games of the regular season is now anything but. After losing to Dayton (which hadn't won on the road in the league until coming to Halton), Charlotte plays two teams it's tied with in the standings (at St. Bonaventure on Saturday and home against St. Joseph's on March 9). In between those games is a road trip to last-place Duquesne.
Charlotte took a huge hit with the losses of DeMario Mayfield and J.T. Thompson. The 49ers are young -- with underachieving Chris Braswell the only senior in the rotation and the rest freshmen and sophomores. They'll need to grow up quickly now.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Observations from Charlotte's 88-67 loss to Dayton on Wednesday:
Former 49ers midfielder Donnie Smith has signed with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution.
Smith, who played in high school at Charlotte Catholic, was the Atlantic 10’s midfielder of the year last season and helped the 49ers to the College Cup championship game in 2011.
“(Smith is) fast and he knows how to get to the byline,” Revs coach Jay Heaps said on the team’s website. “I think that’s what we like most about him is his ability to put his head down and go.”
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Observations from Charlotte's 71-51 loss against Temple on Sunday:
-- As the 49ers' recent slide continues, it's hard to see them getting fully back on track unless Chris Braswell snaps out of his offensive slump. Charlotte, which shot 27.4 percent against the Owls, has no other proven scorer with DeMario Mayfield kicked off the team. Braswell was a non-factor against the Owls, scoring four points on 1-of-6 shooting.
-- Charlotte and Temple are both leaving the Atlantic 10 after this season, the 49ers to Conference USA and the Owls to the Big East. Charlotte and Temple were travel partners this season, playing each other twice and facing the other teams in the 16-school league once in the 16-game conference season.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Junior guard DeMario Mayfield, who had been suspended from the Charlotte 49ers' men's basketball team since Jan. 30 for violating athletics department policy, has been dismissed from the team, athletics director Judy Rose and coach Alan Major are announcing today.
Mayfield was 49ers' leading scorer at the time of his suspension, averaging 11.7 points and 3.6 rebounds.
Mayfield was Major's first recruit, transferring to Charlotte from Georgia in 2010.
Mayfield had already been suspended for the first two games of this season for breaking team rules.
Mayfield also was suspended for one game last season after being arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession, a charge that was later dropped.
“The coaching staff wants to wish DeMario the best in his future endeavors,” Major said in a statement. “We will continue to move forward as a team.”
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
-- It ranked among the 49ers’ most impressive road conference wins:
Saturday, February 9, 2013
-- It was the second well-attended game (8,794) in a row for the 49ers (they sold out their homecoming game against Massachusetts on Feb. 2). There was a sizeable group of VCU fans on hand, as well.
|J.T. Thompson |
(Jeff Willhelm - email@example.com)
Friday, February 8, 2013
Linebacker Mark Hogan, Georgia State's all-time leading tackler, is transferring to Charlotte from Georgia State.
Hogan will be playing on his second start-up next fall. He was on the Panthers' original team in 2010.
Hogan started three seasons at Georgia State and ended his career there with 157 tackles -- including 10.5 for a loss -- and two interceptions. Last season against Tennessee, Hogan had nine tackles, one for a loss, and forced a fumble. He was named to the Capital One Academic all-district first team in 2012.
Hogan (6-0, 210) played high school football at Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.), but his parents live in Matthews. His dad is a former player at Georgia Tech and played there under Georgia State's Bill Curry, who recently announced his retirement.
Hogan is the seventh transfer added to the 49ers' roster since fall practice ended. He's graduated from Georgia State and will be a grad student at Charlotte.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Here's a list of the 49ers' Wednesday football signings so far. Check back for updates throughout the day.
Eugene German, OT, 6-5, 250,
Nick Carroll, DT, 6-5, 232,
Nick Halmon, DB, 6-0, 180, Bamberg-Erhardt (S.C.): All-stater played December’s weekend’s North-South all-star game in
Justin Bridges-Thompson, DB, 6-2, 195,
Devon Johnson, DE, 6-3, 275,
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Observations from Charlotte's 66-65 victory Saturday against UMass:
• Coach Alan Major cringed when Pierria Henry admitted to fouling Massachusetts' Chaz Williams on Henry's steal at the end of the game.
"I fouled him," said Henry. "But it ain't in the record books."
I don't blame Major, who might hear from the Atlantic 10 office on that. But it's refreshing to hear that kind of honesty from players.
• It's also hard to underestimate the importance of the win against a good UMass team while playing without DeMario Mayfield and Darion Clark. The schedule gets tougher over the next five games and, at 5-2 in the Atlantic 10 (17-4 overall), the 49ers need all the cushion they can get in their record as they head to Temple on Wednesday, play a home game Feb. 9 against Virginia Commonwealth then play road games against Saint Louis and No. 9 Butler before a home contest against Temple on Feb. 25.
• Mayfield served the first game of an indefinite suspension for violating athletics department policy. Center Chris Braswell also didn't start for disciplinary reasons. "A brief life lesson," said coach Alan Major. Braswell will likely be back in the starting lineup Wednesday at Temple. Clark (ankle) should be back for Temple.
• In addition to Henry's steal at the end of the game, the 49ers did a good job on Williams, especially in the first half when they limited him to five points and one assist. Williams' second field goal was a desperate, long 3-pointer - about 35 feet - as the shot clock expired.
• There was a good homecoming crowd and announced sellout of 9,105, Charlotte's largest of the season and largest since also drawing 9,105 against Xavier in 2010. The 49ers celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1987-88 team that won the Sun Belt championship and played in the NCAA tournament. It was Charlotte's first trip to the tournament since the 1977 team made it to the final four. Stars on that Jeff Mullins-coached team were Byron Dinkins, Dan Plondke and Cedric Ball.
• At least one player in the alumni game earlier at Halton was seen watching the 49ers and Minutemen while icing down a sore knee.
Friday, February 1, 2013
It’s homecoming weekend at UNC Charlotte and it’s also the
final time the festivities will take place around a men’s basketball game.
Here’s a list of former players who are expected to play:
The Charlotte 49ers football team has picked up an impressive transfer -- wide receiver/defensive back Martay Mattox of East Mississippi Community College. Mattox originally signed with South Carolina out of high school.
Mattox (6-2, 180) caught 43 passes for 583 yards and six touchdowns last season for East Mississippi.
Mattox was one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country in Athens, Ga., but South Carolina had plans for him as a defensive back when he signed with the Gamecocks in 2011. Mattox enrolled at USC in January 2011 and took part in spring practice.
He didn't play in 2011 and was redshirted before he left the program at the end of the season.
He's not expected to play quarterback at Charlotte, and will likely be either a receiver or defensive back.