Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Charlotte 49ers and men's basketball coach Alan Major have agreed to a three-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday.
Major, whose three-year record at Charlotte is 44-49, is now under contract through the 2017-18 season.
Under Major, the 49ers have improved from 10-20 his first season to 21-12 in 2012-13, the program's first 20-victory season since 2008. Charlotte also played in the NIT, its first postseason appearance since 2008.
Major is replenishing his roster after one player (DeMario Mayfield) was thrown off the team during the season and two others recently transferred (Darion Clark and E. Victor Nickerson). Charlotte has signed forward Cameron Blakley and Ben Cherry, a transfer from Tulane, for next season.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Ciara Gregory, an incoming freshman on the Charlotte 49ers' women's basketball team, has been named to the Parade Magazine All-American team.
Gregory, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored more than 2,000 points in her career at Jeannette (Pa.) High. She's the third known player in Charlotte history to have made the team, joining Markita Aldridge in 1991 and Charlette Hargrove in 1993.
Former 49ers forward Darion Clark, who left the program recently, is transferring to Southern California, Clark told the Observer.
Clark will play for new Trojans coach Andy Enfield, who recruited him coming out of high school at Oak Hill (Va.) when Enfield was coach at Florida Gulf Coast.
"It was an easy decision for me," said Clark. "I think USC is a place where I can really build a relationship with the coaches and I can work on my game and take it to the next level."
Clark, who averaged 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds as a freshman last season, declined to get into specifics on why he elected to leave Charlotte, but did say his diminished playing time late in the season was a factor. Clark, a starter for much of the season, played a total of seven minutes in Charlotte's two Atlantic 10 tournament games.
"That had something to do with it," said Clark. "But from my end, I'm not mad at anybody. A lot of stuff happened basketball-wise, and I knew I wasn't going to be as happy as I could be at Charlotte. It just wasn't as good a fit for me as I thought it would be. I got frustrated as the year went along.
"I just thought that if I was going to leave, I should leave early in my career so I'll have plenty of time to still play."
Clark will sit out the 2013-14 season with the Trojans, who haven't yet officially announced that Clark has signed with the program.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday’s news that the 49ers’ men’s basketball team has added
Thursday, May 16, 2013
-- Charlotte takes a nine-game winning streak into a crucial regular-season ending baseball series at Saint Louis, which begins Thursday night. The 49ers (32-19, 16-5), have a one-game lead over the Billikens (34-17, 15-6) and La Salle (24-24, 15-6), can clinch the top seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament next week at Hayes Stadium.
There are a few ways for the 49ers to do that: sweep the Billikens; win the series against Saint Louis and La Salle fail to sweep George Washington; win two games against Saint Louis (winning a tiebreaker with La Salle if the Explorers sweep GW); win one game against Saint Louis with La Salle winning two of three against GW (Charlotte wins the tiebreaker).
Charlotte is led by Justin Seager, who is second in the A-10 in hitting (.368) and was 7-for-11 in a sweep of Dayton last weekend. Tyler Barnette (5-3, 3.81 ERA) starts Thursday for Charlotte.
-- The 49ers broke their baseball home-attendance season record Sunday against Dayton. Charlotte has drawn 35,104 fans in 35 games this season. It's the first time in school history the 49ers have broken the 35,000-fan barrier.
-- The 49ers' golf team is competing in its ninth consecutive NCAA regional beginning Thursday morning at the Ohio State Golf Club Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. The 49ers, led by two-time A-10 medalist Raoul Menard, are one of 13 teams in Columbus and are paired with Virginia and San Francisco in Thursday's first round.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Charlotte 49ers will host the Conference USA 2013 men's soccer Nov. 13-17 at Transamerica Field, the league announced Wednesday.
The league finished its spring meetings in Destin, Fla., with the announcements of its 2013-14 championships, along with other news:
-- The league will recommend to its board that all 16 men's and women's basketball teams play in the C-USA tournaments in a five-day format; that men's basketball teams have travel partners with league games being played on Thursdays and Saturdays; women's league basketball games be played Wednesdays and Saturdays; and increase the league volleyball tournament to 12 teams, women's soccer to 10 and men's soccer to seven.
The meetings were attended by the league's athletics directors, senior women's administrators, faculty athletic representatives and football, men's basketball and women's basketball head coaches.
Eight potential football bowl partners also attended, as did the league's television partners.
Other championship dates and sites were announced:
Cross-country; TBD; women's soccer, Houston, Nov. 6-10; volleyball, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Nov. 22-24; football, division champ with best record, Dec. 4; women's swimming and diving, Atlanta, Feb. 19-22; indoor track and field, Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 19-20; men's and women's basketball, El Paso, Tex., March 11-15; women's tennis, Norfolk, Va., April 17-20; men's tennis, Tulsa, Okla., April 17-20; women's golf, Gulf Shores, Ala., April 21-23; men's golf, Texarkana, Ark., TBA; softball; Boca Raton, Fla., May 8-10; outdoor track and field, TBD, May 15-18; women's rowing, Oak Ridge, Tenn., May 17; baseball; TBD, May 21-25.
The Charlotte 49ers have signed Florida-transfer Braxton Ogbueze, a point guard who was a top-100 prospect when he left Charlotte's United Faith Christian Academy two years ago.
Ogbueze (6-foot-0) didn't play much last season for the Gators, getting in just 23 games and playing a total of 107 minutes. He'll have three seasons of to play with the 49ers when he becomes eligible in the 2014-15 season. He began his high school career at Vance High, before transferring to United Faith, where he averaged 21.9 points and 3.8 assists as a senior. He shot 60.9 percent from the field and 54.2 percent from 3-point range his senior season.
Ogbueze's father Godwin is a former Clemson soccer player and is eighth on the Tigers' career scoring list.
Ogbueze is the second transfer the 49ers have signed recently who won't be eligible until 2014-15, joining forward Bernard Sullivan from Clemson.
Another transfer, shooting guard Ben Cherry (Tulane) will be eligible for the 2013-14 season. The 49ers also signed freshman forward Cameron Blakely last week.
There is still plenty of room on Charlotte's roster for next season, with forwards Darion Clark and E. Victor Nickerson transferring out.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Blakley, who averaged 16.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game this season, also received offers from Northwestern, East Carolina, Furman and USC Upstate, his coach said.
"I think Cam is a good fit for Charlotte," Morris said. "He’s a big-time shot blocker and he and can step out and shoot the 3-pointer."
Morris said Blakley was already academically eligible. Blakley is the first freshman for the 49ers’ 2013 recruiting class.
- Jim Utter
Friday, May 3, 2013
Charlotte is host to Butler this weekend in a crucial Atlantic 10 baseball series at Hayes Stadium.
The 49ers (26-19, 10-5) and Bulldogs (22-19, 10-5) are part of a four-way tie for third place in the league (joined by Xavier and Rhode Island), which is important because only seven teams will advance to the conference tournament, scheduled for May 22-25 at Hayes Stadium.
Tyler Barnette (3-3, 4.30) starts Friday for Charlotte, although he is 0-3 in league games. The Bulldogs have won six straight overall and six in a row in the conference.
Before Saturday's game, Charlotte will honor its 1993 baseball team, which was the first in program history to win a conference championship and play in the NCAA tournament. On Sunday, the 49ers will retire the jersey of former star and current assistant coach Bo Robinson, whose 100 RBIs in 1998 remain a school record.
Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday.